Tuesday morning’s burning sunshine signalled our leaving Las Vegas and an entertaining drive south west from Las Vegas via Yermo. An obligatory pit stop for lunch at the famous Peggy Sue’s Diner followed, where we were greeted in the lobby by an Elvis Presley fortune-telling machine!
We were aware of Palm Springs legendary history as a holiday hot spot for the film star set and the grand entrance to our Hotel – the Renaissance Hotel in East Tahqitz Canyon Way – certainly had the air of a classic early 1960s destination. This combined with the towering mountains close at hand and the numerous palms in every direction, delivered a true California escape.
This was timed to be a relaxing three days after the hustle of Vegas and reception took no time in telling us that we had the pleasure of the largest pool in the town. This gave us a great opportunity to lie back in the desert sun and enjoy the pool bar to its fullest.
The staff were particularly helpful here and visits to local restaurants and the superb Regal Cinema proved that the resort had lost nothing of its appeal. The streets were amazingly quiet during the day though, which made for a slightly eerie experience, but there was no doubting the importance of taking cover from the midday sun whenever possible.