Arriving in California from the East Coast is an arduous task and for anyone who has nightmares about jet lag, leaving the East to the West is no fun at all. Whether you will travel in economy class or goes first class, fatigue will hit … And so that’s how my body responded after a turbulent landing in Los Angeles this afternoon. It would be encouraging if L.A were the final destination but the last stop will be to 204km further, in Indio, to watch one of my favorite bands take the main stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday. The band? Guns N’ Roses!
But to endure a future night’s Rock N ‘Roll intensity and more than a few hours of driving to the location, I recommend leaving LA and making a pit stop for a night in Palm Springs before heading to Indio, which is 37km away, or any other of the seven cities that make up the Coachella Valley and which are therefore closer to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Okay. Stay calm! You do love the road and you can imagine a desert adventure as if you’re in a Western. Yes, I agree, you do not need to stop in Palm Springs and can even stay in the camp that the Coachella Festival itself offers.
But back to those who would love to experience the spas, small inns, boutique hotels or some of the famous resorts in Palm Springs . . . a pit stop after the tiring road trip is more than recommended. Surrounded by desert climate of the mountains of California, Palm Springs offers an exotic setting with views that hypnotize.
Living Aurora opted for a spa hotel in Downtown Palm Springs, which has a lot of charm and local activity, street shops and fairs with local artists, organic fruits and vegetables harvested in the state farms and home-made beef jerky.
The Andreas Hotel & Spa is small, one of those inns where you will be able to encounter other guests, meet someone and easily sit for five minutes near any of the external fireplaces that are in front of the rooms. The Pueblo Español style is the hallmark of the place, with corridors and stairs that form small mazes, rounded finishes and curved shapes. Andreas offers a simple and charming break to recover energy and then ultimately get lost on the roads of California.
P.S. – Our next stop is the Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, even closer to the Coachella Festival. We chose the location because they have packages with tickets, lodging and transportation for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Andreas Hotel & Spa: 888.327.5701
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