Since the 1920s, the California desert has attracted celebrities, dignitaries and notables from all around the world; in fact, a number of US presidents have visited the desert. So which presidents have enjoyed the beauty of the desert and what places in particular did they favor?
Sunnylands has been a great draw to the desert, even having hosted the British royal family. In fact, original owners Walter and Lenore Annenberg visualized Sunnylands as becoming the "Camp David of the West", where diplomats and dignitaries from the US and around the world could have summit meetings in relaxing surroundings.
A bright new tradition burst upon Palm Canyon Drive in December of 1992 - the annual Palm Springs Holiday Festival of Lights Parade - and it quickly became one of the most popular and beloved local events.
Held the first Saturday in December, the parade was born in the spirit of community, when a small group of people wanted to bring the holiday spirit to life for locals and visitors alike. The event is so unique and celebrated that it now attracts over 100,000 people from all over the world every year. It's consistently voted as one of the Top Ten Holiday Parades in the entire country as well as one of the best events in Coachella Valley.
Dates - those wonderful fruits growing so plentifully in California's Coachella Valley - have a long history going back thousands of years. Although dates are a true California crop, they're not native to the United States. In fact, it's believed that dates originated somewhere in the vicinity of Iraq, which is why they've been embedded in Middle Eastern culture and tradition for millennia.
But we're going to talk about the fascinating 125+ year history of dates in the California desert.
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