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SPLASH HOUSE

Palm Springs celebrates summer twice a year with one of the hottest pool and music festivals anywhere.

Splash House 2, a second amazing weekend of poolside fashion, community and sounds, makes its way here August 11 – 13.

Three area resorts’ pools will host international artists like Big Gigantic, Hot Chip, Camelphat and SuperDuperKyle. Shuttles run non-stop all weekend so you can jump freely between all three poolside stages. Five years old this summer, Splash House is swimming strong.

Find out more about this hip and hot music festival here www.splashhouse.com.

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IDYLLWILD DAY TRIP

At over 5000 feet in elevation, “Mile High Idyllwild” is a favorite day trip for locals and travelers alike.  The 80 minute drive passes spectacular vista points as you climb from the desert floor and reach deep into the San Jacinto Mountains.

Once there, you’ll find a rustic and charming, art-filled village with galleries, antique stores, restaurants and other surprises.  Nearby hiking trails let you explore the quiet wilderness area high above Palm Springs.  It’s a cool getaway during the desert summer.

To learn more about Idyllwild and what to do on your day trip there visit www.idyllwild.com.

 

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ASK THE LOCALS: Conrad Miller and Brandon Holland

Every so often, we like to share some Local Haunts with you. This time we ask Power Realtor couple Brandon Holland and Conrad Miller, the men behind Palm Springs Home Team, for their favorite tips.

Conrad and Brandon, working with their company Palm Springs Home Team, offer first-time buyers or seasoned pros, exceptional service for staging, marketing and selling properties.  Conrad, Brandon and the entire Palm Springs Home Team share a stellar reputation for exceptional results.  Here are their tips for an exceptional stay in Palm Springs.

Where do you enjoy going for a cocktail?  Melvyn’s – We love the whole retro vibe and the history of the place.  Plus, do NOT miss out on going to the bathroom there and check out the pay phone that Sinatra, Martin, etc. all used!  Ultra coolness!

What is your favorite late night spot?  The Copa – whether it’s Leslie Jordan or some phenomenal singer, their shows are fabulous!

What do you think is the best kept secret in Palm Springs?  The Judy Show at The Purple Room – Judy Garland is not dead, she’s alive and mesmerizing crowds just as she always has!

The uptown design district has a ton of new, amazing boutiques.  Which one is your go to?  Motif – Nathan Allen has some of the most unique items in Palm Springs.  You have got to check out his “Between the Lines” series of prints – stunning!!!  A very close second is Michael Weems.  Just stopping by to say hello to Michael will brighten your day!

If I asked you to take me to your favorite “locals only” spot for dinner, where would we go?   Billy Reeds – their cheesecake alone will make a wet spot!

Where is your favorite happy hour?  Tropicale – Great service, great drinks and appetizers that will make you want to slap yo mama!

When you go to the Cabazon Outlets, which 3 stores do you have to go through?  Robert Graham (Conrad loves lots of color – if you can’t hide it, decorate it!), Armani and Diesel (no trip there is complete without them!)

Where is the best people watching in Downtown? Lulu’s Patio – whether checking out the hot guys from WeHo or the sandals and socks from Wisconsin, you are never at a loss for entertainment!

What do you feel the top 3 things someone should know before jumping into the PS Real Estate Market?

1)  Not all agents are created equal.  Enough said!

2)  Palm Springs market is rebounding from the downturn faster than any city in the Coachella Valley.  And the home prices are ridiculously attainable when compared to major markets. (SF, Portland, NY, SD, Boston……..)

3)  Find advocates (agents) who know the city, know the market, know how to negotiate, know how provide the ultimate in customer service and know that their success is only tied to your ultimate happiness and satisfaction.

Get in touch with Conrad and Brandon at the Palm Springs Home Team if you’re interested in working with them.

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Palm Springs Erupts

Fireworks, Baseball, Pool Parties and Barbeque. There’s nothing more All American than celebrating the 4th of July in Palm Springs. Two of our favorite places to watch the City’s massive fireworks display are the top of the Tram at Mt. San Jacinto State Park (last car back is at 10:30pm) and Palm Springs Stadium where the POWER will face off against the So. Nevada Coyotes. 7-Time SCCBL Champions, the POWER are a collegiate level summer team featuring some of the top college prospects from around the country. Batter Up!

For more information about the Palm Springs Tramway click here.

Get info about Palm Springs Power Baseball here. 

Learn more about Palm Springs Fireworks here. 

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EAT WATCH LOVE

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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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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