You might say “Who needs a getaway from the beautiful warmth and blue skies of LA?” and “didn’t you just go to the desert last weekend?” This time we traveled east again to Palm Desert for some family time. Actually golf was the featured activity, but we also did some “touristy” fun activities with the kids.
“The Desert” as Angelenos call it, encompasses Palm Springs to Coachella, where I swear there is one golf course for every person, fabulous sunsets, and views of the mountains from every angle.
We were the grateful guests of my Mother and Father-in-law at the lovely Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage. The grounds are lovely and restful. We ventured off to the “Living Desert” one day for taste of the native plants and not so native wild life.
Have you ever been to the top of Mount San Jacinto? The Palm Spring Aerial Tram ride to the top of the mountain takes you to another stratus. Totally different than the desert below and light years away from LA.
The cool weather on the mountain top 30 degrees cooler) was a welcome change and reminded us of our mid-western roots. If we didn’t know better we would have thought we had been transported to Colorado. The smell of the pine and the gorgeous vistas of the surrounding desert and mountains was intoxicating. Keep in mind this is a just a little over 2 hours from the ocean!
This aerial tram and buidling was dedicated in the early 1960’s. Don’t you love the mid-century modern vibe of the building.
A bit “cheesiness” mixed in. There is a cafeteria style food service called the “Pines Cafe” and also a full service restaurant serving steak and fresh seafood along with a full service bar. Of course you may bring your own picnic to eat in a rustic setting under the towering pines on the many picnic tables provided.
Another day (Tuesday) we made our way to Sunnylands. One problem, they are only open Thursday – Sunday. I’m excited to revisit and tour the gardens (free) or make a reservation to tour this unique house next visit.
So here was “Plan B” We went to The Shops on El Paseo and The Gardens. We happened upon this welcoming and very fun gallery named CODA. At every turn there was a delightful eclectic mix of art to take in. How nice to fill your house with original art.
Of course there was shopping to do. All of the store are already in the holiday mood, with the aroma of cinnamon and stuffing wafting out of Williams Sonoma. My big purchase? A box of Maldon Salt. Dreams of cooking up a storm for this holiday season. Check out new and fresh recipes coming up on my food blog “I Had a Delicious Time”.
Looking forward to many more trips to “The Desert”. We’ll keep you posted.