Go for brunch
A leisurely brunch is practically compulsory when you’re in California; bag an outside table and watch the world go by. You might have to queue to get into Farm, in Palm Springs, but it’s well worth the wait; the French-inspired menu includes sweet and savoury crepes and croque monsieur.
Visit a craft brewery
There’s nothing like an ice cold beer in the middle of the desert; thankfully, Greater Palm Springs has several artisanal breweries to choose from. The oldest is Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery in Rancho Mirage, but don’t miss the Coachella Valley Brewing Co – sample its Kölschella – or La Quinta Brewing Co.
Try a date shake
Athough they’re not native, date palms thrive in Greater Palm Springs and are big business. One of the best ways to enjoy this chewy fruit is in a shake; thick, creamy and honey-sweet, you’ll find arguably the best example at Shields Date Garden in Indio, established in 1924.
Where to stay in Greater Palm Springs