There are few places hotter than Palm Springs, CA this time of year, and, yet, I have found myself battling this blistering heat twice within the last month. Today, the accounting manager, who we work with told us that it can get up to 116 degrees during the day, and immediately, I wanted to stay in for lunch.
Although the heat may be debilitating for a northwest kind of guy like me, Palm Springs does have a certain appeal to it. There are few places that can pull off not only the relaxed atmosphere of a golf town but also the upbeat vibe of a casino environment, but Palm Springs does it better than almost anyone. The town has a certain attitude that only tourist towns have, the attitude that everyone here has chosen to be here.
We ate at the popular sushi restaurant Okura for dinner, and I was puzzled on whether the packed restaurant was full of tourist or locals, especially considering it was a Tuesday night, and everyone was dressed to impress.
Palm Springs was once the celebrity hide-out, and there were entire communities occupied by A list movie stars that once occupied the area. Since, the celebrities have spread throughout the Coachella valley, but the beautiful, gated communities remain, and as everywhere else – skyrocketed in value in the past year.
There are several Tribal members that call Palm Springs home. The Agua Caliente reservation was established in 1876 and consists of 31,128 acres of land and 6,700 acres are located by Downtown Palm Springs. The tribe has a strong presence outside of Palm Springs with an enormous and largely profitable casino.
Palm Springs is a wonderful quick experience every time we go; nevertheless, it’s nice returning to the reasonable weather of Reno, NV.