PALM SPRINGS: more than just golf — but the golf is GREAT
IN the fall of 2014 my son Carey and I enjoyed a most satisfying experience on our first ever visit to the Palm Springs area. Even though that first trip was about golf, and there is plenty of it there, we did manage to do quite a lot of other things. We both loved it. Less hustle and bustle than some of the other warm weather destinations, but still with everything to offer you could ever want to keep you as busy as you like. We took a Red Jeep Tour into the mountains, took a ride up to the mountain top on the Aerial Tramway and sampled more than a few of the interesting dining options. But for that trip it was primarily golf that took us there. I soon realized my wife would likely love the place, with its sense of tranquillity and no mega lane highways with vehicles racing to see who can win the bumper-car race. So this time we are going back together. In the next couple of columns I will report on the different kinds of experience the region presents as a spousal vacation. And try to get a feel of how much impact the value of our Canadian dollar has had on the number of Canucks visiting this year. For the first time we will stay in a rented house, doing our own breakfasts and lunches, saving dinners for the culinary discoveries of the area. And there is no doubt, in a region with so many quality courses, there will be golf. The timing is right, and the place is perfect. I look forward to writing about our new discoveries. New York is hot The Canadian dollar may be down but visitors to the Big Apple are way up. From the very depths of depression after 9/11, many would never have projected New York — as a tourist destination — had any possible future to look forward to. The fear of future negative events made people very gun shy, expecting the worst for the city, and even more concerned about their own safety if they visited. Slowly the insecure fears faded, and people started putting the destination on their maybe plans again. Then they converted
Palm Springs offers some of the best golf courses anywhere, and a whole lot more for sun seekers.