Shannon, Graham our 5-month-old golden retriever, and I took a quick 3-day vacation into Palm Springs. Palm Springs is a fantastic little town. Being from the East Coast, I did not quite understand the draw of Palm Springs. Once you arrive, you know that the setting inside the valley and the beautiful sun-baked light makes everything just a bit better than it should be.

There is a mid-century modern trend that has been alive and kicking for years that bleeds through the entire town. That vibe makes it feel like you are in an exclusive little enclave that does not exist in many other places. Combine those interesting cultural aspects with the fantastic hiking and natural wonders just outside the city, and it makes for a great 3-day retreat.

Amazing view just south of Joshua Tree National Park.