Looking for something great to do while staying in one of ModMansions' Palm Springs Vacation Rentals? Come see the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The founding father of Pop Art will have his works on display for three months at the spacious two-story Palm Springs Art Museum. The exhibit will be held from Saturday, March 3 through Monday, May 28th.
Vacations can be hard fun. Making the absolute most of each day and night. Collapsing when you get back to your run of the mill hotel. Opting for room service instead of dinner at that 5-star restaurant you booked six months ago because you can't seem to keep your eyes open, much less sit up straight.
We have another suggestion. Come to Palm Springs where there's so much to do. Then do absolutely nothing.
Explore the desert and its cultural history by hiking the Indian and Tahquitz Canyons. The Indian Canyons, composed of Palm, Andreas, and Murray Canyons, offer more than sixty miles of hiking trails, from the easy Andreas Trail (1.2 miles) to the strenuous Hahn Buena Vista (12.3 miles). The Tahquitz Canyon trail makes a strenuous climb up to the Tahquitz Falls and back. Find a trail that is right for you while staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and see the beauties of the desert.
Winter blues can get the best of us. Luckily, here in the desert you don't have to wait too long for springtime, and when it arrives, it does so in vibrant, blossoming style. Celebrate springtime in the desert at the 11th Annual Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, and staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals can enhance your experience.
Amazing vacation rentals can be found all over the world for one reason: because people love going on vacations. In fact, approximately 96% of American workers admit that vacationing is important to them. Where these vacationers go, however, is almost just important.
Although a person can have a relaxing week and eat some nice meals virtually anywhere in the entire world, there are certain destinations that just stand out more than others when it comes to vacationing. Here are some of the most amazing vacation spots in the entire world:
A warm welcome to Palm Springs from ModMansions Vacation Rentals! We are positive that you are going to have the time of your lives here. With so much to see and do and so many different places to enjoy, you are probably going to fill up your vacation time pretty quickly. But just in case you need some extra suggestions, we have a few great ideas for you! One of the best ways to spend your evenings in Palm Springs is to attend the absolutely top-notch concerts in the area. This will add some classy entertainment to your Palm Springs vacation and give you an enjoyable evening out. Here are four concerts put on by brilliant artists that we think you may enjoy.
While enjoying your ModMansions Palm Springs vacation rentals, you will discover there is lots to do during Modernism Week.
From February 15th-25th, Modernism Week in Palm Springs will celebrate mid-century architecture and design. With more than 350 events, the goal of Modernism Week is to not only educate attendees on history and design, but to look toward a sustainable future of architecture.
Here are 4 ways to make the best of this exciting event:
Palm Springs, CA is a beautiful community and a very popular vacation destination. While the city is well known for having plenty of outdoor landmarks, golf courses, and luxurious resorts, it is also well known for its amazing restaurant scene. All 4 of these highly recommended restaurants are located very near all of ModMansions' Palm Springs vacation rentals. If you are planning on a memorable vacation rental in Palm Springs, be sure to check these restaurants for a great and memorable meal.
Renting a home with your friends can be a great way to enjoy a weekend away, bachelorette party, or summer vacation. Unfortunately, some guests can be reckless -- especially if their credit card isn't on file.
Americans love visiting California for relaxing getaways. In fact, California is the number one state in the entire country for tourism with roughly 6.3 million visitors each year. If you're thinking about getting away for a little while, consider these amazing vacation home rentals. Just because you're staying in luxury vacation rentals doesn't mean you can do whatever you want, however. You have to be respectful of both the property owners and the entire surrounding community.
You are finally on vacation - it is time to kick back, relax, and have some fun! There is just one problem: What should you do? The possibilities seem endless, but you are not sure what is really worth it. We know the struggle! Below, five activities are discussed to get you started.
The 29th edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival will start on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, and end on Monday, January 15, 2018. The festival is one of the most respected festivals in North America. With an audience of over 137,000, the film festival represents over 60 countries that come to showcase talent in the international cinema.
Hotels typically fill to capacity in Palm Springs throughout the holiday season. New Year's Eve finds ballrooms packed with partygoers anxious to ring in the New Year. If you are trying to avoid the chaos, we have the perfect solution.
At Mod Mansions we offer private luxury homes for rent. These are not rental units but luxury homes maintained to the highest standards. You communicate directly with the homeowner, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Everything you need is accessible in these homes. Every detail thought of, with your comfort in mind.
The Palm Springs area has plenty of celebrations planned for New Year's Eve. So, consider these unique events when deciding how you would like to welcome in 2018.
You haven't seen magnificence until you've seen the Coachella Valley come to life in the spring. The wildflowers and cactus are blooming in the Palm Springs area from March through June. The desert is a wondrous place with lots to do and see. But, ahhhhh, the nightlife.
Before I get to that, I need to mention, "The 25th Annual WildLights" at the zoo, which begins on November 24th and runs on selected nights through December 24th, from 6-9PM. This place is so much more than a zoo, it is, "The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens", on Portola Ave. in Palm Desert. You must experience this special event with thousands of twinkling lights and lanterns that make the desert come alive! Now on to the nightlife...
The cold weather is rapidly approaching, which means it's time to seek out someplace warm and fun. Summer may have come to an end, but rather than hiding in your home throughout the winter, consider spending some time in another, much warmer part of the country.
Nobody ever said the holidays had to be cold.
Palm Springs offers an assortment of oasis adventures, unforgettable scenery, world-class museums, and some of the finest cuisine available for travelers on holiday hoping for a little more than the usual snow and eggnog.
Vintage Warbirds won’t be the only things buzzing in Palm Springs November 18th!
The Props and Hops Craft Beer Festival combines military aircraft history with some of the best craft brewing you can find in Southern Cali.
Held noon to 5pm in the new Palm Springs Air Museum’s General Miles Hangar, Props and Hops features food, live music from David Macias and DJ Alex Harrington (Voted 2016’s Best Club DJ by CV Weekly), and complimentary beer tastings from over 17 of California’s premier craft breweries, including Absolution, Ballast Point, Belching Beer, Boochcraft, Komchaka, Bootleggers, Charlie's Beer, Coachella Valley Brewing, Drake's, Fig Mountain, Firestone Walker, Hangar 24, King Harbor, Lagunitas, La Quinta, Refuge, Stone Church, Thorn Street, and more!
A vacation is rarely complete without visits to local haunts for a draft beer or crafted cocktail. We want your trip to Palm Springs to be a fun and memorable one, so in addition to providing the very best Palm Springs vacation rentals, we compiled a list of our favorite spots for you to enjoy during your visit!
Reserve your stay in one of our private and luxurious Palm Springs vacation rentals today and discover Palm Springs and all its beauty.
As many know Palm Springs is known for its fabulous shopping and dining destinations, but there's another side to this beautiful area - its natural treasures. These are just a few of the many areas of natural beauty you can visit in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
It's time to make plans and reserve your Palm Springs vacation rental for the Greater Palm Springs Pride weekend. A nonprofit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBTQ community. Each year, the organization puts together a fantastic festival that takes place in Downtown Palm Springs. This year, the free event takes place November 4-5, 2017.
October is a fantastic time to plan a holiday in Palm Springs and Mod Mansions has the perfect Palm Springs vacation rental property for your stay. With consistently warm weather and blue skies. And it's a great place for the whole family to celebrate Halloween, without worrying about rain or cold dampening your costume or shortening the party.
Palm Springs is full of fun, relaxing activities to enjoy in October, but here are a few of the can't-miss Halloween adventures in store this year:
Modernism Week is the ultimate celebration of midcentury architecture, design and culture. Book your stay in one of our Palm Springs Vacation Rentals and don't miss out on Modernism Week.
The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster an appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area. While the big event happens in February, the kick-off to the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs is known as “Fall Preview” weekend occurs in October. This year there are various events occurring from October 19th through 22nd.
No matter your situation in life, everyone needs to get away every once in a while, and luxury vacation rentals are great options for busy Americans trying to relax. Unfortunately, too many of us hesitate to take the vacation we deserve. In fact, according to Project Time Off, last year "662 million vacation days were left on the table, four million days more than 2015."
So if you're one of the countless overworked Americans who is reluctant to actually go on vacation, then it’s time you finally find quality house rentals and take a break. Because not only do you deserve to take a break, but there are also some major benefits that come with a relaxing vacation.
Held at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, the inaugural Desert Oasis Music Festival will have you dancing and moving to the tunes of 24 different bands in one weekend. From hip hop to reggae to R&B artists, the list of performers includes the likes of
Mod Mansions offers the finest Palm Springs Vacation rentals for anyone coming to town for Cinema Diverse.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Cinema Diverse is holding its Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival from September 21-24, and this year it's followed by a special Best of the Fest from September 29-30.
As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, Cinema Diverse is adding a new segment called WebOUT, featuring two special programs by well-known arts blogger Kevin M. Thomas on some of his favorite web series. Thomas selected about half of his favorites from Revry, a streaming device that features exclusively LGBTQ entertainment.
The tourist season is quickly approaching and it’s time to book one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals. And with it, the re-opening of some of our favorite restaurants. Be sure to check out these six eateries before they close again next summer!
Among picturesque landscapes, beautiful sights and endless sunshine of our Palm Springs vacation rentals lie several delicious lunch destinations for you to indulge your senses!
At FARM, owner Liz Ostoich brings the South of France to Palm Springs with a beautiful garden-like patio as the backdrop. FARM offers traditional French dishes, such as crepes and the croquet monsieur, with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. The menu boasts a mouth-watering selection of salads, omelettes and sandwiches as well, so there's something for everyone. Closed Wednesdays. Located at 6 Plz Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
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 one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals 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 vacation rentals 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.
Stay in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and 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 rentals stay 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.
When staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals make sure to visit these great burger spots.
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.
When staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals make sure to visit these great steakhouses.
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.
When staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals don't miss out on some great jazz.
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 one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals 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 staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals 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 staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals make sure to enjoy 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, stay in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and make sure to attend the Palm Springs International ShortFest. 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 - stay in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and make sure to 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:
Even though we have full chef kitchens in all of our Palm Springs vacation rentals there's no need to cook.
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.
Staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and want to find the best hiking in the valley?
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.
Staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and want to find the best hiking in the valley? 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.
Staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and want to find the best hiking in the valley? 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.