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Desert Hikes

Winter sunshine months are the perfect time to explore the rugged desert landscape surrounding Palm Springs.  From easy walking trails to difficult terrain, outdoor enthusiasts will experience spectacular mountain vistas, waterfalls, natural streams, rocky gorges and unusual rock formations.  Check out our top ten hikes in Palm Springs including Tahquitz Canyon, just a few minutes up the road from the Santiago!

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Sunnylands

One of Palm Springs’ premier tourist destinations, Sunnylands is now open for public tours.  This grand estate with its famous art collection and mind-blowing vistas is one of our favorite destinations. The remarkable property has hosted some legendary New Years Eve parties with some of the world’s top celebrities.  Palm Springs glamour at its highest!  Book ahead.  Tours are limited but it’s worth the effort.

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WE’RE TEARING IT UP…

We’re about to lock the gate for three weeks of renovations. We’ll be getting ready to unveil our latest and greatest improvements just in time for Christmas at Santiago!

Old electrical fuses? Out of here!

Old, noisy, unreliable air conditioning equipment? Good riddance!

But honestly, we’re mostly excited about the new Italian chaise lounges…

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ASK A LOCAL – KEVIN AMELL

Every few months we check in with one of our favorite locals and ask about their top Palm Springs’ picks. This month it’s Kevin Amell, local jock and man about town.

A southern California transplant from the Midwest, Palm Springs had been my “go to” get away spot for a decade while living in Los Angeles. Three years ago, I decided to make it my home. Having owned homes in the desert for so long it seemed a natural next step. I operated vacation rentals in the city so a career in desert real estate also seemed to fit nicely into the picture when I became a full-time resident of the desert. I’ve been able to watch Palm Springs grow from both the tourist and resident perspective which allows me to share that experience with clients as they look to make Palm Springs their home.

I love the desert. As a Realtor for HOM Sotheby’s International Realty I have an opportunity to share my love and knowledge of Palm Springs with clients. Some days I get to play tour guide as I help a new client get familiar with the different neighborhoods. Some days I take on the role of concierge as they look to me for recommendations on where to golf, hike or grab a bite to eat. From my office in the 500 Building nothing in the city is more than a quick 10 minutes. Why not stop by next time you’re in town?

What is the hottest new neighborhood in Palm Springs?

Located near the end of Ramon Road at the base of the mountains, Skye is literally a new neighborhood. Custom new homes located next to the historic Tennis Club neighborhood, Skye offers stunning mountain views, privacy in beautifully finished new construction and walking access to the museum hiking trail. All of this, and just a few minutes from the shops and restaurants of Palm Canyon Drive.

How do I spend my day off?

Hiking the trails around Palm Springs is a favorite way to spend a day off.
There are so many options. Some are a quick 45-minute hike while others can take the good part of the day. The Living Desert is also a favorite place to visit on a day off. A trip to Great Shakes for a cherry shake finishes it off
nicely.

What’s a good “day trip” while visiting Palm Springs?

Joshua Tree can be experienced in a day. It’s about an hour drive and can be enjoyed just driving through the park. There are endless trails and places to stop and explore. It’s a national park. Pack a lunch and pick one of the huge boulders for a picnic. It puts real life on “pause” for a day and leaves me refreshed and with a renewed appreciation for the amazing place I get to call home.

If I asked you to take me to your favorite “locals only” spot for dinner, where would we go?

Locals Only Spot for DinnerSpaghetteria! It’s a family owned and operated Italian (duh) place with incredible pizza. Thin crust sausage and onion is my favorite. Conversation often extends beyond the table to others enjoying the food and hospitality of Pamella, owner and hostess. Soda is served in the can and I have never had room for dessert. Maybe someday.

Where is the best people watching in Downtown?

From the window counter at Great Shakes you can see everyone!
Midblock, right on Palm Canyon Drive, surrounded by restaurants and shops it allows for scoping everyone. They know my name here so that’s
Cool. Cherry shake, no donut, thanks.

What do you feel the top three things someone should know before jumping into the PS Real Estate Market?

1. Vacation rentals are huge in Palm Springs. If it is the intention to use the home as a rental know the rules! It’s also wise to remember there is no guarantee the home will generate enough income to sustain the property. Make sure your financials are in order.
2. Many of the homes in Palm Springs have architectural significance. This not only adds value to the home but makes it really cool to own!
3. New construction is currently appreciating at a faster rate than pre- owned homes.

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Introducing: The Casita

Santiago’s new Casita is open for reservations!  At over 500 square feet, this suite is our largest accommodation containing the most amenities.  Furnished in Santiago’s unique modern hacienda style, you’ll never want to leave, well except maybe to go for a swim.  The private patio includes an outdoor shower and offers a separate street entrance.  Inside there’s a gas fireplace for those cool fall evenings.  And, the marble bathroom is the largest of any at the resort.   Book your stay now...

 

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Santiago's new Casita is open for reservations!  At over 500 square feet, this suite is our largest accommodation containing the most amenities.  Furnished in Santiago’s unique modern hacienda style, you'll never want... Read More »


Palm Springs Vintage Market

Strolling this boutique marketplace searching for treasure is a local pastime, and it’s also a favorite with visitors. Vacationers often return home with a piece of Palm Springs.  Mid-Century Modern, Early California and antiques and collectibles from every era can be found at the Palm Springs Vintage Market.  It’s open the first Sunday of every month, and it’s a great way to spend time before or after Sunday brunch.

Visit palmspringsvintagemarket.com to learn more, and find out what kind of amazing finds you can grab during your next visit to Santiago Resort.

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Santiago’s Golden Palm Man

We’re so proud to let you know that our own Nigel Sanchez has been honored with the Best Front of House Award at this year’s Best of the Best Awards, an annual event honoring hospitality professionals working in Palm Springs.  Nigel starts every day with a smile making guests feel as warm and welcome as if they were at home.  Congratulations Nigel for the award and thank you so much for making Santiago a special place!

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VOTES ARE IN: BEST BURGER IN PALM SPRINGS!

Make no mistake, it does not matter if you are asking locals or visitors when you ask, “who has the best hamburger in Palm Springs?” the most common answer will be Tyler’s Burger’s. Located in “La Plaza” downtown. This is home to a simple, yet delicious paper wrapped burger deserving of all that adoration.

Tyler’s is only open from 11AM-4PM sadly, it is a lunch time spot only. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other incredible burgers here in Palm Springs that can be had after 4PM, so I thought I would highlight a few I have come to love.

Smoke Tree BBQ has an incredible burger. It is called the “smoked brisket Texas burger” and you guessed it, it is a big ½ lb. juicy beef patty topped with smoked, slow cooked brisket, then add Texas BBQ sauce, smoked gouda, onions & pickles. Absolutely a meat lover’s treat! Served with garlic fries, but don’t be shy about asking for a side of the homemade mac & cheese! It is delicious!

If you like something a little bit different, the “Patty Melt’ at Sherman’s Deli is one of their top sellers! A 1/2 lb. burger patty grilled between two pieces of rye bread, with melted Swiss. It is served with their own version of “potato chips” which are little homemade French fried potato coins. And if you have never been to Sherman’s Deli when visiting Palm Springs you should not miss out, it is a true institution! And try to save room for dessert; they are the best in the valley!

Here is a surprising place to find an awesome hamburger, Appetito. This is a small Italian place that is known for it’s homemade pastas and sauces, but I had been told the hamburger was really something special. How right they were! The “Appetito Burger” is so good! Big ½ lb patty, cooked perfectly with carmelized onions, fontina, butter lettuce. Served with a side of French fries. YUM!

Another local favorite is at Smoking Burgers, the “WOW Burger” has won many awards, including “Best of the Valley” and is considered by many the best burger in town. It is a real burger commitment with two patties, thousand island spread, pickles, crisp lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon and provolone cheese topped with crispy fried onions. Not for the faint at heart. It comes with French fries, but for a mere $2 extra you can order crispy and delicious tater tots! Who does not love tater tots??

And for my final burger, especially if you are a late night muncher, Black Book Bar serves food until 1AM, and for Palm Springs, that is very exciting news! They have a fantastic cheeseburger on the menu all day long! If you want fries, you have to order them extra, the portion is huge -great to share with the table! They also have an incredible chicken sandwich as well, if you are feeling spicy!

Hope you enjoy my list!

Tyler’s
149 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
tylersburgers.com

Smoke Tree BBQ
1775 E Palm Canyon Dr. #405, Palm Springs, CA 92264
smoketreebbq.com

Sherman’s Deli
401 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
shermansdeli.com

Appetito
1700 S Camino Real #2, Palm Springs, CA 92264
appetitodeli.com

Smokin Burgers & Lounge
1775 E Palm Canyon Dr #220, Palm Springs, CA 92264
smokinburgerslounge.com

Black Book Bar
315 E Arenas Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
facebook.com/blackbookbarandkitchen/

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ASK A LOCAL – VICTOR TORT

We love to share top secrets from local Palm Springs’ “men in the know”. This month we checked in with Victor Tort, a local fitness trainer, professional cyclist and all-around health enthusiast.

Favorite place to ride?

Palm Springs is a beautiful place to ride a bike. There is beautiful scenery everywhere and the sunrises are amazing. The Tram Road is my favorite ride but I can’t wait for the new CV Link to open.  It’s the new biking trail linking the entire Coachella Valley.

Like many locals Victor decided to move to Palm Springs after vacationing here with his partner. Originally from Puerto Rico (La Isla del Encanto) Victor’s lived in Miami, Orlando (a stint with Disney), and San Francisco. Victor is a personal trainer, TRX and Spin Instructor.

He has specialty training in body alignment and pain management. In Palm Springs, he’s focused on helping clients with physical conditions related to tennis and golf.  You can find out more at www.victortort.com.  Victor’s continuing passion is cycling and he races regularly in Velodromes in both San Diego and Los Angeles.

Favorite way to spend your day off?

Cycling, tennis, golf, swim or gym – studying and recovering from my work days.

Best place to people watch?

I like Thursday nights at Village Fest – the street fair on Palm Canyon Drive.  For me I like it because every week I see different people walking, lots of kids, dogs, and everyone having a nice time walking around.

When you go to Cabazon Outlets which stores do you have to go to?

Nike and Asics.  As a trainer, I can find my “suit and tie” there, and Polo, of course.

What is your favorite bike store in Palm Springs?

There is only one bike shop for me and it is Palm Springs Cyclery on Palm Canyon Drive.   And I love Mike’s Bike Truck (it is a mobile bike truck mechanic   LOVE IT!!

Let us know if you’d like to arrange a one on one training session with Victor.  We’d be happy to put you in touch. We can also provide information on tennis, golf, swimming, local gyms or whatever your personal exercise needs are!

Check out these links to see the many options for outdoor physical activities in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley:

CV LINK

Palm Springs Bike Routes & Trails

Palm Springs Swim Center

Palm Springs Golf

Palm Springs Tennis

 

 

 

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