Author: Shirley Wong
“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.
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