Spring Break in Palm Springs

Author: Shirley Wong

Palm Springs, CA -Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
Downtown Palm Springs, CA where the sun never stops

“I got my 45 on.”

-Sheryl Crow (from “Soak Up the Sun”)

Vancouver is a wonderful city, but its soggy rain and grey skies have lately been making us feel very dreary. So can you blame us for heading to balmier climes last week?

This was our first trip to Palm Springs, CA. Here’s a delicious destination where weekday forecasts are reassuringly exactly seven yellow suns. The weatherman can only shrug and discuss variations in temperature and wind.

Another marvellous thing about the desert? It’s a short jaunt to the tennis fan’s heaven known as Indian Wells. We were psyched to visit this city’s famed BNP Paribas Open (Mar 7-20th). If you’re not familiar with this annual tournament, it’s commonly referred to as the “Fifth Slam”, or the next most popular tournament after the four Grand Slams. It also boasts the world’s second largest tennis stadium, after New York’s Arthur Ashe.

If you’re into tennis, we highly recommend checking out this tournament. We attended for two days in the last week, which allowed us to watch lots of tennis. The grounds are huge (54 acres, 29 courts), beautifully set against mountains and palm trees. We were impressed with how professionally this event was run, yet it still had an atmosphere that was welcoming and informal. Just prepare yourself for occasional sticker shock, like ice cream costing $8 US.

In Palm Springs, we stayed at The Saguaro, which is about a half hour drive from Indian Wells. One of the highlights was trying out local coffee and food; we’ll share some special finds in the next few weeks.

The Saguaro Palm Springs -Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
The colour box that is The Saguaro Palm Springs

The Saguaro Palm Springs -Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
View from our hotel room

El Jeffe tequila bar at The Saguaro -Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
A tequila bar at The Saguaro

The Saguaro Palm Springs - Vancouver Barista
Juicy shades are the signature look at our hotel

Palm Springs downtown- Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
Desert vistas at Palm Springs downtown

Palm Springs -Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
A sunny stroll down the main strip of Palm Canyon Drive in downtown

Toms Roasting Co. -Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
Surprise at finding TOMS (synonymous for their fashionable & socially conscious shoes) selling coffee at Whole Foods in Palm Springs. For every bag of coffee you purchase, TOMS gives one week of clean water to a person in need.

Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open -Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
The wide-sweeping, tropical grounds at Indian Wells’ BNP Paribas Open

 

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Even the small courts have breathtaking views

Rod Laver autobiography, Indian Wells - Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
A highlight: Tennis legend Rod Laver speaks and launches his new autobiography

Indian Wells BNP Paribas Rafa Nadal - Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
Gun show: Watching Rafael Nadal work on his shots at the practice courts

Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open -Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
Andy Murray facing Federico Delbonis in the enormous Stadium 1

Palm Springs -Vancouver Barista,best new cafes,coffee shop reviews
My new obsession is what you can’t get in Vancouver: palm trees

 

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6 thoughts on “Spring Break in Palm Springs”

  1. Hi guys, interesting about your comment about Indian Wells being a better tournament than the US Open. A few years ago, we went to the US Open and got rained out, so we never saw one match. We love PS, so we are edging our way towards snowbirding by staying a month next year. Gary

  2. Really enjoyed your Palm Springs report and pictures of Indian Wells Tennis Center. Seems like a great place for a few days of sun. Thanks, Peter

  3. Hey, we were in PS for two weeks and got back last Friday. As well as watching tennis at IW, we went shopping, road cycling and laid around the pool. Will compare notes on eateries and coffee spots, when you post. Love the endless sunshine.

    1. Hi Gary, That’s hardcore, cycling in that heat! We saw a few roadies out there, too. We basically were at Indian Wells on Mon and Tues. Then had Wed to explore Palm Springs, before leaving Thurs, so not a lot of time there. But the sun really lifts the mood and it’s nice the flight is so close. Mike was saying this was a better tourney than the U.S. Open, which he has been to a few years ago. Strongly considering snowbirding now 🙂 Shirley

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