Spend your Summer Vacation at a Luxury Villa

Are you into an ultra-lavish lifestyle or want to experience what a luxury villa and celebrity summer is like? You’ve come to right place! Here at McLean Company, we’ve got your stay at a luxury villa, Palm Springs, down to a tee. Meaning your summer getaway will be worth while! Pack your bags today and jet off on your next California destination vacation and enjoy an opulent lifestyle for awhile.

Our company specializes in luxury vacation rentals throughout the Palm Springs area. We’ve been operating since 1984, and we’re one of the most trusted names for vacation rentals in Palm Springs. We have everything for your luxury getaway; private pools, clean, crisp colors, and lots of properties fit for every budget.

Mountain Views

Our Palm Springs Getaway is our currently featured rental. Easy on the wallet, this beautiful estate is perfect for those wanting to get a taste of luxury on a lower budget. Not only will you experience incredible mountain views, but you’ll get to enjoy the wall of glass windows which open and bring the outdoors inside. You can also relax by the pool and go for a swim or enjoy visiting the surrounding neighborhood.

Contemporary and Modern

If you’re looking to take a lap in luxury check out the Polo Villas House 1, this architecturally stunning vacation home, a perfect fit for those wanting to spend a little more. Falling within our middle range for nightly spend, Polo Villa is fantastic for guests wanting that touch of modern design. You’ll find peace when you step into this contemporary estate, made with clean and modern lines; this place is ideal for providing comfort and luxury all in one. The large pool, spa, and deck area provide optimal relaxation, day or night.

Ultra-Luxe

Finally, if you don’t have a budget, or you’re planning a large group trip, Colony 29 homes are a great fit for you! There are six homes in total including 13 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. Along with six kitchens, three pools and four spas to spend your summer days, and so much more you’ll be amazed at all the on-site amenities and activities. Whether you rent out a few of these homes individually or you just enjoy the property as a whole there, you won’t leave disappointed. Plus, we currently have a happy summer discount on these homes that you’ll want to learn more about.

Enjoy your Palm Springs vacation this summer when you live a life of luxury. No matter how much you choose to spend on your trip, we have the best accommodations to fit every need and we can’t wait for you see what our luxury villa in Palm Springs can do for you! Live it up while you’re here, our beautiful scenery, fabulous spas, and excellent restaurants will keep you entertained the summertime season.

PUP FRIENDLY PALM SPRINGS

Palm Springs is a pup’s paradise. Surrounded by hills and mountains to explore and plenty of adventure around every corner – who better to take in all the beautiful sights and fresh air with you than your four-legged friend?

Here are some fun things for you and your pup to do:

Hiking

The Palm Springs valley is known for great hiking trails in the mountains and canyons, but not all trails allow dogs due to the protected surrounding wildlife. Here are a few options for hiking with Fido:

South Lykken Trail – a 3.5 mile roundtrip hike of moderate difficulty, with a beginning elevation of 560′, and an elevation gain of about 900′. Trailhead is located at 500 W Mesquite Avenue.

South Lykken Trail

Cross Trail – The Cross Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Palm Desert with some steep inclines but beautiful views as you make your way up to the top. To get there take Highway 74 head south, right on Thrush Drive, Left on Thrush Road. Go over the bridge at he canal and turn right.

Araby Trail – Only the first 1.5 miles of this 6 mile hike are dog-friendly so it’s nice for a shorter stroll. Make sure to go early as there is no shade on this trail.  Trailhead is located on Rimrock/Southridge Road off of Hwy 111.

Dining

Palm Springs is host to a long list of dog friendly restaurants. For lunch or dinner, book a table at EIGHT4NINE to reserve a seat at their shaded courtyard. For brunch or Tapas stop by Juniper Table at the new Kimpton Hotel and enjoy the scene passing by. Most restaurants in Palm Springs offer outdoor seating and can accommodate pups both large and small. The website VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com has a full list of dog friendly restaurants to explore.

Dining in Palm Springs

Venus De Fido

Can’t bear to be away from your pet for a spa day? Venus de Fido in Palm Desert has you covered with the ultimate spa experience for humans and dogs. Spend a day exploring their fitness facilities and book a spa treatment while Fido gets the full rubdown at the onsite groomer. The facility features a squash court, salt cave and more, as well as an indoor dog park. For an extra challenge, explore The Fido & You fitness class which combines light cardio, with yoga and core strengthening exercise for you while providing agility and trick training for your dog. Go to their website venusdefido.com to book your appointments.

Venus De Fido

Palm Springs Dog Park

.This beautiful park at 222 Civic Drive North features 1.6 acres of fenced-in rolling grass with separate areas for large and small dogs where dogs can run and play leash-free. The most spectacular part of this par is “Desert Reflections” – an artistic fence designed and built by artist Phill Evans.

Palm Springs Dog Park

Shopping

No visit with in Palm Springs is complete without a stop at Cold Nose Warm Heart. This small store features a huge selection of food, toys, treats, apparel, leashes, and other items for pets. They also carry items for pet lovers such as apparel, mugs, cards, and hats. If you’re closer to Palm Desert make sure to stop by Earthwise, a relatively new store with quality food selection and accessories. Book an appointment with their groomer in advance or use the self serve washing stations.

Cold Nose Warm Heart

HIGH DESERT DAY TRIP

Palm Springs is known for chic shopping (hello Trina Turk) and restaurant scene but to experience the desert in a new way, head out to the high desert for a day trip during your next Palm Springs vacation. A 30-minute scenic drive North on the 62 will take you to the quiet town of Yucca Valley. On the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Park, the town is an eclectic mix of old gas stations and big-box stores like Walmart and JC Penney’s. Tucked between you’ll discover a slew of high-end vintage stores with incredible clothing selections and locally owned restaurants and coffee shops.

Here are some of our top picks for an outing to the high desert:

Integratron
Head 15 minutes north from Yucca Valley on Old Woman Springs Road (known to Palm Springs locals as the “backroad to Las Vegas”) and you will land at the Integratron, a 38-foot high, 55-foot diameter, all wood dome surrounded by the Mojave Desert. Originally designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel by George Van Tassel, the Integratron now offers 60-minute sonic healing sessions, also known as “sound baths”. The sound bath experience starts upon arrival in the hushed atmosphere of the property. With hammocks strung between the trees and inviting seating areas covered with handwoven rugs, serenity sets in as soon as you step foot onto the area. After an initial briefing downstairs inside the actual dome, you are lead upstairs to select your mat and blankets for the experience. The next 25 minutes are for mediation while listening to quartz crystal bowls played live. You will be resting comfortably in the deeply resonant, multi-wave sound chamber while a sequence of quartz crystal singing bowls are played, each one keyed to the energy centers or chakras of the body, where sound is nutrition for the nervous system. The result is heightened awareness and relaxation of your mind and body in a way you have never experienced before.

Tip: During season (January through March/April) plan on booking at least a month in advance. Plan on wearing comfortable clothing and arriving an hour early for your sound bath experience. Visit their website for pricing and to book your experience: integratron.com.

The Integratron
Inside the dome
Hammock area at the Integratron

La Copine

With your senses heightened, gather for a meal at Copine just 6 miles South of Integratron on Old Woman Springs Road. Don’t let the odd location and low key exterior fool you. Step inside to a sunny diner rehabbed by East Coast couple Nikki Hill and Claire Waldsworth. Open Thursday through Sunday their menu reads like a “Silver Lake love letter” according to Eater Los Angeles. Their sample menu boasts highlights like Duck-Chicken Mousse and with new items continually added, you are bound to find a culinary surprise that rivals even the best Palm Springs restaurants.

Tip: check their website lacopinekitchen.com before planning your trip. Hours of operation tend to change.

La Copine in Flamingo Heights
La Copine Vegan Eggplant Parm

Frontier Café

With your belly full of good eats from Copine you may need a little pick me up on your way back to Palm Springs. Stop at Frontier Café on the corner of Twentynine Palms Highway and Pioneertown Road. This hidden gem serves local Joshua Tree Coffee Company roast (pick up a bag to brew at home) and completes the ambience with art and music. Their blended chai is memorable as well as local Madhouse pie (we have our eye on the brown sugar bacon pecan pie).

Tip: Don’t forget to check out the two vintage clothing stores next door Thursday nights are Open Mic at Frontier, with their beer & wine menu you might just want to stay for the evening. cafefrontier.com.

Frontier Cafe

HELP OPPOSE AB 1731

The California State Senate will soon debate AB 1731, a bill that would limit the ability of people to rent their own homes and bans full time vacation rentals entirely along the San Diego coast.

To clarify, AB 1731 would:

– Devastate San Diego County hosts who depend on the extra income

-Set a troublesome precedent for short-term rentals along the rest of California’s coast

-Severely jeopardize legally-protected access to the coast

The California State Senate will take a critical vote on the bill next week. Therefore, McLean Company and Share San Diego, need’s you to tell them to OPPOSE AB 1731. Let them know that short-term rentals are vital for all California residents, and how home sharing is an important and affordable option for visiting families to access and enjoy the coastline.

For more information or to find out how you can help,
please visit or click the link below.

HELP OPPOSE AB 1731

More you can do to help (from ShareSanDiego.org)

We need your help contacting San Diego’s delegation of legislators and encouraging them to keep San Diego’s coast open to everyone by opposing AB 1731.

Provided below are talking points you may want to use in your emails/calls, but please share your personal story of why you support STRs.

AB 1731 will severely limit access to reasonably priced lodging in the San Diego Coastal Zone. 

-Studies have shown cost to be the biggest barrier to visiting the coast for many families

-STRs allow families to save money by staying together, cooking, and sharing a private space

AB 1731 will prohibit owners of second homes from making their properties available on hosting platforms as vacation rentals.  

-This bill restricts property rights by preventing homeowners from renting a secondary residence as a short-term rental

-By cutting the number of short-term rentals available as overnight accommodations, prices will soar and the coast will become even less affordable/accessible to working families

AB 1731 will reduce collection of transient occupancy taxes under existing local collection agreements. 

-This bill encourages homeowners to move their listings from well-managed short-term listing sites such as Airbnb and VRBO. This forces them to go to underground sites such as Craigslist or elsewhere where TOT is unlikely to be collected and remitted to the city

Get rid of your Winter Blues in Palm Springs CA

Winter is finally almost over which means spring is right around the corner and so it’s time to get rid of your winter blues! Head to Palm Springs, CA this spring season to experience California in all her beauty. Did you know that spring temperatures draw many to our region this time of the year? Mark your calendars and get away from the fluffy, white snow with McLean Company Rentals. Where we’ll make sure your vacation is one for the books.

It’s a Spring Thing

Spring is undoubtedly the best time of the year to visit California’s desert locations. It’s also the clearest time of the year, before summer fog and bustling heat set in. So, don’t forget your sunglasses! Between March and April Spring Break brings many families out west. This means that it’s best to avoid theme parks this time of the year, unless you want to battle heavy crowds.

Palm Springs, CA in springtime is beautiful, you’ll honestly have to see it to believe it! Flowers begin to bloom and it’s a great time to experience the wildflowers which can carpet the desert floor. When you stay at one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals, nighttime can bring shooting stars to the desert, especially in spring. Curl up outside with your family or loved one and keep your eyes peeled towards the sky. Then make a wish and hope for the best.

When thinking about your spring getaway, you’ll want to consider heading to a local Hot Springs. Let your winter worries melt away when you rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul at a relaxing spa. There are plenty of locations with Hot Springs to choose from in the Palm Springs and Desert Springs area, we’re sure you’ll find one. Wherever you choose to adventure in California this spring, our vacation homes at McLean Company have everything you could ever dream of. Make sure to shake off the winter blues and jump into spring this season when you stay with us this March through May.

Get to know Palm Springs by Night

Desert communities around the Coachella Valley have long had a reputation for a calmer nightlife, nothing too crazy, but yet still enjoyable. As there have been new bars and a shift in guest ages to a younger crowd, there is practically everything for a fun night out on the town, no matter your scene. McLean Company has everything you need to have the best time west of the Mississippi. While our fabulous Palm Springs rentals are excellent for daytime relaxation, you’re going to want to get out and see what this lovely desert town has to offer when the sun goes down, and the lights turn on.

There are plenty of clubs, casinos, dance halls, and tasty happy hours that you’ll want to be a part of when visiting this desert city. We promise that you won’t want to stay home during your trip here, so enjoy a few hours of nighttime getting to know a different side of Palm Springs, you might be pleasantly surprised…

A Craft Desert Town

We know that the craft beer and the cocktail scene has been ever growing these last few years and Palm Springs isn’t the only town to hop on that train. Head right to Bar for handcrafted mixed drinks and live musical entertainment. Opening in 2013, this aptly named bar has become a fan favorite for locals and visitors alike. And there is a clear reason why, the list of alcoholic beverages spans over two pages, and that’s not including their beers on tap. We think you should give the Valentine Beer Cocktail a try if you stop by!

Tiki in the Desert

It might be hard to believe with all the mid-century modern architecture but the tiki culture in Palm Springs in something you have to look for during the day. At night, this fun and vibrant side of the city comes alive at Bootlegger Tiki. Known for their handcrafted cocktails and famous happy hour specials you’ll want to stop by on your vacation. You’ll find that this location is full of history, as the Bootlegger is located right where the famous Don the Beachcomber restaurant used to be. Their three main ingredients feature rum, fruit, and love, plus you won’t want to miss their fantastic savory and sweet snack menu. We recommend trying the Pog Tiki, which is served up in an awesome tiki glass.

Desert Dance

If you’re looking for the perfect place to dance the night away, Palm Springs has some of the best local clubs around. You won’t want to miss out on the ever-popular Zelda’s. If you can’t get enough, hop over to Toucans. Both of these spots are great when you want to tear up the dance floor for a night. With local entertainment, DJ-spun sets, and even karaoke, you can have lots of fun dancing to the beat of whatever drum moves you. All you have to do is make sure you have your dancing shoes!

No matter how you choose to spend your night out in Palm Springs, McLean Company has you covered for the perfect vacation home. From stunning mid-century modern decor to beautiful outside oasis’s there is truly something for everyone here in the desert. Let your trip shine when you pick your Palm Springs rentals, then get out and explore the town! Whether it’s something off the beaten path, a hipster’s hideaway, a spot to get your groove on, or just a local favorite it’s always five o’clock somewhere.

Get Detailed with Stunning Palm Springs Architecture

Home to the largest collection of Mid-century modern spaces, Palm Springs has created its own design aesthetic over the years, and one that people flock to experience. To understand what that style is, you’ll want to know a bit about architecture, and we’re here to help you break that down. When describing mid-20th-century developments most give the nod to the exterior, interior, and design coupled with more organic forms like large glass and clean lines, which bring to life what you’ll see when stepping outside in Palm Springs. Design aspects include all sorts of buildings, shopping centers, and plenty of luxury villas Palm Springs has seen since this style has erupted. We’re sure there is no shortage of modern-style homes, especially when it comes to McLean Company’s perfectly curated vacation rentals which showcase this modern desert style of Palm Springs.

Experience Palm Springs Modernism

There are many ways to enjoy the unique beauty of Palm Springs. First up you’ll want to head outside and go for a walking tour as there are many interesting landmarks you’ll find throughout the city. You should stop at the Palm Springs Official Visitors Center, originally the Tramway Gas Station, to grab a map of other famous landmarks to visit. Second, you’ll want to make sure you book a guided tour around the city to learn more about mid-century modernism. There are quite a few options to choose from like The Modern Tour, PS Architecture Tours, and the Palm Springs Mod Squad. Finally, the best way to experience it all is to stay in a modern home! McLean Rentals has all that you need for rental options, especially when it comes to a few of our favorite modern designs like Casa Elizabeth and Modern Desert Palisades.

Casa Elizabeth

This famous home is worthy of staying for more than just one reason. Not only was it the late Elizabeth Taylor’s only Palm Springs home, but this property offers a beautiful option for those wanting a classic mid-century. Open and spacious rooms became popular with this movement, and there is no shortage of space in this fabulous retreat. With the help of post and beam architecture, many of these homes utilize glass walls to bring natural light inside. Similarly, you’ll find Casa Elizabeth with large glass windows that almost make it seem as if the outside, is inside. History seeps everywhere throughout this location. Featuring four bedrooms, high ceilings, and original art work owned by Elizabeth Taylor, don’t miss out on this option, perfect for any architectural lover.

Modern Desert Palisades

Nestled into the sloping desert terrain you’ll find Modern Desert Palisades, an excellent choice for those searching for modern luxury. Walls of glass will give you an almost 360-degree view of the mountainscape. With four bedrooms this ultra stylish retreat will send you right back to Mid-20th Century. Pure and unaltered Palm Springs modernism shines bright with this private desert community home.  Check for availability by calling McLean Company at (844) 325-5944.

Palm Springs is more than just lavish spas and rugged scenery; it’s truly an architectural dream come true. When picking McLean Company, we’ll make sure you get the most out of your vacation to California by helping you find a stunning property that is not only functional but also photo-worthy.  Whether you want contemporary or traditional, we have the best luxury villas Palm Springs has ever seen. Plus, with a broad range of options, we have everything for every type of taste!

FINDING A FABULOUS FALL RENTAL

The fall season makes for a desert getaway, with the summer having heat index within the triple digits, many visitors opt for a winter getaway to view the beautiful desert valleys of California. Autumn, though, has cooler temps and not a whole of visitors, so finding the right Palm Springs rentals for your family opens up a more extensive network of possibilities especially during this beautiful time of the year.

You’ve figured out that Palm Springs is a great place to go to this fall season, but you’re now on the hunt for the best rental option. Here at Mclean Company, we’ve got a whole host of Palm Springs rentals that will get you to close to all that you want to do within our charming city. We’ve compiled a small list of three of our wonderful rental options that highlight why booking a fall rental is a great idea!

More than Palms

There are a few things people search for when picking their vacation rental, the location being one. And we’ve got just the rental that will get you right in the middle of it all. Our Mid Century Movie Colony is in the heart of Palm Springs – which is right where you’ll want to be! Close to parks, tennis courts, and so much more, this rental offers the perfect location spot for those wishing to get away for a few days. Not only does the mid-century modern architecture and interior spark a historical sense within the building but step into the backyard, and you’ll experience the breathtaking mountain views. One of the fabulous parts of Palm Springs is the view you’ll get to see. Beyond the palms and the spas, the desert and especially the valleys are big draws to the city. And you’ll see just what we’re talking about when you take a chance on this rental.

What do you Need?

Second, do you know what you want out of your rental? If you do, then you’re in for a treat! Whether you’re looking for group options, you’re bringing the whole family, or you just want space. Do you want to lounge around your rental or get out and see the town? Our Twin Palms Paradise is perfect for entertaining! Whether it’s a huge group or a small one, this rental boast some much-needed amenities from spacious rooms, multiple bedrooms, and lots of backyard space for fun some in the sun. Making sure you know what you want and what you can help narrow down your rental options, especially when you want to entertain other guests within your group.

Know your Dates

When choosing a rental, it’s important to know what dates you’d like to vacation, unless you’re open to an endless possibility. Just remember that your desired rental might not be available, so being open to other options can come in handy, and with our large selection of luxury Palm Springs rentals, we’re sure you’ll find something the whole family will love. Choosing your dates can also give you a more extensive range of selections depending on when you’re traveling. Search our range of rentals by arrival and departure dates to see what options we have for you! You’ll find that our beautiful Casa Norte has quite a few open months, waiting for someone like you to book! Check out the days available for November, and you’ll love spending time in Palm Springs for a fabulous fall retreat.

However you choose to spend your days at our Palm Springs rentals, is up to you this fall season. When you book your vacation with McLean Company, you’ll get more than just a gorgeous locations, as you’ll have everything you could want and need within a short distance. Don’t let your fall trip slip through the cracks before winter rolls around and tourist season begins in the desert!

FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND IN PALM SPRINGS

Forget about a new tie or cologne – to create a truly memorable Father’s Day for the dad in your life, plan a weekend getaway to Palm Springs. With a wide range of activities to offer from adventure to history to great dining options, there is plenty to entertain dad and everyone else in the family too.

Adventure Hummer Tours

A truly distinctive experience and escape from your daily grind, plan a Hummer tour in the Palm Springs desert. Special permits allow expert guides to lead you to exclusive paths and places in Joshua Tree National Park and the mystical canyons near the San Andreas Fault. Along with stunning views, you might catch a glimpse of coyotes, golden eagles and big horn sheep. Great for any age, the Hummer provides a smooth ride through desert terrain and is a fun experience for everyone.

Adventure Hummer Tours
Pro tip: Book your tour in advance at http://www.adventurehummer.com. If Dad is into fitness, consider a mountain bike tour with Big Wheel Tours.

Coachella Valley Brewing Company

How do you make beer tasting educational? Enjoy a brewery tour! Using a state of the art brew system operating in only 15 breweries on the planet, Coachella Valley Brewing Company combines a systematic approach to brewing with green technology making them a leader in producing high-quality beers while being mindful of the environment. Emphasizing “farm-to-glass” brewing, they incorporate local citrus, herbs, honey and spices and have become well-known for their truly unique and flavorful craft beers.

Coachella Valley Brewing Company
Pro tip: Try the Stout flight if you like complex and rich tasting beers. The atmosphere is laid back and casual and accompanied minors are welcome on the tour.

Palm Springs Air Museum

This living history museum provides fascinating insight into the role of Air Power in World War Two and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. With a wealth of experiential exhibits, this attraction can easily fill hours with displays for every age including “climb on” options for children, videos and newsreels, flight simulators and even real flights on one of these historic planes.

Palm Springs Air Museum
Pro tip: Chat up the docents – many of them are veterans with great stories and experiences they are willing to share.

Escena Golf Club

What Palm Springs Father’s Day getaway would be complete without a round of golf for Dad? Ranked as the #6 Public Course in California by PGATOUR.com, this Nicklaus Design golf course is noted for its generous driving corridors, unobstructed sightlines, and the overall strength of its design. This is a quintessential Palm Springs course with spectacular views of the San Jacinto Mountains, towering palm trees, native desert landscaping and clear blue sky.

Escena Golf Club
Pro tip: The clubhouse features expansive mountain views and a great menu, making it a perfect place to sip a Chambord Lemon Drop while you wait for dad to finish up his round of golf.

LG’s Prime Steakhouse

LG’s is locally owned and has been an award-winning desert institution for nearly 30 years. Order their Caesar salad and have it prepared from scratch tableside The 24oz “Jewel in the Crown” Porterhouse or 30oz bone-in rib eye with a choice of six house made sauces, crab, lobster, is any meat lover’s dream. They also offer an unmatched selection of wines and cocktails. Cheers to Dad for Father’s Day.

LG’s Prime Steakhouse
Pro tip: LG’s has locations in Palm Springs and La Quinta. Make reservations in advance directly on their website at LGsprimesteakhouse.com.

Palm Springs offers a range of activities to fill an ideal Father’s Day weekend, but don’t forget relaxing by the pool at your own vacation rental. McLean Company offers just about any size rental you may need with styles from traditional and cozy Mediterranean to hip mid-century mod. Knowing that McLean Company is the longest operating, same owner, vacation rental management company in the entire desert gives you the peace of mind that your vacation rental experience will be smooth and worry-free. Just like your Father’s Day getaway should be. Call now to start your planning.

Fall Guide to Palm Springs

Fall is one the best times to travel to Palm Springs. Everyone knows that February has some of the most amazing weather throughout the entire year, but November is often overlooked. With an average temperature of 80 degrees, and mid season rates, planning a vacation to a sunny destination should be calling your name.  Planning a trip to the desert? Great! We have compiled are favorite local hotspots that is a must try when visiting the Greater Palm Springs area.

+ Art Museum +

The Palm Springs Art Museum is a local gem which is actually more than just a museum, expressed best in their mission statement: “As a cultural and educational leader in the greater desert community, the Palm Springs Art Museum provides extraordinary creative encounters based on its collections of modern and contemporary art and traditional art of the Americas.” The Palm Springs Art Museum has three locations, each with their own unique focus. Here’s your insider’s guide to this cultural gem.

Palm Springs Art Museum is located in downtown Palm Springs at 101 Museum Drive.  The museum is open Friday through Wednesday from 10 am – 5 pm and on Thursday from noon – 8 pm. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and free for active military. For the budget minded, free admission is offered every Thursday from 4-8 pm and the second Sunday of each month.

+ thick as thieves +

Escape room: Team Building?  Two words which, when uttered together, conjure up a breakout meeting held in a beige mutli-use room with no windows.  A few hours of what could be aproductive work day playing games with colleagues until someone says “quitting time.”  Team building in this context is likely one of the least fun activities imaginable.  Not true for The Escape Room in Palm Springs. This fresh business model (conveniently located directly next door to Mclean Company) offers six themed rooms where a Game Master takes time to explain the rules of engagement: no lifiting of heavy objects, pay close attention to gameplay, be minded towards subtlety and get in it to WIN it.  Each themed room (Merlin’s Magic School. Vampires Lair, The Locker Room, Jack the Ripper, Bank Heist, and Titanic) are geared to present teams with a mystery in need of solving.  Teams are split into different rooms where each will have a timed, live adventure game.

Relying on wits and problem-solving skills each participant will work independently and alongside team members to create and share clues in order to solve the provided puzzle. Each game is engineered to develop communication and listening skills, demonstrate when its best to come together as a team and when it’s time to divide and conquer.  Players will learn how to problem solve under pressure and looming deadlines while overcoming petty differences while aiming at a common goal.  This common goal being WINNING! Learning life skills is a bonus of the Escape Room.

Boomers Palm Springs: Blue skies, fresh air and sunshine is splendid…even more so when experienced while flying down a go-kart racetrack or swinging for the fences of a batting cage.  Boomers Palm Springs offers these attractions among many more; miniature golf, bumper boats and a climbing wall along with a large arcade game room and ticket games with a prize counter.  Located off Highway 111 in Palm Springs, Boomers looks onto the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountain Range.  Spending an afternoon indoors enjoying ice cold air conditioning while everyone in the family has something aimed at their particular interests is great fun.  Even better is when the sun creeps behind the mountains and starts to cast a deep shadow across the acres of outdoor fun provided with paid entrance.  This is the prime time of day to take advantage of speeding go kart races, just fast enough to make it difficult yet safe enough that age appropriate youngsters can learn to drive.  Or get the tiniest bit drenched on a bumper boat excursion.  Have a blast navigating your boat around a large pool with other boats, trying hard to get the other pilots as wet as possible.  Or take a leisurely hour to introduce the young ones to golf.  Of the miniature variety.  Each hole is sized for children and offers hazards built for adults so fun can be had by all at the same time.  A few short minutes’ drive from downtown Palm Springs for a few hours of fun inside and outside at Boomers.

+ foodie heaven +

Ice Cream + Shoppe:   Cold treat in the desert? Yes, please. Stroll into Ice Cream & Shop(pe) located at the Arrive Hotel.  Offering a fun gift shop featuring items hand selected by hip southern Californian team members who are ready to assist with trinkets AND ice cream.  Featuring a rotating flavor list of both ice cream and sorbet, Ice Cream & Shop(pe) stays open long hours to help give a sweet fix late into the night.  Fan favorite flavors like vanilla bean and chocolate stay in regular rotation while flavors like macadamia nut, pink ginger and pomegranate chocolate chip are filtered in according to season.

Great Shakes: There is something remaining of California’s famous pioneer spirit here in Palm Springs.  Our valley was built up from desolation through individuals striving to fight the elements and succeed here in the face of society first saying “Where?” Followed by “WHY?”  Doug Nelson is one of these pioneer spirit people flying in the face of the norm by opening a now nationally ranked milkshake and malt shop called Great Shakes.  Located in the heart of Downtown Great Shakes keeps business hours all year long.  Yes, even in the middle of summer, that stretch of time responsible for people asked “What? Where?” Instead of seeing a lag in business during peak summer season Doug Nelson and family see an increase.  Prep time to make their signature scratch graham crackers. caramel, butterscotch and baked mini donuts increases to 3 hours prior to opening every day.  Stop by for an incredible shake or malt made with no artificial ingredients mixed into any flavor combination you care to try.  And fear not, if you pick a combination which is gutsy but not palatable then Doug and his pleasant staff will remake your mistrial into something fabulous.

+ outdoor adventures +

Indian Canyons: Of the rich history in Southern California it should not go without mention that our lands have had custodians for thousands of years before this area became the “SoCal” we know and love. The Cahuilla tribe has made the valley floor and soaring craggy rock faces home for millennia.  Thanks to their nearly zero footprint on the land not much evidence of their lives can be found today.  One rare and organic glimpse into the past life of the Cahuilla tribe is located in Indian Canyon, specifically Palm Canyon.  In modern time this trail system is maintained by the Agua Caliente Reservation.

A small entrance fee will grant access to the over 15 miles of hiking trails.  The Visitor Center and Trading post does a great job of demonstrating what the daily life of Cahuilla tribes people looked like.  Petroglyphs and ancient irrigation systems still remain from these days.  Starting on the Palm Canyon trail will wind you through narrow canyons ending in the largest grove of native California Fan Palms in the state. Literally an oasis, Palm Canyon features water all year long.  Stream side are the remnants of mortars used thousands of years ago for grinding grain.  A careful eye could reveal stone tools, an eagle eye may see petroglyphs carved into the rock faces.  A treasure trove of history as well as being a lovely spot for relaxing after a long hike.  Use hours from 8am-5pm gives ample time to accomplish any skill level of hiking you wish to do while ensuring arrival back at the car by sunset.

+ vintage vibes +

Design has been a long-standing part of the Palm Springs culture.  When the valley first burst onto the scene it was through Hollywood.  In the 20’s and 30’s studios locked their stars into very strict contracts which would dictate almost every aspect of their lives.  What movies actors were allowed to perform in, what style their hair was, ladies had make-up chosen by studio artists, and certainly clothes were selected by the wardrobe department.  Our very location served to make Palm Springs the ultimate getaway, 115 miles from Los Angeles was within the 125 mile travel boundary set by studio executives.  Through the years our style was shaped by what was en vogue at the time.  As years passed en vogue matured into vintage.  Palm Springs is the Mid Century Modern capitol of the world, we have more homes in this style than anywhere else on the globe.  With so much emphasis placed on the vintage aesthetic it’s a natural extension to have shopping which reflects this trend.  Downtown Palm Springs has an enormous selection of shops offering furnishings and clothing with this vintage flavor. A few of our favorites are…

  • Iconic Atomic Clothing

1103 N Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, Ca

http://www.iconicatomic.com/
  • Gypsyland Clothing

2775 N Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, Ca

https://m.facebook.com/gypsyland.thrift/
  • Dazzles Clothing

1035 N Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, Ca

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dazzles/105187566215388
  • Revivals Furnishings – Desert AIDS Project

611 S Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, Ca

  • Antique Gallery of Palm Springs

505 E Industrial Place

Palm Springs, Ca

https://www.antiquegalleriespalmsprings.com/
  • Flow Modern Furnishings

768 N Palm Canyon

Palm Springs, Ca

http://www.flowmodern.com/
  • Victoria’s Attic Antique Mall

798 N Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, Ca

https://www.victoriasatticantiques.com/
  • Palm Springs Vinyl Records

220 N Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, Ca

https://www.facebook.com/PalmSpringsVinylRecords/
  • The Estate Sale Company

4185 E Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, Ca

http://www.theestatesaleco.com/