Everything Under the Sun: A look at the Coachella Valley Lifestyle
They say that there is no life in the desert – but they would be very, very wrong. The Coachella Valley is home to nine cities, each and every one an attraction in their own right. The two most famous are probably Palm Springs – a legendary hangout for celebrities like Frank Sinatra – and Indio, where the famous annual music festival takes place. However, the other seven cities here share the bounties of this remarkable region: Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Coachella. What makes this stretch of sun-drenched paradise east of Los Angeles so special? Let us count the ways.
Sunny Weather - Here We Come!
To begin with, temperatures here rarely dip below 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can enjoy the warmth of the sun 364 days of the year (you read that right!). Rainy days are few and far between. The air is crisp, dry and clean, easy to breathe and invigorating. This has gone a long way to inspire everybody from artists to trekkers and of course, those who are serious about working on their tan. It’s also a fairly affordable place, where folks don’t need to break the bank to live a decent life. This all might explain why folks here are so warm and welcoming. The Coachella Valley is a happy place, and its lifestyle reflects this.
Outdoor Activities Forever
Having a perfect climate year-round is a huge motivator to get folks out and moving around, and in the Coachella Valley, that means all sorts of diversions. Expect to see lane upon lane of bicycles populating the streets in the area. Traveling on two wheels is an exceedingly popular way to get around, combining fitness with convenience. You’re also sure to find many of the parks here hosting outside yoga classes. Yoga is a very big deal in the valley, reflecting its New Age vibe which you’ll also find in those stores selling crystals and dream catchers.
Need to go a little more extreme in your outings? There’s plenty of hiking trails where you can gain thousands of feet in altitude, to be rewarded with sprawling desert vistas. And the more courageous among you can also find ample rock-climbing opportunities to test your grit upon. Yet, the single most popular way fitness freaks “swing” in the Coachella Valley is undoubtedly on the links. Golf is unbelievably popular here. Believe it or not, there are almost 125 courses in the greater area alone. Public and private greens grace each of the nine cities, simply begging you to bring along your clubs.
Arts, Eats and Shopping – Oh My!
Just because we’re in a desert doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole lot going on in the Coachella Valley. For one thing, the celebrity crowd which mingles with tourists and residents has attracted some world-class chefs to open restaurants here. On top of that, old school traditional Mexican restaurants plus any number of cafes and pubs make the area a perfect place for foodies. There’s also plenty of super-healthy options with organic eateries and vegan joints catering to the local cravings for a more conscientious fare.
However, we cannot live on food alone! The Coachella Valley is a magnet for the artistic spirit. Many a movie star has kept second homes here, the perfect retreat from Hollywood. Perhaps that’s why there’s a huge international film festival screening in Palm Springs every year. When it comes to music, Indio has become world-famous for its annual Coachella festival. But there’s plenty of other music festivals throughout the calendar year, many featuring alternate genres. Looking to check out some paintings? There are art galleries galore here. Even the architecture of the area is stunning, with many fine examples of the Mid-Century style still on display.
Now when the locals are through with enjoying the outdoors, partaking in grand feasts or feasting their eyes on aesthetic works – there’s still plenty of shopping to be done. To begin with, the Coachella Valley is a Mecca for serious antiques. Numerous showrooms sport art deco, baroque and more furniture stylings of eras past. Vintage stores and thrift shops reflect both the local penchant for frugality as well as a love for funky and off-center curios. There’s also plenty of traditional retailers situated here, keeping the Valley connected to the modern world. And that’s the beauty of this place. It is rustic and simple, yet worldly and eclectic. It’s a magical blend unlike anywhere else.