Joshua Tree/Palm Springs

November 2020

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” -Aristotle

Palm Springs is a great destination for those looking for relaxation, outdoor recreation, and cultural experiences in a beautiful desert setting and I swear it’s always sunny in Palm Springs!

There are any number of places to stay in Palm Springs, hotels, timeshares, or Airbnb. I’m sure you can always find an option. Just make sure, wherever you stay it has AC. It is really hot out there, especially in the Summer months!  I also enjoy a place with a pool. Lazy days with a drink by the pool in the warm desert sun are a must out there. 

There are several natural hot springs that can be found in the nearby mountains, as well as many luxurious spas, golf courses, and beautiful desert scenery. 

Plus you are only about an hour from Joshua Tree. We made a day of heading out there and exploring the surrounding area. The park covers over 790,000 acres and has two distinct desert ecosystems: the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. It is known for its stunning rock formations, including the famous “Joshua Tree” rock formations, which are large boulders that have been shaped by wind and water over millions of years. Visitors can hike, rock climb, camp, and stargaze in the park. 

There are always some interesting things to see out in the desert.  We checked out the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum. It was founded in 1999 to honor the work of artist Noah Purifoy, who was known for his assemblage sculptures made from found objects. The museum consists of ten acres of land that showcase over one hundred of Purifoy’s sculptures, as well as works by other artists. The Noah Purifoy Foundation is a unique and inspiring destination for those interested in contemporary art and social justice issues.  They welcome guests everyday dawn to dusk.  Donations are welcome in a little box on the gate.

Recommendations while in the Palm Desert Area

The Nest – Opened in 1965 and is known for its lively atmosphere, delicious food, and live entertainment. The restaurant serves a variety of American cuisine, also has a nightclub that features live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.

Cliffhouse – This local hidden gem, La Quinta Cliffhouse, is tucked into the cliffside in the heart of the desert. It has a lovely patio, viberant dining room and delicious food.

Chi Chi – Located in the Avalon Hotel. A chic indoor/outdoor space by the pool with fresh eats and rum for fun!

Melvyn’s – A class act for sure. Please come in your cocktail attire and enjoy the step back to an era of decorum and hedonism. 

Pappy + Harriet’s – “If your in a rush you’re in the wrong place” This is a dusty place perfect for a good meal and cold beer. If you’re lucky you will have live music to rock the day and night away with.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – World’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

SOPA – Place I have been wanting to try. If you go let me know how it is. Located at the Hermann Bungalows. SOPA is Adults Only and Reservation Only. No Pets Policy. 

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