Last Sunday it was very cloudy and cool in the LA area so we decided it was a great day to visit the Terra Cotta Inn in Palm Springs. We drove out early in the morning, parked at Ruth Hardy Park and did a 2.5 mile run through the local neighborhoods. This is the park that The organizers of Palm Springs 5K runs use as the start and finish lines. Those are great events if you’re into running, or even just walking.
After the run we hit Ruby’s on Palm Canyon Drive for breakfast (so we could feel young since the average age of customers was about 82) and then headed over to the Terra Cotta Inn.
It was still a bit cloudy and cool, so we left our clothes in the Day Use room that’s provided – and headed straight to the Jacuzzi. The office staff delivered us lunch menus to the Jacuzzi so we could order food for later. It’s good food, and very reasonably priced. Life is very good at the Terra Cotta Inn.
Once we were nice and warm from the Jacuzzi we found lounge chairs by the pool and relaxed. The sun made a few feeble appearances but it was still warm enough to enjoy being naked and looking up at the snow on Mt. San Jacinto. We went for a few swims, and had our lunch salads brought to us at our lounge chairs.
The afternoon passed quickly with a few margaritas (bring your own drinks in an ice chest and remember not to bring ANYTHING made of glass). About 4, we were treated to the great hospitality of Tom delivering fresh strawberries to us poolside, and the availability of cheese, crackers and cookies in the lobby.
Next time we’ll stay for the night (hopefully even longer), but if you live in the Southern California area and just need some warmth, sunshine and pampering, call the Terra Cotta Inn and see if they have day passes available. It’s just $30 per couple which is a great value for a great day.