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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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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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Feel the Integratron’s Power

Whether you want to center your chakras, connect to another universe, or just see what all the hoopla is about, a visit to Palm Springs wouldn’t be nearly as enriching without a trip to the Integratron. Created by Ufologoist George Van Tassel and based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle , the all-wood structure is a resonant tabernacle and energy machine situated on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert.

One of the most-listed, must-visit spots in our popular “Ask a Local” feature, the Integratron is 20 miles north of Joshua Tree National Park and just over 45 miles from Santiago Resort in Landers, CA. It’s open to the public for one-hour private or group Sound Baths (by appointment only) and should definitely be on your to-do list during your stay at Santiago.

This “one-of-a-kind 38-foot high, 55-foot diameter, all-wood dome was designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel.” And yes, Van Tassel did believe it could be used for these purposes. The structure is built on “an intersection of powerful geomagnetic forces that, when focused by the unique geometry of the building, concentrate and amplify the earth’s magnetic field. Magnetometers read a significant spike in the earth’s magnetic field in the center of the Integratron.”

To learn more about this fascinating structure and its history or to book a private or group Sound Bath, visit integratron.com

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Groove On with Splash House 2

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 12 -14. With past acts including international sensations in electronic music, you can be certain the festival will get things hopping poolside. Two area resorts’ pools will feature established artists and new acts so get your fancy Speedos on and jump into the fun.

Splash House 1 acts included Jamie Prado, Bixel Boys, Bit Funk, Tobtok and Justin Martin, and took place at two Palm Springs venues June 11-12. Shuttles will run non-stop all weekend so you can hop freely between the poolside stages and catch your favorite acts. So get set for another great weekend as the hottest DJs and emerging artists create a fun, party atmosphere and a welcoming environment. To learn more about scheduled artists and getting your festival passes, visit splashhouse.com.

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Ask a Local: Will Stiles

Ask a Local: Wil Stiles

Periodically, we share top secrets from local Palm Springs “men in the know.” After you check into Santiago you’ll want to check out a few of these great spots!

A Minneapolis native, Wil Stiles fell in love with both the natural beauty and the mid-century architecture of Palm Springs back in 2003 and soon started planning his escape from the cold. He opened his eponymous Wil Stiles clothing boutique in the Uptown Design District several years later and has never regretted making the desert his home.

Favorite Palm Springs event

McCormick’s Classic Car Auction is not to be missed! Where else can you bid on a ’67 Firebird convertible while drinking a Jameson served to you by a friendly Palm Springs Jaycee?

Favorite nearby adventure

At least once each summer, we take the aerial tram and hike to the summit of Mount San Jacinto. Even when it’s 110 degrees in Palm Springs, you may be rewarded with enough snow to make snow angels!

What’s your favorite, most unusual attraction in Palm Springs?

Robolights, Kenny Irwin’s annual holiday art installation and light display, is a true spectacle to behold. I recommend going before dinner so you have time to discuss the awesome creative weirdness in Kenny’s head. It generally starts at   Thanksgiving and runs through the first week of January.

Where do you enjoy going for a cocktail?

Anywhere and everywhere! Melvyn’s makes a serious classic martini. And the Tonga Hut certainly has mastered the art of the tiki drink.

What’s your favorite early evening hangout?

Birba has a great patio for enjoying the last minutes of sunshine with fresh pizzas and salads. Owner Tara Lazar does a great job with locally sourced ingredients.

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

The Rooster & The Pig restaurant, although it’s not so secret after a successful first year. Very inspired Vietnamese-American cuisine that’s fresh and reasonably priced.

How do you spend your day of?

Hiking the South Lykken Trail or riding my bicycle to the Palm Springs Skate Park.

Where do you shop for clothes other than your shop?

I have several early 1970s-era suits from Angel View Thrift Store in Palm Springs. One of the jackets even came with some vintage pharmaceuticals of unknown origin in the chest pocket!

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Desert Rocks Indoor Climing

Desert Rocks is Coachella Valley’s indoor climbing gym. Offering both harness and boulder climbing for all ability levels, they have everything you need to “get on the wall.” A day pass includes brief instruction, rentals, and a full day of climbing in air-conditioned luxury. (Yes, luxury climbing. It’s a thing.) And if you’re a newbie and don’t want to try it solo, talk a friend into coming with you. The two-for-one offer means you both get on the wall for just $25. Check out climbdesertrocks.com. And start stretching out those hammies.

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Desert Rocks is Coachella Valley’s indoor climbing gym. Offering both harness and boulder climbing for all ability levels, they have everything you need to “get on the wall.” A day pass includes... Read More »