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The Perfect Vacation: Palm Springs

Palm Springs is usually considered a great holiday draw, with an ideal dry heat that is comfortable for seniors and grandchildren alike. Another advantage in is its accessibility from Edmonton; it's a less than four hour flight. If you're taking the grandchildren along, there are tons of activities that make it an attraction for families.
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Palm Springs is usually considered a great holiday draw, with an ideal dry heat that is comfortable for seniors and grandchildren alike. Another advantage in is its accessibility from Edmonton; it's a less than four hour flight. If you're taking the grandchildren along, there are tons of activities that make it an attraction for families.

Our family took advantage of the holiday by flying in via Los Angeles, visiting Disneyland and then Legoland with the children, where my grandchildren had a blast exploring and brick building, and seeing their nine foot tall red brontosaurus built entirely from Lego. We found upon arrival that Palm Springs not only includes the town but several outlying communities as well: Palm Desert, Cathedral City, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage.

Our family members and three grandchildren ranging from ages three to eight stayed in Palm Desert, where some attractive homes were available for rent. The grandkids' house included not only a pool but lemon trees. We stayed at a hotel not too far away where we enjoyed meeting many other Canadians. We stayed at the hotel in the evenings spent the days sightseeing with the family, avoiding a car rental and giving the entire family some holiday freedom. As seniors we have felt that this has often been the best way to fully enjoy a holiday. We took several excursions during our stay including hiking, swimming, shopping, walking, park visiting, dining and even church.

When we were walking down the main street, Hollywood seemed only a hop and a skip away, as the homes of previous celebrity residents' names were posted on street corners and highways such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. We stopped at the Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City, located in a small attractive park. We admired the colourful statues, as well as those of Hollywood's cowboys of the past. Hiking trails were also inviting. Our son in law took our granddaughter Melina for a hike on the Hopalong Cassidy Trail. The length of the 11 mile trail proved to be daunting but doable.

For more leisurely walks, we joined the family for a visit to El Paseo, a mile of shopping strip and courtyards where we rested and sat by the fountains. Some of the trendy shops include Gucci and Saks. We had a first introduction to the pleasures of area dining at Tommy Bahama, savouring mini burgers for the kids and outstanding crab bisque. Our other find was a family dining restaurant called Babe's Bar-B-Q known for its baby-back ribs and microbrews where we celebrated our grand-daughter Jocelyn's sixth birthday. Tyler's Burgers, proved to be a great hit with the children. We ran out of time to visit Bob Hope's $24 million mansion, the Hunter Horse Jumper/Competition and the Empire Polo Club. Maybe next year- if the family invites us again!