Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Palm Springs Revisit

Last month, I featured an upcoming getaway in Palm Springs (see here), one of my favorite California destinations for some quality R & R. Today, I can finally share those pictures with you from our wonderful little stay at the Westin Rancho Mirage in Palm Desert. A two hour drive from San Diego will bring you here to this desert oasis.


   

Once you've checked in, feel free to stroll the grounds of the property which are filled with spacious green oases and calming lakes. It's a serene setting, especially mid-week when the crowds are away.

  

 




I also love the rose-colored Spanish architecture throughout the Rancho Mirage, which adds to the calming ambiance throughout the property.
 
 





    

    

The main activity of choice in Palm Springs is to just lounge by the pool and relax. Perhaps order a meal to your seat or a cool drink to counter the rising outdoor temperatures. The temperatures in the summer hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, however, in early October, it was a pleasant mid-80s. 


 

 
 
 


    


 
    

There's nothing like taking a dip in a cool pool on a warm day and then popping back out of the pool into warm temperatures to dry you off. I'd love to be back there now. When you're ready, you have to make the short drive into town where you can stroll along El Paseo, the most exclusive street in all of Palm Springs. This is where you'll come to dine, shop and socialize.

      

     

  

  


 



 




Another popular area to lounge and relax is at The River, which is an outdoor recreational area with coffee shops, restaurants, bars, a movie theater and boutique shops. A man-made river sits against a gorgeous desert mountain backdrop.

 

    

    


If you have the time, it's fun to take the gondola up to a lookout over Palm Desert. Unfortunately, we didn't make time for a stop there on our Palm Springs getaway, but there's always next time. See details here.


    


Well that was fun, just reminiscing about Palm Springs. The closest thing I'll get to that here in Israel is a visit to the Dead Sea, or I guess Eilat would do the trick as well. Join me as we venture up to northern California over the next few days with brief visits in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Then, it's over to Paris and Belgium before landing back in Israel and catching up to speed. Happy November to everyone out there! Hope you're enjoying fall, wherever you are, my favorite time of year.

2 comments:

  1. So relaxing on the body & soothing for the eyes!

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  2. Westin Rancho Mirage-my favorite!! Beautiful photos! We actually took the gondola ride last time, and I got scared there was going to be an earthquake. I guess I'm much wimpier than I used to be. Lo and behold there was an earthquake later that night!!

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