Dec 25-Chrismas Day. Minor delays flying from San Antonio to Palm Springs. Used FF miles to get 1st class seats. PS is cold in Dec, low 60’s. We found a Carls Jr open for a quick lunch. Staying at the Palm Mountain Resort for 2 night and then moving to the Westin Desert Willow for 4-nights. Palm Mountain is not as nice as I hoped. It is definitely a 3-star, clean and friendly, just a little worn. Although, you can’t beat the location. Right in the heart of Palm Springs. We walked to dinner, restaurant called TRIO, it was very good. Calamari was excellent, soy ceviche with tofu, edamame beans, and avocado.
Dropped Dan off at Indian Wells Country Club. This place is immaculate, wow! I went to the Desert Memorial Park-AKA cemetery. I found Frank Sinatra and Sonny Bono. This was a surprise, a very small cemetery with the small simple in-ground head stones. The celebrity stones were exactly the same as the other folks. Someone had put a York Peppermint Patty on each of their graves.
Palm Springs is more old school, old hotels, the area outside of the main tours drag is pretty poor and dilapidated. As you drive down Palm Canyon Rd through Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Desert Palm it gets nicer and more modern shopping centers, chain restaurants, resorts, and country clubs.
Lunch- Billy Reed’s. This was an old folks restaurant for sure. I had some strawberry-rubarb pie.
I also drove by Elvis and Pricilla’s honeymoon house. A house in a cul-de-sac neighborhood.
Dinner – We went back to TRIO for happy hour, calamari and fried artichoke hearts. Then we when next door to Thai Smile, which was also very good.
Dropped Dan off at Mission Hill Country Club this morning. I went back to the hotel and took a long walk through the neighborhoods. I dilly dallied and had lunch at Old Spaghetti Factory. Picked up Dan and we checked into our new hotel. Westin Desert Willow Villas. These are really nice! 1 bedroom, kitchen, living room, washer/dryer. I am going to like this place. Dinner- we found a little Persian restaurant “Francesco’s” in a shopping center that was very good. I had caprese pizza, Dan had lamb Kabobs,
Today was a “10”, I was driving down I-10 thinking how I need to take more vacations. I appreciate my time off so much, I suck the life out of every day.
Dan- dropped off again for golf day #3 Rancho Las Palmas Country Club. I drove to Desert Hot Springs in search of hot springs pools and a massage. Desert Hot Springs is a pretty worn out town. There are a bunch of these resorts in a cluster that sit on the Miracle Hill Hot Water Aquifer. For dinner we ate the early bird special at Acqua Pazza.
I’m about vacationed out; laid around the pool in 2 sweat shirts and jeans while others were swimming, walked around El Paseo killing time before picking Dan up from golf day #4 Pete Dye course at Westin Mission Hills. Dinner- Shermans Deli, NY jewish food. Excellent corn beef on rye, Dan had cabbage rolls. This place was packed even at 5pm.
Hiking along the foothills. Asian Buffet for lunch, they had gigantic sushi rolls as big as the palm of my hand, and jumbo sized oysters? a little weird.
Merry Christmas to us!