Residing in Rancho Mirage gives me all kinds of shopping opportunities in the Palm Springs Valley, including The River, which is right down the road from my abode.  But there are times when I require a wider variety of retail routes, and for that, I head over to the storied shops of El Paseo, down the 111 in Palm Desert.  www.elpaseocatalogue.com

Few imagined when Cliff Henderson bought 1700 acres of desert scrub in 1946 that his vision of a first class shopping street would ever result in the world-renowned collection of shops, restaurants, galleries, and professional and personal service providers that we see today.  Akin to Rodeo Drive or Madison Avenue, El Paseo has something for everyone, and I’m just crazy mad for it!

It would be impossible to name all my faves here, but suffice to say that if you want it, you’ll most likely find it on El Paseo.  From the Saks Fifth Avenue store that anchors The Gardens complex, to the exquisite finery of designer Fe Zandi, you will have no problem finding clothes to suit your every need.  Kate Spade, Robert’s Fine Shoes, and Janie and Jack’s children’s wear might help you round out your family’s wants.

But El Paseo is about far more than apparel.  There’s Hayman & Summers’ outstanding collection of refined outdoor furniture, not to mention a beautifully renovated Pottery Barn.  Between the Sheets has the most amazing selection of linens for the boudoir, and believe me, if baubles are your baby, check out El Paseo Jewelry for rocks that will knock your socks off.  Or Frasca Jewelers, for special one of a kind pieces.  Or the venerable Tiffany.  Need I go on?

Hungry yet?  Fear not, as you are never more than a few steps from dozens of eateries that range from casual (California Pizza Kitchen, The Pastry Swan Bakery’s The Fix) to über excellent (Le Paon, Café des Beaux Arts, Ristorante Mamma Gina), and everything in between.

As much as I love to shop, my tootsies get tired trekking the grand art-filled boulevard.  Thankfully, a handy dandy free golf cart shuttle shows up virtually every few minutes to take me to my next destination!  Now what could be better than that?