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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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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... Read More »


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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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... Read More »


2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Dive into the new year with one of the hottest annual events in the Inland Empire, the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Santiago serves as a relaxing, beautiful oasis from which to explore all the spectacle and glamour.

The renowned festival welcomes over 136,000 enthusiastic filmgoers January 2-15. They’ll start off 2017 with Hollywood stars, some of the world’s finest cinema, film discussions and awards. Attendees can expect premieres and showings of movies from scores of countries. And lots of popcorn from Orville Redenbacher. Book your room now and kick the new year off right.

With past movies featuring well-known celebrities like Benicio del Toro, Jesse Eisenberg, Sally Field, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Isabella Rossellini, Tim Robbins, Emma Roberts, Tim Roth, Maggie Smith and many more, festival goers are certain to be wowed by incredible acting talent, and new rising stars and up-and-coming directors from around the world.

While the 2017 schedule hasn’t been officially announced yet, you can be sure that it will include similar star power, exciting discussions and exceptional premieres, so keep checking back on the festival’s website: www.psfilmfest.org to get the lineup of features and purchase tickets as soon as they become available…because they go fast!

 

 

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2016 Palm Springs Leather Pride

Every year, during the week before Palm Springs Pride, the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) holds their own distinct celebration: Palm Springs Leather Pride. It’s a popular event that sees fans of the leather lifestyle converging on our fair city to celebrate their passions. This year, the party takes place October 27-30.

The list of fun events around town includes a Meet & Greet cocktail party; a clothing- optional pool party hosted by Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2016, Christopher Durbin; the formal Leather Dinner; the popular Tool Shed/PSLOD vendor market; and the Back Lot Cruise Party. This is shaping up to be an event no leather enthusiast should miss, and Santiago makes a great home base from which to access the weekend’s activities. And to show off your hot gear!

Saturday’s events include an afternoon Cigar and Gear party, a leather tea dance, the Victory dance party at the Barracks and, of course, the Mr. Palm Springs Leather contest, which will be held at the Palm Springs Air Museum (VIP ticket holders get a complimentary docent tour). On Sunday, you can enjoy the BBQ/pool party with the infamous wet t-shirt contest, and the closing party at the Barracks.

Weekend package and VIP tickets are available. For event details, schedule, hotel and travel info, and to buy tickets, visit desertleatherpride.com. PSLOD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe atmosphere for growth and support of the leather lifestyle while nourishing a sense of sister/brotherhood and camaraderie within the organization and the community. It also raises funds for deserving projects, clubs, organizations, defense funds or charities which have given direct or indirect support to the leather community or to the GLBT community at large.

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Ask a Local: Richard Limon

This month, we asked local health and well-being expert, Richard Limon, to share his Palm Springs favorites. This licensed massage therapist and Reiki practitioner has resided in Palm Springs since 2012.

Whether you want to step out for a night on the town, relax with a great cocktail, have a desert adventure, take in some culture or indulge in some retail therapy, Richard has some great recommendations.

Richard has lived in Palm Springs since 2012. He promotes health and well-being as a licensed massage therapist and Reiki practitioner in private practice. To find more about Richard and booking his services go to http://www.limonmt.com or http://www.facebook.com/limontherapy.

What is your go-to restaurant for an evening with friends?

Rooster and the Pig. They have a delicious brussel sprouts starter and the crispy cod is also a favorite.

Where do you enjoy going for a cocktail?

Wang’s on a Friday evening for happy hour. Great house music and drinks to start off the weekend!

What is your preferred late night spot?

Chill bar. It has a modern easiness about it and the bar staff is easy on the eyes. Also, they have a pool table and dart board.

What is your favorite early evening hang out?

The bar at The Tropicale. I can get a martini with blue cheese stuffed olives and some good bar bites. Most times I’ll go alone and run into people I know or end up meeting people I’ve never met before.

What event in Palm Springs do you enjoy?

Dancing Under the Stars event for the Hot Rodeo (usually held in May). Ain’t nothing like an outdoor dance party at night with some handsome cowboys.

What do you think is the best kept secret in Palm Springs?

The kink events and play parties that happen throughout the year.

How do you spend your day of?

What’s a day off? Honestly, when you own your own business it’s your life 24/7.

What is your favorite close-by adventure?

San Diego. It’s only a couple hours drive away; a large variety of restaurants to try out and places to go and see. Balboa Park is gorgeous.

What is your favorite retail shopping experience?

Shopping for lube at Gear. It’s interesting to see all the varieties and you can even get opinions from the clerks. They’re knowledgeable about the products they carry.

What’s your best kept, men’s clothing secret in the valley?

My best kept men’s clothing secret is that you don’t even need to be wearing clothes at any of the men’s resorts. Why not go for it and opt out?

Is there an art gallery or museum that you like to visit regularly?

Elena Bulatova is pretty awesome. I love the outdoor art garden area. The artwork is stimulating.

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Palm Trees at Santiago

The iconic palm tree is an instantly recognizable symbol of oasis living in Palm Springs. The gardens at Santiago feature several varieties of them, including the well-known Mexican Fan Palm. This is the same graceful towering species you’ll see lining the streets of downtown Palm Springs. Growing up to 100 feet tall, these palms seem to reach the stars when viewed from the pool at Santiago in the nighttime sky.

Less familiar, but even more impressive, is the native California Fan Palm. The largest native North American palm, it grows 2-3 feet in diameter and 20-60 feet tall. You’ll find these thick palms lining the outdoor staircases at Santiago. For a view of these majestic trees in their natural habitat, hike into any of the Indian Canyons near Santiago. Click here for trail info.

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Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016 

The Modernism Week Fall Preview is a shortened version of the annual 11-day festival in February. Like its big brother, the Fall Preview celebrates mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This year’s event takes place October 21-23 and features the Modernism Show & sale, signature home tours, double-decker architectural bus tours, insightful talks, show house tours and much more.

Let Santiago be your home base as you get a taste of one of the city’s most anticipated annual events. Visit ModernismWeek.com for more information and tickets.

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The Modernism Week Fall Preview is a shortened version of the annual 11-day festival in February. Like its big brother, the Fall Preview celebrates mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This... Read More »