For those looking to change your attitude and latitude during the pandemic, set your GPS to Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), a Southern California wellness and relaxation resort oasis.
As the warm summer sun cools down in the evening, blue skies above majestic mountain views is the backdrop for poolside cocktails and al fresco dining among swaying palms.
Greater Palm Springs launched a destination-wide health and safety pledge to welcome visitors back. They released a new music video: a reimagined version of their song “Find Your Oasis,” which was originally released 2018. Celebrating local artists and popular attractions throughout the destination, the catchy song celebrates the region’s wide-open spaces, beautiful desert and eclectic creative community that has attracted visitors for decades.
To ensure visitors will be able to truly relax and feel safe throughout their stay, the CVB launched the “Greater Together, Safer Together” pledge, with Greater Palm Springs tourism businesses committing to increased health and safety protocols.
A pledge has been signed by more than 200 local businesses and stakeholders including Lulu California Bistro to attractions such as the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, As the region continues to prepare to open for business, more are expected to participate.
During a virtual zoom event this week, Scott White, president and CEO of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau and Joyce Kiehl, Director of Communications shared, “We are excited to welcome visitors back to our cities, and we want them to feel confident that our tourism partners have taken every precaution to ensure a safe and healthy stay. This pledge unites our cities and our communities around that assurance, and gives us a clear benchmark for sanitation standards, which is our absolute top priority.”
Hotels, restaurants, attractions and retail shops are upholding the latest standards established by the State of California and CDC. Disinfecting protocols, physical distancing guidelines and employee training guidelines among others are clearly outlined. Businesses that have signed the pledge will recognize it with badges on their websites and social media channels, so guests can feel confident at every step of the experience. See HERE.
“After spending a few months in self-quarantine, we think many people may welcome a break from their own homes to see new spaces,” said Jeff Miraglia, chief creative officer of Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Additionally, we know that as travel resumes, travelers are seeking places where they can enjoy nature and outdoor recreation, which our desert valley has in abundance.”
From agriculture to architecture, the 9 regions in the Greater Palm Springs area are getting creative during these uncertain times. Did you know that the Coachella Valley is the Date Capital of the World? The region supplies 95 % of the dates grown in the U.S. Coachella Valley. When COVID hit, farmers were left with excess produce, so Farmer Mark and Palm Springs Restauranteur Tony created a CV Harvest Box filled with fresh produce and started delivering them right to Coachella Valley residents doors every Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. The dates from AZIZ Farms are plump and sugary sweet.
Take a safe car tour to explore Mid-Century modern architecture with Kurt Cyr, founder of the Palm Springs Mod Squad. During the summer pandemic, this local celebrity designer and mid-century modern expert recreates his popular Essential Tour of Palm Springs for social distancing. Your guide will lead the tour in real time in the Mod Squad van, followed by guests in their car listening on their smartphones.
BuzzBox Premium Cocktails are made in the city of Indio. There are 9 pre-mixed, premium cocktails that include Perfect Margarita, Hurricane, and Cuban Mojito. Each cocktail is packaged in a perfect serving portion, in recyclable, green and energy efficient designed boxes. There is a spout to pour and another for a straw to chill, sip and enjoy while camping, hiking or romantic sunset picnics.
Check out the Greater Palm Springs CVB site to see hotels, shops, restaurants and activities reopened and ready to welcome you back.