#LifeGoals2022: Find Your Happy Pace in Palm Desert


When a yearning to travel strikes, it can be undeniable. Fulfilling the desires for adventure, relaxation, and reinvention can be accomplished a mere two hours from Los Angeles in Coachella Valley’s Palm Desert. This veritable oasis has a message for travelers – Visit to “Find Your Happy Pace.”

Accommodations, Activities and Adventure

Whether in town for hiking, golfing, shopping or dining, Palm Desert has a portfolio of hotels befitting every personality and budget.

A luxury destination unto itself is JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.  Setting the tone for a stay is a Signature Suite. Its lake view balcony is excellent for mulling activity possibilities. A few to include: floating in the saltwater pool, luxuriating with a treatment at the Spa at Desert Springs, time on the courts at the PBI Tennis Center, golf at Desert Springs Golf Club’s two, 18-hole, Ted Robinson-designed championship courses, followed by dinner at Rockwood Grill.

Shopping aficionados will want to kick back in one of Hotel Paseo’s nine specialty suites with options ranging from an in-room billiard table to a mixology bar. Prefer something more classic? Check-in to the restored 1950 Airstream. What all have in common — dreamy perspectives of the San Jacinto Mountains and, of course, prime access to the El Paseo district’s boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.

The property’s new fleet of bicycles calls for an outing to The Gardens of El Paseo. Trina Turk, Gucci, Rebecca Taylor, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany’s… Hours can be wiled away in this mile-long shopping Mecca. Mental note: book reservations at Mastro’s Steakhouse, Pacifica’s Seafood Restaurant and Wilma & Frieda’s.


Whilst tooling around town, keep an eye out for Fossils of the Future by Tyler Burton and One Another by Maxwell Carraher, two works from Palm Desert’s public art collection of more than 150 murals and sculptures. Providing guidance is Palm Desert’s downloadable Public Art Map, commentary comes by way of the Otocast app.

Fossils of the Future by Tyler Burton
One Another by Maxwell Carraher

Spend the afternoon in a Hotel Paseo private poolside cabana, or taking in the panoramas of Santa Rosa Mountains from the fairways Desert Willow’s championship Firecliff or Mountain View Courses. Love lingering over nature from the greens? Palm Desert has more than 100 private, semi-private and public golf courses with scenery aplenty.

As the day wanes, capture the perfect sunset while hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding along Palm Desert’s more than 35 miles of trails. Whether exploring Homestead Link with its old stairway and shaded palapa, or embracing the spirit of the Old West and city vistas on Hopalong Cassidy Trail, all journeys bring this promise: Palm Desert locales await for you to Find Your Happy Pace.