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Valentine's Day in Palm Springs: 5 local ideas for fun and romance

Since Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, why not take advantage of the entire weekend to celebrate? If you will be in the Palm Springs area, here are a few ideas to help make this Valentine's Day one that you and your loved one will remember for years to come.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - Steal a kiss during your ten minute, two and one half mile ascent from the Valley Station – elevation 2,643 ft. to the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516 ft.aboard one of the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcars. Enjoy stunning views and learn about the fascinating history of this often overlooked Palm Springs attraction. Be sure to check the weather if you want to hike; you can also enjoy a meal at the Peaks Restaurant.

Stroll down El Paseo - Known as the "Rodeo Drive" of the desert, the El Paseo Shopping District in Palm Desert has more than 300 shops, world-class dining, art galleries, and is just an all-around fun place to window shop and people-watch. Perhaps there's a ring in your future? There are more than 20 jewelry stores to choose from, including the iconic Tiffany and Co.

The Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells has put together a number of romantic packages and services to celebrate "28 Days of Love" for the entire month of February. Offerings include an aphrodisiac cooking class, a private mud painting party where "your partner is your canvas" followed by couples massages, and a special "Amoré Menu" at its Grove Artisan Kitchen.

A hike through Indian Canyons is an excellent way to experience the beauty and serenity of the desert. Trails range from easy through strenuous, so you can come for a couple of hours or bring a picnic and spend the entire day.

Finally, Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without candy. Pick up some Brandini Toffee in Rancho Mirage for a special treat. Started by local high school entrepreneurs, the toffee has gained an international following, and has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show.

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