AUTUMN EASY: The desert in August has its charms -- that first jump into the pool never feels as refreshing as it does on an August afternoon -- but the fall is our favorite time. The shadows of various cacti seem to stretch, atmospherically, and the mountains appear to be filled with more shadows. And those temps? Ah yes. "Pleasant" is the word, we believe.
GROOVES IN THE GROVE: Pleasanting things up further in autumn 2010 is La Quinta's jazz series (this would be La Quinta's Grove, not the LA-based Grove, of course). The resort is putting on a concert every Friday night through October and November, beginning Oct. 1 with Michael Paulo. Ticket prices for each show can be found here. And if you're looking to stay the night at the resort, there's a Nights and Notes package going on, too. Get details on the night minimum and prices and the included breakfast. If you just want to pop by the resort for the concert, you can, with a ticket; the shows are open to both guests and people not currently staying at the hotel.