Dates Of Stay: November 20, 2015 – January 31, 2016
My over two-month stay at Outdoor Resorts Palm Springs is coming to an end. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it is a beautiful place with many amenities. On the other hand, I am surrounded by Stepford RVers who play pickle ball, zip about in golf carts, and pour wine promptly at 4:00 p.m.
Can you tell it’s time for me to go? It’s a good thing I took those side trips to Las Vegas and Quartzite, or I don’t know if I would have kept my sanity!
Complaints aside, it has been very restful at ORPS – just what I needed to recharge my batteries to get back on the road. The grounds are lovely, and maintenance people are always working on something. The fruit trees are beautiful. The lights around the palm trees at night lend a festive feel. There are 18 tennis courts, eight pools, two clubhouses, a decent Italian restaurant that delivers, a not-so-good coffee shop, a beauty salon I didn’t dare try, and all sorts of opportunities for socializing, like movies and flea markets and coffee and donuts in the morning. It is a 15-minute drive to downtown Palm Springs, and there are plenty of grocery stores, shops, and restaurants directly outside the gates.
Some of the people have been very welcoming, like my neighbors directly to the right, and two sets of neighbors across the street. Otherwise, I am surveyed in quizzical silence. I see scowling faces as I walk Olive, with no intention of taking her to that disgusting “dog run.” (I recently wrote about the draconian pet policies of most “RV Resorts,” ORPS included.)
Most of the residents here are owners, not renters like me. I detect a distinct caste system between the two groups. But if you ask me, I think I’ve got it pretty good; I cannot imagine spending all my time, or my precious vacation time, sitting in one spot looking at the same scenery every day.
When I return to the Palm Springs area after Mexico, I will stay for one week at a different resort, which is farther away from Palm Springs. I am curious to see how it compares to ORPS. You will be the first to know!
Many of you have asked me the expenses to stay at ORPS. The base monthly rate depends on the space and what the owner is asking for it. There is also a $124 monthly resort fee. I paid an average of $1200 per month to stay here – a little less for November, and a little more for December and January. I believe the monthly rate will increase in February during PS Modernism, and in March during the Coachella Music Festival. I know that’s a lot, and out of the budget for many, but by and large I have been very happy here and do not regret spending the money. If I return to Palm Springs and intend to stay more than one month, I would definitely consider coming back to ORPS.