Colin's Palm Springs Getaway Vacation Rental Condo

Tour de Palm Springs Cycling Event is February 9, 2019

NEWS RELEASE, City of Palm Springs -Tour de Palm Springs Slated for Feb. 8 – 9; Expect Road Closures and Plan Ahead to Avoid Delays

Thousands of cyclists will zoom into Palm Springs this weekend for the 2019 Tour de Palm Springs Charity Bike Ride, which mean several road closures Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 – 9. 

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the bike riders will begin on Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road, heading east on Alejo and turning north on Indian Canyon Drive. Bike riders in the 3-mile route will turn west on Alejo. To accommodate the vendor expo and bike rides the following road closures include:

• Palm Canyon Drive between Tahquitz and Alejo roads will be closed to through traffic from 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

• Tahquitz Canyon Way will be closed between Indian Canyon Drive and Belardo Road from 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

• Alejo Road will be closed between Indian Canyon and Belardo Road from 5 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 until noon on the same day.

• Additionally, northbound Indian Canyon Drive from Alejo Road to Vista Chino will be reduced to one lane from approximately 6 a.m. through 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. For more information, visit www.tourdepalmsprings.com.

See Robolights One Last Time in Palm Springs

Now that the Palm Springs weather is turning to what we call “cold”, it’s time for a little Christmas cheer in the desert. We have our downtown Parade of lights, which is fun for the kids, but one of our best attractions is so bright you can see it from the aerial tramway, or even from an airplane.

I guarantee you have never seen a Christmas display quite like Robolights. Artist Kenny Irwin has been building this installation of recycled art for over 35 years. Every year he adds dozens of new sculptures, so there is always something new to see. You will find Santa Claus and reindeer here, along with thousands of glistening lights, but this is not the usual Candy Cane Lane for the kids. There are some truly bizarre images mixed in among the merriment. Check out the video for a taste of what you have in store.

According to The Desert Sun newspaper, this will be the last year Robolights will be at this location, as the City of Palm Springs has mandated it be moved to a commercial space due to its popularity and size. Who knows what the future holds for Robolights, but it is highly recommended that you see it while you can.

Robolights

Suggested donation of $5-10 to enter
Hours: 4:30 – 9:30 PM
Open every night til Jan 2nd
Address: 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs CA 92262

Grace Loves Colin’s Palm Springs Getaway

This reviews from Grace really made me smile. She really took the time to highlight things that make the condo a little better than your average Airbnb or VRBO rental. Thanks, Grace!:

“This place is simply amazing! It is spacious, clean, and decorated beautifully. We felt right at home on our first day, and were so sad to leave on our last day! The master bedroom is a dream, very spacious with a comfortable king size bed, office area, and double sink vanity. You’ll have more than enough closet space! The second bedroom is also the perfect size. And, the second bathroom has a bathtub if you’re into bubble baths. I know this was a plus for me! You’ll enjoy relaxing in the living room with its comfy sofa, and cooking in the modern, fully equipped kitchen! Bring your own coffee beans because there is a coffee grinder & French press which is the perfect touch for the avid coffee drinker. There is also a regular coffee pot available, and my personal favorite was an assortment of teas. The unit also has a balcony with a table for four, which is perfect for reading a book or enjoying your meals there. Also, you need not to worry about lugging laundry to outside as there is a washer & dryer in the unit with detergent/fabric softner/dryer sheets. And last but not least, there are multiple pools on the property, and they are very close to the unit. But you don’t have to worry about any loud or noisy people at all. The area is very peaceful & quiet! I highly reccomend this place, and we will be returning again. Colin was an amazing host, and when I had any questions, he responded quickly, and was always so helpful! I didn’t want to tell you all what a fabulous place it is here, because I’d prefer it was my secret!!! But, since the secret is out, I have three words: Complete Desert Oasis! Enjoy!”

Your Best Deals At Wet ‘N’ Wild Palm Springs

Here is an update on your best deals for the Wet N Wild water park in Palm Springs.

Groupon: Two admissions and parking ($59): Click Here

Goldstar Coupons: One regular admission ($26.50): Click Here

There are also discount coupons available at Carl’s Jr restaurants and Costco, or just for buying tickets online at www.wetnwildpalmsprings.com, including an all-day price of $19.99 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

That $19.99 price is their “Twilight” price and you can get it any day if you go later in the afternoon, which is a pretty good idea anyway. Plus there is always free parking after 3 o’clock.

 

 

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Tips For Enjoying Summer In Palm Springs

Palm Springs gets hot in July and August, but there are still plenty of things to do in between relaxing and chilling out in your air-conditioned vacation rental. Here are some suggestions for getting the most out your vacation:

Rise and shine. If you want to walk, hike, or play golf or tennis, you will want to get up early. The sun is up around 6am and many people get up and out early to take advantage of the beautiful morning. The rising sun casts a red glow on the San Jacinto mountain and makes it gorgeous. 

Swim in the morning and evening. Of course, the pool feels great in the middle of the day, but since the air temps and water temps are warm this time of year, mornings and evening swims feel wonderful. Pool hours at Palm Canyon Villas are 7am to midnight, so there is plenty of time to enjoy. (Of course, be considerate with the noise levels during early and late hours).

Plan cooler activities in the middle of the day. When the temperatures soar, it’s a good time to get into cooler places. The Palm Springs Tramway is generally 30 degrees cooler since it takes you up 8500 feet in elevation. You can easily spend half a day up there if you do a little hiking. For those that want to take it easier, you can enjoy lunch up there and take a nature walk through Long Valley. If you make it to Notch 3, you will be rewarded with amazing views of upper Tahquitz Canyon and the Coachella Valley. Other “cooler” activities include visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs Air Museum, a little gambling at the Spa Casino, or splash around at the Wet N Wild Water Park. Joshua Tree National Park is also a good option, though it will still be warm there. The earlier you go, the better, and the air-conditioned drive through the north end of the park is itself worth going. You can get out of the car and walk around to your own comfort level.  

Enjoy Downtown Palm Springs in the evening. There are great shops and restaurants downtown, so you can sit down to a nice dinner then stroll down Palm Canyon Drive after. Many of the restaurants have misting systems to bring the outdoor temperatures down about 15 degrees, so it’s often very comfortable to sit out on a patio and enjoy the evening. After dinner, there are plenty of great places to get treats. Great Shakes is the best (trust me), but you can’t go wrong with some italian ice and custard from Vinny’s. There are also several ice cream places on Palm Canyon. 

There are plenty of options, including the option of chilling out at the condo and enjoying a good book. Sleep in. Catch up on your crosswords. Palm Springs is all about relaxation. Enjoy!