El Mirasol, 140 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 323-0721, http://www.elmirasolrestaurants.com. Unfussy Mexican food. Lunch and dinner. Dinner main dishes $9.75-$19.75. (Second location at Los Arboles Hotel, 266 Via Altamira, Palm Springs; (760) 459-3136.
Ace Hotel, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Pal Springs; (760) 325-9900, http://www.acehotel.com/palmsprings. 180 rooms, big pool, restaurant. Many rooms with fireplaces and turntables. Rates $129-$269, $20 daily resort fee.
Saguaro Hotel, 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 323-1711, http://www.lat.ms/URduxW. Rooms for two generally $99-$250 (more for suites) plus $18 daily resort fee.
Desert Riviera, 610 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 327-5314, http://www.desertrivierahotel.com. Rooms generally $149-179, about $15 less in summer. No resort fee. Adults preferred.
Hotel California, 424 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 322-8855, http://www.palmspringshotelcalifornia.com. Sibling of the Desert Riviera. Rates $149-$229, dropping as low as $109 in summer. No resort fee. No young children.
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, 128 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 327-0225, http://www.psfollies.com. Vaudeville and dancers, ages 54 to 83. Season runs through May 1. Tickets $29-$95.
Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert; (760) 346-5694, http://www.livingdesert.org. Adults $17.25; children ages 3-12, $8.75.
Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert, 71-701 Gerald Ford Drive, Rancho Mirage; (760) 321-0602, http://www.cdmod.org. Admission $8 per person over age 2. Open daily January-April; closed Mondays May-December.
JW Marriott Desert Springs, 74-855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert; (760) 341-2211, http://www.desertspringsresort.com. Nearly 900 rooms, water features, spa, 36 holes of golf. Rooms for two generally $199-$329 (more for suites) plus $27 daily resort fee.
Sunnylands Center & Gardens, 37-977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; (760) 328-2829, http://www.sunnylands.org. Nine acres of gardens and a cafe on grounds once owned by philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Free. Open Thursdays-Sundays. Closed in August. Tours of the Sunnylands estate, a midcentury modern mansion where the Annenbergs lived, are $35 per adult and must be reserved in advance.
La Quinta Resort & Club, 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta; (800) 598-3828, http://www.laquintaresort.com. Rooms for two (known as casitas) usually $179-$299, plus a $27 daily resort fee. Suites, villas and residences more.
Shields Date Garden, 80-225 U.S. Highway 111, Indio; (760) 347-0996, http://www.shieldsdategarden.com. Dates, date shakes and a cafe. Breakfast and lunch mains to $13.
Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio; (760) 393-7298, http://www.empirepolo.com. Free general-admission seating for Friday night and Sunday afternoon polo games January through March.