Palm Springs is the most famous city in the Coachella Valley. Today, in early February, the forecast is in the mid-70s, which is about 25 Celsius, and visitors flock here to play golf and tennis in the pleasant winter weather.
It’s warmer and drier than winters in Los Angeles, about 150 miles away, and early Hollywood stars made the trek out here in the days before the interstate and airport, not to work but to enjoy themselves by playing the same sports we do today, dancing in the evenings, and relaxing.
John Frost needed this climate for his ill health. He often painted Mt. San Jacinto, which borders this valley near Palm Springs. He painted the one below in 1926.
This same year, the La Quinta Hotel was established nearby (no connection with the chain of the same name). It attracted old-time Hollywood stars and is still open for business, 87 years later. I’ll write more about the La Quinta resort next Wednesday. Here’s a photo below.
Enjoy your week. If you are busy, you might take a little time for yourself and curl up with a book. Make your own warmth with a blanket over your legs and a cup of tea. Next Wednesday we’ll go back to the desert and the 1920s and 30s.