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    Premier Palm Springs Golf Vacations

    Palm Springs is famous as one of the most popular destinations for golf vacations in the United States, often referred to as the “golf capital of the world.” With over 125 pristine golf courses, sunny weather, and scenic desert beauty, there’s a reason why Palm Springs golf vacations are so popular.

    Renaissance is surrounded by 5 of the top 30 courses in California, as rated by Golf.com. As a result, the competition between these courses benefits our golf guests in lower green fees and more amenities.

    Just 4 miles away, Escena Golf Club illuminates golf vacations with its stunning views and almost 7,200 yards to challenge the most skilled players. Yet, with its generous fairways and four sets of tees, it remains playable to all. Golfers can also enjoy their contemporary clubhouse and the ultra-cool Escena Lounge & Grill.

    Get in the swing with a Palm Springs golf vacation at Renaissance Hotel & Spa!

    Palm Springs Golf Courses:

    • Escena
 Golf Club – 4.25 Miles Book your tee time here!
    • Mesquite Golf & Country Club 
- 2.5 Miles
    • Seven Lakes Country Club 
- 1.8 Miles
    • Tahquitz Creek
 Golf Resort – 4.7 Miles
    • Indian Canyons
 Golf Resort – 3.75 Miles
    • O’Donnell Golf Club
 – 0.75 Mile
    • Tommy Jacobs Bel Air Greens – 2.75 Miles

    Golf lovers may also want to visit the Jude E. Poynter Golf Museum
, dedicated to the most popular sport in the Coachella Valley! Just 12 miles away, the museum is open daily from 8 am – 8 pm. Admission is free.

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    The Guide to Downtown Palm Springs

    Palm Canyon Drive is the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Just 3 blocks away from the Renaissance Hotel & Spa, it’s where you’ll find all the shops, galleries, restaurants, and attractions that make Palm Springs a wonderful place to visit.

    Downtown Palm Springs is host to over 500 businesses, including world-class restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, shops, and more. 
Here, the streets are lined with majestic Palm Trees that illuminate with sparkling lights at night. A stroll down Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive is a must to truly savor the delightful flavor of Palm Springs, CA.

    Palm Springs Walk of Stars

    Make sure you look for Marilyn Monroe’s star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars that has nearly 350 Golden Palm Stars embedded in the sidewalks throughout downtown Palm Springs.

    Other stars along the walk include Shirley Temple, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, and Ginger Rogers. Liberace, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Dinah Shore, Sonny Bono, Merv Griffin, Rich Little, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford as well as hundreds more have also joined the long list of celebrities who enjoy the special magic of this desert village.

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    Palm Springs’ Great Outdoors

    A Paradise for Adventure, Hiking, & More

    Discover the picturesque parks, canyons, and mountains that create an outdoor playground in Palm Springs, CA. Explore miles and miles of Palm Springs hiking, ride on the largest rotating tramcar, or venture to Joshua Tree National Park for a day of sightseeing and exploration.

    Joshua Tree National Park

    Just an hour’s drive from Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, plan a daytrip to see Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree offers guests many opportunities for exploration and discovery. Experience its fascinating variety of plants and animals in a park shaped by strong winds, unpredictable rain, and climatic extremes.

    There are 12 self-guiding nature trails for visitors, and from October through May, reserve a spot on the popular Keys Ranch Guided Walking Tour. Or, see the park from the seat of your mountain bike, offering an extensive network of dirt roads. Joshua Tree is also a popular rock-climbing area; the Park is also home to approximately 250 bighorn sheep.

    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Hop aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and experience a breathtaking journey to 8,500 feet, where adventure seekers can hike & dine in the scenic beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains. Within the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, there are 54 miles of hiking trails that range from a 5 1/2 mile trek to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto to the just over 1 mile nature walk.

    For 20 minutes, ride the world’s largest rotating tramcar to the top of the mountain, full of great Palm Springs hiking! You’ll also find a restaurant, gift shop, and snack bar for your pleasure.

    San Jacinto State Park

    The San Jacinto Mountain range is a magical place for Palm Springs hiking. Here, you can enjoy the feeling of hiking in Switzerland while gazing down at the Sahara.

    This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway makes it easy for hikers to enter Mount San Jacinto State Park, or you can begin at the mountain’s base. Enjoy cool breezes on the mountain that John Muir described as, “the view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”

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    Palm Springs is a Shopper’s Paradise

    Downtown Palm Springs – A Shopping Delight

    Celebrated Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs is home to over 525 shops, offering delightful Palm Spring shopping, strolling, and dining by day or night. Located within walking distance of Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, you’ll find a remarkable variety of shops, including some of the best vintage shops of classic furnishings, clothing, accessories, and artwork. Antique shops are also popular is this area, with a number focusing on mid-century modern furniture.

    Downtown Palm Springs also includes extraordinary art galleries, antique stores of all eras, souvenir shops, and chic boutiques. It’s a great place for outdoor dining, where you’ll find rows of palm trees and the gorgeous San Jacinto Mountains as your backdrop. Plus, every Thursday evening, Villagefest transforms several blocks of downtown Palm Springs into an outdoor festival with over 200 booths showcasing artwork, handcrafted items, and live entertainment. You can’t miss it!

    Local Cabazon Outlets & Desert Hills Premium Outlets

    Your desert vacation is not complete without a Palm Springs shopping excursion to the Cabazon and Desert Hills Premium Outlet Malls. With over 150 name-brand designer outlets, enjoy huge savings of 25% to 80% off retail prices, just 20 minutes from Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. Our Shopping Spree Package will even provide a VIP shopping pass.

    Located just off the 10 freeway, Cabazon and Desert Hills Outlets offer valuable Palm Springs shopping, where you’ll find the best brands at discounted prices! Both outlet centers are located adjacent to each other and include trendy brands like Barney’s, Coach, Crate & Barrel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Gap, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Prada, Ferragamo, Tod’s, and many more!

    Feel the warm desert breeze as your browse through our famous, outdoor shopping outlets, full of today’s latest fashions. It’s the perfect activity for Palm Springs girls’ getaways or a couples’ weekend.

    El Paseo Shopping District

    Often called “the Rodeo Drive of the Desert”, El Paseo is truly a Palm Springs shopping paradise. Exquisite gardens, beautiful statues, and palm trees surround this mile-long stretch of upscale shops. El Paseo offers over 300 shops and restaurants, including boutique and designer stores, jewelry stops, award-winning restaurants, antique shops, beauty salons, spas, art galleries, and more. From Sak’s 5th Avenue to individually-owned boutiques, El Paseo boasts a wide spectrum of Palm Springs shopping.

    World-class shopping awaits at the El Paseo Shopping District. Located in nearby Palm Desert, treat yourself to some of the best shopping in southern California.

    Shop ’til you drop in Palm Springs, CA!

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    Hike or Snowshoe in Palm Springs!

    For a Palm Springs vacation during the winter months, strap on your snow shoes or hiking boots and experience the cool tranquility of the San Jacinto Mountains. After riding the Aerial Tramway to 8,500 feet, enjoy the fresh mountain snow as you snowshoe or hike through the mountain wilderness.

    Celebrate the winter season at the San Jacinto Mountains, the place where snowball fights with family and friends are prone to occur! Snowshoes can be rented at the Aerial Tramway’s Adventure Center for only $18 per day. Please note, visitors who leave the Long Valley area on showshoes must obtain a permit from the Long Valley Ranger Station.

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    Famous Palm Springs Theaters & Entertainment

    Palm Springs, CA is a theater lover’s paradise for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a wide variety of performances at our local theaters and book show tickets during your next stay at Renaissance Hotel & Spa.

    The Plaza Theater

    Home of the Famous Palm Springs Follies!

    Experience the world-famous Palm Springs Follies – a Broadway-caliber show of music, dance, and comedy of Mid-Century America. The notorious line of Long-Legged Lovelies and Follies Gentlemen range from 54 to 83 years old, joined by admired guest stars and international vaudeville acts.

    Held at the historic Plaza Theater in Palm Springs, the Follies prove Billie Burke’s famous quote, “Age doesn’t matter unless you’re a cheese.” Book your Follies tickets today!

    Annenberg Theater

    Enjoy Palm Springs comedy, jazz, classical, or dance at the 433-seat Annenberg Theater! This intimate theater is located in downtown Palm Springs, where you’ll enjoy nearly perfect acoustics by the applauded artists who grace their stage. This Palm Springs theater is located on the lower level of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

    Renaissance is the official sponsor of the Coyote Stageworks, which will be performing 4 different plays/musicals from November 2012 through March 2013. Come celebrate the arts at a Palm Springs museum and theater.

    McCallum Theatre

    The McCallum Theatre is the premier entertainment venue in Palm Desert, CA. For the past 23 years, the McCallum has provided outstanding programming in all artistic genres.

    Their mission is to entertain and educate the public by offering a variety of performing arts that reflect the people, interests, and tastes of the diverse community. Named after a pioneer desert family, the McCallum Theatre is one of the country’s finest theatres by audiences, entertainers, and peers alike.

    Palm Canyon Theatre

    Located in downtown Palm Springs, Palm Canyon Theatre opened its doors in 1997 with “The Desert Song” by Romberg, Harbach, and Hammerstein. Here, they set the stage for a series of award-winning productions for more than 10 years.

    Today, Palm Canyon Theatre is pleased to sponsor Jeanette Knight’s Third Sunday Improv Jam, Second Sunday Shakespeare, and Spotlight on Musicals with Nate Brown in Concert. Check out the only professional theatre in the Coachella Valley!