From local restaurants to tee times, check this local’s guide to a Palm Springs weekend.


Located at The River in Rancho Mirage, Dringk is the newest hot spot in the desert. A casual eatery with a varied menu featuring $5 drinks and small bites as well as a full menu, Dringk has something for everyone. The casual atmosphere features large couches, a large bar and plenty of outdoor seating for beautiful desert evenings. Join in for karaoke the first Tuesday of every month or enjoy playing games – Dringk has a large pool table, shuffleboard, games, pinball, a foosball and a Pac Man game if you’re feeling nostalgic. How to pronounce the name? Look up “Drink” in the dictionary, you’ve been saying it all your life.

For more information visit dringkbar.com


Coachella Winery

Another popular hangout at The River, Coachella Winery features local wines from Temecula as well as a thorough international selection. Enjoy live music performances by local artists every Thursday while you sip your way through a wine flight accompanied by a cold cut board or one of their famous pizzas. Located close to the state of the art Century movie theatre, it’s the perfect place for a pre or post movie get together.

For more information visit coachellawinery.com




Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum is a must see when visiting the Coachella Valley. The permanent collection includes native American and MesoAmerican art as well as architecture, design and photography art. Always offering “extraordinary creative encounters”, recent temporary exhibits features Andy Warhol and the instagram-worthy Kinesthesia.

For current exhibits visit: psmuseum.org





Ice Cream & Shop(pe)

This gourmet ice cream shop rotates through 16 different flavors every day and they live by the motto “variety is the spice of life”. Check their website for their daily specials from Milkshake Monday to Vegan Wednesday. The little gift shop within features a curated selection of items from local artists as well as independent brands from around the world. Located at the Arrive hotel this is the perfect stop on your way in or out of town – or both!

For more information visit: icecreamandshop.com 



Living Desert Zoo

Although The Living Desert offers plenty of sights and activities for kids, you don’t have to be one to plan a visit there. More than a collection of animals it is a nature preserve, protecting over 1,000 acres of Sonoran desert. Start your day with a hike on one of the many trails in the preserve or get your steps in by visiting the numerous animal exhibits, complete with a Giraffe conservation and care center, as well as an animal hospital where rescued wildlife recuperates.

For more information visit: livingdesert.org 




Indian Canyons Golf Resort

For a classic Palm Springs golf experience, Indian Canyons Golf Resort is about as authentic as it gets. Once a private club named Canyon Country Club, this 36-hole facility was a favorite haunt of Hollywood celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, and Jackie Gleason. The course is set on 550 acres of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation and offers spectacularly close up views of the San Jacinto mountains.

For tee times and lessons visit: indiancanyonsgolf.com