For the past three years, my husband and I have taken part in a six-week home exchange in Palm Desert each autumn. We love the balance of familiar routines nestled among new discoveries that we somehow missed during previous visits. Here are a few highlights from this year’s Week One. All offer free admission. Purchases are not required.
Backstreet Art District First Wednesday Art Walk
2600 S. Cherokee Way, Palm Springs.
The first Wednesday evening of each month, the community of artists at Backstreet Art District invite the public to drop in, meet the artists, browse around and view their diverse works. When we attended, we were also treated to Random Acts of Poetry. Each studio offered complimentary wine and appetizers, which enhanced the relaxed, community feel. It’s an unique and inspiring way to spend an evening. We’ll definitely be back!
Thursday Evening Concerts at Palm Desert Civic Center Park
Civic Center Park, northeast corner of Fred Waring Drive and San Pablo Avenue.
Free concerts in the park are offered each Wednesday evening in May and October. That’s Kathy (SmartLiving365) and me in the photo above. The night that we attended, we each packed a small picnic and chilled out to the music of Santanaways (Santana Tribute Band).
The remaining Thursday night line up for October 2018 is as follows:
October 11: The Dreamboats (Vintage Rock ‘n Roll)
October 18: Twisted Pine (Folk/Alternative)
October 25: Hot Club of Cowtown (Hot Jazz/Western Swing)
If you’re in the area, I highly recommend it.
Read more at Concerts at Palm Desert Civic Center Park.
Take a leisurely drive out to Cabazon
Cabazon is 33 miles from Palm Desert (17 miles from Palm Springs). It is often known for Desert Hills Premium Outlet Stores. With specials reaching as high as 75% off the regular price of top quality brands, it’s well worth the drive. While you’re there, consider dropping into Morongo’s Casino for a look around, a bite to eat or an evening of shows and entertainment. When we were there, we took advantage of the ‘All You Can Eat Spaghetti, Meatballs and Garlic Bread’ for $9.99. If you prefer, there are plenty of food options at Desert Hills Outlet Stores, including the very popular Thai Food Kiosk featured above.
College of the Desert, Street Fair
43500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert.
Here, outdoor vendors sell a wide variety of items including artwork, clothing, glasses, food…even parts for your kitchen sink! It’s open year round, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 7 am – 2 pm (closes at noon during the summer months). This is an awesome place to start a weekend morning. We usually head straight to the iced cappuccinos and leisurely begin our browsing from there. It is also a great place to take company who visit. We seldom walk away empty-handed and have not yet been disappointed.
During our first seven days of this Palm Desert trip, we also spent much time reading and relaxing beside the pool. I made it to five yoga classes, three aerobic classes and five sessions at the gym (while Richard golfed). Staying in Sun City, a gated community that includes a large variety of recreational facilities and offerings, is a huge perk. The use of the gym, pool, and clubhouse was included in our stay. Aerobic and yoga classes were each offered at $25.00 per month for unlimited classes or $5.00 per class. This was great incentive for me to get off my butt and join in!
Of course, hanging out with good friends is best of all. Be sure to bring some along, meet some here, or make new ones during your stay. The above photo shows good friends we first met during our visit two years ago.
Stay tuned next week for more on Palm Desert. In the meantime, if you are familiar with the area and have any tips, please share.