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It had been years since we had been to Palm Springs and then only for the weekend. We had always enjoyed it but I wasn’t sure that there was going to be enough to fill up a week. Boy was I wrong! Between swimming, hiking, pool side lounging, shopping and a couple day trips to Joshua Tree National Park and the top of Mt San Jacinto via the aerial tramway, we could have filled up two weeks.

We were super happy when we arrived at our beautifully restored mid-century house in the Vista Las Palmas area. All I can say is WOW! The photos on the website did not do this justice. It had every modern convenience but was still stylishly and comfortably furnished. The mountain views from the house and the yard were amazing, and we spent most of our time in the pool and the spa, lounging on the floating lounges or pool side chaises, or in the comfy hammock and savoring those fantastic views. We actually cooked a lot of lunches there on the BBQ because we didn’t want to leave. Here is a link in case you want to see it:

http://www.vrbo.com/289202

The temps were in the 90’s most of the time, which was actually really comfortable, especially because the mornings and evenings really cool down. There was a couple of bikes at the house, so we really enjoyed biking around the Villa Las Palmas area, which is full of beautiful homes, but only a 5 minute bike ride from downtown, where we did most of our dining and shopping. You can also rent bikes from a start call BIKE right on Palm Cyn. There was also a hiking trail nearby which was covered in some sort of little yellow flowering bushes and had great views.

On one of the hotter days we took the aerial tramway up to Mt San Jacinto. It is billed as the largest rotating tram in the world. The trip up with really beautiful and there are lots of hiking trails, or you can just sit and enjoy the views, or have lunch or dinner at the restaurant. Be sure to bring a light jacket, as it is about 30 degrees cooler up there!

On another day we drove out to Joshua Tree national park. I wish we had left earlier as it is about a 90 minute drive and we didn’t really have enough time to do any hiking, but we got out an looked around at a few view points and will make a point to come back. We learned that the park actually covered the transition between high desert and low desert, and that the famed Joshua Trees are located primarily in the upper. We also saw something called Jumping Cactus, which doesn’t really jump, but you don’t want to brush against it.

Our other little day trip was to the outlet mall in Cabazon, about 15 minutes away. Again, we could have spent an entire day there, but after 4 hours we had only seen half of it. We scored some great deals and will definitely return on our next trip.

One of our favorite hikes back in town was to a waterfall at the top of Taquitz Cyn, which is on Inidan Land. It is an easy loop that took us about 30 minutes each way, if you don’t count stopping to take photos. It’s along a stream and was very picturesque with lots of little yellow flowers blooms. We saw lots of humming birds, and lizards and a few furry little bunnies. The water fall at the end was a great reward and was cooler because of the mist. I suggest you go earlier as it is cooler, and there as a small crowd at the waterfall, so that way you can perhaps be along up there.

Since there is a lot of Indian land in the area, we noticed that there were a lot of casinos. We don’t really gamble, but if that is your thing, it seems like there is a lot to choose from.

As for eating, we kind of did a mix of low end and high end, when we didn’t cook at the house. Our favorites for breakfast and lunch were: Cheeky’s for creative salads and sandwhiches and great breakfast and Tyler’s for burgers. For fine dining our favorite food was at Johannes, but outdoor dining is right on the sidewalk so it can be noisy. For good food and nice ambiance we also liked Copeley’s and Spencers. Most of these were a 15 minute walk from the house, or a 2 minute drive. A really cool find was the club house at Escena. They had without a doubt the best views from the outdoor patio and the food at dinner was really good. We wanted to go back for lunch one day but never made it.

Anyway, the tan is starting to fade but writing about it made the memories fresh for a few minutes. We are already planning a return trip there for the fall.

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