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WALK INTO YOUR WEEKEND WITH SOME ART

Only 10 minutes from the Santiago Resort, the Art Walk on Perez Road is a must for those looking to experience some of the desert’s local art talent. Organized by the Perez Road Art + Design District, the event allows visitors to stroll through nine art galleries, each exhibiting an eclectic mix of work sure to please every art lover. You may find the perfect  piece of art for your home. The First Fridays Art Walk takes place, you guessed it, on the first Friday of each month from 5pm-8pm which makes it a great option for a date night. New work will be displayed each month featuring local art talent and receptions. The Art Walk on Perez Road includes nine Palm Springs style galleries. For more information on the art walk, visit their Facebook page below.

The Art Walk on Perez Road

68845 & 68895 Perez Road (Buildings H & I)  in Cathedral City

https://www.facebook.com/PerezArtandDesign/

The Perez Art and Design District gallery and artist websites

Anne Bedrick Fine Art www.annebedrick.com

Ryan Campbell at RMC1 Studios www.rmc1studio.com

Art Studios and Contemporary Gallery http://kandersandersonfineart.com/

George Byron at Art Studios and Contemporary Gallery http://georgepbyronart.com/ 

Konrad Carter at Art Studios and Contemporary Gallery http://konradcarter.com/

Kippi Leonard Studio http://kippileonardstudio.com/

Manfredi Grupe Studio https://www.grupe.art/

KGlow Studio http://kglow.com/

Art Job www.artjob.life

JJ Harrington Gallery https://www.jjharringtononlinegallery.com
(Michael carries the work of lots of other artists in his gallery)

Elan Vital Galleries https://www.elanvitalgalleries.com/gallery/

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The Wild Wild West

If you’re interested in taking a break from basking in the Palm Springs sun, then head west. The wild wild west that is. Forty-five minutes from Santiago Resort, you’ll find yourself transported to the old western town known as Pioneertown.

Founded in 1946 by a group of Hollywood investors, including Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, Pioneertown at first glance, looks like a movie set. And, you’d be partially correct. The town has a storied Hollywood past, with more than 50 films and television programs filmed there in the ‘40s and ‘50s. However, it is an actual town that was created to provide production companies a location to enjoy while also utilizing their businesses and homes in the movies. As of 2019, the town has a population of 420.

Tip: There is limited cell phone service. If you are meeting others, plan a spot in advance. You may not be able to post all of your Instagram selfies so take photos, enjoy Pioneertown and post them later.

The town is an excellent location to take in the history, entertainment and meet the artisans that make up this charming community. The best time to visit is on the weekends because during the week, it can seem like a ghost town. Most of the shops are closed during the week but on the weekends, you’ll experience a lively atmosphere filled with something for everyone.

The Pioneertown Film Museum is now open to visitors so you can see the history of this movie set turned community. The museum is free to visitors but donations are appreciated.

Although this is an actual community, there are two groups of re-enactors that perform original authentic old west shows for visitors. The shows are on Saturdays at 2:30pm on Mane Street in front of the Pioneer Bowl. The shows are free.

If you are in the mood to connect with nature, Pioneertown is surrounded by The Pioneertown Mountains Preserve where they have scheduled Ranger-led hikes or explore the various hikes on your own. Hike, bird watch or just enjoy the beautiful landscape.

If shopping is more your thing, on Mane Street you will find many artisans and craftspeople that sell a variety of handcrafted and unique items for yourself or to give as gifts.

Shops:

Pioneertown General Store https://pioneertowngeneralstore.com/

Mazamar Art Pottery https://www.mazamar.com/

Jessie Keylon’s Art Studio https://www.jessiekeylon.com/

JoAnne’s Goat Soap Shop https://www.facebook.com/JoanneSimplySoap/

Chaparrosa outfitters https://pioneertown.wixsite.com/chaparrosasaddleshop

A day on the old frontier can build up an appetite. Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is the place for comfort food and live entertainment. Enjoy a veggie burger, pulled pork sandwich, baby back ribs or their Tex Mex options.

Another option would be to visit the Red Dog Saloon which reopened its doors on August 28,2020 after years of being closed.This establishment offers a variety of tacos as well as cocktails and spirits. They also can their custom draft cocktails on-site so you can take them to go.  https://www.reddogpioneertown.com/

A day of exploration of the great frontier can be exhausting so we look forward to greeting you back at the resort and hearing about your wild wild west experience.

If you’re interested in taking a break from basking in the Palm Springs sun, then head west. The wild wild west that is. Forty-five minutes from Santiago Resort, you'll find yourself transported... Read More »


HORSING AROUND

For a real western adventure, and a truly inspiring experience, embrace your inner Cowboy and head out on a horseback ride.  The Palm Springs area has several stables offering guided tours heading up through the mountains, down along the streams of Indian Canyons and even full moon trail rides at night.  So whether you’re feeling like the Lone Ranger or maybe just Woody from Toy Story, jump on a horse and see the desert in a whole new way.  Just minutes away from Santiago, this is a unique adventure!

Insider Tip:  You’ll need jeans and something looking like a pair boots, flip flops and shorts will not cut it!

Located just a few minutes from Santiago and at the base of Smoke Tree Mountain, the Smoke Tree Stables offer guided hourly and daily rides on over 150 miles of trails right above Palm Springs.  Offering trail rides since 1927, this place is the real thing.  They offer picturesque horseback riding through the beautiful palm oasis and year- round streams of the Indian Canyons.

For a more energetic ride, you can trot, canter or gallop through the canyons of Morongo Valley on the private trails of CottonWood Canyon Ranch, The staff gives guided tours through the mountains and riding lessons as well.  It doesn’t get more Western than this!

Also located in Morongo Valley, Coyote Ridge Stable has several different trail rides to choose from. For a truly unique adventure, try one of their full moon rides, blazing your own trail up hills and through washes by moonlight.

Or perhaps you prefer watching over riding?   Check out the tournament schedule at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.  Pack a picnic basket and a bottle of champagne or check out their Tack Room Tavern.  This is a great place to spend an afternoon.  And don’t miss joining in on the lively divot stomp tradition at halftime.

Smoke Tree Stables

https://www.smoketreestables.com/

CottonWood Canyon Ranch

https://www.guidedtrailrides.net/

Coyote Ridge Stables

http://www.coyoteridgestable.com/

Empire Polo Club

https://empirepolo.com/

 

 

For a real western adventure, and a truly inspiring experience, embrace your inner Cowboy and head out on a horseback ride.  The Palm Springs area has several stables offering guided tours heading... Read More »


brunch

BRUNCH BESTIES

While breakfast typically is considered the most important meal of the day, we think there’s a strong argument for weekend brunch being even more important!

Whether you’re looking for a tried and true classic, something innovative or maybe just a Mimosa with a side of breakfast, Palm Springs has the perfect brunch spot for you.  Here’s our list of ten bangin’ brunch spots you need to know about!

1501 Gastro Pub

This new addition to the Palm Springs restaurant scene offers delicious comfort food brunch….with a little twist:  Mimosas include 2 free refills.  They also offer their regular menu during brunch, so there is something for everyone!

https://www.1501uptown.com/

Pinocchio in the Desert

The home of the desert’s most popular bottomless mimosa and many other fabulous brunch drinks! Pinocchio’s serves a traditional American comfort food breakfast.  It’s very popular. You should expect a wait.

http://pinocchiops.com

Chi Chi’s at the Avalon Hotel

Beautiful poolside dining, with a terrific brunch menu, including some creative takes on traditional brunch favorites.  Their fresh pressed juices are delicious, and there’s an amazing selection of craft cocktails created specifically for a brunch by the pool.

https://www.avalon-hotel.com/palm-springs/chi-chi

FARM

This wonderful, French inspired breakfast spot used to be one of the best kept secrets in town.  No more.  The secret is out and this place can get crowed on weekends, but it’s completely worth it.  Tucked away in a small wisteria garden in downtown’s historic La Plaza building, they serve delicious food and offer one of the best French Press coffees in Palm Springs!

https://www.farmpalmsprings.com

Norma’s

A great casual outdoor space, in the IG famous Parker Hotel, Norma’s serves Breakfast all day! There’s a special weekend brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays.  Don’t miss out on the craft cocktail menu!

https://www.parkerpalmsprings.com/food-and-drink

Elmers

Breakfast is what they do right! Nothing too fancy, just a good traditional breakfast menu with lots of options. Be sure to order one of their German pancakes as a table appetizer to share! A squeeze of lemon, and you will be so happy!

https://eatatelmers.com/

Escena Lounge and Grill

One of the most beautiful breakfast views in Palm Springs, and definitely a local secret! Located in the Clubhouse of the Escena Golf Course, but open to the public, the Grill offers traditional brunch dishes, bottomless mimosas and champagne and a jaw-dropping panoramic view!  What could be better?

http://escenagolf.com/dine

Wilma & Frieda’s

This is a downtown brunch favorite featuring a menu filled with the owner’s family recipes. Delicious twists on breakfast favorites include short rib benedict and a tasty shrimp and grits with eggs, all made with love!  Enjoy the busy downtown scene below from your balcony view.  And be sure to order one of their fantastic homemade baked goods!

https://wilmafrieda.com/menu/pd/breakfast

Sherman’s Deli

A Palm Springs classic! This is a wonderful “NY-Style” deli with an awesome breakfast served all day long! A few highlights are the potato latkes and the salmon and eggs.  If you’re feeling like something a bit more savory, try the pastrami sandwich – giant and delicious!

https://shermansdeli.com

Grand Central Cafe

A great place for breakfast, located in downtown’s La Plaza. Featuring  healthy, local California farm to table selections and a great coffee bar.  Mimosa flights are a sure way to get the day started right.

https://www.grandcentralpalmsprings.com

 

 

 

 

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DESERT X BRINGS OUTDOOR ART BACK TO THE COACHELLA VALLEY

Spanning 40 miles across the Coachella Valley, Desert X opens its 2021 outdoor art exhibition on March 12th continuing through May 16th.  This is the third Desert X and the past two have been stunners!  Featuring large scale installations from a roster of international artists, these art pieces placed in the desert landscape have wowed viewers from across the world.

Free and open to the public, you can access a map with exact locations of installations starting March 12th at desertx.org.  See some of the stunning pieces from past exhibitions here.

Spanning 40 miles across the Coachella Valley, Desert X opens its 2021 outdoor art exhibition on March 12th continuing through May 16th.  This is the third Desert X and the past two... Read More »


Ladder Canyons

DESERT HIKING @ LADDER CANYON

Spring months are a great time to explore the rugged desert landscape surrounding Palm Springs.  One of our favorite hikes, and one of the most unusual in southern California, is Ladder Canyon.  Beautiful scenery and lots of ladders.  You’ll feel like an Amazing Race contestant when you cross the finish line!  And after a day of climbing ladders, nothing’s better than slipping into the bubbling spa under the stars at Santiago!

An hour and fifteen minutes from Palm Springs, Ladder Canyon is at the end of Painted Canyon Road in Mecca CA. The Canyon gets its name from a series of ladders that must be scaled to complete the hike. At regular intervals, the canyon walls step up10 to 20 feet, making upward progress extremely difficult. Fortunately, aluminum extension ladders, installed by a local hiking club, help hikers negotiate the climb. A few of the ladders may be worn and rickety, which only adds to the adrenaline rush of this adventure hike!

At the end of Painted Canyon Rd. you’ll find the dirt parking lot.  This is the beginning of the Canyon.  The hike is a loop and around 0.5 miles from the parking lot you’ll come to the split. An arrow made from a pile of rocks will point you to the left heading you toward a slot canyon. Since it’s a loop, you can also go to the right, cross the Canyon valley, make your way up the hill and then back through the slot canyon.  Important Note – if you go to the left you’ll be climbing up the ladders.  Go to the right, and you’ll be climbing down the ladders.

Enjoy! The entire loop is 4.5 miles

Good to Know

  • Spring and fall are the ideal seasons to hike Ladder Canyon. This hike should not be attempted during summer when temperatures in the desert can reach 120 °F making the trip very dangerous.
  • Winter is also an option, but be sure to check the weather to ensure that there are no storms in the forecast. Ladder Canyon is a watercourse and is subject to flash floods when it rains.
  • This hike will take between 3 and 4 hours to complete, so you will need to carry at least 2 liters of water per person. Always be sure to pack some food for emergencies.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the loop so you are back before dark.
  • You’ll be climbing ladders and walking through rough terrain, so be sure to wear a good pair of hiking boots. It’s also a good idea to carry a GPS or trail map.
  • If you are looking for solitude, go on a weekday. On the weekends, the area gets a fair number of visitors.
  • Getting There: The Ladder Canyon Trailhead, head east on Interstate 10 until you reach the Coachella Valley. Take State Route 86 south towards Brawley for about 10 miles and then make a left turn on 62nd Continue 2.2 miles until you reach Johnson Street and turn right. Continue on Johnson Street for 2.0 miles until you reach Painted Canyon Road on the left. Turn left on Painted Canyon Road and continue for approximately 4 miles until it ends. There is a dirt parking lot at the trailhead and a kiosk marks the beginning of the hike. Painted Canyon Road is unpaved, so proceed with caution. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, however, the road is passable in a two-wheel drive vehicle if you drive carefully.

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Pizza Options

PIZZA? HAVE IT DELIVERED!

This past year has presented us with amazing opportunities to get delicious food delivered directly to our doorsteps.  But the grandaddy of delivery, the classic that stands above the rest, is of course, pizza!  Palm Springs is fortunate to have several pizzerias offering some truly awesome pies.  Check out some of our favorites here.

Bill’s Pizza – Definitely one of the best-known pizza’s in town, this is a local and tourist favorite. Famous for their thin crust pizza, they offer a huge selection of toppings as well as famous house combinations like ‘the Elton John.’ They serve up vegan and GF options as well. You can find Bill’s on several delivery apps.

http://www.billspizzapalmsprings.com/

Giuseppe’s – This is a local hot spot for pizza. Both their thin crust and deep-dish pies are delicious. They offer a nice selection of salads and traditional Italian dishes, but pizza is the star of the show! They serve vegan and GF options and have an in-house delivery service.

https://giuseppesps.com/

Birba – This beautiful outdoor Italian restaurant makes some amazing pizza. They offer 6 to 7 pizza options nightly, all rustic and delicious. Add a few of their very tasty ‘small dishes’ to spice things up. You can find Birba on several delivery apps.

https://birbaps.com/

Blaze Pizza – This national chain makes great and affordable single sized pizzas and you can customize every bite – from crust, to cheese and toppings.  For a great GF option, they offer a terrific cauliflower crust. Their home page connects to a food delivery app.

https://www.blazepizza.com/location/blaze-pizza-palm-springs/menu

Spaghetteria – This hole-in-the wall, vinyl table cloth Italian restaurant, run by a mom and her two daughters is beloved by locals. They have a great selection of pizza, all made with love. Their calzones are awesome as well! Pick up or delivery from their yelp page.

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

Stuft Pizza – Famous for over 40 years throughout the valley, Stuft Pizza’s original location is in La Quinta’s old downtown village.  A newer location in Palm Desert’s Westfield mall is a bit closer to Palm Springs.  Delivery available through Postmates.

https://stuftpizzabarandgrill.com/

Barrel District Pizza – New in Rancho Mirage, Barrel District has an awesome selection of homemade pizzas, including several GF cauliflower crust options. They also offer terrific salads and starters.  Pick-up only, with limited hours (4-8PM) but definitely worth the drive!

https://barreldistrictpizza.com/

 

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Joshua Tree

JOSHUA TREE

Winter sunshine months are the perfect time for exploring the rugged desert landscape surrounding Palm Springs.  One of our favorites is exploring some of the 80,000 preserved acres that make up Joshua Tree National Park.  Less than an hour away from Santiago, the park straddles the cactus studded Colorado Desert and the Mohave Desert and gets its name from the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua Trees.

Joshua Tree National Park is a stunning expanse of natural desert beauty has been preserved for the people for over 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 31 of the 61 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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Winter sunshine months are the perfect time for exploring the rugged desert landscape surrounding Palm Springs.  One of our favorites is exploring some of the 80,000 preserved acres that make up Joshua... Read More »


Idyllwild

ROAD TRIP: IDYLLWILD

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.  With temperatures well below Palm Springs’, it’s a cool getaway during the desert summer.

The rustic town of Idyllwild is one of our favorite day trips from Palm Springs.  The 80-minute drive up mountainous and windy Route 74 offers some breathtaking views.  Leave time for a couple of stops along the way at any of the vista turnouts overlooking the entire Coachella Valley.  Great for photo-ops or just taking in the view.

Once there, you’ll notice the six-block downtown area is full of wonderful small shops, galleries and funky thrift stores, where some very entertaining (and sometimes peculiar) items can be found.  Idyllwild has several tasty restaurants that will be happy to see you and are perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The area boasts some world class hiking including the San Jacinto Mountain Peak Loop.  For something a little less ambitious, start at the Idyllwild Nature Center.  It’s a perfect place for a day hike, bird watching or even bring your dog on leash for a day in the woods.  The nature center is a very large preserve with trails looping in all directions from the Visitors Center.

Idyllwild hosts several notable events annually including the Idyllwild Jazz Festival, The Art Walk and The Autumn Leaf Walks.  This little town also gives the October month of Halloween a true reason for being. From the Hollow’s Eve Parade, Ghost Town Haunted maze, to the Zombie run, they are very serious about this ghouls’ holiday!

Whenever in town, or scheduling a Palms Springs trip, it’s always worth taking a moment to peruse the upcoming Idyllwild calendar of events, or simply just schedule a day trip up the mountain!  It is a perfect days get-a-way!

Here are a few helpful links:

The Official Town website:

http://www.idyllwild.com/

A great restaurant list that was put together by a fun food blog:

https://www.theinfatuation.com/los-angeles/guides/idyllwild-restaurants

Trip Advisor’s Idyllwild Page:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g32519-Idyllwild_California-Vacations.html

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... Read More »


patio dining

OUTDOOR DINING PALM SPRINGS

These days, with all of us preferring outdoor dining, many local Palm Springs restaurants have elevated and expanded their patios.  Enjoying meals outside has always been a highlight of a Palm Springs trip, and now it’s better and safer than ever!  And as many parts of the country brace for cold and wet weather, temperatures in Palm Springs are approaching perfection.  Just right for enjoying a meal outside!

Here’s a few of our favorite outdoor spots:

Eight4Nine – One of the most popular restaurants in Palm Springs, Eight4Nine also boasts one of the city’s largest outdoor seating areas.  Its extensive menu of California cuisine consistently offers up many delicious choices to consider.

https://eight4nine.com/

Felipe’s – Terrific local Mexican place – not fancy, but made with love! Large patio and great service.

https://apps.felipespalmsprings.com/

Jake’s – A local favorite, Jake’s serves terrific California Cuisine around a small courtyard patio. Be sure to save room for dessert, they’re some of the most decadent in town!

http://www.jakespalmsprings.com/

Farm – Known for their great breakfast and lunch menu served in a beautiful wisteria filled garden.  Be sure to make reservations for the French inspired multi-course chef’s tasting menu, it fills up very quickly!

https://www.farmpalmsprings.com/

Copley’s – Located in the historic Cary Grant estate with its large and beautiful outdoor courtyard, Copley’s is known for a delicious menu including steaks, fresh seafood and an impressive wine list. Considered a classic here in Palm Springs.

https://www.copleyspalmsprings.com/

Ruben & Ozzy’s Seafood Grill – This casual fun patio spot serves wonderful pastas, fish tacos and delicious broiled oysters!  A great place to go and fill the table with small plates to share!

https://www.rubenandozzys.com/

El Mirasol – This Mexican restaurant has two wonderful locations including the shaded and cozy patio at the Los Arbelos Hotel and the original Palm Canyon location near Santiago.   Considered to serve one of the best margaritas in town.

https://www.elmirasolrest.com

Tommy Bahamas Marlin Bar – But isn’t that a clothing store? We’re here to tell you it’s also a very tasty and casual patio restaurant serving seasonal cuisine and outstanding fresh drinks!  A perfect spot to drop in while shopping along Palm Canyon.

https://www.tommybahama.com/restaurants/marlin-bars/palm-springs-ca.html

Roly China Fusion – Delicious Modern Asian food, including many vegan options. Roly has quickly become a new Palm Springs favorite.  Dinner at the “pop-up” dining room around the pool at the Twist Hotel makes for a delightful evening!

https://www.rolychinafusion.com/

V Wine Lounge – What’s not to love about this patio dining spot with a first-rate wine list, and cocktails too!  The small plate menu is eclectic and delicious.  A perfect spot to enjoy a Palm Springs evening!

http://www.vwinelounge.com/

 For even more beautiful options, check out this list from Visit Palm Springs:

https://www.visitpalmsprings.com/blog/palm-springs-restaurants-offering-outdoor-seating

These days, with all of us preferring outdoor dining, many local Palm Springs restaurants have elevated and expanded their patios.  Enjoying meals outside has always been a highlight of a Palm Springs... Read More »