“FieldTrips” is either a day trip or a few days where I visit food areas of interest which may include farm visits, producers, wineries, restaurants and/or other places that people can visit. This is about offering Vancouver Foodster readers a chance to get out of town and take a “Field Trip” for the day or a few days to explore, learn, taste and experience.
Field Trip to Palm Springs and the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa
Enjoyed a beautiful weekend getaway in early December amongst their Orange and Grapefruit trees at the Palm Mountain Resort and Spa.
Palm Mountain Resort and Spa is located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs with close proximity to Palm Canyon Drive which is the main street that runs through downtown. Palm Canyon Drive is filled with restaurants, souvenir stores and art galleries along with the celebrity star walk of fame.
Lawrence and I enjoyed one of the deluxe patio guestrooms with a private patio located on the main level which had a king bed, and a mini-fridge. The rooms in the patio area also feature a communal fire pit.
I love the location with the striking views of the San Jacinto mountains, lushly landscaped courtyards with citrus trees around the property, along with a swimming pool terrace featuring their newly renovated climate controlled pool, hot tub, and fire pits.
I also made use of their onsite Palm Springs day spa offering a tranquil spot to relax, and enjoyed one of their massages, they also offer treatments.
For dinner we visited Lulu’s California Bistro which is located about 2 blocks away on Palm Canyon Drive and they are part of the Under the Desert Sun package that they hotel offers for weekend stays.
The package that includes Lulu’s California Bistro features a 4 course feast for $39.99. Lawrence and I each had one 4 course feast where we could try each others courses as we often like to share our dishes to enable us to try more. It is a large restaurant with seating both inside and outside along with the 2nd floor, it’s colourful and bright which is ideal for families and those that want to see each other while dining.
We both had soup as our appetizers, I had the delicious Tomato Bisque to start while Lawrence had the Wild Mushroom Soup.
On to the 2nd course, I had the Roasted Beet Salad while Lawrence had the Ahi Tuna on Crispy won tons.
For our 3rd course, which was the main entree course there were several dishes to choose from, I had the New Zealand Rack of lamb while Lawrence had the Braised short ribs, both of the dishes were served with mashed potatoes and vegetables.
For our 4th course which was the last, I had the Butter Pound cake with vanilla ice cream and Lawrence ad the Triple chocolate cake.
The next morning, I visited the Spa for their Signature massage, a one hour service, with essential oils; I had a great masseuse and I felt refreshed afterwards.
Lawrence and I also visited their fitness centre which is located off-site, a few minutes away by way of their complimentary hotel shuttle, just present your room key and then you can use the various weights and machines at your leisure.
Their UNDER THE DESERT SUN package includes 2 nights Accommodation, chocolates upon arrival and dinner at Lulu’s California Bistro, I had their 4 course prix-fix meal; I also added on a signature massage at their on-premise spa.
By: Richard Wolak
Disclosure: Palm Mountain Resort and Spa provided me with complimentary accommodation as well a spa experience, Lulu’s California Bistro provided the complementary meal. As always, all opinions and photos are my own.