Palm Springs Per­fect

Good Liv­ing in the Coachella Val­ley

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - California - STORY AND PHOTOS BY PERRY & CINDY MACK IN­STA­GRAM @PERRY_MACK

Choos­ing a win­ter home isn’t much dif­fer­ent than choos­ing your per­ma­nent res­i­dence. There are key things that you look for, all of which fall into three cat­e­gories; men­tal and phys­i­cal stim­u­la­tion, weather, and ameni­ties. They sound so bland and yet, when you ex­pe­ri­ence th­ese in the per­fect com­bi­na­tion – it’s grand!

For us, the Coachella Val­ley pro­vides a com­bi­na­tion that cre­ates a near per­fect win­ter des­ti­na­tion. Be­fore I delve into life­style, let’s dis­cover some of the bland, but life-eas­ing, con­ve­niences. Palm Springs has an in­ter­na­tional air­port. Since we get fam­ily and friends fly­ing in to visit (kids love warm, sunny, free va­ca­tions) we find that the air­port is small enough to pick-up and drop off vis­i­tors eas­ily, yet large enough to ser­vice des­ti­na­tions from across the coun­try.

That’s enough bland, let’s talk grand! Part of the at­trac­tion of warm weather is get­ting out­side – from pick­ing le­mons off the tree in the morn­ing, to walk­ing past en­tic­ing shops, to hik­ing out­doors and dis­cov­er­ing spec­tac­u­lar views around ev­ery bend in the trail.

We love ex­plor­ing the di­verse land­scapes that sur­round this small city, and the ur­ban ameni­ties it has, which are more typ­i­cal of a larger cen­tre.

Palm Canyon Drive is the main street for Palm Springs. A plethora of shops and restau­rants frame roughly seven blocks, and amongst the trendy, funky (and iconic sou­venir shops), is the Palm Springs Art Mu­seum (PSM), in Palm Springs (not to be con­fused with the Palm Springs Art Mu­seum in Palm Desert). Founded in 1938, this is not a small town mu­seum but one that ri­vals the largest ur­ban cen­tres. Gen­er­ous and af­flu­ent res­i­dents have loaned or do­nated works through­out the 14,000 sq m (150,000 sq ft) in­clud­ing those of Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, Pablo Pi­casso, Henry Moore and Robert Rauschen­berg. You don’t have to be an art afi­cionado to won­der at the mod­ern col­lec­tions of glass, pho­tog­ra­phy, art and ar­chi­tec­ture, and of course west­ern and Na­tive Amer­i­can art. Two out­door sculp­ture gar­dens, and the oblig­a­tory café and gift shop com­plete the phys­i­cal pres­ence. But it’s the dy­namic cal­en­dar of events and per­for­mances that make it an at­trac­tive draw for snow­birds.

Part of the PSM is the in­ti­mate, 430-seat

CalBRE # 00863474

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: BE PA­TIENT GET­TING TO IN­DIAN CANYONS, DESERT HILLS PRE­MIUM OUT­LET, REST­ING AT LOST HORSE LOOP TRAIL, JOSHUA TREE; HIK­ING THE MU­SEUM TRAIL AND PALMS SPRINGS ART MU­SEUM.

DOWN­TOWN PALM CANYON DRIVE.

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