Palm Desert
Inn at Deep Canyon is cozy, quiet and retro
Sometimes simpler is better. Sometimes a cozy,  1quiet getaway is what the doctor ordered rather than a place where things seem to move just as fast as they did back home. Sometimes you just want to chill.

Tucked in between the mega resorts of the Palm Springs area and located just footsteps away from the famous El Paseo shopping district of Palm Desert is a little blast from the past. It�s called the Inn at Deep Canyon and it prides itself on being quiet and secluded.

Like some other hotels in the area, the Inn at Deep Canyon has a retro feel, a shout-out to the simple days of the 1950s and 1960s when the big Hollywood stars would come out to the desert to escape L.A. The inn only has 32 rooms, positioned around a center courtyard and garden area with a heated swimming pool, palm trees and plenty of lounge chairs to accommodate the guests.

 1It�s the kind of place where you check into your nicely decorated and updated room, grab a book and immediately head for the pool deck just because it looks so inviting. On our visit, there were just two or three other couples reading their books and newspapers while soaking up the desert sun. It was blissfully quiet � a simple place in the heart of Palm Desert shopping that is hidden away from any traffic or hub-bub.

While prices can vary according to season, it appeared to us the Inn at Deep Canyon is maybe half the price of a typical big Palm Springs resort � ideal for those just wanting a quiet, relaxing base of operations to explore the many attractions in the Palm Springs area.

The closest attraction is the El Paseo Shopping District, which is touted as the Rodeo Drive of the Palm Springs area. Altogether there are more than 300 world-class shops including art galleries, clothing boutiques, jewelers and many other upscale stores. Many excellent restaurants are located here, several within walking distance of the Inn at Deep Canyon.

Also not far away in Palm Desert is the Living Desert Zoo and Garden, an impressive attraction exhibiting the plants and animals of the desert. From birds to geckos to ants, the Living Desert has been built up over the years to offer an exhaustive collection of animals and plants.

The park was established in 1970 with 1 360 acres of wilderness preserve and various species of plants and animals have been introduced over the years. Today you�ll find mountain lions, bobcats, badgers, meerkats, cheetahs, warthogs, striped hyenas, giraffes, ostriches and many more animal exhibits. Landscape gardens show off plant species and there are greenhouses with other plant species from the desert.

On our visit to Palm Desert, we drove the short distance to Palm Springs where we took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a breathtaking ride up into the mountains. The 10-minute tram ride takes visitors from 2,643 feet at the base to the 8516-foot level of the mountains overlooking Palm Springs. The views from the top � and in fact most of the way up the mountain � are spectacular.

An amazing engineering feat, the tramway first opened in 1963 after decades of development and two years of construction. At the turn of the century the tramcars were modernized and are now the world�s largest rotating tramcars. With rotation everyone on board the tram gets to experience views from all sides of the car.

When visitors reach the top they find an elaborate station with a restaurant and many viewing platforms. Visitors can then hike mountain trails in the area, following a series of paved switchbacks from the top down to the trailheads. Many visitors come up just to have lunch and then take the tram down; others will plan camping and hiking trips that start at the upper station.

Of course, the Palm Springs area has much more to offer visitors including golf, tennis, adventure excursions by jeep, and numerous hiking trails in the area that are especially enjoyable during the cooler months of the year. But for many visitors to the Inn at the Deep Canyon, a stay in the desert might be as simple as a cozy room in a quiet location with a pool, palm trees and sunshine just a few steps out the door. For those people, a simple getaway is the best getaway.

Rooms at the Inn at Deep Canyon include free wireless, TV, refrigerator, microwave and coffee-maker. A complimentary breakfast includes three or four hot items each day and a generous selection of pastries, fruits, breads and drinks. For more information on the Inn at Deep Canyon, please phone (800) 253-0004 or visit www.inn-adc.com.

For more information on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, please phone (888) 515-TRAM or visit www.pstramway.com.
PHOTO CREDITS: Sandi Ordway, Cary Ordway
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