What to bring for your Palm Springs Vacation

Summer is creeping up on us here in the California desert, and that means the days are getting longs and the temperature is slowly rising. With an incredible floral bloom coming to an end in the valley’s, there are other of great places to visit and things to see while visit and stay at one of McLean Company’s Palm Springs vacation homes. Before your enjoy your trip, bring these essential items with you, and you’ll be set for summertime under the sun.

Soak up the Sun

When vacationing anywhere warm, especially in California’s desert communities, it’s important to bring items that help protect your skin and eyes. Another great option for protecting yourself from the sun is to carry along a few pairs of sunglasses!  You can easily find cheaper versions of your designer favorites if you don’t want to worry about losing your beloved pair. Toss on a floppy sun hat or baseball cap, and you’ll be set to spend the day soaking up the sun.

For skin, sunscreen, after sun lotions, and aloe vera can come in handy. Sunscreen helps keep the exposure to UVA and UVB rays at bay. You can pick up your favorite sunscreen and almost any drugstore or grocery store in our area if you happen to leave yours at home. You might also want to consider after sun lotion which helps keep your skin from exfoliating during your trip. If you happen to spend more time in the sun than needed, you’ll want to grab a bottle of Aloe Vera. Let the cooling and healing properties soak into your skin overnight. You’ll find that these items might need to be used daily.

Cool by the Pool

Whether you’re cooling off by the pool or relaxing at a local spa, you won’t want to forget swimwear. Swimwear these days comes in all shapes and sizes, colorful two piece bikini’s and cute cut-out one-pieces to board shorts and square cut ones. You’ll have lots of fun picking which ones make the cut or bring them all!

The choice is yours on what to bring with you, but we recommend to think about items that are versatile. Mix and match your swimwear so that it can last more than one day. Add in comfy beachwear such as flowy dresses, shorts, tees or loose button-ups and comfortable shoes, and you’ll have a great suitcase full of options!

Whether you spend your days poolside, adventure out into town, or choose to relax near your vacation home, you’ll want these items with you on your trip. Don’t let your Palm Springs vacation fall short from too much sun exposure. McLean Company is here to help protect your mind, body, and soul this summer season when the heat sets in. Grab your sunnies, sunscreen, and swimwear then hit the Palm Springs California for a fun getaway.

Palm Springs Weekend

Best Homes for Walking & Biking

You might be wondering which of our vacation homes are located in the best neighborhood.  Whether it is walking distance to Downtown Palm Springs, or biking to the best brunch spots, we’ve compiled some of our favorite properties close by the best dining in town.

Las Palmas High Life

Located in the historic old las palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, the Las Palmas High Life is perfect for your biking and walking adventures. Explore the amazing mid century modern homes, take your pup on a walk and bike to uptown. This location has it all.  Some of our favorite close brunch spots in Las Palmas include Arrive Hotel a brand new boutique hotel with amazing pool and poolside cocktails.  Take your pup on your walk or bike ride over to this spot for an amazing meal.

With the perfect weather in Palm Springs it’s always nice for a walk, especially to Koffi, one of our favorite neighborhood coffee shops. Across the street you’ll find one of the most popular breakfast spots Cheeky’s.  Make sure to show up early because the line starts early for their delicious Bloody Mary and bacon flight.

Colony 29 Palm Springs

Colony 29 is located walking distance to downtown Palm Springs.  This 7 acre, 13 bedroom home can be rented for weddings, corporate events, family reunions and vacation rentals.  Make sure to check out Spencer’s restaurant just down the street for brunch and lunch.Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Spencer’s offers a popular Palm Springs tradition of culinary excellence featuring a fresh approach to classic American cuisine. Lulu’s california bistro is also a popular spot for locals and tourists and offers a wide menu of options that anyone can enjoy!  Diners can choose to sit inside in air-conditioned comfort, enjoying views from various mezzanine levels, or experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Palm Springs from the lovely terrace.

Twin Palms Paradise

Just south of downtown Palm Springs you will find the charming neighborhood of Twin Palms.  The desirable Twin Palms neighborhood, officially known as Twin Palms Estates, is located in south Palm Springs and is the first Palm Springs neighborhood where Alexander homes were built during the years 1956 and 1957. Just down the street from Twin Palms Paradise guest can enjoy the trendy Ace Hotel, offering dining, pool side fun and cocktails all day.  Head on over to Kings Highway, the roadside diner at Ace Hotel & Swim Club to find your hangover cure.  Formerly a Denny’s restaurant, King’s Highway celebrates the ineffable, bohemian spirit of the wide open West. Chef Salgado’s menu for King’s Highway focuses on his deep commitment to using heirloom ingredients and locally-sourced produce to create exceptional Alta California fare for desert diners. .

If you’re looking for a traditional diner spot and a locals favorite, check out Elmers just down the street from the home.  You can’t go wrong with the comfort food at Elmers, but if you want something to talk about make sure to try their German Pancakes.  You will not be disappointed!

Last but not least, Gisseppes Palm Springs has fabulous brunch every Sunday 11am-3pm.  For $15.99 you get your choice of a wide range of breakfast items plus one glass of champagne, coffee, soft drinks or tea. This family owned, locals favorite is a must stop for families and friends.

A HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY

The Coachella Valley is full of fun festivities for the entire family during the holidays without the below freezing temps. Check out some of our favorite things to do as a couple, a family, or by golly if you are just in the holiday spirit and want something to do.

Wildlights at The Living Desert

November 23 – December 24

What better way to spend a crisp winter evening in the desert than at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. A million colorful, sparkling holiday lights transform the zoo into an enchanting winter wonderland.  Walk hand in hand with your secret Santa or try and keep up with the kids as they run through the tunnel of lights. So, grab a hot cocoa and be prepared to o-o-h and a-h-h like you never have before!

Robolights

November 22 – January 8

Oh boy! Robolights is defiantly something you’ll be talking about for long after your visit. With, 8.4 million lights and over 4 acres to experience, it is the largest residential light display in the country. Take the tour and find out what happens when you combine Santa Claus with robots, aliens and a few microwaves here and there. Nobody should miss this, shall we say, “extremely interesting” light show. This will be the last year to experience it at this residence so don’t miss out!

Gingerbread Lane

December 8, 15, and 22nd

The second you walk through the gates you’ll enter a winter wonderland of Gingerbread delights! All around Santa’s workshop, you’ll find, gingerbread cookies and hot cider. There is cookie decorating tables and clay ornament painting for the kids. Santa will even be there to meet in person. The kiddos will thank you for not missing this fun family event.

Santa Fly-In at Palm Springs Air Museum

December 8 & 9

Santa arrives by vintage plane and gives out goody bags to children under the wing of a vintage aircraft. Children can have their picture taken with Santa and his Winter Fun land, where they can play in real snow! Children 12 and under get in free with paying adult.

Snowfall at The Garden’s on El Paseo

December 8 – 22

Who says we can’t have a white Christmas in the desert? Stroll through the Gardens on El Paseo every Friday and Saturday this December at 5 or 7pm to experience the sights of snowfall and the sounds of carolers.

Desert Botanicals you must see this Summer!

Trying to find summertime activities in Palm Springs can sometimes be difficult. When you book with McLean Company, we’re here to help make the most out of your vacation. Our fantastic Palm Springs vacation rentals are ideal for indoor and outdoor activities. If you want to get more out of your stay, head to one of the local desert botanical gardens this summer.

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Many people enjoy adventuring out into the wilderness for some hiking, but with the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, there is a whole new world of opportunities for families, couples, and friends to experience. Located in Palm Desert, CA, a short drive from Palm Springs, you’ll find an amazing oasis in the Colorado Desert. At the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, you’ll get to meet 450 wild animals from desert environments of North America and Africa. Plus, 1400 desert plant species, plus add on a total of 1200 acres of protected land to the mix and we’re sure you’ll love every minute spent here. You can relax in the tranquil gardens, hike the many different trails, or enjoy the tram rides. Visitors here will see first hand the preservation of desert conservation, education through excellent programs, and appreciation of these plant and animal ecosystems.

Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium

When traveling through Palm Springs, you might find it is a popular destination for celebrities and famous icons. You’re in for a treat when you head towards Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium.  The Moorten family, known for helping create Walt Disney’s western themed amusement park, Frontierland, which later became Disneyland. By 1938 they made their own amazing family operated Arboretum which was built to showcase desert plants, cacti, and succulents from all over. Today you’ll find over 3,000 plants and succulents, each grouped by specific region. You’ll also want to walk through the Cactarium which is a greenhouse-like building, home to many succulents and smaller cacti. The legacy of the Moorten family has surrounded their beautiful, Palm Springs Arboretum, which is a treat for everyone and anyone to enjoy.   

Featured Palm Springs Vacation Rentals

If you’re looking for the perfect Palm Springs Vacation Rentals, you’ve come to the right place. We highly recommend looking into Spencer Palms, a sweet mid-century home with a beautiful, modern interior. A short 10-minute drive from the Airport will land you right at this fabulous three bedroom and two bathroom rental. Perfect for a small family, group of close friends, or a couple looking for a spacious home, Spencer Palms is fitting for anyone wanting to explore the region. As it’s close to the heart of Palm Springs, where shopping, spas, and nightlife are just minutes away.  You won’t regret choosing this architectural beauty, or enjoy browsing our other fantastic accommodations.

However, you plan to spend your days in Palm Springs, CA, make sure you venture out and explore more than just the spa life. With unusual desert plants and beautiful wide open valleys, you’ll want to see just what makes these communities so unique. Experience the sights and lush colors that make our retreating to our Palm Springs vacation rentals one to remember. Stay with us, at McLean Company, and we’ll get you ready for an unforgettable desert oasis trip of a lifetime.  

5 REASONS FOR A WINTER GETAWAY TO CA

Winter is here, and no we’re not talking about that killer ending of Game of Thrones this past summer. The cold winter weather is in most of the northern states, and with many southern states experiencing significant dips in temperatures, it’s time to warm up and head to California for a winter getaway! Here are our five reasons to get away from the cold and book the best vacation rentals Palm Springs is known for, with McLean Company.

Learn to Relax

That’s right, Palm Springs is known for a relaxing atmosphere so why wouldn’t you embrace this lifestyle when visiting? It’s the perfect way to enjoy the area, sit back and lay poolside, catch some sun rays, and just enjoy the beauty of your winter vacation. Whether you spend time at your vacation rentals Palm Springs, or you enjoy a spa day, sit back and relax – you deserve it!

Waterfront Shops

Palm Springs, is one of the perfect locations for shopping, year-round. That’s right when the winter is cold, our desert California town shines. You can shop until you drop at the fabulous outdoor shopping center, The River in Rancho Mirage. This 30 acre, waterfront location, has a large selection of popular and famous shops as well as delicious dining spots for every type of family. You can also enjoy walking around Palm Springs and seeing the unique shops and boutiques you won’t find anywhere else.

Hit the Valley

Get outside! The weather is seriously so beautiful in the wintertime; you’ll want to spend every moment in the great outdoors. And when you’re in Palm Springs you can do that! Whether it’s at your rental or one of our desert locations like Indian CanyonsJoshua Tree National Park, or Coachella Valley Preserve. Walk the nature trails and see some unusual flora and fauna that you can only find in the desert. Make it a great day in the valley when you explore the area on foot!

Keep it Modern

Art in Palm Springs is unlike any other. The city is practically crawling with mid-century modern style from every corner of town. So it’s hard to imagine a trip to our desert area without seeing something art related. Whether it’s a tour of famous, modern homes or a trip to the Palm Springs Art Museum, there is indeed something here for every type of art connoisseur, we promise!

Tee Time

Don’t forget your clubs and collared shirts, because when you visit Palm Springs, you’ll want to try your hand at desert golfing. While the summer sun can get pretty toasty, winter offers cooler temps that make it one of the best times for golfing in California. Take a look at our other blog which features Tips for Golfing in Palm Springs.

No matter what you choose to do during your vacation, we know you’re about to have an unforgettable time. Bring your family, friends, or your sweetheart and start experiencing our beautiful desert community of Palm Springs, California. Dine of lavish meals, soak up the sun poolside, relax at the spa, hit the green for some tee time, spend a little at the shops, learn about the mid-century modern architecture of the area, or get outside and hike the trails. Your adventure is waiting and so is your reservation at one of the top vacation rentals palm springs is known for, book your trip with McLean Company and let your desert dreams come to life.