Art, design, and tee times in a stylish desert city.

By Travel + Leisure
July 19, 2012
Courtesy of Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Golf is a religion in this ritzy desert oasis, once a famous stomping ground for members of the Rat Pack. More than 130 courses carpet Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, a mix of legendary and new venues. Between tee times, see what the artsy town has to offer.

Parker Palm Springs

Elmer's Pancake House

Set against a rocky hillside backdrop, Elmer’s is best known for its pancakes—served all day—topped with everything from strawberries to Oregon-sourced hazelnuts. Skillets are popular as well, particularly one with a mix of Dungeness crab cakes, hash browns, and Tillamook cheddar.

Circa 59

The Riviera Palm Springs hotel received a $70 million makeover in 2008, and its marquee dining option is Circa 59, designed to evoke a retro Hollywood feel. This three-part restaurant includes a dining room with oversized red chairs and booths; a cabana-like patio; and an outdoor patio with fire pits and pool views. Chef Aaron Burns’ dinner may include seared barramundi in dashi broth and braised lamb shank with portobello mushroom stew. The wine list draws from America’s West Coast.