In a new destination, your wise wandering instinct has you seeking out the beating heart of a place, the source of its vitality and hub of existence. This might be the glacial source of a mighty river, the nostalgic main street in a country town, or the vital waterways that bring orchards and wildflowers to life close to the scrubby expanses of a desert. Book hotels in Beaumont, CA, a city whose name means beautiful mountain and whose seemingly arid landscape hides lush oases that exemplify the words of the novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well." Seek out and find those wells of life, quenching lakes, and riparian veins where the beauty of the desert awakens like a flower in bloom.
Hotels near Beaumont offer a convenient base for visiting the nearby Lake Perris State Recreation Area. Here barren boulder fields sprout cacti from crags, sagebrush and buckwheat blanket sun-baked mountain slopes, and cattails line the damp green banks of this diverse nature preserve. You'll know without being told that this incredible medley of habitats represents the interplay of the land with the very elements of life, the dynamic forces of the sun and water marking their absence or presence in every leaf, spine, and sandy swirl. The preserve's trails, swimming beaches, and the depths of the lake invite you to appreciate the invigorating coolness of the water all the more for its contrast to the powerful torridity of the land that stretches away into the distance. Arrange rental cars in Beaumont and venture into the distant desert, where the city of Palm Springs is an urban oasis giving life to a seemingly incongruous world of immaculately manicured golf courses, elegant restaurants, and designer boutiques. Book Palm Springs hotels and spend a few days enjoying the luxurious side of desert living.
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