As you enter the planning period stage of your upcoming Palm Springs sojourn, you may start worrying that the crowds will be a little much. Unless you’re traveling during the offseason, our desert oasis is a popular vacation destination, and if you’re not much of a people person, well, you may think you’re stuck! What you didn’t count on, however, is this guide to the off the beaten path spots that will lead you to the Palm Springs attractions most tourists don’t think about visiting; we at Palm Springs Getaways have your back and want you to have the vacation you have always dreamed of!
Albert Frey House II and other Palm Springs Attractions
The desert can appear to be an extremely inhospitable place to visit, so you have to be wondering, how can anyone want to live here? Albert Frey, a famed architect who was born in Switzerland but passed in Palm Springs at the wise old age of 95, obviously found something that appealed to him, and when you visit the Albert Frey House II, you might be turned to his way of thinking! His modern home, created from glass and steel, blends into the desert landscape even as it stands out amidst the cactus and rocks, and the views from where this creative structure sits are simply stunning. There have been no attempts to modernize the inside, and the home appears much as it did when it was completed in 1964.
Eat Like a Local
Part of the allure of your journey off the beaten path is finding the restaurants treasured by the locals. Experiencing the amazing Palm Springs attractions around will build up an appetite and there are some great places to try. Prices are generally lower, the atmosphere is about the food, not the hype of being the most popular, and of course, the wait times are considerably reduced! Our favorite local hot spot is actually a secret and we can’t tell you anything about it! Ok, we’re obviously kidding, because your trip to Palm Springs wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Counter-Reformation. Hidden away from the tourist crowds and located at 4200 E Palm Canyon Drive, this quiet wine bar manages to be high-end without being overly pretentious, making it the perfect spot for a romantic night on the town.
Where the Cactus Lie
If you have never lived in the desert, the Moorten Botanical Garden & Cactarium will fascinate you, and although this enchanted garden is no longer as secret as it used to be (thanks to social network sites and the sheer beauty of photos uploaded from there by those in the know), it’s still a tranquil place to spend a few quiet hours during your unforgettable California vacation. Located at 1701 South Palm Canyon Drive, the best time to visit is from April to August, although it is beautiful any time of year!