Palm Springs is one of Southern California’s most famous resort destinations. Located in the Coachella Valley and surrounded by golf courses and palm trees, it’s hard to beat as a winter getaway. Long equated with Spring Break, and as a Hollywood celebrity hideaway this oasis in the desert is also known for pampering visitors in style with its numerous high end spas, luxurious accommodations and top notch restaurants.
A dense fog-blanketed morning gives way to rain. The Northwest wind pulls at Douglas Firs. It is the kind of day most people imagine who haven’t been to Portland, Oregon and know it mostly for its weather statistics. Officially known as the city of roses, Portland boasts much more than blooms and rain. This people-friendly city is a sophisticated urban playground best known for its microbrew beer, Stumptown coffee, bridges, bikes and books.