I know, I know… who is thinking about Christmas in the middle of Summer? This is just a note to remind you that colder days are ahead, and Palm Springs is very comfortable in December. We had a cancellation at the Colin’s Palm Springs Getaway Condo, so you have a chance to book an affordable Christmas vacation for your family in sunny Southern California. Make Palm Springs your Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays.
During the entire month of July, all U.S. military personnel with valid military identification—active, former and retired—receive complimentary admission to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway along with a special gift as part of Military Days. Spouses of deployed military members, as well as widows and widowers, also qualify for the promotion. In addition, up to six of their guests receive 25% off of their regular Tramway fares.
While visiting, Tramway guests enjoy:
• Hiking the 50+ miles of pristine wilderness in the Mount San Jacinto State Park.
• Picnic dining under a beautiful pine forest.
• Joining guided nature walks free of charge on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day Weekend.
• Exploring the natural history museum and watching two documentary films on the history of the Tramway and State Park.
• Lunch or dinner in either Peaks Restaurant, a fine dining experience, or Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant.
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
There are dozens of hiking trails all around Palm Springs, most of them just a few minutes away from town.
A good moderate hike with wonderful views is Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs. The entry is at the end of Mesquite towards the mountain off of S. Palm Canyon. There is an admission fee of $12.50 adults/$6 children under 12, and there are guides if you like. You can also watch a short film on the Legend of Tahquitz, a Cahuilla Indian shaman who is said to be seen as a ball of green light.
Another great place to hike and explore is Indian Canyons in south Palm Springs. There is an admission fee of $9/$5. One of my favorite hikes is the Murray Canyon Trail just after you enter the admission gate. It starts off flat and open, then winds through a beautiful canyon to the “seven sisters” falls which run in the spring and early summer. If you take the main road all the way back, there is a trading post and many hikes through an oasis and along the creek.
Good (and free) local hikes can be found in the book “140 Hikes in and near Palm Springs” by Philip Ferranti. Most popular are the various segments of the Lykken Trail, the Skyline Trail, Oswit Canyon, and the many trails available at the top of the Palm Springs Tram.
Recommendation: Hiking in Palm Springs can be deceptively dangerous in warmer weather. If you are planning to hike in the warmer months, read this safety guide before you go: Hiking Safely in Palm Springs
We’ve been to Tommy Bahama’s restaurants in Hawaii and Palm Desert. Now we have one in Palm Springs, but it’s a different concept than the full restaurant. The Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar is more of a fast casual concept that is perfect for lunch or a simple dinner.
What makes it different is that you order at the counter and grab a seat. Food and drinks are brought out to you. We ordered a Thai Shrimp Bowl, a Mahi Mahi Reuben, and a couple drinks, then sat out on the patio on Palm Canyon Drive. The food and drinks came out quickly, and we were really pleased with how delicious it all was. The bowls didn’t look all that big, but we were full and satisfied after having them.
Whether you sit inside or out, you get an open and airy feeling. The inside has high ceilings and more windows than walls. Out on the patio, there is a lot of seating that can accommodate groups of any size. There are umbrellas with built in misters and heaters, so they are ready for guests to sit outside any time of the year.
There isn’t really any other kind of patio like this downtown, and it’s a welcome addition. If you like the food and want to experience the full Tommy Bahama menu, you can take the 20 minute drive to Palm Desert. For fast casual, the Marlin Bar is a hit.
Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar • 111 N. Palm Canyon • Website