Palm Springs Journals

Honeymooning in Palm Springs

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A May 2008 trip to Palm Springs by notso62

Palm Springs Photo, Palm Springs, California More Photos
Quote: My husband and I spend a week of newly-wedded bliss in Southern California

Wild Animal Park

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Attraction | "Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!"

Wild Animal Park Photo, Escondido, California
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On our drive back from Palm Springs to the San Diego airport, I insisted upon stopping at one of my favorite childhood So-Cal attractions; the Wild Animal Park in Escondido. The Wild Animal Park was conveniently located right off the highway that we were traveling to San Diego. We made sure to leave ourselves about four extra hours before we had to be at the airport to explore the park; of course this didn't seem like enough time once we started walking around the zoo and saw all the new attractions that they had to offer.The Escondido Wild Animal Park is a very nice place to explore nature and exotic animals. Many of the animals live in man-made habitats that mimic their previous natural ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2010

Wild Animal Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027
(760) 747-8702

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

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Restaurant | "Cheap Casual Eats After Golf"

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Outside of our resort, my husband and I had some difficulty finding casual dining establishments that were not chain restaurants in Palm Springs. One night, as we were driving around famished after spending a day in the hot sun, we tried to leave it to our GPS to suggest an acceptable place to eat. Unfortunately, our GPS kept suggesting places like the "Ruth Chris Steakhouse" which was a little too nice for our casual duds and not vegetarian-friendly enough for me. After driving around for a half an hour, we spotted a small indoor/outdoor shopping center that looked nice. Our GPS helpfully told us that there was a pizza place inside, so we decided to check it out.Sammy's Woodfired Pizza is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2010

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
73595 El Paseo # 2208
Palm Springs, California
(760) 836-0500

La Quinta Resort and Club

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Hotel | "Amazing Luxury, Not So Outrageously Priced in the Off-Season"

La Quinta Resort and Club Photo, La Quinta, California
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When I left my husband in charge of planning our honeymoon, I was slightly worried about the type of establishment he might select. When he first told me that he had booked a "La Quinta" hotel, I assumed he meant the chain of discount hotel chains and I was automatically disappointed. Boy, was I in for a surprise.The La Quinta Resort and Club is not a part of the discount hotel chain found in many other places in California. It is actually part of the "Waldorf Astoria" collection of Hilton hotels. "La Quinta" is the name of the town near Palm Springs where it is located and not an indication of the brand. Though it may sound like it would be expensive, the La Quinta resort was quite a good...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2010

La Quinta Resort and Club
49499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, California 92253
760-564-4111

Adobe Grill

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Restaurant | "Best Resort Dining"

Adobe Grill Photo, La Quinta, California
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During our stay at the Resort at La Quinta, my newly wedded husband and I did not have our usual wanderlust to venture out and find restaurants all over the town. Fortunately for us, La Quinta has several very nice restaurants on the resort’s property. The Adobe Grill quickly became one of our favorites for dinner, and we wound up eating two meals there during our short one-week stay. The Adobe Grill serves Mexican food and is open for both lunch and dinner. During heavy tourist season, reservations are required. Since we were visiting at the end of May we ended up making reservations a few hours in advance, but they probably weren’t necessary during this less-busy time of the year. We were give...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2009

Adobe Grill
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta
(760) 777-4835

Driving from San Diego to Palm Springs

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Palm Springs Photo, Palm Springs, California
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A word to the wise: Palm Springs is not as remote as you might think it is. My newly wedded husband and I flew from our wedding in Vegas to San Diego thinking that it would make our trip to Palm Springs more easily drivable. I learned later that our assumption was wrong. Not only is the drive from Vegas to Palm Spring a mere three hours, but the drive from San Diego to Palm Springs is only an hour less but a lot more difficult to navigate. For some reason when we were arranging our honeymoon, California looked much bigger than it actually is and we thought the only way to get places was to fly. I forgot that Vegas is a weekend trip away from most of southern California. Oops; chalk my poor...Read More