MAPLE LEOPARD: Postcards from Palm Springs

Monday, August 1, 2016

Postcards from Palm Springs


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It has been quite toasty in my  Pacific Northwest corner of the world. Whose complaining ?! Not this girl,  I love heat! Well to a point, I did complain  a few weeks ago when I was visiting the southwest city of Palm Springs.


Palm Springs is a lovely desert oasis located In the Coachella Valley desert region. It is about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, heading east.  Four different mountain ranges surround the city.


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The two days I was in here, I did enjoy it very much in spite of the heat. At least it is dry heat, that muggy stuff I no can handle!  It is laid back and kind of a slow type of town. However at night , the streets do come alive. I think anyone who lives there,  turns into a bear and hibernates all day until the sun goes down.  If you are looking for a spot to relax, unwind, and soak up the heat, this is the place for you.



THINGS TO DO IN PALM SPRINGS:

1) Dine at Fun Eateries:


Ruby's Diner was a fun dining experience with a 50's vibe, very yummy food.  You must try the deep fried green beans. I never had them before, sooo delicious!

 Across the street is Mexican cuisine at Maraca's . It looked like a hot eating spot.




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2) Stroll The Walk of Fame and Downtown Area:

It was cool to see a walk of fame like the one on Hollywood Blvd. Several vintage homes are located in the area that were owned by stars: Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, and Elvis Presley to name a few. 

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 3) Agua Caliente Casino Resort :

This property was so beautiful. The amenities include 5 restaurants, 2 outdoor pools, and a full service spa. I'm not much of a gambler, but  looking around casinos is always amusing. The majestic architecture keeps me entertained!


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4) Swim the Day Away:

It's too dang hot out to do anything else in daytime here, as the temps can soar well over 100 degrees! It was a scorching 118 both days. Thank goodness for pools, we camped there a good portion of the day! I love how the mountains were nestled so close all around our hotel.




5) Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and San Jancinto Park:


If you can't stand the heat below, there is an escape. Take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to San Jancinto Park and Wildnerness area. It is 40 degrees cooler up top. Gorgeous views, hiking trails, and camping await you!  Read my full review of this hair raising ride here in a previous post.


6) Palm Springs Air Museum:


This museum has been voted as one of the top 14 air museums in the world by CNN travel.  A Vietnam display and a program about flight in an authentic warbird are some highlights of this attraction.

I have only touched the surface of the many things this desert city and surrounding areas have to offer.  Desert Hot Springs is one place I missed out on. It is on the list for next time. 

It is a lovely hideaway of  resorts situated up high, overlooking Palm Springs.  Here, you can soak away your stress in the natural mineral pools.  These hot pools are known world wide for their healing properties. Calgon take me away!

How about you, do you enjoy visiting the desert? Or would you rather hang out where it's cool? Visiting here was definitely a nice change, and I plan to go back in the near future. 

I hope your day is wonderful and if you enjoyed this post perhaps you would like to pin it  for later, or follow along on Instagram for daily inspiration.  Thanks so much for stopping by!



XO VALERIE

Inspirational Quote for the Week:  When life's strong winds come blowing, bend with them and let go. By bending, you will become stronger in new places. By letting go, you will make room for new and better.

33 comments:

  1. Oh Palm Springs looks so fun and I love your Instagram feed:) happy Monday!

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    1. Thank you Terumi! IT is a wonderful place thanks for coming by!

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  2. I've heard so many great things about Palm Springs but have never been there. It looks like such a beautiful and fun place!

    Polly
    http://gemsandjoy.com

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    1. Hi Polly, I was there years ago, so had to go back and check it out..Its a fun little get away!

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  3. It's been a long time since I've been out there, but I loved it - it looks different, but the same...thanks for the flashback :)

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    1. HI there Lauren,

      It was a flashback for me too, its been years since Ive been there, 35! Ha now IM telling my age :/

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  4. I'm not too far from Palm Springs and have been there a couple of times. I checked out Agua Caliente last year and LOVED it. I definitely want to go back. Thanks for sharing!

    Christina
    http://roadtoparenthood.com

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    1. Thank you Christina for stopping by, I wanted to stay in the hotel there, so beautiful, maybe next time!

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  5. Oh wow! Those pictures look so lovely! Makes me wish I had a passport, but I'll be sending the link to a friend of mine in the state!

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    1. Hey Deanna,

      Hurry and get that passport! Mine is about to expire next year, so good reminder I need to renew it! Thanks for the visit!

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  6. I loved reading your post. It brought back so many memories for me. I went there a lot as a kid, although I haven't been back in years. Did you go to the nearby outlet stores?

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    1. HI Mary!

      No I was unaware of those, until we were leaving :/ prob a good thing tho.Ha ha I spent enough money in the fashion district ! You are like me..I was there when I was 15 and haven't been back since..it was a nice visit!

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  7. I grew up going to palm Springs but never knew about half this stuff! Thanks!

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    1. Wow how cool for you to grow up there, such a nice little town..I loved it...not much action but great for relaxing for sure!

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  8. I was in LA in January and Palm Springs is on my list of places to visit!

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    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    1. Hi Amanda...January would be a great time to visit the desert, prob about 30 degrees cooler!

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  9. I have actually never been to palm springs, which seems crazy to me because I have gone to California quite often. But one thing is that I am totally opposite from you...I hate hear, I feel like I am going to die in hot weather. I still think palm springs would be fun though, especially after reading your post on all the fun things to do!

    http://www.melbeeblog.com

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    1. I d0 like heat a lot, as long as its not humid, which the heat here is very dry...I hope you get to go sometime...if I lived in So cal I would be there every few months..I m working on that!

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  10. Palm Springs looks amazing, would love to go there and enjoy sun, palms and visiting all this great places you mentioned xoxo

    www.theninebyivana.blogspot.com

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    1. IT is a fun little place to rest.and enjoy the sun, I hope you get to go!

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  11. Such lovely photos, Palm Springs is always a good time especially when it comes to taking a spa and relaxation vacay! xx Adaleta Avdic

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    1. Thank you Adaleta..It is pure relaxtion, I loved it!

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  12. Sounds like you're having a blast! <3

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    1. IT was the funnest trip ever, thanks for stopping!

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  13. Love PS. I love CHeekies for breakfast. I love TRIO for dinner. There are so many wonderful places!

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    1. Thanks Heather for the tips, never heard of these!

      Valerie

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  14. I've only driven through Palm Springs, but never stopped. My cousins want to take a girls trip there next year, so thank you for the suggestions!

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    1. HI Lana, hope you can go sometime..such a great place to relax!

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  15. great post! i hope you're having a lovely day ;D

    mfashionfreak♥blog

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    1. THank you so much Mihaela I hope you are too!

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