Inside the quiet walls of ORI it's easy to forget that there are nearly 600,000 residents of the Coachella Valley. It's this amazing sense of seclusion with great city-like access that makes seasonal living at ORI so enjoyable.
The selection of local grocery stores within a five to ten minute drive is impressive. Grocery stores include: Ralphs, Stater Brother, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Vons, Albertsons, Cardenas, Walmart, Costco, and Target.
Five minutes away, along Highway 111, there are national merchants including Costco, Walmart, Target Home Depot, Lowes, OfficeMax, Bed Bath and Beyond along with dozens of local stores and services.
Fifteen minutes away is the upscale shopping district of El Paseo with national stores like Apple, Sax Fifth Avenue, and Pottery Barn, wrapped with boutique fashion and accessory stores, and restaurants. Nearby is the Westfield Mall with 140 stores, food court and movie theaters.
(Photo left: The weekend market in La Quinta)
Entertainment, Culture & Cuisine
ThePalm Springs area was discovered by Hollywood luminaries nearly one-hundred years ago. Two hours from Los Angeles, with a sunny winter climate, and a small town feel, it was a refuge for stars who wanted to escape notoriety and, just like all of us, enjoy the charms of mountain sunsets and verdant golf courses. This is the land of Frank Sinatra and his legacy of quiet community support and attracting the glitterati of mid-century culture has been polished to sunglass required sheen. That heritage lives on with an outsized choice of events, concerts, and cuisine that only a top tier resort region can attract. Throughout the year, the McCallum theater books world-class music and live plays. The Desert Town Hall lecture series brings top national political speakers for a hard-to-get-ticket. And the nation's number one music event, Coachella, happens just two miles away from ORI at the Empire Polo Grounds.
For film buffs there are a multi-screen theaters dotted throughout the valley with both first run and art and indie films. The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs for a couple of weeks in January featuring top directors and stars.
Living so close to the border, the centuries old Hispanic culture is celebrated in the numerous great Mexican restaurants, but that's only one of a dozen international cuisines. From small, affordable gems tucked away in strip malls, to fine white tablecloth dining, there's plenty to keep foodies continually on the hunt.
(Photo right: A wraparound pergola off the 13th hole)