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Art of Pride 2019

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents The Art of Pride, a new official Pride event kicking off the legendary Pride Weekend in Palm Springs on November 1st.  This one-of-a-kind party includes the new exhibition Touching History – a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  The exhibition brings together contemporary artists in photography and collage to interpret what Stonewall represents to the LTBTQ community today.  Always one of our favorite places to visit, this event will be a highlight of Pride Weekend.

To learn more about Palm Springs Pride visit https://apps.pspride.org/ and go to the Palm Spring Museum site’s special page for the Art of Pride Exhibition here https://www.psmuseum.org/events/art-of-pride-2019 .

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents The Art of Pride, a new official Pride event kicking off the legendary Pride Weekend in Palm Springs on November 1st.  This one-of-a-kind party includes the... Read More »


50 Years of LGBTQ Hospitality

Santiago Resort is a proud sponsor of the Desert Gay Tourism Guild’s 2020 celebration of 50 years of LGBTQ hospitality in Palm Springs.  Since 1970, resorts in the desert have welcomed millions of LGBTQ visitors from around the world to play and stay in this fabulous sun-drenched California desert oasis.  For 25 of those years, Santiago has been happy to host many of those visitors, and we think 2020 is the year you should come join them! 

And for all of you artists, check out the DGTG 50-year design contest here and win your own all-expense paid trip to Palm Springs and Santiago Resort!

Santiago Resort is a proud sponsor of the Desert Gay Tourism Guild’s 2020 celebration of 50 years of LGBTQ hospitality in Palm Springs.  Since 1970, resorts in the desert have welcomed millions... Read More »


Green in the Desert

Hotels are often referred to as “a home away from home” for their guests; but when guests arrive, they often shed the trappings of daily life to relax, recreate, and luxuriate in their new surroundings. This can result in some fairly unsustainable environmental practices. With the world facing a variety of crises in the areas of climate change, plastics pollution, habitat loss, and dwindling natural resources, the City of Palm Springs is working on a new program to encourage local hotels, vacation rentals, and related businesses to reduce their environmental footprint and do what they can to help the city and the world address key environmental challenges. Don’t wait, here are some things you can do now:

  1. Reduce plastics. Some hotels and hotel chains have already moved away from providing toiletries and soaps in individual plastic bottles and containers. The State of California is likely to pass a law that makes this a requirement. Moving to bulk product dispensers will save you money and will help save the planet. The City is exploring an incentive program to help businesses make this switch. The City is also developing a new city ordinance to limit the use of plastics in food ware. Those hotels with food service operations will be affected. We will be encouraging the move to reusable materials wherever possible and certified, fiber-based biodegradable materials where necessary. We will be holding study sessions on September 16th at 9 AM and 5 PM. Other things to consider include providing refillable water containers instead of plastic bottled water and eliminating K-Cups® for in-room coffee and tea.
  2. Reduce water use. Although the state may not be in a drought, we here in the desert live in a water deficit environment and rely on out-of-state sources to make up this deficit. We need to always be on the lookout for opportunities to reduce water use. In addition to encouraging guests to not clean their sheets and towels daily, Desert Water Authority (DWA) has various programs that are available to help you make positive changes, including; low-flow toilet rebates for 10+ toilets, leak detection and pool filtration coupons, water assessment walkthroughs, turf removal rebates, and rebates for efficient sprinkler nozzles and smart controllers. Check out DWA’s website for more information.
  3. Choose renewable energy options. If you have not already taken advantage of incentives and installed solar panels on your property, you will have the chance to acquire 100% carbon-free energy when the City of Palm Springs switches to the Desert Community Energy (DCE) Community Choice Aggregation program. The move from your current power provider, Southern California Energy, will happen automatically and all you have to do is continue on with DCE at the 100% carbon-free default option. This switch will happen in the Fall of 2020 and is a great way to have a big impact on greenhouse gas emissions. DCE will be conducting an extensive outreach campaign next year. Check out the DCE website for general information about the program.
  4. Reduce food waste and manage your organics. The State of California is expected to pass sweeping regulations for organic waste management this year. It will require cities to offer various programs to help divert organic materials such as food waste, landscaping waste, and compostable packaging from landfills. You can do your part by attending the upcoming food waste reduction workshop on September 24th at the Hilton. Businesses that generate more than 4 cubic yards of food waste each week are already required to subscribe to an organics waste management service. If you think you meet this threshold or want to know more, please contact Palm Springs Disposal Services for more information (760-327-1351 ext 322).  

Hotels are often referred to as “a home away from home” for their guests; but when guests arrive, they often shed the trappings of daily life to relax, recreate, and luxuriate in... Read More »


Cacti at the Cacterium

This month we’re telling you about one of our favorite desert gardens named Moorten Botanical, just a short bicycle ride away from Santiago.  Started more than 70 years ago, some of the cactus plants there have grown to be enormous! One of the most unique experiences in Palm Springs, this place has to be seen to be believed. Check out more about Moorten and a few of our other favorite desert gardens on our blog.  And by the way, Santiago is planning a few additions to our own Cacterium.  Watch for some very exciting plant additions over the coming months!

Moorten Botanical Garden

Established in 1938, this privately-owned Cacterium amazes visitors with extraordinary varieties of desert and arid loving plants. The featured desert trees, plants, and cacti come from around the world and range in size from miniature to giants!  This classic collection is comprised of more than 3000 varieties of plants displayed along a nature trail like you’ve never seen before.  One of our favorite places in Palm Springs.  Go!  You’ll be amazed!

http://www.moortenbotanicalgarden.com/

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Recently rated one of the top zoos in North America, The Living Zoo is also home to a massive botanical garden specializing in desert plants from around the world with a mission of desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. The immersive botanical gardens include geographic replicas of areas as diverse as Baja California’s Viscaino Desert and the exotic deserts of Madagascar.

https://www.livingdesert.org

Sunnylands Center and Gardens

While tickets to tour the main house at Sunnylands require reservations many weeks in advance, touring the 9 acre gardens and estate grounds can be done anytime during operating hours without advance tickets.  With over 70 species of native and arid-adapted plants from around the world, this estate and its gardens are one of the crown jewels of the Coachella Valley.  Free public programs and garden tours are offered regularly.  And don’t forget to enjoy lunch in their café!

https://sunnylands.org

This month we’re telling you about one of our favorite desert gardens named Moorten Botanical, just a short bicycle ride away from Santiago.  Started more than 70 years ago, some of the... Read More »


TEN GREAT SPOTS TO WALK TO FROM SANTIAGO

Many guests ask where can we walk to for food, shopping, etc that are close to the hotel. We though making a list of our 10 favorite places that are all less than a mile from Santiago seemed like a cool list to create.

Where to eat…..

Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine

411 E Palm Canyon Dr (1 mile away)

Elevated Mediterranean cuisine & cocktails served in a cool, minimalist space with artful accents. Everything is made from scratch with a lot of love!

https://evzincuisine.com

Mr Lyons

33 E Palm Canyon Dr, (.7 mile away)

Upscale, steakhouse & classic cocktails in the main dining room. Very popular bar with cozy booths and a great happy hour menu.

https://mrlyonsps.com/

Spaghetteria

611 S Palm Canyon Dr (.7 mile)

An unassuming, family owned and operated, definitely a locals’ favorite joint with an authentic down home feel.  Homemade pasta sauces and made from scratch pizza all made with love.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/spaghetteria-palm-springs

Del Rey at Villa Royale

1620 S Indian Trail (.7 mile)

Del Rey is a new classic in Palm Springs offering up a twelve-seat oak and marble bar, vinyl booths and an outdoor patio equipped with a firepit. Food menu consists of small, medium and large sharable plates. Great place for a date night!

http://delreypalmsprings.com/

El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana

140 E Palm Canyon Dr, (.5 mile)

A Palm Springs tradition since 1985, a local favotite Mexican kitchen serving a classic menu, housemade hot sauce and possibly the best margaritas in town.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/el-mirasol-restaurant-palm-springs

Kreem

170 E Palm Canyon Dr (.5 mile)

Delicious artisanal ice cream parlor, specializing in organic, vegan and non-dairy options. Daily changing menu of homemade standard and unusual flavors.

http://www.ilovekreem.com/

Peninsula Pastries

611 S Palm Canyon Dr #1 (.5 mile)

Amazing French patisserie that specializes in authentic French daily baked treats. The French born owner imports flour from France to assure a true authentic taste.

https://www.facebook.com/PeninsulaPastriesPalmSprings/

Where to drink….

Seymour’s

233 E Palm Canyon Dr. (.5 mile)

Consider one of the new “It spots” in the South End of Palm Springs. This intimate bar with a vintage vibe is hidden behind Mr. Lyons & specializes in creative craft libations.

https://seymoursps.com/

Dead or Alive Bar

150 E Palm Canyon Dr (.5 mile)

An independent local beer and wine bar. Located on “the Curve” of Palm Canyon Dr., they offer a highly curated selection of craft beer and wine in a small cozy bar with adorable little front patio. Look for the blank red acrylic sign out front.

https://deadoralivebar.com

The Reef / A Local Tiki bar

411 E Palm Canyon Dr, (.7 mile)

Discover on of the best kept secret in Palm Springs at the Caliente Tropics Resort Hotel! … Wet your whistle at the fully-stocked tropical drink craft cocktails, with an awesome poolside patio.

https://www.thereefpalmsprings.com/

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Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

IT ALL STARTS WITH THE SPRINGS…

The new Agua Caliente Cultural Center in downtown Palm Springs scheduled to open in 2020 will feature a new cultural museum and spa & bathhouse. The project includes numerous outdoor activity spaces, including a gathering plaza adjacent to the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, originally known as Sec hé (the sound of boiling water), which serves as a commemorative focal point for the new development. Here, Tribal Members and visitors can celebrate community, history and pay respect to the life-giving waters that shaped the Palm Springs region.

https://www.accmuseum.org/

The new Agua Caliente Cultural Center in downtown Palm Springs scheduled to open in 2020 will feature a new cultural museum and spa & bathhouse. The project includes numerous outdoor activity spaces,... Read More »


COLD ONE

Known for its array of sleek cocktail bars, in addition to a fair share of “divey” local-favorites, Palm Springs has not been immune to the nation’s recent craft beer explosion. With summer here, you’re going to want to check out one (or two) of our favorite local breweries and enjoy a cold one (or two.)   Next to the pool at Santiago, this could possibly be one of the best ways to enjoy the desert’s heat.

La Quinta Brewing Company

With three different valley locations, including Palm Springs’ only true taproom, La Quinta Brewing features a regular lineup of their award-winning staples, as well as a rotating selection of seasonally-inspired creations. With weekly live music performances and monthly trivia nights, La Quinta Brewing Company is a vibrant social gathering place for locals and tourists alike. Their carefully curated selection of guest wines and ciders also ensure that all patrons can find something to their liking.

We like:  Even Par IPA – Citrus-leaning IPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops.

www.laquintabrewing.com/

Coachella Valley Brewing Company

Just a short 20 minute drive from downtown Palm Springs (and just down the street from the gorgeous Coachella Valley Preserve), CVB emphasizes sustainability by utilizing locally-sourced ingredients to make some of the most unique beer the valley has to offer. Complete with a gameroom, live performance space, twice-daily brewery tours, and a rotating cast of local food vendors, CVB has cemented itself as one of the desert’s premiere beer-destinations.

We like:  Desert Swarm – Belgian Wit made with honey, coriander and locally-grown kumquat

www.cvbco.com/

Babe’s BBQ and Brewhouse

Babe’s, the desert’s oldest active brewery, has been bringing award-winning beer to valley residents since 2002. Come for the beer, stay for the food! Voted Best BBQ in the valley by Palm Springs Life six years running, Babe’s expansive food offerings utilize bar-b-cue styles ranging from Korea to Texas.

We like: Blackfin Lager – a unique spin on a traditional lager, darker in tone with hints of caramel

www.babesbbqbrewery.com

Idyllwild BrewPub

Just an hour’s drive from Palm Springs, this brewpub nestled in the small mountain town of Idyllwild is the perfect excuse to escape the heat of the desert below and enjoy the cooler temperatures in mountains overlooking the Coachella Valley. Using ingredients sourced from around the world to stay true to each particular style of beer, Idyllwild BrewPub has more than 20 different offerings to choose from.

We like:  Cedar St. Cherry Wheat – a pale wheat ale infused with cherries

www.idyllwildbrewpub.com

Known for its array of sleek cocktail bars, in addition to a fair share of “divey” local-favorites, Palm Springs has not been immune to the nation's recent craft beer explosion. With summer... Read More »


MODERN HOME

Palm Springs, known for amazing restaurants and fun bars, is also one of the best Mid-Century shopping meccas in California. Throughout the city, you can find many vintage and resale shopping destinations from thrift stores that benefit nonprofits to art galleries and chic Uptown Design District boutiques with one-of-a-kind funky finds.

You don’t have to go hog-wild and redo your entire home — a new chair, wall accessory, lamp or centerpiece can go a long way to freshening up your home and give it that mid-century modern vibe.  Most will ship right to you. Here are some of our favorites:

H3K Design Showroom

As seen on many an HGTV Palm Springs episode, this showroom specializes in unusual Mid Century finds.  Most items are new, inspired by the years gone by.

https://h3kdesign.com

Palm Canyon Galleria

The Galleria feels a little like an open-air marketplace nestled in a vintage Palm Springs building. Made up of several different shops, the Galleria boasts an impressive range of midcentury-designed and vintage clothing as well as eclectic items and antiques — from art, pottery and sculpture, to small furniture, lighting, accessories and design-oriented books.

https://www.facebook.com/PalmCanyonGalleria/

Hedge

This home design shop is in the up-and-coming Perez Road Art & Design District, in nearby Cathedral City. Hedge is a wonderful place for one-of-a-kind finds. They offer a range of moderately priced furnishings, art, and home goods, ranging in styles from Danish Modern to Mid-Century. The store has a bit of celebrity appeal, as well—it’s the work of designer Thomas Sharkey and Charles Pearson, who used to be actress Shirley MacLaine’s assistant. (Only open 12-5PM Thurs-Sun)

hedgepalmsprings.com

At Hom

Also found in the Perez Road Art & Design District, At Hom offers a wide variety of vintage, mid-century, and modern designed furniture, art, and accessories in over 5,000 square feet of showroom. Many interesting collectibles including a large collection of original vinyl records. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

http://at-homps.com/

Grace Home

An exquisite collection of mostly new and some old Mid-Century designed pieces. Furniture, art and accessories.

https://gracehomefurnishings.com/

Christopher Anthony LTD

This is a stunning gallery of unusual high end finds. It is a huge space filled with furniture, lighting and art. Many pieces are rare, and always impressive.

http://www.christopheranthonyltd.com/

Antique Galleries

12,000 square feet of Mid-Century antique dealers! You will find furniture to paintings and everything in between. This co-op specializes in Mid-Century dealers, with buyers coming to shop her from all over So-Cal.

https://www.antiquegalleriespalmsprings.com/

The Uptown Design District

The North end of Downtown Palms Springs is filled with many amazing boutiques and showrooms, most specializing in Mid-Century inspiration.  From the mod outfits of Trina Turk to one of a kind design pieces from The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five. This area is bustling, and growing every day with new stores and businesses.

https://www.visitpalmsprings.com/blog/mod-shop-til-you-drop-uptown-design-district

Palm Springs, known for amazing restaurants and fun bars, is also one of the best Mid-Century shopping meccas in California. Throughout the city, you can find many vintage and resale shopping destinations... Read More »


GET SHORTY

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Palm Springs International ShortFest is the largest short film event in North America.  Highly competitive, ShortFest receives more than 5000 entries each year from filmmakers around the globe.  Of those, more than 300 are selected and screened in 90-minute programs.  Decidedly casual and unconventional, this is a film-lovers dream week in Palm Springs.

An Oscar®, BAFTA® and Los Premios Goya-qualifying festival, ShortFest has presented more than 100 shorts that have gone on to receive Oscar® nominations and/or awards.

With hundreds of filmmakers and industry professionals in attendance and an audience of 22,000 avid filmgoers, ShortFest is not what you might expect to find in Palm Springs in June.

Films and event schedule will be announced and available online May 28.  The program will run in the Desert Sun on June 9.

Tickets are available on the Palm Springs International ShortFest web site.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Palm Springs International ShortFest is the largest short film event in North America.  Highly competitive, ShortFest receives more than 5000 entries each year from filmmakers around the... Read More »


YOU HUNGRY?

Palm Springs restaurant week returns this year from May 31st through June 9th and are we ever famished.  More than 100 restaurants will participate with most offering special pre fixe menus for both lunch and dinner.  It’s the perfect time to revisit one of your favorites or to check out one of the many new and exciting places recently opened.  This event is always a tasty favorite with Santiago guests. 

For a complete list of participating restaurants with a handy search mechanism for pricing level and cuisine type, head over to the Visit Greater Palm Springs’ Restaurant Week page.

Palm Springs restaurant week returns this year from May 31st through June 9th and are we ever famished.  More than 100 restaurants will participate with most offering special pre fixe menus for... Read More »