Dog in the desert
If your vision of a California winter vacation with dogs in tow includes blue sky, purple mountains, turquoise pools and nodding palm trees, Palm Springs is the place. Outdoor living is what it’s all about, and even in mid-winter, dog-friendly patio dining is a given.
To take your stay to a new level, cuddle up at the luxury La Quinta Resort and Club and enjoy the PAWS Experience, guaranteed to make pets comfortable from the moment they arrive. With 45 acres of lushly landscaped grounds set about with suites and casitas sporting private patios or walled yards, your dog will feel as welcome as you do (for an extra splurge, you can both get an in-room massage). Don’t miss enjoying a meal at Twenty6 and Adobe Grill, restaurants on the resort’s multilevel plaza.
For a fun and educational activity you both can enjoy, head to Moorten Botanical Garden, where the two of you can stroll around a “living museum of desert lore” and admire more than 3,000 species of plants plus dinosaur fossils and petrified trees. The Palm Springs Museum Trail, rising above the Palm Springs Art Museum, tempts seasoned hikers with a 1.5-mile climb to a summit offering sweeping views of the Coachella Valley.