Article Courtesy of Kathy Condon, Palm Springs Insider Guide, Subscribe Here
As I walked out on my patio at 6:00 a.m., the sun rose over the San Jacinto mountains, and a few fluffy clouds floated by. I smiled, for fall in Palm Springs has obviously arrived. The cool morning air allows me to, once again, sit out on the patio for a couple of hours while looking through social media and planning my day.
There is no question we locals are happy and relieved the 100-degree days are behind us. We have watched enough streaming TV movies. We missed our patio dining and poolside chats with friends.
Fall in Palm Springs Changes in Routines
· Planning trips out to do errands before 10:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. is no longer necessary. During the summer, we have to make sure we have water with us, sunglasses, and, of course, wearing suntan lotion as we walk out our front doors. Now, we have no hesitation in running errands at any time of the day.
· As the snowbirds arrived and visitors from nearby Los Angeles and San Diego, we realized we must make reservations for our favorite restaurants. Some restaurants closed to allow owners and employees to have vacations. Still, others used the summer months to do updating. So, it is fun to see changes when they reopened, including perusing the new menus.
· No longer do we seek the parking spot nearest the grocery store entrance. Now, I find myself parking far away to get some steps in and soak up the beauty surrounding us on any given day.
· Early morning swims are postponed until the sun and pool heaters raise the temperatures. I have discovered about 11:00 a.m. is perfect.
Shopping downtown Palm Springs Photo by Kathy Condon
· With the stores along Palm Canyon packed with new merchandise, one can browse and talk to the shop owners anytime. By the way, most of our stores are independently owned.
· Now, one does not have to get up at the crack of dawn to head to our favorite trail. However, we still wear a hat and suntan lotion and take twice as much water as we think we need. Plus, we tell a friend where we will be going.
Events Increased Two-fold in the Fall in Palm Springs.
Admittedly, I love opening my emails and finding announcements of openings and events. Here are some of the recent announcements:
· The Aqua Caliente Tribe opened its long-awaited new Cultural Center on November 3, 2023. The exterior of the building is beautiful, so we look forward to the opportunity to learn through their exhibits and lectures.
· The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway went through its annual maintenance and is now open for reservations and the perfect place to hike, relax on their patios, and have dinner.
· The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and winter hours to 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
· The Coachella Vally Firebirds have started their season—an opportunity to see, perhaps, your first ice hockey game at the Acrisure Arena. Ice Hockey is an activity that the entire family will likely enjoy.
Palm Springs VillageFest Photo by Kathy Condon
· VillageFest’s vendors increase in the fall. Thursday nights on Palm Canyon continue to become a community gathering place.
· The Palm Springs Art Museum is open, free of charge, on Thursdays from 4:00-8:00 p.m., thanks to a grant from the City of Palm Springs.
· Our new downtown Palm Springs Park (Still to be officially named) starts concerts in the park. There is no charge, and here is your chance to relax under the beautiful palm trees and star-filled sky.
· The golf courses have been reseeded, and they look forward to a season where people come from all over the world to experience our professional courses with stunning mountain views.
A windmill on the tour Photo by Kathy Condon
· It is the perfect time to get up and get close to the Windmills by taking a tour. You don’t know how large they are until you stand at the base of one of them.
· Oscars is open while remodeling the large space. Their intimate evenings are special when we hear famous people share personal aspects of their lives.
· The Palm Springs Cultural Center continues to offer live music, innovative programming, and sharing its grounds with the Certified Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
Eight4Nine Patio Dining Photo by Kathy Condon
Patio dining is once again in great demand. Please make your reservations and take a light wrap, for our desert climate can get cool in the evenings.
Fall in Palm Springs encourages locals to stop and greet our neighbors on our walkway as we head to our community parking lots. Sitting outside on our patios with cocktails, we once again watch the sun set behind our mountains, causing the scattered clouds to turn brilliant pink.
We trust you will plan a trip here and come to enjoy the relaxed, awesome community we call home 360 days a year. Oh, alright, we plan our vacations in the middle of the summer, but now it is time to celebrate our weather and events, making every day an adventure living here.
Kathy Condon is an award-winning author and journalist for numerous publications. She has been a resident of Palm Springs for 11 years and travels the world writing about her experiences. email@example.com www.PalmSpringsInsiderGuide.com