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WE LOVE MODERN DESIGN

One of our favorite outings, the Palm Springs Museum’s Architecture and Design Center is a must see for anyone interested in mid-century architecture and desert design.  Formerly the Santa Fe Savings and Loan, the iconic glass and steel building is a design mecca showcasing exhibits of some of the Coachella Valley’s most significant architects and designers. 

The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, in downtown Palm Springs is the hub of the museum’s exploration of architecture and design, and houses related exhibitions and educational and community programs, as well as research space and a storage area for the museum’s growing architecture and design collections and archives.

The building, purchased by the museum in 2011, is a classic midcentury International style structure designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1961 as the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan. After changing hands several times, it received Class 1 Historic Site protective status. The rehabilitation was overseen by preeminent Los Angeles architecture firm Marmol Radziner, known for the restoration of the famed Kaufmann House and Ship of the Desert residence, both in Palm Springs. The firm based its restoration designs on black-and-white photographs of the building taken by Julius Shulman, as well as Williams’original drawings.

The 13,000 square-foot glass and steel building is elevated above street level, and the glass pavilion features floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly frame the cityscape and the surrounding San Jacinto Mountains. The main level features gallery space, includes offices, and a store located in and around the bank vault, which retains its original door. The lower level includes a study center with meeting space, archive and collection spaces, archivist office, and a library.

Architecture and Design Center
Sun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thu 12-8 p.m.;  Free 4-8 p.m.
(Free admission sponsored by the City of Palm Springs)
Closed Wed
(760) 423-5260

For more info, visit the museum’s website.

https://www.psmuseum.org/architecture-design-center


One of our favorite outings, the Palm Springs Museum’s Architecture and Design Center is a must see for anyone interested in mid-century architecture and desert design.  Formerly the Santa Fe Savings and... Read More »


DIVE INTO WHITE PARTY

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the White Party is charging back into Palm Springs this April 26th.  From day time pool parties to afternoon T-Dances and on into the extravagant night dance parties, this year’s event is promising to flex its production muscles like never before.  With amazing lights, cheer-inducing acts, fireworks, international DJs, Go-Go Boys and of course loads of hot sweaty men, this is the weekend that Palm Springs really gets down to party.     

For tickets to White Party, event lineups and more info visit www.jeffreysanker.com.

If you’re looking for some high-quality, fun and sexy looks to sport at the White Party this year, head over to www.JJMalibu.com, and get your White Party Body right by visiting an EOS Fitness gym near you.

These White Party sponsors will have you looking good and feeling fine!

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the White Party is charging back into Palm Springs this April 26th.  From day time pool parties to afternoon T-Dances and on into the extravagant night dance parties,... Read More »


HIKING INDIAN CANYONS

One of the most beautiful attractions, not only in Palm Springs but all of Western North America, Indian Canyons, is a must see for any visitor, especially those who love to hike. Unlike other area desert trails, many of the Indian Canyon trails follow running streams, abundant in California Fan Palms, native vegetation and wildlife.  Easy to walk and hike, the Canyons will surprise you with their lush beauty, rugged desert landscape and fascinating Indian history. www.indian-canyons.com

Inside the Canyons, you’ll find separate trails leading into:

Andreas Canyon

A lush oasis filled with magnificent skirted fan palms and more than 150 species of native plants. You’ll hike past unusual rock formations and the perennial Andreas Creek.  Truly a spectacular hike.

Palm Canyon

A fifteen-mile hike filled with indigenous flora and fauna contrasting with the breathtaking vistas of stark rocky gorges and barren desert lands.

Murray Canyon

Easy to moderate hike and less traveled than the others.  If you’re lucky, you’ll catch site of a Big Horn Sheep or mule deer.

Indian Canyons is owned and operated by the Cahuilla Tribe.  There is a fee to enter payable at the tollgate.  Ranger led hikes are conducted every Friday-Sunday, October through June, at prescheduled times and are included in the price of admission
 
To get there, take South Palm Canyon from Highway 111 and drive two miles to the Indian Canyons tollgate. There are signs posted along the way to help.

www.indian-canyons.com

Oct. 1 – July 4: daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
July 5 – Sept. 30: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Summer- only Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Last vehicle in at 4 p.m.)

Sorry, no animals allowed.

One of the most beautiful attractions, not only in Palm Springs but all of Western North America, Indian Canyons, is a must see for any visitor, especially those who love to hike.... Read More »


PALM SPRINGS FIT

If you’re a regular visitor to Palm Springs, you may know the popular gyms where the big boys work out (if not, just ask any one of our buff staff guys!)  But sometimes on vacation, you’re in the mood for something different.  Well, here are our top picks for alternative gym workouts.  From boot camp to rock wall climbing, yoga to spin class, Palm Springs offers an incredible variety of options to stay fit.  After one of these workouts, you’ll be ready for the Santiago hot tub.

Absolute Pilates Palm Springs

A small local studio that has Pilates classes, as well as equipment training. Very interesting classes, taught by certified professionals. www.absolutepilatesps.com

Big Mike’s Boot Camp

Mike’s is the real deal! An intense out door work out class that welcomes visitors and locals.  – Voted BEST Group Workout in the USA by Men’s Health and GQ Magazines. www.bigmikesbootcamp.com

Club Pilates

A hip, neon lit version of a Pilates studio, definitely appeals to the guest that is looking for something a little unexpected, but not compromising on quality of classes. www.clubpilates.com

Power Yoga

To get the most out of your yoga practice, Power Yoga offers some of the best instructors in town. It’s a great yoga studio located in downtown Palm Springs, featuring Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Beginning Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Restorative Yoga classes. www.poweryogapalmsprings.com

Cross Fit Palm Springs

The very first Cross Fit gym to open in Palm Springs back in 2012, and still going strong 7 years later! Easy drop in classes available. www.crossfitpalmsprings.com

Desert Rocks

Palm Springs own rock wall climbing studio. Set up with open climbs and instructed classes. Different climbing ability walls available. www.climbdesertrocks.com

Full Psycle

Palm Springs newest Spin Studio. This studio boasts of an epic full-body / full-mind spin experience that BURNS maximum calories, works on the core and upper body, with state of the art technology that allows you to track your performance . www.fullpsycle.com/location/Palm-Springs

Peace Love Yoga

A local favorite for 4 years, with an extensive schedule of classes offering many different classic yoga styles, for gentle beginners to experienced yogis. www.peaceloveyogapalmsprings.com

Victor Tort Personal Trainer

For something a little more personal, Victor Tort is a local trainer working out of his own studio. In addition to one-on-one training, Victor holds TRX classes and can custom tailor classes for those traveling with a group. www.650onthemove.com

If you’re a regular visitor to Palm Springs, you may know the popular gyms where the big boys work out (if not, just ask any one of our buff staff guys!)  But... Read More »


SANTIAGO GOES SOLAR

With clear blue skies and sunshine 350 days a year, Palm Springs is an ideal spot for making solar power. This past December, with the help of our solar partner Renova Energy, Santiago Resort installed 164 rooftop solar panels. Since then we’ve been converting sunshine directly into the electricity that powers our lights, refrigeration and air conditioning. We’re excited to have made our desert oasis even greener and we’re looking forward to making more sustainable efforts in the future.


http://renovaenergy.com

With clear blue skies and sunshine 350 days a year, Palm Springs is an ideal spot for making solar power. This past December, with the help of our solar partner Renova Energy,... Read More »


BEST NEW RESTAURANTS

Lately, Palm Springs has been nothing but abuzz with news of so many new restaurant openings. We’re eager, and hungry, to spread the word. If your tastes lean toward Italian, Asian, Deli, Hawaiian, Tapas, Mediterranean or just good old-fashioned comfort food, there’ll be something for you at one of these great new places. Check out our blog for a list of must try new spots. Your hardest choice will be which one to try first!

Wilma & Frieda’s

This is a terrific breakfast and lunch spot serving “comfort food with a twist” (it’s rumored to be working on serving dinner as well!)  From a 2nd story location overlooking Palm Canyon Dr, this place is not to be missed.  https://wilmafrieda.com

House of Poke

What is Poke you ask?  Marinated fresh fish, with citrus, herbs and spices all leaning toward the Hawaiian side of life.  While new to Palm Springs, but not to the Coachella Valley, this casual Poke spot allows you to custom build your own Poke experience! 
https://www.hausofpoke.com/

Wexler’s

The famous Los Angeles Deli, known for its traditional Jewish deli favorites including pastrami, lox and corned beef (cured and smoked in-house) now has a Palm Springs location, serving breakfast and lunch daily.  https://wexlersdeli.com/wexlers-arrive-palm-springs


Grand Central

A much-anticipated new comfort restaurant, located right on the Downtown Plaza, and serving new renditions of some classic favorites.  While most popular during breakfast and lunch, with the recent addition of a dinner menu, dinners are getting busy too!  https://www.grandcentralpalmsprings.com/


Antigua Kitchen and Bar

Mark my words, this new hot spot will be one of the most popular downtown patios on a warm night!  Serving locally sourced ingredients with a casual dining vibe, it’s a beautifully designed space in a magnificent setting with an elegant yet unpretentious atmosphere.  https://antiguapalmsprings.com/

Takishin

Traditional sashimi, nigiri, and tempura is the name of the game. The fish is fresh, the prices are reasonable, and the place has been packed since day one. Be prepared to wait at peak dining hours!  https://www.yelp.com/biz/takashin-palm-springs-3

Daniel’s Table

Even though the restaurant is brand new, Chef Daniel already has earned a solid reputation in Palm Springs. Working with farmers throughout Southern California, Chef Daniel creates some exquisite Mediterranean inspired dishes. In an unexpected location, and a bit on the pricier side, but definitely worth the trip!  https://danielstable.com/

Del Rey

A beautiful and intimate, paneled room in the newly renovated Villa Royale Hotel, the Del Rey is quickly becoming a popular place to enjoy craft cocktails and delicious food.  The whimsical tapas inspired menu offers three plate sizes:  small, medium, or large.
http://delreypalmsprings.com/

Il Corso

Palm Spring’s Newest Hot Spot!

Having served some of the Coachella Valley’s finest Italian food from its El Paseo Drive location, Chef Mario Marfia has opened a second spot in downtown Palm Springs.  Born in Sicily, Chef Marfia offers genuine Italian hospitality serving a wonderful variety of authentic Italian dishes. 
https://ilcorsocv.com/

Juniper’s Table

Located on the ground level of the new Rowen Hotel, this spot has a wonderful little patio and serves local farm foods inspired by Mediterranean flavors.  Great place that is not super busy…. yet!  https://www.junipertable.com/

Lately, Palm Springs has been nothing but abuzz with news of so many new restaurant openings. We’re eager, and hungry, to spread the word. If your tastes lean toward Italian, Asian, Deli,... Read More »


TOUR de PALM SPRINGS

The 21st Annual Tour de Palm Springs rides into Palm Springs on February 9th. This exciting charity event includes over 10,000 cyclists riding 10, 25, 50 and 100 mile routes, raising money for more than 100 local organizations. If you love cycling, (or maybe you just love cyclists) book your room at Santiago now. We’ve got space to store your bike —and a bubbling, soothing hot tub ready for your quads. So grab your bike, slap on a helmet, and head our way.

For more infromation, visit https://tourdepalmsprings.com.

The 21st Annual Tour de Palm Springs rides into Palm Springs on February 9th. This exciting charity event includes over 10,000 cyclists riding 10, 25, 50 and 100 mile routes, raising money... Read More »


DESERT X

Desert X burst onto the Coachella Valley art scene in 2017 wowing viewers with Doug Aitkens’ Mirage – a mirrored ranch house absorbing and reflecting the desert landscape around it.  The valley wide, site specific biennial returns for round two this coming February 9 through April 21.  International artists will be creating their personal installations, engaging viewers and focusing attention on the valley’s environment. Desert X is vibrant, curious and exciting.  A must see for contemporary art lovers.

You can view one of the Desert X installations here www.dougaitkenmirage.com.

To learn more, visit https://desertx.org.

Desert X burst onto the Coachella Valley art scene in 2017 wowing viewers with Doug Aitkens’ Mirage – a mirrored ranch house absorbing and reflecting the desert landscape around it.  The valley... Read More »


30th Annual Film Festival

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Each January something really special happens and we’re always excited to talk about it.  Beginning January 4th, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, one of the largest in North America, celebrates its 30th anniversary. One of the desert’s premiere annual events, it’s ten days of non-stop previews of some of the best films yet to be released. If you’re a film buff, you won’t want to miss it.

2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival

JANUARY 3-14, 2019

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming over 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents.  Produced by the Palm Springs International Film Society, the Festival offers 12 days of events and film screenings featuring over 180 films.  We welcome you to join us at our venues in Palm Springs and Cathedral City.  See you at the movies!

The screening portion of the festival will run Friday, January 4 through Monday, January 14.  On January 4, the festival will run screenings all day with the official Opening Night screening taking place that evening at Richards Center for the Arts with a party to follow – location TBD.

The festival will close on Sunday, January 13, with Best of the Fest screenings taking place Monday, January 14.

Each January something really special happens and we’re always excited to talk about it.  Beginning January 4th, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, one of the largest in North America, celebrates its... Read More »


Tiki Drinks Palm Springs

TIKI IN THE DESERT?

You may not have heard, but Desert Polynesian Culture is alive and well in Palm Springs. This month we’re sharing some of our favorite drinks at some of our favorite Palm Springs’ Tiki bars. Sure, you can order a Mai Tai, but why not a Hot Hula Hibiscus? Or a Nutty Chi Chi? Check out our guide to some of the Desert’s coolest tropical hideaways right here!

Here’s a selection for you to savor:

The Reef Palm Springs

Set in the historic Caliente Tropics Resort, The Reef Palm Springs is the latest creation from Tiki Caliente and Mod Palm Springs Founder and Host, Rory Snyder.  In its original incarnation, The Reef was once the location of Palm Springs’ infamous Conga Room restaurant.

Rory Snyder’s connection between cocktails and Tiki culture goes back to his early days manning some of Southern California’s notable bars, including Woody’s Wharf and Taco Surf in Orange County, California.  Proudly hailing from Chicago (but being an intelligent man) Rory moved to Palm Springs, California in 2006 and became a popular bartender at Wangs In The Desert and Trio, creating craft cocktails before that was even considered “a thing”.  One of his signature cocktails (and most requested) is Palm Springs’ official libation, the “Palm Springs Punch”.

In 2008, Rory decided to share his love of all things Tiki by hosting the annual “Tiki Caliente”, taking place every May.  In 2013, he created his second annual event, “Mod Palm Springs”, celebrating Mid-Century style with a Tiki twist.

Some favorites from The Reef Palm Springs –

The Elegant Bastard

Gin, Don Q Anjeo Rum, Spicy-Sweet Ginger Beer and Fresh Lime Juice

Hot Hula Hibiscus

Sino Tequila with Hibiscus Syrup and a lively kick of Jalapeno.

The Navy Grog

A potent tiki classic, made with various rums, grapefruit juice and honey.

The Reef Daiquiri

Elderflower liquor and Don Q. Rum

 

Bootlegger Tiki

The Bootlegger Tiki opened in September 2014 in the space once housing Don the Beachcomber. It also features a coffee shop called Ernest Coffee Co., named after Don the Beachcomber’s real first name.

In 1926, a young Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt left home to travel the South Pacific, Caribbean and beyond. After returning to America, (and after a stint as a Prohibition era bootlegger) Ernest opened the first tiki bar. Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood became such a success that Ernest legally adopted the moniker.  By the 1940s, he had moved to Hawaii turning over the business to his ex-wife, Cora Irene (“Sunny”). Over the next few decades, Sunny opened more than a dozen additional locations including Don the Beachcomber Palm Springs.   Opened in 1953, the Palm Springs location attracted many famous faces (and voices) like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

Some favorites from Bootlegger Tiki –

Holy Mole

Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, Honeydew, Tamarind, Lemon, Lime, Mole Bitters.

Boaty McBoatface AKA Lil Yatchy

Agricole Rhum, Demerara Rum, Mezcal, Lime, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Orgeat, Banana, Bitters.

Whose Man is This?

Aged Agricole, Amburana Cachaca, Swedish Pumch, Lime Absinthe, Bitters.

Oh Captain, My Captain

Navy Strength Jamaican Rum, Pineapple Rum, Falernum Amaro, Lemon, Lime, Cinnamon, Absinthe, Bitters.

Tres Puntos

Mezcal, Michoacan Rum, Falernum, Ancho Chile, Lime Magno Bitters.

Valkyrie on Vacay

Aquavit, Pear Brandy, Aperol, Blackberry, Passionfruit, Lemon Ginger, Soda.

Flightless Bird

Amburana, Cachaca, Multi-Island Rum, Amaro, Lime Guava, Vanilla.

 

Tonga Hut

Los Angeles’ oldest continually operating tiki bar has expanded with a Palm Springs location boasting delicious cocktails, a full dinner menu at The Hideaway and a “secret” tiki room.  With a prime second-floor location on Palm Canyon Drive (right across the street from the Hyatt Hotel), the Tonga Hut is a great perch to watch all the happenings on the busy street below.

The Hideaway’s booths display photos and memorabilia from Palm Springs’ rich Tiki past (South Pacific Room at the El Mirador, Romanoff’s and more.) The Tonga Hut celebrates the Desert Polynesia renaissance wave of local Tiki art and culture festivals, as well as a newfound scholarly appreciation for this often-derided mid-century style of fabulous architecture and design.

Some favorites from the Tonga Hut –

Shrub Old Fashioned

Tin Cup Whisky, house made tangerine shrub and cranberry bitters

Nutty Chi Chi

Vodka, macadamia nut liqueur, coconut cream

Cucumber Caliente

Tequila, lime, fresh cucmber and habanero

Mojave Punch

House made hibiscus syrup, rums, juice and passion fruit

 

Toucan’s Tiki Lounge

A perennial favorite, Toucan’s is on every one’s list of best gay bars in Palm Springs.  Sunday night drag shows and weekly theme nights are always popular.  Specializing in strong Tiki drinks, you can’t go wrong with one of their Mai Tais, Hurricanes, Rum Runners, Scorpions, or our favorite, the Bahama Mama!

Recently purchased by Palm Springs’ F10 Group (Birba, Cheeky’s and Mr. Lyons) we’re eager to watch what happens in the next year.  We’re guessing even more tiki fabulous is on the way.

 

Tiki Caliente (May 16-19, 2019)

Tiki Caliente is an annual event creating the aura of island living transported to Palm Springs! Bringing together music, art, cocktails and people, Tiki Caliente creates a celebration dedicated to Tiki culture. It’s a combination of sights, sounds, scents and tastes, all in one memorable weekend.  From music to art, shopping and socializing, Tiki Caliente will immerse you into the colorful and escapist Polynesian-Pop world. And since Tiki culture is partially focused on crafted cocktails, you’ll be enticed with delicious concoctions made from exotic rums, juices and spices.

On the main stage and in our late-night lounge shows, Tiki Caliente features some of the best live entertainment on the Tiki scene. In between live performances, DJs spin Tiki vinyl, so the air is always filled with well-themed music. If shopping is your thing, vendors selling Vintage aloha wear, Tiki-inspired art, Tiki mugs, trinkets and other fine baubles are plentiful, so you can take home your own personal souvenir of desert tropical paradise.

You may not have heard, but Desert Polynesian Culture is alive and well in Palm Springs. This month we’re sharing some of our favorite drinks at some of our favorite Palm Springs’... Read More »