Louise Speaks: Palm Springs www.visitpalmsprings.com is definitely known for the rich and famous. I think everybody who’s anybody has a home here or at least has some connection. Palm Springs has first class accommodations, fine dining, and shopping galore. It is also home to many gay and lesbian vacationers because Palm Springs has a very high gay and lesbian residential population. Nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the City of Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The village atmosphere has been preserved and embellished over the years. The streets lined with palm trees, invite you to explore boutique shops, art galleries and museums while soaking up the sunshine or dining outdoors among stunning desert scenery. Swimming, sunbathing, golfing and tennis are still the pastimes of this desert oasis. Although very hot and dry it still attracts people year round. Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine and less than 5.2 inches of rain. Winter temperatures average in the 70s with nights in the mid-40s. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers. There are several Indian casinos within easy driving distance for those who care to roll the dice.
Upscale resorts with world-class golf courses and spas are sprinkled throughout the Palm Springs and neighboring communities. There are several hotels and resorts that made Patricia’s book “1000 Places To See Before You Die” .
One of those mentioned was The Viceroy www.viceroypalmsprings.com . Nestled around three courtyards with pools and manicured gardens, the Viceroy Palm Springs offers an exceptional full-service spa and luxury accommodations, including deluxe hotel rooms, suites and private villas. The downtown Palm Springs hotel and spa resort is also home to Citron restaurant, one of the desert’s most distinctive gourmet restaurants and cocktail lounges. For chic events, romantic garden weddings and private retreats in Palm Springs, the downtown hotel can provide every service you can dream up.
Another place where you might choose to stay and relax and to find a more traditional type of romance is The Willows Historic Palm Inn www.thewillowspalmsprings.com . Just a few mere moments from the excitement of downtown Palms Springs yet worlds away from all the hustle and bustle of every day life, romance and relaxation may be found at the deserts most unique hidden treasure. Originally a millionaire’s private hideaway, the Willows is a dream of peace and serenity brought to life by skilled craftsmen who nearly a century ago magically transformed a rugged and barren hillside into a veritable oasis of rare beauty and ineffable charms. This was the honeymoon choice for Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. The Willows is a restored 1930 Mediterranean villa with eight sumptuous suites tucked into the hillside of the San Jacinto mountains,
Yet another popular place, and my personal favorite, is the Korakia www.korakia.com The Korakia Pensione offers a unique and relaxing getaway from day-to-day reality. Crafted after a Mediterranean-style pensione, Korakia blends the silhouette of Tangier with a whisper of the Mediterranean. Begin your day with a complimentary full-cooked breakfast in the Moroccan courtyard. Soothe your soul poolside, or seek healing through yoga or pamper yourself with a spa treatment. You may choose to curl up with a vintage book from the library. No matter what you choose you will see why Forbes Traveler named Korakia one of the “Sexiest Hotels in America.
After a relaxing night in any of these resorts and hotels, it’s time to site see and see what Palm Springs is all about. You could spend the better part of day touring the movie stars homes, both past and present, in the Movie Colony. You can also have tours of the inside of these homes should you choose to see the chip in the sink where Frank Sinatra once threw a bottle. Or how about a tour of the home were Elvis Presley and Priscilla spent their honeymoon in 1967…it’s even got a circular bedroom fit for a king. You can rent this home for your own honeymoon, www.elvishoneymoon.com
A weekend in Palm Springs is not really long enough to get the feel or the excitement this city has to offer. Yes it is in the desert, and yes it is hot, but the night life, the tourist attractions and so many places to see, I can’t say enough good things about Palm Springs. That being said, I rate Palm Springs an A.
Thelma Speaks: Palm Springs is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy not only the homes of movie stars but the hotels and resorts that are so calm and peaceful. We were able to visit each of the places Louise mentioned and I was struck by how relaxing they were. The grounds were perfect and the employees were very friendly and helpful. I would enjoy spending time at any of the above mentioned. Bob Hope’s mushroom house sitting high on top a hill is also a site to see.
For shopping and dinning there are several great spots downtown. Your shopping can find you in small shops with speciality items and clothes for the beach or summer fun. If you want to sit outside and enjoy the weather there are tables waiting for you to dine or just enjoy drinks with friends. People are seen strolling through the downtown area until late in the evening with many places to meet friends. Palm Springs is a great place year around and for the sun worshipers a summer hot spot.
I love going to Palm Springs so I would rate this spot as an A. Can’t wait to return and enjoy more places around town.