We spent the first part of this week in Palm Springs. We went a little out of our way so we could stop in Idyllwood to do some hiking and see the small town. We hiked the Ernie Maxwell trail (easy to moderate, out and back, total of 5 miles with 700 foot elevation gain), ate pizza and wandered through a few shops.
On the way down, out of the mountains, from the pines to the palms, we came across Lake Fulmor. This sweet lake is beautiful! The late afternoon light was perfect. These are my favorite pics of the trip.
After spending an hour or so at this hidden gem we headed to Palm Springs. We checked into The Old Ranch. This is, I think, our 4th visit here. We walked to the Fisherman’s Market and Grill for dinner, wandered around town for a bit and called it an early night. After a stop at the fanciest Starbucks ever, we spent the next morning biking the City Loop Bike Route. A long, mostly flat trail with a lot of variety made for one of my favorite rides ever.
After Chris recovered with some pool time, we spent a good chunk of the afternoon checking out patio and furniture consignment stores on our ongoing (and as of yet, unsuccessful) search for patio furniture. We ended up in La Quinta where we visited an IFC friend at her cool, mid-century modern home. We explored La Quinta and then picked Mimmo’s Italian Restaurant for dinner. Good choice! Our server. Claude, pronounced “Clode” was entertaining and provided us with complimentary lemoncello which he felt would be perfect with our creme brulee dessert. We ended the day window shopping on El Paseo in Palm Desert.
We headed home the following morning but not before a another Starbucks stop and a short ride around downtown and the Historic Tennis Club area. We love our quick get-aways to Palm Springs; will be back soon!