Best of the Best: 2018

    How do we know what’s the best of its kind in Greater Palm Springs? Because our readers — residents and visitors — tell us.

    EMILY CHAVOUSBEST OFCURRENT PSLRESTAURANTS

    IW Coffee

    Where is the Best Coffehouse in Indian Wells? IW Coffee.
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    Each year, we ask for — and you tell us —your favorite services, experiences, and attractions and report back in our Palm Springs Life Best of the Best feature. We’ve tabulated the results in more than 35 categories, from coffee shops to veterinarians. Here are the 2018 winners.

    HIT SNOOZE

    INDIO

    Hotel / Resort: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

    INDIAN WELLS

    Hotel / Resort: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Hotel / Resort: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs

    Vacation Rentals: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    Boutique Hotel / Resort: The Spring Resort & Spa

    Hotel / Resort: Two Bunch Palms

    PALM SPRINGS

    Boutique Hotel / Resort: Sparrows Lodge 

    Hotel / Resort: Saguaro Palm Springs

    Vacation Rentals: Oranj Palm Vacation Homes

    LA QUINTA

    Boutique Hotel / Resort:The Chateau at Lake La Quinta

    Hotel / Resort:La Quinta Resort & Club

    Vacation Rentals: Royale Vacation Rentals

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Hotel / Resort: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

    PALM DESERT

    Hotel / Resort: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

    Resort&Club

    La Quinta Resort & Club was voted Best Hotel/Resort in La Quinta.

     

    Built in the 1950s by actor Don Castle and fully restored in 2013, Sparrows Lodgis the locals’ pick for Best Boutique Hotel in Palm Springs.

    Twenty modern-rustic rooms decked in dark woods and stone accent walls surround a pool and garden, tranquil massage tent, and farm-to-fork restaurant.

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    WAKE UP

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    IW Coffee

    INDIO

    Breakfast: The Café at Shields Date Garden

    Coffeehouse: Starbucks

    Sunday Brunch: Jackalope Ranch

    COACHELLA

    Breakfast:Café 54 at Augustine Casino

    INDIAN WELLS

    Breakfast: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

    Coffeehouse: IW Coffee

    Sunday Brunch: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Breakfast: AJ’s on the Green & Splash! Bar & Lounge

    Coffeehouse: Starbucks

    Sunday Brunch: AJ’s on the Green & Splash! Bar & Lounge

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    Breakfast: The Shop Café

    Coffeehouse: Starbucks

    PALM SPRINGS

    Breakfast: Lulu California Bistro

    Coffeehouse: Koffi

    Sunday Brunch: Spencer’s

    LA QUINTA

    Breakfast: Louise’s Pantry

    Coffeehouse: Old Town Coffee Company

    Sunday Brunch: La Quinta Baking Company

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Breakfast: Acqua California Bistro

    Coffeehouse: Koffi

    Sunday Brunch: Acqua California Bistro

    PALM DESERT

    BreakfastWilma & Frieda

    Coffeehouse: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

    Sunday Brunch: Louise’s Pantry

    GET MOVING

    INDIO

    Gym / Health ClubDedicated Strength

    Public Golf Course: The Golf Club at Terra Lago

    INDIAN WELLS

    Gym / Health Club: Indian Wells Tennis Garden

    Public Golf Course: Indian Wells Golf Resort

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Gym / Health Club: In-Shape Fitness

    Public Golf Course: Date Palm Country Club

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    Gym / Health Club: World Gym

    Public Golf Course: Desert Dunes Golf Club

    PALM SPRINGS

    Bike Rental: Bike Palm Springs

    Gym / Health Club: World Gym

    Hiking Trail: Indian Canyons

    Public Golf Course: Indian Canyons Golf Resort

    LA QUINTA

    Bike Rental Pedego Electric Bikes

    Gym / Health Club Evolve Yoga

    Hiking Trail Bear Creek Trail

    Public Golf Course SilverRock Resort

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Public Golf Course Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

    PALM DESERT

    Bike Rental (tie) Funseekers; Tri.A.Bike

    Gym / Health Club Thrive Fitness Studio

    Hiking Trail Bump and Grind

    Public Golf Course Desert Willow Golf Resort

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    Bike Palm Springs

     

    Home to the BNP Paribas Open, the sprawling Indian Wells Tennis Garden also hosts annual music and art festivals and offers public tennis club memberships, making it the Best Attraction in Indian Wells.

    GET READY

    INDIO

    Hair Salon: Jesus Yvette Salon

    INDIAN WELLS

    Hair Salon: Karl Vasquez Salon & Spa

    Spa: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Hair Salon: Denny’s Barber Shop

    Spa: Body Concierge Spa

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    Spa: Two Bunch Palms

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    Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs

     

    PALM SPRINGS

    Hair Salon: Salon 119 Beauty & Spa

    Spa: Salon 119 Beauty & Spa

    LA QUINTA

    Hair Salon: Alankara Aveda Salon

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Hair Salon: Chakra Aveda Hair Studio

    Spa: Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

    PALM DESERT

    Hair Salon: Alankara Aveda Lifestyle Salon

    Spa: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

    DO SOMETHING

     

    INDIO

    Casino: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

    Kid-Friendly Attraction: Shields Date Garden

    Museum: Coachella Valley History Museum

    COACHELLA

    Attraction: Augustine Casino

    Casino: Augustine Casino

    INDIAN WELLS

    Attraction: Indian Wells Tennis Garden

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Kid-Friendly Attraction: Mary Pickford 14 / D’Place Entertainment

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    Attraction: Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

    Kid-Friendly Attraction: Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

    Museum: Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

    PALM SPRINGS

    Attraction: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Casino: Spa Resort Casino

    Gallery: The Michael Weems Collection

    Kid-Friendly Attraction: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Live Theater: Desert Ensemble Theater

    Museum: Palm Springs Art Museum

    LA QUINTA

    Museum: La Quinta Museum

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Attraction: Sunnylands Center & Gardens

    Casino: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

    Gallery 1st Gallery

    Kid-Friendly Attraction:Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

    Live Theater: Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre

    Museum: Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

    PALM DESERT

    Attraction: The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

    Kid-Friendly AttractionThe Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

    Live Music: McCallum Theatre

    Live Theater: McCallum Theatre

    Museum: Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

     

    North Dakota–born Cabot Yerxa, an early Desert Hot Springs–area homesteader, began construction in 1941 on a mazelike pueblo in which he lived and operated an art gallery. More than 75 years later, Cabot’s Pueblo Museum remains the Best Attraction in Desert Hot Springs. Tour the 35-room structure and visit the trading post for collectible artisan gifts.

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    CARE FOR FIDO

    INDIO

    Veterinarian: James Clark, DVM, at Animal Hospital in Indio

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    Veterinarian: Rachel Reedy, DVM, at Animal Hospital of Desert Hot Springs

    PALM SPRINGS

    Veterinarian: Brittany Yates, DVM, at Palm Springs Animal Hospital

    LA QUINTA

    Veterinarian: Village Park Animal Hospital

    PALM DESERT

    Veterinarian: Terry R. Hicks, DVM, at Palm Desert Pet Hospital

     

    SHOP VINTAGE

     

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Consignment Store: Revivals

    Vintage Clothing: Revivals

    PALM SPRINGS

    Consignment Store: Revivals

    Resale: Revivals

    Vintage Clothing: Iconic Atomic

    LA QUINTA

    Consignment Store: Encore Consign + Design Studio

    Resale: Finders Thrift

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Consignment Store: Misty’s Consignments

    Resale (tie): Misty’s Consignments; Eisenhower Collector’s Corner; Victoria’s Attic Antiques

    PALM DESERT

    Consignment Store: Revivals

    Resale: Revivals

     

    EAT CASUAL

    INDIO

    Barbecue: Jackalope Ranch

    Burger: In-N-Out Burger

    Mexican: El Mexicali Café

    Pizza: Your Pie

    COACHELLA

    Burger: Café 54 at Augustine Casino

    Mexican: Asadero Los Corrales

    INDIAN WELLS

    American: Eureka! Burger

    Burger: Eureka! Burger

    Mexican: Don Diego’s of Indian Wells

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    American: AJ’s on the Green

    Barbecue: Zobö & Meester’s

    Burger: AJ’s on the Green

    Mexican: La Tablita

    Pizza: Upper Crust

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    American: The Shop Café

    Burger: The Shop Café

    Mexican: Zapopan Mexican Food

    Pizza: Rocky’s New York Pizza

    PALM SPRINGS

    American: Lulu California Bistro

    Barbecue: Smoke Tree BBQ

    Burger: Smokin’ Burgers & Lounge

    Mexican: Las Casuelas Terraza

    Pizza: Bill’s Pizza

    LA QUINTA

    American: La Quinta Cliffhouse

    Burger: In-N-Out Burger

    Mexican: Casa Mendoza

    Pizza: Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    American: Acqua California Bistro

    Barbecue: Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse

    Burger: Acqua California Bistro

    Mexican: Las Casuelas Nuevas

    Pizza: Acqua California Bistro

    PALM DESERT

    American: Kaiser Grille

    Burger: Grill-a-Burger

    Mexican: Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill

    Pizza: Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

    Eureka!

    Eureka! Burger

     

    DINE OUT

     

    INDIO

    Alfresco Dining: Jackalope Ranch

    CatererJackalope Ranch

    Continental: Jackalope Ranch

    Italian: Mario’s Italian Café

    Japanese: Dragon Sushi

    Mediterranean: Divino Trattoria

    Seafood: Chop House at Jackalope Ranch

    Steakhouse: Chop House at Jackalope Ranch

    COACHELLA

    Asian: Ha Ha Chinese

    Steakhouse: JEM Steakhouse at Spotlight 29 Casino

    INDIAN WELLS

    Alfresco Dining: The Nest Indian Wells

    Seafood: Vicky’s of Santa Fe

    Steakhouse: Vicky’s of Santa Fe

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Alfresco Dining: AJ’s on the Green & Splash! Bar & Lounge

    Asian: Wang’s Chinese Cuisine

    Caterer: AJ’s on the Green & Splash! Bar & Lounge

    Greek: Santorini Gyro

    Italian: Piazza Trilussa Ristorante

    Japanese: Umami Seoul

    Mediterranean: Super Shawarma Mediterranean Grill

    Seafood: Oceans

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    Asian: Kam Lun

    Alfresco Dining: Capri Italian Restaurant

    Italian: Capri Italian Restaurant

    Sushi: Domo Sushi

    Vegetarian / Vegan: The Gray Café

    PALM SPRINGS

    Alfresco Dining: Spencer’s

    Asian: Thai Smile

    Caterer: Lulu California Bistro

    Continental: Spencer’s

    French: Pomme Frite

    Greek: Greek Islands

    Italian: Johnny Costa’s

    Japanese: Gyro, Gyro

    Mediterranean: Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine at Caliente Tropics

    Seafood: Fisherman’s Market

    Steakhouse: LG’s Prime Steakhouse

    Vegetarian / Vegan: Native Foods Café

    LA QUINTA

    Alfresco: Dining Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

    Asian (tie): Canton Bistro; Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar

    Caterer: Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

    Continental: Lavender Bistro

    French: La Brasserie Bistro & Bar

    Italian: Chapellis Italian Restaurant

    Japanese / SushiOkura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar

    Seafood: Fisherman’s Grill

    Steakhouse: LG’s Prime Steakhouse

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Alfresco Dining: Acqua California Bistro

    Asian: P.F. Chang’s

    Caterer: Acqua California Bistro

    Continental: Acqua California Bistro

    French: Cuistot

    Italian: The Slice

    Japanese: Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

    Mediterranean: Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant

    Seafood: The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

    Steakhouse: The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

    Vegetarian / Vegan: Acqua California Bistro

    PALM DESERT

    Alfresco Dining: Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant

    Asian: City Wok

    Caterer: Kaiser Grille

    Continental: Kaiser Grille

    French: Café des Beaux-Arts

    Greek: Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine

    Italian: Castelli’s Ristorante

    Japanese: Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

    Mediterranean: Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine

    Seafood: Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

    Steakhouse (tie): Mastro’s Steakhouse; Sullivans Steakhouse

    Vegetarian / Vegan: Luscious Lorraine’s

     

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    Zobo and Meesters

     

    SWOON

     

    INDIO

    Romantic Dining: Chop House at Jackalope Ranch

    Wedding Venue: Jackalope Ranch

    INDIAN WELLS

    Romantic Dining: Vicky’s of Santa Fe

    Wedding Venue: The Pavilion at Indian Wells Golf Resort

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Romantic Dining: AJ’s on the Green & Splash! Bar & Lounge

    Florist: Desert Floral Importers

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    Romantic Dining: Essence at Two Bunch Palms

    Wedding Venue: Two Bunch Palms

    PALM SPRINGS

    Florist: Palm Springs Florist

    Romantic: Dining Spencer’s

    Wedding: Venue Spencer’s

    LA QUINTA

    Romantic Dining: Lavender Bistro

    Wedding Venue: La Quinta Resort & Club

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Florist: Rancho Mirage Florist

    Romantic Dining: Acqua California Bistro

    Wedding Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

    PALM DESERT

    Florist: Lotus Garden

    Romantic Dining: Kaiser Grille

    Wedding Venue: The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

    DesertZoo

    The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

     

    DRINK UP

     

    INDIO

    Craft Cocktail: Jackalope Ranch

    Karaoke: Neil’s Lounge

    Live Music: Jackalope Ranch

    Sports Bar: Jackalope Ranch

    INDIAN WELLS

    Craft Cocktail: Eureka! Burger

    COACHELLA

    Live Music: Spotlight 29 Casino

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Craft Cocktail: AJ’s on the Green & Splash! Bar & Lounge

    Gay Bar: The Barracks Bar

    Karaoke: Studio 111

    Live Music: AJ’s on the Green & Splash! Bar & Lounge

    Sports Bar: Trunks Bar

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS

    Craft Cocktail: Capri Italian Restaurant

    PALM SPRINGS

    Craft Cocktail: Lulu California Bistro

    Karaoke: Streetbar

    Live MusicMichael Holmes’ Purple Room

    Sports BarSmokin’ Burgers & Lounge

    LA QUINTA

    Craft Cocktail: Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar

    Karaoke: Cunard’s Sandbar Restaurant

    Live Music: Old Town Tavern

    Sports Bar: Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Craft Cocktail: Acqua California Bistro

    Live Music: The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

    Sports Bar: Yard House

    PALM DESERT

    Craft Cocktail: Kaiser Grille

    Sports Bar: Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

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    Lulu California Bistro

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    INDIO

    Festival Riverside: County Fair and National Date Festival

    Fundraising Event: Rock the Ride Desert Cancer Foundation

    COACHELLA

    Fundraising Event: Augustine Casino Toy Drive

    INDIAN WELLS

    Festival: BNP Paribas Open

    CATHEDRAL CITY

    Festival: Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival

    PALM SPRINGS

    Festival: Modernism Week

    Fundraising Event: Dining Out for Life

    LA QUINTA

    FestivalLa Quinta Arts Festival

    RANCHO MIRAGE

    Festival: Rancho Mirage Art Affaire

    Fundraising Event: Ramblin N Gamblin Rodeo

    PALM DESERT

    Festival: Golf Cart Parade

    Fundraising EventBrew at the Zoo

    Palm Springs Life February 2018

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