The true desert gentleman readily seeks knowledge and adventure — and knows how to look good doing it. The season is in full swing, making it the perfect time to pamper that special guy of yours (or for the man of leisure to treat himself). Indulge in Coachella Valley’s myriad options for manly pleasure and reward.
The ultimate valley guy exudes confident ease with a close-knit shave and The Men’s Room in downtown Palm Springs has a straight razor at the ready. Post shave, peruse the shop’s thorough supply of male grooming products and travel accessories.
At the other end of the valley, enjoy the handsome rooms at La Quinta Resort & Club’s newly opened Havana Club Cigar Lounge. Arrange a shave and facial massage (ask for Louie) before stepping into the humidor to absorb a vast sampling of more than 25 brands and 140 boxes of cigars. Light up the recommended Davidoff Millennium inside or upon the welcoming couches of the outdoor patio.
As the plume drifts back toward midvalley, stop by Palm Desert Tobacco on El Paseo and immerse yourself in a superb selection of world-class cigars and related accessories, serving local clientele since 1983. Absorb the luxury of the store’s crafted mahogany lockers and check regularly with Palm Desert Tobacco for cigar dinners at one of the area’s celebrated establishments.
Later, complement the stogie choice with a stroll through Fame Wine & Cigars in Palm Springs. The downtown shop and lounge offers cigars as well as a selection of fine wines and select microbrews.
Well groomed and palate appeased, our desert guys seek activity. Assuage the desire with superb sporting instruction. The Jim McLean Golf School at PGA West and La Quinta Resort & Club features some of the country’s most respected teachers and serves as a regular host to touring professionals. A wide range of two- and three-day schooling options address all aspects of the game, while specialized instruction with McLean makes an indelible impression on the handicap.
The learned gent looking to mix technique with a cerebral bent should seek the golfing treasures found at the Extraordinary Golf School at The Golf Club at Terra Lago in Indio. The three-day regular program is the ideal classroom to organically blend the lessons of a player’s thought process with the individual’s golf goals. Students looking to get ahead start may want to first read owner Fred Shoemaker’s book, Extraordinary Golf: The Art of the Possible.
The man fueled by more than a stroll upon a desert fairway may find his adrenaline drawn to the offices of Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rental at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. The Eagle pit crew will happily draw up a prime desert route for your rented Harley ride. You must be at least 21 years of age and hold a valid motorcycle license.
For the male that prefers to motivate manually, schedule a ride with Big Wheel Bike Tours. Go for the customized mountain mike tour, which takes riders over the ridge and wash terrain of the San Andreas Fault area.
The Men’s Room
174 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Havana Club Cigar Lounge
La Quinta Resort & Club
49499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA 92253
Palm Desert Tobacco
73580 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Fame Wine & Cigars
155 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. A-3
Palm Springs, CA 92262, 1-760-320-2752
Jim McLean Golf School
50200 Avenida Vista Bonita, La Quinta, CA 92253
Extraordinary Golf School
The Golf Club at Terra Lago
84000 Terra Lago Pkwy., Indio, CA 92203
Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rental
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort
74855 Country Club Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92260
Big Wheel Bike Tours
Parker Palm Springs
4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264
The Village Pub
266 South Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Manhattan in the Desert
2665 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262, 1-760-322-3354
PGA West Tournament Clubhouse
56150 PGA Boulevard, La Quinta, CA 92253
Marriott’s Shadow Ridge
9002 Shadow Ridge Rd., Palm Desert, CA 92211
Indian Canyons Golf Resort
1097 E. Murray Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
49500 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230
Indian Springs Golf Club
79940 Westward Ho Dr., Indio, CA 92201
The Beer Hunter
78483 Hwy. 111, La Quinta, CA 92253