Carl and I spent the last few days in the desert. We left the day after Thanksgiving and came back last night. It was a low key get-away.... a chance to take a few deep breaths before Christmas. Palm Springs is only an hour away but there's enough difference in scenery and weather that you actually feel that you've escaped! A few of our favorite spots:
Cinemas Palme d'Or for movies that never seem to make it Redlands
Borders at The River in Rancho Mirage for browsing books and music
The Colony Palms Hotel for a poolside lunch
Modern Way in old Palm Springs for perusing mid-century furnishings
Las Casuelas for Mexican food and margaritas
This trip we took a self-guided driving tour of the area's architectural treasures. The area is full of fabulous mid-century homes and commercial buildings. You can pick up a map at the Visitor Center for $5.00. I had fun jumping out of the car and taking a few pictures. The sky was soooo blue.