The desert oasis we like to call Palm Springs is constantly evolving. There’s a reason this California valley has been popular for so long. Along with having exactly what you need for a relaxing weekend getaway, Palm Springs is always growing. When you travel to Palm Springs, you will never be bored, because there is always something fun and new in the area, probably more than you can even get to in one weekend. In order to keep you up-to-date on the recent developments of this vacation hotspot, we have a list of some of the newest and most anticipated Palm Springs destinations that are sure to turn your next desert trip up a notch. Read on for all the best new restaurants, activities, and hotels to check out in Palm Springs.
Best New Restaurants:
- Bowl of Heaven
Just opened in May 2017, Bowl of Heaven is the perfect new development in Palm Springs to check out if you’re looking to feel refreshed. They’ve mastered the acai bowl craze that has spread from Southern California in the past few years, which serves as the perfect addition to a hot summer day in Palm Springs. The cool thing about this new favorite is the variety of bowls they offer. With ten different acai bowls on their menu along with juices and smoothies, the name seems pretty fitting for this five-star Yelp rated restaurant.
- Chef Tanya’s Kitchen
Also opened very recently, in May, Chef Tanya’s Kitchen already has a five-star review on Yelp. Known for their creative menu including, but not limited to, many delicious vegan options, Chef Tanya’s Kitchen is a new restaurant in Palm Springs that is gaining traction fast. Her mission states her dedication “to making food tasty, fun, healthy and easy.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Also offering cooking class specials, this is a great new place to try out if you’re looking for a healthy and delicious option for lunch or dinner on your next trip to Palm Springs.
If you’re looking to go out on the town next time you hit up Palm Springs, Blackbook is a fun new bar to try. With a great look and even better food (menu items include Disco Superfries and Super Duper Cheesy Nachos to get you started), you are definitely in for a fun night if you decide to visit Blackbook. They even have a late night happy hour since it stays open until 2:00 AM.
- Vinny’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard
You can never go wrong with another dessert option, especially when that option is frozen custard. Vinny’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard is the perfect treat to cool you down during these hot summer months in Palm Springs. According to this new tasty spot’s website, they’re “The Coolest Thing to Hit Palm Springs Since Air Conditioning!”
Best New Things to do:
- Behind-the-scenes tour at The Living Desert
If you have never heard of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, trust us when we say it is the complete wildlife experience. Somehow, they have made it even cooler from June through September 2017. Offering special tours just for the summer, you can now go behind the scenes in the wild animal exhibits, including the jaguar, cheetah, giraffe, and leopard enclosures. Don’t miss out on this fun new addition to one of Palm Springs most exciting activities.
- Indoor Certified Farmers’ Market
Another event taking place strictly for the summer is the new Certified Farmers’ Market recently opened at the Westfield in Palm Desert. What is actually the biggest indoor shopping destination in the Coachella Valley has become even bigger with this new seasonal addition. Perfect for all ages, the farmers’ market is the perfect new development in Palm Springs to spend some time with friends and family, while staying cool this summer.
- Paint and Sip Studio at Pinot’s Palette
Pinot’s Palette can help bring out your creative side on your next trip to Palm Springs. Whether or not you are the best artist in the bunch, this new studio is the perfect space to let your inner artist take control, all while sipping on a beer or glass of wine. Not only does the studio make for a unique date idea that you are both sure to remember, they also hold private painting events if you have a larger group to entertain.
- Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines
For a limited time only, The Idyllwild Arts Foundation is bringing their Jazz in the Pines Festival to Palm Springs for the 24th year. From August 11th through the 13th, the festival will feature more bands than you could imagine, along with dinners to attend and dance parties for those who really feel like letting loose. This Palm Springs music festival is the perfect summer activity if you’re looking for a quick weekend away. You may have been to this desert oasis before, but you’re in for a whole new experience listening to jazz, blues, and R&B. And what’s even better about purchasing Jazz in the Pines tickets, all proceeds from the festival benefit Idyllwild Arts.
There are plenty of new developments happening in and around Palm Springs to join the oldie-but-goodies that have kept the desert vibes thriving over the decades. Now is a great time to make your way to the Coachella Valley or plan a staycation while exploring all that this historic, arts and music-driven town has to offer.