Rise And Shine For A Full Day Of Sun
The Gardens On El Paseo
76-545 El Paseo
HOT FOR YOGA
Founded more than 13 years ago, the original Bikram Yoga Palm Desert studio offers hot classes for all levels starting at 6:30 a.m. through early evening.
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
The most important meal of the day is also a memorable one on El Paseo. Choose indoor or outdoor seating at Café des Beaux-Arts, JC’s Patio Cafe, or Wilma & Frieda (above), where specialties include Kim’s Banana Caramel French Toast and a Short Rib Scramble.
Guests leave Just Blow Drys or All Tressed Up feeling ready to take on the world one head toss at a time. “Coming in for a weekly blowout is becoming a staple. It’s a modern version of a time when our grandmothers would go to the neighborhood salon for their weekly ‘do,'” says Sherry Huff, co-founder of All Tressed Up. “A great blowout can last two to five days. We’ve even noticed our clients have much healthier hair due to the fact that they are not washing their hair as often.”
Strolling through hushed galleries of modern masters can change your perspective room by room. Duck into Melissa Morgan Fine Art (above), Hohmann Fine Art, A Gallery Fine Art, J. Willott Gallery, CODA Gallery, or Desert Art Collection for starters.
Fuel up for the afternoon ahead at a sidewalk café. Il Sogno (above) and The FIX on El Paseo hit the spot with salads and sandwiches, cappuccinos and lattes, and desserts that live up to their good looks.
GET YOUR SHOP ON
Timeless style meets runway trends on El Paseo, where clothing, shoes, and jewelry tempt on every block. Locally owned boutiques such as Elizabeth & Prince, Grayse, Fe Zandi Haute Couture, BB.one (above), blonde, RIGA, Sarit Inc., BG’s El Paseo, and Democracy rub elbows with Saks Fifth Avenue, GUCCI, St. John, Burberry, ESCADA, and Ralph Lauren.
BRING IT HOME
Accessorize your abode as well as your ensemble and treasure-hunt for the spaces you love at Classic Consignments, Dwight Polen Fine Chinese Antiques, Rapport International Furniture, Maison Felice, Between the Sheets (above), Savory Spice Shop, Trestle, Bud Johnson Design Secret, Tuverson & Co., Lotus Garden Center, Teavana, Pottery Barn, and Williams-Sonoma.
TIME TO IMBIBE
A glass of wine midday? But, of course. Some El Paseo restaurants live by the all-day happy hour starting at 11:30 a.m. By 3 p.m., a dozen establishments have joined the fun. See Food, Wine, Good Times for details.
DINNER WITH FRIENDS
Two dozen restaurants along El Paseo include local favorites that draw foodies across the valley. From casual fare to chef-prepared extravaganzas, there is a menu to match every mood. Live music sets the scene Thursdays and Sundays at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Fridays and Saturdays at Mitch’s on El Paseo, and nightly at Mastro’s Steakhouse.
73-721 Shadow Mountain Drive
MAKE IT AN EL PASEO VACATION
Situated in the center of the valley, the crown jewel of Palm Desert enjoys proximity to renowned resorts, golf courses, entertainment, and picturesque drives. If you have an extra day, consider:
• The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
• A drive up scenic Highway 74 for selfies and a picnic at the lookout point
• Teeing off at the award-winning Desert Willow Golf Resort
• Hiking the many mountain trails surrounding El Paseo
• Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, where admission is always free