Friday, 25 October 2019 18:23

5 of the Top Hiking Spots in Palm Springs

The beautiful and sunny town of Palm Springs has much to offer, including scenic hiking spots. Here are the top 5 hiking trails you can find in Palm Springs.

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This winter's harsh weather may have you thinking that spring will never arrive. Rains, flooding and even snow have created a surprisingly lush wildflower season in the desert. Here are a few areas in the Coachella Valley for unsurpassed wildflower viewing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, 

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:30

The Vibrant Art Scene of Palm Springs

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.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:13

Which US Presidents Have Visited The Desert?

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.

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:46

Where Did Dates in the Desert Come From?

Dates - those wonderful fruits growing so plentifully in California's Coachella Valley - have a long history going back thousands of years. Although dates are a true California crop, they're not native to the United States. In fact, it's believed that dates originated somewhere in the vicinity of Iraq, which is why they've been embedded in Middle Eastern culture and tradition for millennia.

But we're going to talk about the fascinating 125+ year history of dates in the California desert.

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