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Palm Springs ‘winters’ are the best

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When most of the United States experiences snow and freezing cold, and the temperatures are even too chilly for most Southern Californians, you can be assured that the Palm Springs weather will not disappoint you. Grant you the nights are pretty nippy in the desert and might reach the freezing point at times, but the daytime highs are always in the 70’s – or at least dry and sunny. It is no surprise that countless tourists which live in cold climate countries like Canada, or our own East Coast, flock like snowflakes to Palm Springs, especially during the winter months.

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Only 112 miles from Los Angeles and 126 miles from San Diego, it has easy access from all major freeways. However, once you get close to the Coachella Valley you will feel like you are entering a different world. You have arrived at the Twilight Zone of Relaxation!

This fantastic city still exudes the aura of the historic movie period, when actors and entertainers like Johnny Weissmueller and Frank Sinatra stayed in this town. Once known to be a town for the rich and famous, Palm Springs can now be called a town of creative diversity, where inventive ideas are blooming, businesses thrive, art is appreciated, and neighbors support each other.

There are numerous vacation rental companies, like McLean Rental Company, Vacation Palm Springs, and Palm Springs Rentals, just to name a few, which are professional, long-established rental companies with hundreds of vacation homes to choose from. And even though these rental properties aren’t always a favorite amongst the locals, they do provide a much needed revenue stream for the City.

Palm Springs has had an amazing economic upswing and growth spurt in the last few of years and it continues to go strong. With the influx of a fresh creative and affluent population, especially found in the gay community, Palm Springs has seen a wonderful rejuvenation, particularly accredited to the remodeling of homes, many of them being brought back to the mid-century modern style that this city is so well known for.

Booming tourism brings the need for entertainment, hotels, restaurants and shops; and Palm Springs appeals to many different walks of life. From the single scene, the professional get-away to the family vacation, Palm Springs offers many things to many people. There are fun Pubs like the ‘Village Pub’ or ‘Dickie O’Neal’s Family Irish Pub’, cool restaurant/bars like ‘The Tropicale’ or ‘ZELDA’s’ nightclub, family restaurants (Coco’s, Denny’s, Ruby’s) and fine dining establishments like the ‘Chop House’ or ‘Wang’s’ and my personal favorite the always popular ‘Las Casuelas’ in the center of town. Brand new Hotels like the ‘Hard Rock Hotel’ are popping up, and a planned shopping center with entertainment venues and outdoor concert facilities are on the table for the near future.

The most popular tourist attractions and weekend getaways are a ride on the rotating cable car up to the mountain (elevation 2,643 ft.) with views over the valley and the snow-capped peaks in the wintertime. The sports fan can find hiking trails into Indian Canyon, or take a Balloon ride with ‘Balloons Above the Dessert’. For many more things to do during your stay, visit ‘365 Things to do in Palm Springs’. And most of all enjoy!

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