Most people come to Palm Springs for the unique combination of outdoors living, recreational activities, and cultural richness to be found here. From the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, which draws top music and comedy performers due to our proximity to Los Angeles, to the lively arts community, to the hundreds of golf courses, tennis courts, and country clubs to be found in the Coachella Valley, we are certain that Palm Springs has something for everyone. And the many events that occur each year in our valley draw interest from around the nation and even the world - the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, the BNP Paribas Tennis tournament, the Humana Challenge and Kraft Nabisco golf tournaments, the White Party, the Palm Springs Film Festival, the Tour de Palm Springs bicycle event, and many more. But in addition to all of that, if you want to vacation in a place where you can simply rest, sunbathe, lounge by the pool and rejuvenate yourself, our house will provide the indoor/outdoor Palm Springs living style that you are craving. The areas of southern California within and surrounding the Coachella Valley abound in great outdoors adventures. The base station for the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tram is about a 15 minute drive from our house. The largest rotating tramcars in the world take you from the valley to the San Jacinto Mountain Station, at 8,516 feet of altitude. Also nearby (about one hour by car) is Joshua Tree National Park, perhaps the premier rock climbing mecca of America. Joshua Tree, named for the amazing and weird versions of the yucca plant that grow only in that area, is also full of wonderful hikes and stunning driving tours. Big Bear Lake, with all the summer boating, fishing and swimming activities, and both alpine and downhill skiing in the winter, is only 2 hours away by car. The attractions of Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego are all within a few hours away by car.
The base station for the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tram is about a 15 minute drive from our house. The tram has the steepest vertical cable rise in the U.S. and the second steepest in the world. The largest rotating tramcars in the world take you through five different types of ecosystems during the ride, from the Sonoran desert of the base station to the alpine forests of the San Jacinto Mountain Station, at 8,516 feet of altitude. The views are spectacular, and you learn lots of interesting facts through the audio presentation. At the Mountain Station, you can walk from the car into the large, 3-story facility which has a cocktail lounge, dining facilities, gift shop and observation decks. The Mountain Station facility is handicapped accessible, with elevators as well as stairs between levels. At the top you can also explore the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, which has 54 miles of hiking trails, rustic campgrounds, and granite outcroppings providing clear views of the cities below. Hiking, guided nature walks and primitive camping are the main summer activities. During the winter months you can snowshoe or cross-country ski from the Tramway's Adventure Center (snow conditions permitting), or simply walk out into the snow and build a snow man. Sleds and cold weather apparel are available for purchase in the Mountain Gift shop. And for the truly hardy, there is also snow camping. Of course, you can always just sit at a window table in the restaurant with a steaming mug of hot chocolate or Irish coffee, and watch the winter wonderland around you!