Colin's Palm Springs Getaway Vacation Rental Condo

The Palm Springs Art Museum Is Free On Thursday Nights

Palm Springs may be a small town, but our art museum is world class. The building was designed in 1974 by acclaimed mid-century architect E. Stewart Williams and it is stunning. Inside you will find major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. There are two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise. The museum has exhibited art by such notables as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Roy Lichtenstein, and Marc Chagall. Check the website for current exhibitions.

Beat the heat and enjoy a cool afternoon perusing some amazing art, all for free. You can go across the street and buy some ice cream with all the money you saved!

Palm Springs Art Museum

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262


VillageFest returns July 1st

Good news! Palm Springs is having some of the lowest COVID numbers in the country, and our weekly VillageFest street fair is coming back July 1st.

With COVID-19 cases significantly down, the City Council approved re-opening VillageFest with a smaller footprint and safety protocols in place. The street fair is expected to expand to its original length in the coming months.

During the summer, VillageFest hours of operation will be 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.Starting July 1, Palm Canyon Drive from Amado Road to Tahquitz Canyon Way will be closed for VillageFest. Additionally, Museum Way between Palm Canyon Drive and Belardo Road, and Belardo Road between Andreas Road and Tahquitz Canyon will be closed. Tahquitz Canyon Way will remain open to east and west traffic.

A New Spa And Museum Will Open In Palm Springs In 2̶0̶2̶0̶ 2021 

The Agua Caliente Tribe has broken ground on its new 5.8-acre cultural center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The cultural center will feature a new cultural museum, a new Agua Caliente Spa and Bathhouse that celebrates the Tribe’s ancient Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a Gathering Plaza, gardens, and an Oasis Trail. 

Inspiration for the cultural center’s design includes Agua Caliente traditions such as basket weaving and pottery and elements found in nature including desert landscapes, Andreas Canyon rock formations, the Andreas Canyon stream and the Washingtonia filifera palm trees – the only native palm tree to the California desert. 

The cultural center will include numerous outdoor activity spaces, including a Gathering Plaza adjacent to the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring. Visitors can readily access from the Plaza either the Museum or the Spa and Bathhouse along landscaped terraces and pathways that serve as an extension of the Gathering Plaza. An interpretive green belt, the Oasis Trail, meanders through the property and provides an interactive, cultural learning environment. This trail recreates, on a smaller scale, the distinctive character, geology, flora and beauty of the nearby Indian Canyons, one of the ancestral homes of the Agua Caliente.

The new Museum includes approximately 48,000 square feet and will feature collections in a main gallery, changing gallery and art gallery. The new Museum, a repository for cultural artifacts, stories and history, will also include an education center and garden.

The Spa includes approximately 40,000 square feet to celebrate the ancient healing waters of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring with treatments rooms, men and women’s bathhouses, a tranquility garden, a salon, fitness center and outdoor mineral pools.

The Oasis Trail will meander between the Museum and Spa and will include terraces, a waterfall, sandy beach, fire pits and meditation labyrinth. 

For more information and updates, go to the website at

Yes We Cannabis! The Best Dispensaries in Palm Springs

As of January 1, 2018, recreational marijuana is legal to purchase and use in California. The new law makes it legal for adults 21 or over to purchase up to an ounce of marijuana, and also mandated standards of testing for purity, efficacy, and safety. 

You will need a valid government-issued ID, but it doesn’t have to be from California. Options include a driver’s license; a military ID with a picture and date of birth; or a passport issued either by the U.S. or by other countries.

Of course, there are some common sense limitations to the use of recreational pot: It is for use on private property only. Do not use it in public places. Smoking it is illegal wherever tobacco is prohibited (and it’s definitely not cool to smoke it in your vacation rental where it may cost you your security deposit). It is illegal to use while in a car, whether you are a driver or a passenger. And finally, do not try to take it home on a plane with you. That is a federal offense. 

So where should you go? A poll of Palm Springs locals chose Joy of Life Wellness Center and Palm Springs Safe Access as the best local dispensaries. They carry the best selections with knowledgeable staff and good prices. 

Joy of Life Wellness Center
142 W Oasis Road
Palm Springs CA 92262

Palm Springs Safe Access
1247 S Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs CA 92264

Palm Springs Is Very International In Summer: All Are Welcome!

We get lots of friendly Canadians that come for extended stays during winter and spring, but summer is when the town plays host to many Europeans and guests from farther out.

The summertime guests that stay at my Colin’s Palm Springs Getaway condo often have extended vacations (by U.S. standards) of up to six weeks. Many have included Palm Springs as a stop on a tour of the western United States that also included Las Vegas, the Utah national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches), the Grand Canyon, and Los Angeles. Some even make it Sedona and Yosemite.

Arches Park, Utah

While staying in Palm Springs, they have quick access to Joshua Tree National Park, hiking via the tram at the top of Mount San Jacinto, and a day at Disneyland! Many will also take a day trip to San Diego, which is about two hours away. 

Joshua Tree Park

The rates in summer are a bargain since it is our low season. A group of four people can stay for about $20 per person per day. That leaves a lot of money for having a nice meal or buying a souvenir. 

Here’s a partial list of where my guests have come from to experience Palm Springs: Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, France, Mexico, Australia, Romania, Switzerland, South Korea. I can’t wait to see where else!