Sunday, March 20, 2011

TRAVEL - PALM SPRINGS!



Welcome to the Dessertland!
Little under a two hour car journey going east on the I-10 and you'll arrive in the serene dessert land of Palm Springs - It's mostly all about the pool life so get your 'cozzie' on, trashy magazines and Margarita in hand and lay back in the sun drenched pool - Don't worry if you are a little more adventurous than that as there are a lot of  fun things to do especially for families or big kids like me. A fun day for the family is a place called BOOMERS! Go-Cart racing, Crazy Golf, water rafting and penny arcades - it sits right next to the trader Joe's on E. Palm Canyon Dr., across the street I stumbled across a great consignment store, called RESALE THERAPY  selling old vintage clothing. This is great for dress up, or to find that classic ball gown/ Tuxedo you'll need for next year's TOSCARS.  Or if it's mid century modern furniture you're after, I highly recommend visiting the guys from Hedge. Thomas and Charles are design and architect connoisseurs and their store had some of the greatest one off, unique pieces. 
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Splash out at Knott's Soak City



Just before entering Palm Springs on the I-111 there is an off road quad biking place. Hiking in the Indian Canyons, a preserve that belongs to the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians is one of the best things about Palm Springs. Take plenty of water, and refill your bottles from the natural spring water there - delicious. And during the hot summers, when temperatures can rise to 125 degrees.  Knott's Soak City can take the edge off and cool you down, make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen! Still not cool enough? Right now you can take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of the steep cliffs of the Chino Canyon. Check out the amazing views and build a snowman at the same time. However if you're afraid of heights. This is definitely not for you as the glass tram have 360 views of all around and can be quite scary if you're not the adventurous type.


Some of my favourite places to eat!
Cary Grant's stable house restaurant 'Copley's'


 Copley's restaurant. This is Cary Grant's old stable houses turned restaurant, great decor, service and the food is pretty spectacular, ask to be seated outside close to the fire pit.  Mister Parker's at The Parker Hotel has a wonderful ambiance and a great Maitre'd who will entertain you with his stories about old palm Springs. If you are looking for an authentic classic Palm Springs, Melvyn's is the place. Sinatra,m Dean martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. used to hang out here in the day, it's tucked away close the the mountains in the Ingleside Inn. They have a great crooner most nights, singing the standards like 'My Way' 'Lady and the Tramp'  and 'That's Amore'.  For the late owls, both the Riviera hotel and The Ace hotel tend to have a great night scene going off with DJ's and late night poolside antics. Take in a brunch at Cheeky's, although there maybe a line as they don't take reservations if so try Norma's at the Parker hotel order the Wagg-Waa! waffles with blueberry and bananas cremem brule on top, it's killa-good! and great bloody Mary's too to nurse your hangover or a perhaps a Bellini to get the afternoon started off right. 

Norma's perfect for brunch
On the way home, it's always fun to stop off at the Premium outlets at Cabazon, great for discounted designer gear from Gucci, Prada and Rock and Republic, of just essentials like work-out gear from Nike, Adidas or Puma, new trainers, or socks and underwear from Saks, Barney's or Calvin Klein and stop off for a famous date shake from Hadley's fruit orchard. All in all Palm Springs is a real life brain getaway from the hustle and bustle of LA life.  

- Craig Young

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