Let's be honest: life is stressful and difficult. Because your work, kids, and everyday life in general can lead to feeling overwhelmed, every once in awhile it's important to just reset and go on a nice vacation.
Whether you are heading to Palm Springs for golfing, horseback riding, the art museum, or any of the many other fun activities, you need to start your day off with a great breakfast. Here are our favorite spots that will make your luxury vacation even more special.
Feeling the heat a bit too much on some sunny California days? You're not alone; in fact, you're historically in tune with Francis Crocker, whose "folly" can give you one of the coolest Palm Springs experiences.
Back in 1935, electrical engineer Francis Crocker thought the snow-capped Mount San Jacinto peak looked pretty inviting in comparison to the midday heat of the desert. At an elevation of 10,834 feet and the highest point of the San Jacinto Mountains, his desire to "go up there where it's nice and cool" began germinating into his plans for a tramway running up the steep Chino Canyon cliffs.
Looking to gear up and geek out this summer? Here's your chance--Comic Con is coming to Palm Springs August 25th-27th at the Palm Springs Convention Center!
If you don't think the desert is any place for a comic book convention, think again--the first one was put on in San Diego in 1970 by a group of comic book enthusiasts and science fiction fans. San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon,as it was called, attracted just 100 attendees.
Looking for great indoor experiences and day trips to take during your Palm Springs vacation this summer or fall? Palm Springs Art Museum has some great new exhibits coming up, plus so much more to offer! Displayed throughout the museum's 150,000 square foot space, you'll find extensive collections of famous artists, including Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, and more. The museum also features two sculpture gardens, a cafe, and a museum store with unique gifts and trinkets to memorialize your visit.
Whether you're here for a day or a week, there are plenty of hot burger spots to try. Palm Springs has some of the most indulgent burgers around so get ready to feed that rumble of hunger.
Here are the top five most mouth-watering burgers in Palm Springs.
Run by the same owner for over 20 years, Tyler's is the place to go for that oh-so-comforting burger. Whatever you're craving, it's all the best on the menu. From classic burgers to cheesy sliders and potato salad, your favorite new comfort food awaits.
Good to Know: This favorite joint is cash only.
Love a great steak? Palm Springs has the answer; in fact, Palm Springs has plenty of places where you can get beyond-amazing steaks in incredible settings to answer that craving. Here are several of our favorites.
Spectacular just begins to describe The Edge Steakhouse, where the 650-foot-high sweeping cliffside views of the Coachella Valley enhance even further the incomparable cuisine of this "classic steakhouse with a modern twist". Open for dinner Friday through Sunday during the summer and set atop the Ritz Carlton Hotel, The Edge Steakhouse offers a wide selection of dry aged prime beef, aged in their on-premise dry aging room. Start your evening with a sophisticated craft cocktail, and pair your dinner choice with a fine wine from The Edge's expertly curated wine list.
The Palm Springs nightlife is as fun and exciting as its daytime activities, with fabulous restaurants, great nightclubs, casinos, late-night happy hours and more. If you enjoy spending your evening wrapped in live jazz music, we've got a few suggestions for you.
How about a "jazz-eatery" to get you started? Steeped in the world of jazz, Three Sixty North Bar & Grill is family owned, and it's a destination not to be missed. Three Sixty's dedication to jazz shows in both its warm decor and its rotating array of nightly jazz singers and ensembles. Enjoy the elegantly casual ambiance as you sip drinks or savor the fare that features many locally sourced and organic ingredients.
It's easy to stay cool at Palm Springs in the summer – even though you are in one of the hottest regions in the USA. While many European tourists like to drive into the hot desert in the middle of the day to experience the oven-like heat, there are much better ways to spend your time. Save that drive for the evening (or the winter months!) and do what smart locals do to enjoy the season.
Embrace the summer dawn. Even if you are usually a late riser, it's incredibly clever to shift as if you are in another time zone and get up early. Peak heat is from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, so make a swim and breakfast at the pool your daily ritual. Morning is when the early sun is gentle on the mountains and birds are out.
For the motorcycle enthusiasts who crave things to do in Palm Springs, CA, we know a ride with breathtaking views!
Day trips provide all the excitement one can ask for, and we have a legendary one just for you.
Eagle Rider makes it easy to rent a motorcycle of your choice and offers guided tours or daily rates for the wanderlust explorer. Riders can head out to California Highway 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway) to head to Joshua Tree National Park for the day. You will enjoy the warmth against your back as you feel free and alive while going into a meditative zone, passing the desert’s beauty.
When it comes to enjoying a bicycle tour, Palm Springs is a great destination for your adventure. Year round pleasant temps, beautiful sights, and exciting camaraderie are the perfect ingredients for a memory-filled bicycle adventure. Palm Springs is amazingly bike friendly with loads of biking lanes and great equipment vendors. As you plan your tour, consider these easy planning options.
If you're looking for a guided bicycle tour through scenic Palm Springs, popular companies such as Big Wheel Tours are the perfect option for an all-inclusive biking experience. This touring vendor offers several amazing scenic tours such as the Earthquake Canyon Express Tour, guiding guests through the beautiful Mojave Desert and the Coachella Valley.
If you love discovering new films created by emerging filmmakers, the Palm Springs International ShortFest is perfect for you. Now in its 23rd year, over one hundred of the short films accepted into ShortFest in the past have received Oscar nominations or awards.
ShortFest screenings are grouped by theme with 4 to 10 short films in each 90-minute screening, making it easy for you to select the types of films you want to see. And to make the films even more meaningful, each program is followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.
Over 4,200 film submissions are sent to ShortFest from all around the world, but only about 325 films are chosen for this highly competitive festival. Not only is ShortFest a fascinating source of unconventional films for its 22,000 filmgoers, it also offers master classes, panels and roundtable discussions for new filmmakers in its ShortFest Forum.
Take the trails less traveled and discover the hidden natural beauty of Palm Springs in a way that can only be described as exhilarating and breathtaking - take a guided tour by horseback. See canyons, waterways, flora and fauna as well as ancient tribal lands at a leisurely pace while your guide leads you safely along well-established trails.
Don't worry about being a skilled rider - all stables are highly safety-conscious and offer rides for everyone, whether it's your first time on a horse or you're an experienced rider. And you can choose from different types of trails and varied lengths of your ride, all led by experienced guides. Here are just a few of the stables in the Palm Springs area:
This year, Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is back and better than ever! From Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 11, experience all the best in dining that Palm Springs and the surrounding areas have to offer. Sample great menu items and multiple courses for $15-25 (lunch) and $29-49 (dinner). At these amazing prices, you can treat yourself to a new cuisine every night! From steaks to seafood and Californian to international, experience culinary excitement and diversity in the heart of the Coachella Valley.
Although Palm Springs offers a huge variety of fun and adventurous hikes, one of the most popular and enjoyable lies in the Andreas Canyon. This canyon is a member the legendary Indian Canyons, the traditional home of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians. Today, hints of their past still fill the canyon in the form of ancient rock art, trails, and stone tools. Andreas Canyon is also filled with a wide variety of beautiful plant and animal life. No trip to Palm Springs would be complete without visiting the unusual rock formations and cultural history filling this canyon.
Want to get the most from your Palm Springs getaway? Spend some time discovering the incomparable natural, native beauty that the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians discovered over 2,000 years ago. Settling in the canyons and mountains of what is now called Indian Canyons, these peaceful Native Americans were actually the first residents of Palm Springs.
Within Indian Canyons, part of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, are several unique hiking trails, each with its own beauty and history to share. Murray Canyon is actually named after one of Palm Springs' founders, Welwood Murray, who built and ran the first 26-room hotel here in 1886, before Palm Springs was even an official village. During your hike, keep your eyes open for remnants of old settlements that once stood in the canyon.
No visit to Palm Springs is complete without stopping to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. These picturesque desert mountains are home to a unique assortment of plant and animal life--some species found nowhere else. The Peninsular bighorn sheep are among the most iconic species to call these mountains home. These sheep are a vital part of the desert ecology; their sparse numbers make a sighting a rare and amazing privilege.
Where can you have a great time, hear amazing music, and contribute to a worthy cause at the same time? At the AAP-Food Samaritan's Evening Under the Stars on May 6, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Evening Under the Stars, presented by the AIDS Assistance Program (AAP), is celebrating its 24th year with a "quintessentially Palm Springs" extended sunset cocktail hour, a fabulous fireworks show and a delectable dinner. There will also be an awards program honoring several community leaders as well as the Eisenhower Medical Center, which will receive The Corporate Angel Award.
Love alfresco dining? Palm Springs has the perfect climate and settings for patio dining, and we're sharing some of the most notable places for you to try right here.
A favorite among locals and travelers alike, Spencer's is the recipient of a number of awards, including Best Outdoor Dining, Best Sunday Brunch, Best Chef and many more. Savor the beauty of outdoor life in Palm Springs while you enjoy new interpretations of classic American cuisine for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner - there are even plenty of gluten-free options. Both inside and on the patio, Spencer's atmosphere is the epitome of casual elegance.
Hiking is a wonderful and healthy activity for everyone - singles, couples, groups and families; it's a world of discovery that reveals the wonders of nature. But hiking the Tahquitz Canyon and Falls is even more meaningful because you'll be walking in the footsteps of early local history.
The Tahquitz Canyon is one of three canyons in the Palm Springs area where the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians settled centuries ago. The canyon was perfect for a settlement, with plenty of water and animals as well as fertile soil for growing crops like corn, squash, beans and melons. In the late 19th century, the US government used ten miles of this land for the Southern California Railroad, and today the canyon is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Alternative renewable energy sources are needed more than ever, and windmills in Palm Springs are addressing that need.
The San Gorgonio wind farm, an ideal location due to the windy conditions in the San Gorgonio Pass, built its first windmills in the 1980s. Today it hosts over 4,000 wind turbines, which supply enough electricity for all of Coachella Valley and Palm Springs.
Seeing these wind turbines in person is an awesome experience - standing at a height of up to 150-feet tall with blades the length of half a football field, these slim, light-looking turbines actually weigh up to 45,000 pounds.
There is so much to do in the city of Palm Springs, it might be easy to forget that the Coachella Valley Desert is right nearby. Be sure to plan at least a day to explore the wilder side of the Coachella Valley Desert. Where do you go to see the wildlife in the desert, and what will you see?
Coachella Valley Preserve
The Coachella Valley Preserve-Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve affords visitors myriad hiking trails with the chance to view lots of wildlife. You can picnic, walk, and visit the rustic visitor's center, called "The Palm House".
There are many guided hikes you can take while at Coachella Valley Preserve, and any of them are sure to inspire you to see nature in a way you never have before. From guided bird walks to exploring the ecology of a fault line, there is a lot to see.
National Philanthropy Day is November 8, but there are many more opportunities to participate in philanthropic events throughout the year in the Coachella Valley.
On April 1, visit The Living Desert Zoo and Garden from 6:30-9:30 p.m. to take part in the 8th annual Brew at the Zoo, where you can savor some of the best local craft beer tastings along with premium wines and non-alcoholic drinks. Pair your favorites with culinary and dessert selections from top Valley chefs. Stroll the grounds to enjoy live entertainment on three stages as well as the sights and sounds of the new African section of the zoo.
Dreaming of escaping to Palm Springs for a three-day vacation? We’ve devised a step-by-step plan on how you can maximize your limited time and enjoy all the splendors the desert offers.
If you're planning a road trip three days will go by quickly so you’ll want to seize every special opportunity. Start the weekend off by driving to Doug Aitken’s mirrored sculpture, ‘ Mirage,’ at the top of West Racquet Club Road in Palm Springs. This strange and unusual alfresco art sculpture is a part of Desert X— temporary site-specific art structures leading into the Coachella Valley. Unique and compelling photo opportunities guaranteed!
When you visit Palm Springs, CA, you will find that there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. Along with swimming, hiking, and tennis, you can also enjoy a round of golf when visiting the city. In the Palm Springs area, there are over 100 golf clubs to choose from, making it a popular destination for this sport.
To help you make the best decision here is some information about some of the most popular golf courses in Palm Springs.
Spring season is upon us and what better way to appreciate the rejuvenation of the season than with the bright and hopeful faces of California’s wildflowers. The landscape of Southern California is always beautiful, but during wildflower season in the Coachella Valley it becomes even more spectacular. When the desert blooms, it is hard not to be in awe of the colors and beauty nature provides despite the harsh climate and little rain.
It’s true that the wildflowers can be seen year round, however, the highlight of the season stretches from February through May. The best viewing is typically March and April, but if you’d like to know exactly what is blooming and where you can call the Theodore Payne Foundation wildflower hotline at 818-768-1802 to see what’s blooming,
"Elvis has left the building," but you can still visit where Elvis stayed in Palm Springs. If you're an Elvis fan, you already know that he lived and honeymooned here.
Can you picture Elvis softly singing the Hawaiian Wedding Song to Priscilla as they crossed the threshold at the Honeymoon Hideaway? While Elvis and Priscilla had planned to have their wedding there also, they were chased away by paparazzi thanks to Rona Barrett, the famous gossip columnist who also lived in the area.
Instead of the pool-side wedding they were going to have, Elvis and Priscilla went off to Vegas thanks to their friend, Frank Sinatra, lending them use of his private jet. They returned for their honeymoon night and lived in Palm Springs for about two years.
When you are in Palm Springs, you'll want to visit Moorten's Botanical Garden and Cactarium. With over 3,000 specimens, it isn't hard to believe it's one of the best cactus gardens anywhere. What you might not know is the Hollywood connection of the birth of Moorten's Botanical Garden. The founder's life actually reads like a movie.
The Sad Beginning
The original founder of Moorten's was the father of the present owner. With a tragic beginning, losing his mother and father before he was 16, he still managed to be such a character that people would tell him he 'ought to be in movies' so he headed to Hollywood.
During your long weekend getaway or extended vacation, you want to do something different and surround yourself with things that are both relaxing and stimulating. The arts have it all, from music to innovative ideas on canvas, all of which can destress the buildup from everyday life.
The art scene of Palm Springs can take you away on a sea of enjoyment to a variety of venues where you can explore different mediums in unique settings.
If you love theater, check out the performances at the Palm Canyon Theatre. You'll find everything from off-Broadway musicals to "thought-provoking plays", all in an intimate setting in the heart of Palm Springs. From shows like Evita and Sweet Charity to Rock of Ages and the thriller Death Trap, there's something everyone can enjoy.
In addition to great weather and beautiful sunsets, the Palm Springs area also has some fantastic brewery options for craft beer lovers. Check out the sites of the amazing California deserts, while also being able to grab a tasty pint from some one of kind breweries in the area.
Coachella Valley Brewing Co. (30640 Gunther St, Thousand Palms, CA)
Coachella Valley Brewing Company offers an array of beers that are brewed from local ingredients. The brewmasters use citrus fruits, spices, and other ingredients from the east valley areas of Palm Springs for their beer batches. A tasting room is on-site and brewery tours are conducted on Fridays and Saturdays.
When visiting Palm Springs, it is important to recognize the original inhabitants of the area, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The Agua Caliente Indian Reservation occupies almost fifty square miles in the Palm Springs area, including parts of the cities of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Cathedral City.
A good place to begin learning about Cahuilla history and culture is the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs. Located at 219 South Palm Canyon Drive, the museum is easily accessible. In addition to photographs and maps, the museum houses Native American artifacts. Woven Stories: Baskets of the Cahuilla is an exhibit on traditional basket making.
There are plenty of things to do in and around Palm Springs, CA, including visiting The Living Desert.
Established in 1970, it became accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association thirteen years later.
The Living Desert spans 1,200 acres and offers plenty to see and do including:
Village WaTuTu - With mud-walled huts that have grass-thatched roofs and storytellers who weave incredible stories of African folklore, Village WaTuTu is an authentic replica of a village nestled in northeast Africa. You can see animals such as leopards and hyenas, feast on delicious cuisine, and shop for handcrafted African goods at the Kumbu Kumbu Marketplace.
With more than 250 events for you to choose from, the 12th annual Palm Springs Modernism Week is something you won't want to miss. Running from February 16-26, 2017, this expanded signature festival highlights midcentury modern architecture and vintage culture as well as art, landscape and interior design. And that's just the start of what you'll experience.
From red carpet events and behind-the-scenes tours to film screenings and parties, there's no end to the wide range of festivities. Opening night is a red carpet affair with a James Bond Diamonds Are Forever 1960s spy movie theme, acknowledging the legendary Palm Springs Elrod House - known as a "residential sculpture" - which was the prominently featured mansion in the film.
After spending the day sightseeing in Palm Springs you will likely have worked up an appetite.
Here are four great restaurants you don't want to miss.
Jake's Palm Springs - Jake's is a hip, casual American bistro tucked away in the Uptown Design District. Guests can dine in the intimate dining room or outside under the desert sky, where they will enjoy gourmet comfort food and delicious cocktails. Menu options include rack of lamb, grilled swordfish, and filet mignon.
For the gaming crowd, Coachella Valley offers six casinos from which to choose. These include Morongo, Augustine, Spotlight 29, Fantasy Springs, Red Earth, Spa, and Aqua Caliente. The two closest and most popular casinos in Palm Springs are Spa Resort Casino and its sister property, Aqua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa.
The Spa Resort Casino is in downtown Palm Springs and Aqua Caliente is in nearby Rancho Mirage. Both offer over 1,000 slot machines, high-limit rooms and table games such as Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow and others. These casino floors have something for everyone.
The McCallum Theatre is a well-known performing arts center bringing culture and arts entertainment to Palm Desert. The venue opened in 1988 after more than 10 years of fundraising and planning. The popular musician and radio and television personality Fred Waring donated performances to raise the initial funding. Later financial contributions came from Terry Hahn and Bob Hope. Gerald Ford was an early member of the theater's board of directors.
The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is one event you won't want to miss; the upcoming Festival runs from January 2-16, 2017. Over one hundred films from all over the world will be showcased along with many special events, from galas to celebrity appearances.
The Festival kicks off with its signature showpiece event and biggest fundraiser - the annual Black Tie Awards Gala on Monday, January 2. Here you have the opportunity to dine among A-list celebrities along with some of the industry's most important people, then attend the awards ceremony. The entire evening reflects the ambiance of old-style Hollywood glamour and glitz.
Back in 1908, Palm Springs was just a small village in the desert with few creature comforts; there was no electricity, telephones or gas, and very little water - the roads weren't even paved. So what drew Nellie Coffman to this dot on the map? Well, at first it was the climate, which she and her husband, Dr. Harry Coffman, hoped would cure her relentless cough. But she stayed because she loved, in her words, the "space, stillness, solitude, and simplicity".
Nellie and her husband purchased a sturdy home with a granite fireplace on two acres of land near hot mineral springs; it was located across a seven-mile expanse of desert from the train station. At the time, there were more Cahuilla Indians living there than white folks, who numbered only about twenty.
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.
Why roam around Palm Springs on your own spending countless hours or days looking for celebrity homes and haunts when you can let Palm Springs Celebrity Tourstake you to all the best places? Not only will you explore these areas in comfort while discovering "insider" details you never knew about your favorite celebs, but you can meet new friends who have the same interests.
Where can you explore labyrinths, canyons, a real oasis, majestic rock formations and an ancient forest? No, it's not a movie, it's a real-life adventure like no other - Palm Springs area desert jeep tours let you experience the one-of-a-kind, uniquely California natural features you've only heard about until now.
Guided tours through Joshua Tree National Park take you through two deserts and two eco-systems. Not only will you be introduced to the native plants and animals in the park, you'll also learn about its rich history. During growing season, some tours may take you through California's famous agricultural areas where you'll see date tree fields, grape farms, orange groves, and lots of other crops.
Hollywood may have its Walk of Fame, but the Palm Springs Walk of Stars is a fascinating look at some very special people and a must-see destination in this beautiful city.
Although the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was only founded in 1992, it's considered a historical landmark. Each Golden Palm Star embedded in the Palm Springs sidewalks honors noteworthy people from all eras who, "by their presence in the area, contributed to the charm, worldwide prominence and name recognition of Greater Palm Springs." Honorees must have owned or rented real estate or a dwelling in the Greater Palm Springs area and lived there for "periods of considerable regularity."
One of California's most unique natural experiences is waiting for you at Joshua Tree National Park, where the Colorado and Mojave deserts meet across 800,000 acres of unspoiled beauty. Under a backdrop of cultural history and surreal geographical features, this vast wilderness is home to bighorn sheep, striking starlit night skies, magnificent panoramic views, and of course, legendary Joshua trees.
Diverse in their shapes and always unusual, Joshua trees are native to the Mojave desert and can be tall and spindly or fuller and bushy. Their tough leaves were used by Native Americans to make baskets and sandals, and their roasted or raw seeds and buds provided nutrients in foods. In their original language, local Cahuilla called these spiky trees "humwichawa", but the name we know is a biblical reference and came from Mormon settlers, who used the branches and trunks for fencing. Today, wildlife from animals to insects use the tree for food and shelter, making the Joshua Tree an important part of the park's ecosystem.
Palm Springs has its own undeniable (and arguably world-famous) style. It also has attitude. Combine the two and what frequently comes to mind are the iconic modern-style houses of the late 50s and early 60s. Like famous works of art, these houses are referred to by the names of their architects and though Palm Springs has "Alexanders" a-plenty, there is much to be said for the "Meiselmans" as well. Jack Meiselman, that is.
From 1959-1960, Meiselman constructed nearly 200 houses in Palm Springs. While this may seem like quite a lot, the Alexander Construction Company produced about 2,500 similar houses around the same time, making Meiselman houses the truly rarer gems. Another unique aspect that differentiates Meiselmans from Alexanders is placement. Meiselman preferred to construct his houses with only one or two at a location, scattered throughout the city; the Alexander Construction Company, however, bought up huge plots of land, frequently building hundreds of houses at one site.
Despite the images that outdoor festivals conjure up in our minds, not all of them require being baked alive in the hot summer sun of Southern California.The Palm Springs Pride Festival, one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the region, takes place in early November, but still has all the things people love about summer fests: food and drink, art and music, people watching, live entertainment...and lots of fun!
Simple elegance and clean lines are two of the many coveted features that define the mid century modern Alexander Construction Company homes of Palm Springs. Built between 1955 and 1965, the 2200+ "Alexanders" comprise 11 neighborhoods, and these homes are very much in demand today by people of every generation.
Alexander's foray into Palm Springs began with the construction of The Ocotillo Lodge, which today is a condo-style hotel but still remains a pillar of mid century modern style. The company then began focusing on building stylish tract homes that could be "efficiently produced", but since this type of home was considered revolutionary and had thus far been untested, Mr. Alexander built the first ten homes as an experiment to see if the public would be interested in them. With over two thousand homes built in ten years, we'd say the experiment was most definitely a success!
Back in the mid-1960s, a historic estate was about to emerge in Rancho Mirage when Walter and Leonore Annenberg contracted architect A. Quincy Jones to design their mid-century modern winter home, Sunnylands estate.
The home is a glowing example of Jones' unique style, including overhangs that shield rooms from direct sun while still allowing outdoor ambiance and brightness to grace the interior through the full glass walls. Sunnylands also boasts a signature "statement roof" of Jones' in the form of a pink pyramid. Inside, the open floor plan creates a flow that echoes the vast spread of the surrounding gardens, a favorite of Leonore.
If you needed another reason to come to Palm Springs, this fall from October 21-23 will hold the Modernism Week Fall Preview. February is when you can find Modernism Week in Palm Springs, but the fall preview promises to be packed with some amazing things to do.
Modern Home Tours
Along with many other tours of modernist homes including Frank Sinatra's, you'll be able to tour Christopher Kennedy's home, which is credited with starting the 'New Generation of Desert Modern'.
Now in its ninth year and bigger than ever, Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs will be featuring screenings of LGBTQ feature films and shorts at its film festival that runs from September 22-25, 2016.
A program of the nonprofit Palm Springs Cultural Center, Cinema Diverse brings together a diverse gay community in a world-class forum that features lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films from around the globe. The films selected for the festival inform and enrich the lives of those in the LGBTQ community while also creating opportunities for attendees to meet and exchange ideas with industry professionals and film artists.
Aviation and history enthusiasts can get up close to actual vintage aircraft from WWII, Korea and Vietnam eras at the Palm Springs Air Museum. CNN Travel has named the Air Museum one of the top 14 aviation museums in the country, and it has one of the largest military aviation collections in the world. Your visit will be even more interesting because many of the docents actually flew the planes and are happy to share their stories.
You'll find more than 40 aircraft in three hangars and on the outdoor tarmac. Some of these crafts can be and are still being flown, and each of the three hangars is organized by theme. The European Hangar spotlights the Army in the European Theater during WWII, Korea and Vietnam; in the Pacific Hangar, the focus is on the WWII Navy in the Pacific Theater; and the third hangar houses the B-17 Flying Fortress, the Aviation Science Center, and a café.
One of the best things about Palm Springs, CA, is that it is an extremely exciting city. With well over a million visitors every year, this city has just about everything to offer. For those who are interested in checking out the nightlife located in the city, you will be happy to know that there are many fantastic spots to visit. Here are a few popular options:
This nightclub is a throwback to days gone by. It features a u-shaped bar, leather barstools, gilded cocktail tables - all in an awesome and vibrant color palette. Local and nationally known guest entertainers frequent the raised stage regularly, but the Copa transforms into the hottest dance party around on the weekends. The dance floor even has flashing lights and colored lasers rip through the air while you dance.
For Palm Springs visitors who want a break from the bustling resorts and casinos, the small boutique hotel, Ingleside Inn, offers a luxurious and private retreat full of amenities and hidden in the heart of Palm Springs. Hotel guests and visitors alike will be pleased to learn that Ingleside Inn boasts one of the best dining locations in the area: Melvyn’s Restaurant and Lounge.
Diners at Melvyn’s have included such celebrities as Barry Manilow, Suzanne Summers, Cher, Tori Spelling, Liza Minnelli, and John Travolta among many. But don’t take it from the A-list, visit Melvyn’s tonight to sample its menu and wide selection of wines and spirits. Melvyn’s is open for lunch, dinner, and hosts a Champagne brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Its welcoming staff will make you feel like a celebrity whenever you chose to spend an afternoon or night dining or sipping wine and spirits.
A sophisticated dining room, lounge, and full bar invite you to relax and spend an evening with us. Lending Melvyn's an old Hollywood feel is a piano bar that opens every night at 8 pm for listening and dancing. Melvyn’s also offers patio dining if you prefer to eat al fresco.
Are you an avid fan of all things mid-century? Ever been to Palm Springs? If not, you're missing the mecca of all things mid-century modern. More specifically, you're missing the monumental mid-century architecture in Palm Springs, with so many marvels to behold it's breath-taking. So what are you waiting for, mid-century enthusiasts? Pack your bags and head to Palm Springs.
The sheer number of mid-century buildings will make your head spin, but why not start with one of the stars: Richard Neutra's beautifully restored Kaufmann house. It's a must see for any mid-century modern enthusiast. The iconic Kaufmann Desert House is considered one of the top architectural monuments in North America. Designed in 1946, for the same family as commission the Falling Water House by Frank Loyd Wright (also considered a top architectural destination), this brilliant home was created to both blend with and offset its desert environment. With its stark outlines, walls of windows, use of locally quarried stone and classic Neutra design, it stands as a star example of mid-century architecture in Palm Springs.
Think the Palm Springs Art Museum is just a place to get out of the heat for the day? Think again. With revolving and permanent displays, a theater and three different sites, there is always something happening at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
The Palm Springs Art Museum
Having outgrown the original 10,000 square foot building in the late 60's, the Palm Springs Art Museum (at a constant 75 degrees if you must know) has a huge theater, classrooms, a lecture hall, a 1,000 square foot store, and a very popular cafe. While the museum used to be multi-disciplinary, the focus has shifted to being a world class museum with an amazing theater program. If you are looking for Western art, Contemporary art, Photography, Architecture, and more, you'll love going through the 28 galleries. And if you're out and about on Thursday evening, admission to the Museum is FREE from 4pm-8pm.
Save the date - the fabulous Modernism Week FALL PREVIEW is set for October 21-23, 2016, kicking off Palm Springs' active social and recreational season. The preview will showcase midcentury modern design, fashion, art, architecture, and culture of the Palm Springs area.
This highly anticipated event will be held at various locations throughout the Palm Springs area and is a preview of the Modernism Week festival scheduled for February 16-26, 2017. The fall preview will feature some of the best events planned for the upcoming February festival - visit notable architectural sites on walking or bike tours; enjoy fabulous home tours; mingle at festive cocktail parties; attend interesting lectures; view classic cars; enjoy a Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour and visit the Modernism Show & Sale. There are so many diverse things to do, it'll be a Columbus Day weekend you'll always remember.
The progressive design of midcentury modern architecture emphasizes linear simplicity that so many people find desirable today. Built between 1945 and 1975, these structures take many different forms, from homes to gas stations.
Midcentury architecture is particularly popular among baby boomers, whose childhood memories revolve around events involving these vintage structures. Its transparent, honest simplicity of design is also highly appreciated in a sort of backlash way against the complex technology-driven, fast-paced contemporary world we live in.
You can find plenty of midcentury architecture in Palm Springs - here are a few places to explore as they take you back to another time.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, also called The Palm Springs Tram, is the epitome of midcentury design. Completed in 1963, it not only gives you an ideal view of midcentury modern architecture, it also affords the best aerial views of the Greater Palm Springs area. The ride from the Valley Station takes you to the Mountain Station, both of which were designed by important midcentury architects.
If you're looking for something unique to do in the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs Thursday Night Village Fest is a great way to enjoy a favorite outdoor event for both locals and visitors alike.
This weekly street fair presents a variety of artists, entertainers, artisans and special events; at the same time, you can have fun perusing (and enjoying!) a wide selection of jewelry, snacks, flowers, sweets, and fresh fruits and veggies. And the location is ideal - right in the heart of downtown Palm Springs between Amado and Baristo Roads on Palm Canyon Drive, a street world famous for its restaurants, shops, clubs and other entertainment spots that add to the excitement of Village Fest. With all this to offer, it's easy to understand why Thursday Night Village Fest is one of the most popular events in Palm Springs!
With its healing hot springs and gorgeous vistas, Palm Springs has long been a playground for the rich and elite. In the 1930s, stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Frank Sinatra considered Palm Springs a welcome getaway from the intensity of Hollywood life. Once WWII ended, visitors to Palm Springs increased dramatically. Throughout the 1940s Palm Springs saw the construction of new town buildings and a great deal of new housing.
This construction continued through the 1950s. In 1952, the infamous El Mirador Hotel reopened its doors to the public, astounding the media with its lavishness and glamour. The new owners of the El Mirador contracted with architect Paul R. Williams to design its famous cabanas and a new pool area in a modern 1950s style.
The perfect summer day always includes a cool dip in the pool. Taking a swim or racing down a water slide is the greatest way to keep cool and have fun during these hot summer months. A trip to Palm Springs isn't complete without a day at Wet and Wild Oasis Water Park. This water park is the perfect choice for either a family day, kid's day, or singles' activity; with its various rides and attractions, it easily has something for everyone.
Rides and Activities:
The park contains an exciting roster of rides and water slides such as the Pipeline, Sea Snake, and Tidal Wave Tower. For younger swimmers, the Gremmie Lagoon provides fun and safe age-appropriate slides and a splash pool. In addition to the slides, the park also contains several raft rides. Armed with inter tubes and floaties, the Pacific Spin, Sunset River, and Surf Rider all offer a fun alternative to traditional water slides.
An exciting new event is coming to Palm Springs this year - the 1st Annual Comic Con Palm Springs. From August 26-28, 2016 you can participate in awesome events and meet some of the greatest legends from the world of comic books and entertainment, including the one and only Stan Lee.
Considered "one of the godfathers of comics," Marvel founder Stan Lee has a host of credits behind him, including being one of the most famous comic book writers as well as co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men, among others. His honors include being inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame; he also received the 2008 National Medal of Arts.
As a celebration of Wonder Woman's 75th anniversary, special guests include film and TV celebrity Susan Eisenberg who is best known for her Wonder Woman voice-overs, as well as comic book writers and artists like Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Phil Jimenez and many more.
One of the most acclaimed short film festivals in the world - the Palm Springs International ShortFest - is set for June 21-June 27, 2016. Now in its 22nd year, the festival will showcase over 300 short films from 54 countries, including 46 world premieres, 63 North American premieres and 13 US premieres.
Some of the hottest award-winning and star-studded shorts included this year are: Black Swell starring Richard Kind, a moralistic yet poetic look at death through a man considering suicide in a motel room; A Walk in Winter starring James Franco, Jack Kehler and Abigail Spencer about a man who is forced to confront his difficult childhood when he is called home to identify his mother's body; and Mildred & The Dying Parlor with Steve Buscemi, Evan Jonigkeit and Zosia Marmet about a young woman whose parents run a dying parlor, where people arrive alive but intend to die there, and the unexpected person who shows up.
Palm Springs has a surprising range of hip dining destinations. If you're visiting Palm Springs, these are four local favorites that are definitely worth moving up to the top of your list of eateries to check out.
Not a whole lot of effort was probably put into choosing Bar's name, but at least you know exactly what to expect before you get there. What you might not know is that they also serve some of the best pizza in the Palm Springs area, made in either a thin crust or a pan style with topping choices such as kale, roasted garlic oil and shaved asiago. You can also get a variety of sandwiches, salads and starters like picnic eggs or seared ahi served with spicy wasabi.
ROOSTER AND THE PIG
Rooster and the Pig mashes up Vietnamese and American cuisine with good beer. The menu mostly leans Vietnamese at its core, but with strong American influences in terms of seasoning and side dishes. It's an interesting modern approach for which the word "gastropub" would not at all be inappropriate. A selection of both domestic craft beers and imported Vietnamese beers rounds out the experience.
The Living Desert in Palm Desert, California is a popular attraction for both locals and visitors. The Living Desert is not an average zoo. It’s a unique approach to conservation and education, giving visitors an unforgettable experience. Here are some interesting facts about The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.
In the 1970’s trustees from the Palm Springs Desert Museum sought to preserve the natural elements of Palm Springs, including wildlife and plant life. This led to the eventual establishment of a preserve, which is now The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. With a size of 1200 acres, its continued purpose is to preserve and nurture the natural ecosystem, as well as educate others.
WHAT YOU'LL SEE
- Zoorassic Park is a dinosaur themed adventure with a show and fossil digs.
- Butterfly exhibits allow visitors to view and walk among hundreds of butterflies.
- The Discovery Center, an interactive exhibit, provides exciting education about this desert region including animals, plants, environmental elements such as sand dune formation, and constellations.
- The Jaguar Exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to view and learn about this regal creature in its natural habitat.
- The Animal Encounters exhibit is for visitors who appreciate a little more hands-on discovery. You can encounter reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
- Other animal exhibits include species from Africa, North America, and Australia.
- Group packages and Tours are available to make the most out of your visit.
- And MUCH MORE!
Palm Springs, CA, is a resort city located in Coachella Valley. It's about 55 miles from San Bernadino and covers about 94 square miles. The city itself has quite a bit to offer to residents and visitors. For example, they can enjoy swimming, hiking, golfing and a number of other outdoor activities.
Originally, the city of Palm Springs was inhabited by the Cahuilla people. In fact, in 1896, the area was developed into reservation land for the Cahuilla people. Sections of them still reside in the Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass areas today.
The name of the city can be traced back as far as 1853. There is a bit of debate regarding which type of palm was initially referred to by the name, but most believe that it is referencing the California fan palm, which is native to the state.
With chic shopping by day and abundant attractions once the sun goes down, Palm Springs' Uptown Design District is an oasis that can certainly sate your thirst for both retail and nightlife. The backbone of the District is North Palm Canyon Drive where Trina Turk opened her flagship boutique in 2002 and kickstarted the transformation of Palm Springs' "it" destination according to Palm Springs Life's article "A Hip Hop Block Party". This four block pedestrian paradise offers a walkable destination that is chock full of shopping and restaurants outlets. This mid-century modern mecca offers galleries, antique shops, and consignment stores aplenty.
Just north of Trina Turk, across Hermosa Place, Just Modern offers unique "New Century Modern" decor at great prices. J. Chris Mobley and Stewart Penn founded the company in 2011 and offer proof that Palm Springs' history of innovative design can still be seen-and purchased today. Items range from large pieces of exquisite furniture to tasteful wall-hangings and just about any budget can find an outlet here. Many consignment stores nearby offer alternatives to give new life to historical furnishings.
Palm Springs is one of the country's premier golf destinations, with more than 125 public and private courses scattered throughout the Coachella Valley. Here are four of the top public courses recommended by the Golf Channel.
Escena Golf Club
This 18-hole Palm Springs test inspires visitors with its classic clubhouse and San Jacinto Mountain views. Jack Nicklaus' design group fancies long, nervous greens that demand accurate iron play. If you dare, try the 611-yard, par-5 first hole from the back tees. You'll face uphill shots that lead to a demanding, two-tiered green.
Shadow Ridge Golf Resort
Bring your best short game to this Nick Faldo design operated by Marriott. The undulating greens are closely guarded by dozens of bunkers. In fact, you'll need to consistently avoid the 89 sand traps on the course to score well here.
Vacationers come to Palm Springs for as many reasons as there are palm trees. For many of us, it's to get away from the grind of daily life, to relax, and to experience something different. For outdoorsy types, Palm Springs has something special to offer. Hiking in the Coachella Valley area and Palm Springs is nothing short of spectacular.
The Coachella Valley Preserve is located 10 miles east of Palm Springs in Thousand Palms. There are over 25 miles of hiking trails here just waiting to be explored. For a short and sweet option, do the McCallum Trail. It starts at the visitors center and continues back in a two miles loop. The McCallum Trail is beautifully well-kept with gorgeous palms along the way.
Summer travel and vacationing is rapidly approaching. With so many potential trips and activities available, it is difficult narrowing down just the right place to pick for summer fun. With its abundantly warm (hot) weather and host of activities, Palm Springs can be the perfect place for a “heat-seeking” vacation whether it be for a group of friends, married couples or the whole family. Five places in particular stand out as absolute "must-sees" when taking your Palm Springs trip.
Mt. San Jacinto State Park is home to the world's largest rotating tram-car which carries its guests to an elevation of 8,516 feet – which is also about 20-30 degrees cooler than the desert floor. Guests can enjoy the stunning view of the Chino Canyon as well as exquisite dining and over 50 miles of beautiful hiking trails. Over the course of the ride, the car rotates twice, allowing guests an amazing view in all directions. At the peak, two restaurants, several gift shops, and an educational theater complete the trip.
Palm Springs Art Museum
Located in downtown Palm Springs, the impressive Palm Springs Art Museum houses a host of stunning works by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Ansel Adams. Originally founded in 1938, it specialized in Native American art, but through the years it has expanded to include a wide array of modern art types and genres. With its free admission Thursday, it is readily available to guests as a source of creativity and beauty.
A true adventure is to explore Modernism Week Palm Springs. The Modernism events occur twice a year - once in mid October (Fall Preview) and the weeklong event in mid February. If you appreciate mid-century design and architecture and enjoy home tours that showcase contemporary design, art, fashion, and sustainable modern living, Modernism is not to be missed.