• Eisenhower Auxiliary’s...
    Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual fund-raising dinner dance is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

    Meet the residents and celebrate Eisenhower’s commitment to elevating medical diagnostics to the digital era. Proceeds will be directed to the acquisition of state-of-the-art hand-held ultrasound devices and other diagnostic equipment for Eisenhower’s inaugural class of residents and faculty in the School of Graduate Medical Education. click for more

  • Oak Glen Ripe for the ...
    Sometimes it seems like summer never wants to leave the desert. On those dog days of fall, while heat still clings to the Coachella Valley, the mile-high climate of Oak Glen provides the perfect backdrop for autumn family fun.

    An easy, hour-long drive from Palm Springs, Oak Glen is a 15 square-mile hamlet of soft hills, orchards and farms. Because Oak Glen is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the desert, the air is as crisp and cool as a green apple, often laced with the scent of a cozy fire. This is where trees try on the new fall fashions, displaying brilliant leaves of blazing orange, crimson and gold. click for more

  • 5 THINGS
    1 . Get a Massage - Treat your body to a relaxing or therapeutic massage. Invite your spouse or a friend to join you at the spa.

    2 . Read a New Author - Peruse The New York Times Book Review and find some authors you’ve never read.

    3. Skip Dessert All Week - Muster your willpower and ignore your sweet tooth until Sunday — then savor every bite of a special dessert.

    4. Watch a Documentary - Scan your movie provider and choose an interesting documentary. You might learn something new!

    5. Write a Sweet Note - Write a short, kind note and leave it for a loved one to find. You’ll probably “make their day.”

  • Eisenhower Named Most ...
    For the second consecutive year, Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care facilities, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Eisenhower is the first and only hospital in the Coachella Valley to receive the recognition. click for more
  • Eisenhower Named Leade...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation,... click for more
  • Eisenhower Joins Ameri...
    Eisenhower Medical Center is joining the American Cancer Society for their landmark Cancer Prevention Study-3. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is a grassroots effort where local communities can... click for more
  • Figue - Savoring Medit...
    New Mediterranean eatery Figue (rhymes with league), located in La Quinta, is the vision of a passionate owner and an equally enthralled chef who was completely taken by the enthusiasm of his future employer. “The mission statement Lee Morcus posted when advertising for a chef was unlike any mission statement I’d ever read,” says Executive Chef Francois de Mélogue. “I was like the secretary in the Tom Cruise movie Jerry McGuire, who grabbed the goldfish and went with him. I was responding to what his energy was, and I knew what my experience could bring to the table.” click for more

Oak Glen Ripe for the Picking

A Nearby Haven of Fall Colors and Crisp Apples

At Moms Country Orchards the produce is plentiful and pesticide-free. Moms has also claimed the title of the widest selection of jams, jellies and preserves in the country.
At Moms Country Orchards the produce is plentiful and pesticide-free. Moms has also claimed the title of the widest selection of jams, jellies and preserves in the country.
Sometimes it seems like summer never wants to leave the desert. On those dog days of fall, while heat still clings to the Coachella Valley, the mile-high climate of Oak Glen provides the perfect backdrop for autumn family fun.

An easy, hour-long drive from Palm Springs, Oak Glen is a 15 square-mile hamlet of soft hills, orchards and farms. Because Oak Glen is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the desert, the air is as crisp and cool as a green apple, often laced with the scent of a cozy fire. This is where trees try on the new fall fashions, displaying brilliant leaves of blazing orange, crimson and gold.

Along this scenic loop of more than 30 ranches, farms and businesses, Oak Glen is ripe for visitors who have a penchant for produce, particularly apple lovers. The first Oak Glen apple orchards were planted in 1876, followed by dozens more. Many of the original ranches are still in operation today, even if ownership has changed hands over the years. More than 100 varieties grow on these hills, including favorites like Pink Lady and Roxbury Russet, and the more exotic Mutsu.

Labor Day ushers in apple season, which lasts until Thanksgiving. Visitors can pick their own apples or pumpkins. If fresh fruit isn’t your thing, make fresh cider your main squeeze. A local favorite is Moms Country Orchards, where the produce is plentiful and pesticide-free. Moms has also claimed the title of the widest selection of jams, jellies and preserves in the country. Other goodies include spicy peanut butter, homemade mustards and vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes.

“You know the saying — an apple a day keeps the doctor away? I really believe there’s something to that,” says Alison Law-Mathisen,

HOURS: Most Oak Glen ranches are open daily. The Wildlands Conservancy is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Palm Springs, take I-10 West . Take the CA-79/Beaumont Avenue exit, Exit 94.  Turn right onto Beaumont Avenue, which becomes Oak Glen Road.  Estimated driving time is 55 minutes.

TIPS: Before hiking the trails at the Wildlands Conservancy in Oak Glen, stop by the office to pick up one of their charming hand-drawn maps.  Also, check their calendars for upcoming activites, events and guided walks. Remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and carry plenty of water and snacks. Bring a light jacket for cooler weather.