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Two upcoming June events have us very excited! June 2-11 is Palm Springs Restaurant Week. Throughout the Coachella Valley, its best chefs are creating special prix-fixe menus using seasonal and locally sourced foods. With all of this past year’s new openings, Restaurant Week is a great time to discover new gems or revisit some old faves.

To learn more about Restaurant Week click here.

June 20-26 is North America’s largest short film event: the Palm Springs International ShortFest. With 325 short films from over 50 countries, along with parties, panels, and master classes, this event will keep any film lover busy and delighted.

For more information about Palm Springs International ShortFest click here.

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BEFORE THERE WAS MID-CENTURY MODERN, THERE WAS THIS

Alexander, Cody, Wexler and all the others weren’t the first ones to build cool stuff in the desert.

For a completely new architectural experience, check out Pioneertown, a unique destination that’s just what the architect ordered. Built as a movie set in the 1940s by Gene Autry and other Hollywood actors, Pioneertown is a monument to the Old West–only about 30 minutes from the Uptown Design District and not a sunburst wall clock in sight.

By far the most popular spot here is Pappy and Harriet’s, a saloon-type joint that features live music every night (you never know who will be playing) and an authentic, mesquite-grilled menu. Make rezzies!

Click here to learn more about Pioneer Town.

 

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WHO’S YOUR COWBOY?

Ropes. Leather. Barn animals. It’s time for Palm Springs Hot Rodeo 2017. This is Palm Springs’ major gay rodeo event and the perfect place to watch men in tight jeans move around in all sorts of interesting ways. Calf roping, bull riding, and barrel racing are just a few of the exciting events on tap.

If you’ve never been to a rodeo, this is a great first-timer’s experience–and meeting the cowboys themselves is easy thanks to all the associated events throughout town.

Santiago makes a great home base for all the action May 12-14 so be sure to book early.

Learn more at the Hot Rodeo Web Site.

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ASK A LOCAL: RON DURAN

Each month, we share some top secrets from Palm Springs “men in the know.” After you check into Santiago, be sure to check out a few of these great local spots. Ron Duran is the co-owner of Pilates Plus in Palm Springs.

Go-to restaurant: Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. An amazing bar, great bar menu, and happy hour menu. The burger is kickass and the Brussels sprouts are not to be missed!

Late night spot: Chill Bar on Arenas has the club experience. Or maybe a drink at the bar at Birba, which has an indoor/outdoor chill mixed crowd restaurant and bar.

Best mixologists: Seymour’s at Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. This is one of the coolest new hidden places to go in PS. They will create a specialty drink on the spot – just tell them what you like and you’ll be treated to an amazing new experience.

Early hangout spot: Wang’s for Friday happy hour or an early lite bite at Gyoro Gyoro Sushi.

Favorite event: Meet at the Museum. This fundraiser for the Palm Springs Art Museum draws the coolest of the cool during White Party weekend. There’s usually food, entertainment, and an open bar and above all, it helps the museum.

Best kept secret in Palm Springs: The hiking here is not to be missed, especially after a rain. It will be a beautiful spring on the trails this year.

Favorite adventure: A trip to Pappy and Harriet’s is such a great night out and as long as you have a designated driver it’s the best out-of-the-way place to let your hair down. Music, food and drink are plentiful and the crowd is diverse and chill.

Favorite stores: Wil Stiles has a killer array of clothes for men and women. Unique, stylish and always a selection you can wear for poolside parties, black tie events and everything in between. Mr. Turk right next door has the Palm Springs look for a cool Modernism event where you want to dress to impress.

Do. Not. Miss.: I love the exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum. I’m a big supporter and it’s always worth the time to check out what’s new.

 

 

 

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Each month, we share some top secrets from Palm Springs “men in the know.” After you check into Santiago, be sure to check out a few of these great local spots. Ron Duran... Read More »


A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY. A LITTLE BIT BLA-TI-NO.

Two upcoming desert events offer something for everyone.

First, you can swap your usual desert flip-flops for cowboy boots April 28-30 during Stagecoach, California’s country music festival. You’ll see plenty of Wrangler jeans downtown and plenty of big names on stage, including Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, and Cyndi Lauper (a country Cyndi? who knew?). Get tickets and learn more at www.stagecoachfestival.com.

If twang ain’t your thang, stick closer to town for Blatino Oasis 2017, April 27-30. This 11th annual celebration for men of color and those who appreciate them is another amazing party that calls Palm Springs home. For more information visit www.blatinooasis.com. 

No matter where you party, Santiago is close to the action and makes for a great home base. Book now for these popular events.

 

 

 

 

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Get Up Close and Personal with Planes

Did you know the desert has one of the most extensive, celebrated air museums in the country? CNN Travel named the Palm Springs Air Museum one of the top 14 aviation museums in the world and it’s easy to see why. Three hangars hold over 40 vintage planes you can actually touch and explore. And docents, many of whom fought in those planes, will amaze you with riveting true stories you can’t read on any placard. You may even catch a live flight demonstration of a classic wartime aircraft. Check out this special place for an unforgettable, even emotional, experience.

If you want to experience just what it was like to be in one of these historic flying machines, the museum offers Warbird Rides, and if you want to try your hand at exactly what it would be like to fly one, you can picture yourself in airman gear and play with one of several flight simulators on site.

For more information about tours, special programs and Warbird Rides, visit the museum’s site www.palmspringsairmuseum.org!

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SEE TENNIS SUPERSTARS IN ACTION

Watch the hottest tennis players in the world go head to head at the desert’s annual BNP Paribas Open March 6-19. You don’t have to be a tennis fan to appreciate top-notch athletes like Serena Williams, Noval Djokovic and Andy Murray in exhilarating action. The world-class venue is gorgeous and it’s not far from Santiago so make us your home base between sets. (Insider tip: Catch a sunset match for a truly unique experience.)

Thrills await when the top players in the world come together for two weeks of intense hard-court tennis. Plus, there’s plenty of eye candy to see when players at peak physical condition are putting it all on the line to win one of the biggest tournaments of the year. Game. Set. Match.

For tickets and more information click here to be taken to the tournament’s official site.

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Ask A Local: Josh Edmundson

Historian, Tour Guide and Palm Springs Public Arts Commissioner Josh Edmundson is a cultural dynamo. As a Palm Springs local for 14 years, he’s an encyclopedia of knowledge about local art, culture and history. We sat down with Josh to learn more about his favorite spots in the Valley and where he goes when he’s not busy putting together an exhibit, guiding tours or educating visitors. Josh’s favorite restaurant for a night out with friends is Jake’s, and he urges all visitors to check out the Palm Springs Art Museum.

My favorite restaurant for a night out with friends is definitely Jake’s. It is so cute and intimate, the food and drinks are always exceptional, and the staff and owners are great. www.jakespalmsprings.com

Eight4Nine is a fun place to have drinks. They have a pretty large bar area, with giant glass walls (perfect for people watching) and a nice wine and cocktail list. Again, the staff and owners are always great. www.eight4nine.com

If I’m out on the town with friends I usually want to go to Chill for a nightcap. It’s one of the newer clubs on Arenas, and has a youthful vibe I like. The hot bartenders help too. www.chillbarpalmsprings.com

Having drinks by the pool at the Ace is an awesome way to spend a few hours before dinner. The views are spectacular, and the people watching is usually great. Ask for Greg the bartender. He’s super cool, super cute, and a super bartender.

There are so many events in Palm Springs it’s difficult to pick one that’s my favorite. I guess it would have to be the festival they do for Palm Springs Pride on Arenas. Closely followed by the festival they do for Halloween. www.pspride.org

This is such a small town that everyone knows everything about everybody! There are few secrets! But I guess the one I would recommend is the little bar in the back room behind Mr. Lyon’s at the Parker. I love going in there for a martini or a glass of wine on date night for an intimate and classy experience.

For me a great way to spend a day off is going to brunch at Rick’s or Jake’s, followed by a little shopping in the uptown district followed by a bike ride followed by a nap. Then perhaps a nice BBQ and some pool/jacuzzi time… www.ricksrestaurant.biz

My favorite close-by adventure is Idyllwild. It’s an amazing visual experience, from the desert to the mountains, through forests and back, and you can literally take highway 74 the whole way in a huge loop-up out of Palm Desert, then past Lake Hemet and on to the little mountain hamlet. After lunch and a little exploring, head back down the other side of the mountain, and on the way you can even hit the 10 freeway and stop off for some outlet shopping at Cabezon if you want. I am a bit of a sneaker head and am a sucker for the Nike, Converse, Adidas, and Vans outlets! I love getting home with a couple big bags full of trainers! When you are in Idyllwild, go to the Gastrognome for lunch and a glass of wine. http://gastrognome.com

For clothes it’s got to be former Ask A Local interviewee, Will Stiles. Will and Molly are so cool and their style is impeccable. They always have an amazing curated selection of menswear. www.wilstiles.com

Trina Turk is an amazing retail experience too, right next door to Will Stiles, and not to be missed. The clothes, decor, and staff are truly amazing. www.trinaturk.com

I also have fun rummaging through Revivals, the Desert Aids Project thrift store. Once in a while I find some amazing scores! I recently found a vintage Burberry trench coat there that is out of this world! www.revivalsstores.com

The Palm Springs Art Museum has a great collection, and should be on your list of places to see, but the number one destination for any cultured history buff/art/architecture/design lover is Sunnylands. The Center and Gardens are a lovely destination on their own, especially in the spring when the Palo Verde trees are in bloom, and the cafe is a perfect spot to enjoy a lovely lunch and the mountain views. The historic estate tour is remarkable, but remember the tickets are only sold online in advance. Go to sunnylands.org for information. And if you do go, tell them I said hi, as I worked there for four years.

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Tour de Palm Springs

The 19th Annual Tour de Palm Springs will be held January 20-21, 2017. This exciting desert tradition has raised more than $1 million since 1999 and this year more than 10,000 cyclists will generate funds for over 100 local organizations. Even better is that if you’re a cyclist Santiago’s got your back. We’ve got a safe space to store your bike before the ride—and a bubbling hot tub to soothe your quads afterwards. So grab your bike, slap on a helmet, and head our way.

Learn more about how to register and the different options for the ride by visiting www.tourdepalmsprings.com.

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Joshua Tree National Park

With the recent celebration of the National Park Service’s 100 Year Anniversary, Joshua Tree National Park celebrated a birthday of its own just two weeks prior. This stunning expanse of natural desert beauty has been preserved for the people for 80 years, and there are plenty of reasons for you to check it out on your next visit to Santiago.

From the park’s iconic and distinctive namesake trees to the breathtaking granite rock formations, from the desert wildlife to the flourishing cacti and desert plants, there’s much more to see than you might expect. Everyone from curbside photo-taker to enthusiastic back-country hiker should take time to visit this special place near Palm Springs.

This protected area encompasses over 1,200 square miles of the stunning Mojave Desert. Over 1.3 million visitors enter the park each year to experience Joshua Tree’s scenic vistas, that are easily accessible via paved roads that traverse the length of the park.

Definitely visit one of the Park’s Visitor Centers in order to plan your time at the park most wisely. Whether you’re all about hiking, camping, photography, rock climbing or simply enjoying the serene desert scenery, the helpful Park Rangers will give you the park map and let you know the best spots to visit for your interests, and you can find out if there are special programs or tours available.

You can also find more information and helpful resources on the park’s web site: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm. The Plan Your Visit page is especially helpful.

Below you’ll find some of frequent Santiago Resort Guest, Toby J. Morris’ images of Joshua Tree. Toby is a fine art nature and landscape photographer out of Las Vegas, and he’s photographed 29 of the 59 National Parks, as well as numerous National Monuments. You can find his Joshua Tree images available for purchase on www.tobyjmorris.com.

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