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7 Reader Picks For Palm Springs Visitors

By Andrew Belonsky

We've seen Palm Springs's high points, like the peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains, and its low, such as Coachella Valley's dive bars, but we haven't seen it all. Luckily, we have fellow travelers to help us plan our next trip.

Reader Robert said that in addition to viewing Ed Ruscha and Henry Moore at the Palm Springs Art Museum, we should check out the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, which celebrates the native Cahuilla Indians's heritage while confronting stereotypes of today. Their latest exhibition is called "Where Are The Tipis?," a show that aims to set some modern misconceptions straight. They also have an online exhibition hall for those who don't make it to Palm Springs on the regular.

If gambling is your thing, take in a show and play some poker at the nearby Agua Caliente Resort, Casino and Spa. And in terms of retail, Scottie suggested you bring some Palm Springs home by picking up household wares at Boulevard Vintage and Contemporary Home Furnishings, while Facebook friend Michael pointed visitors toward Palm Springs Piercing Company, should you ever want another hole in our body or need new jewelry for ones you already have.

Speaking of hooks, we're told that the man-made Lake Hemet in Idyllwild is stocked with excellent rainbow trout and bass fishing. But if you'd rather not catch the fish, reader Marcus recommends Kiyosaku's specialty: crab, scallop, tuna, salmon and sprout served in a halved grapefruit.

And if you're looking for an urbane, spacious place to stay, a number of LGBT friends recommended the earthy rooms at Hotel Zoso (pictured above), where we'll definitely try to go next time we're in town. Until then, keep your suggestions coming — like all good travelers, we're always open to something new.

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