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Gardens of Santiago – Madagascar Palm

Many guests ask about the unusual, spiky, multi-stemmed plant near the pool. No, it doesn’t bear fruit for mai tais. But it sure puts a smile on lots of faces. It’s called a Madagascar Palm, aka “The Devil’s Backscratcher.” This impressive specimen is drought-tolerant and combines features of palms and cactus. It’s related to the softer, gentler Plumeria plant and can grow as tall as 16 feet. Ours is still young but already stands over seven feet tall. And if you visit right now, you’ll see the stems covered in fragrant, white blooms.

Here are some of the local horticulture sites that will inspire your green thumb –

The Living Desert Zoo / Gardens has one of the most extensive and varied desert gardens in the Coachella Valley.

Established in 1938, the fascinating Moorten’s Botanical Garden showcases thousands of desert plants along an easy path.  This is a must see – only one mile from Santiago Resort.

For an unforgettable experience, visit Joshua Tree National Park.  A fascinating variety of plants and animals exist here where the Mohave and the Colorado deserts meet.

Want more information on desert plants?  Join the Coachella Valley’s Desert Horticultural Society and receive The Chuparosa, their monthly newsletter.

Many guests ask about the unusual, spiky, multi-stemmed plant near the pool. No, it doesn’t bear fruit for mai tais. But it sure puts a smile on lots of faces. It’s called a... Read More »


Ask A Local: Seth Cash

Seth Cash is a Palm Springs local by way of Los Angeles.  He is an Event Producer and founder of MyCityEveryDay.com.

Where do you enjoy going for a cocktail?

BAR has the best craft cocktails.  It’s my go-to meet up spot.  Young locals keep the playlists fresh.

What is your favorite late evening hang out?

Bardot Nightclub in the Hard Rock Hotel is a mini version of my favorite clubs in Vegas.  The music blares while we enjoy our bottle service.

What is your favorite close by adventure?

Pappy & Harriet’s is a music venue / BBQ spot near Yucca.  They feature both big names and small acts still under the radar.  The outdoor venues attract big crowds and the indoor stage can really pack the people in!

What event in Palm Springs do you enjoy?

SPLASHOUSE has the best lineup of DJs and programs.  It’s an awesome mix of venues and acts.

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

During this past winter, I was rocking some pretty cool scarves.  Most of them came from  Nordstrom Rack in Palm Desert.  Great style at amazing prices!

Seth Cash is a Palm Springs local by way of Los Angeles.  He is an Event Producer and founder of MyCityEveryDay.com. Where do you enjoy going for a cocktail? BAR has the... Read More »


Make a Splash With Splash House

As Summer heats up, one of the hottest pool and music festivals kicks off the season with an amazing weekend of poolside fashion, community and sounds.  Splash House 1 descends on Palm Springs June 10-12, and with past acts including Moby, Cut Copy and Chromeo, you can be certain that the festival will get the pools hoppin’ with established artists and new acts that will delight discerning pool party devotees.

This Southern California pool and music festival hosted across two venues in Palm Springs for one amazing weekend at the beginning of summer and another at the end of summer, delivers attendees a spectacular atmosphere and a welcoming environment to enjoy the hottest DJs and emerging artists.

Shuttles run non-stop during the weekend so guests can hop freely between the poolside stages to catch their favorite acts at the two venues. To learn more about artists appearing and festival passes, visit www.splashhouse.com.

As Summer heats up, one of the hottest pool and music festivals kicks off the season with an amazing weekend of poolside fashion, community and sounds.  Splash House 1 descends on Palm... Read More »


Spring Events Heat Up Palm Springs

Spring has sprung, and event season is already hot and heavy in Palm Springs. The parties, the festivals and the good times start every year right after Easter, and we welcome you for all the Valley’s hottest events in the lovely Spring weather.

 

Dinah Shore  Weekend – March 30 – April 3, 2016

The Largest Girl Party Music Festival in the World is at it again with a kick-ass line up of entertainment at the Hilton Hotel, the PS Convention Center and Zelda’s Nightclub.

Celebrating 26 years as the largest lesbian event in the world, Dinah Shore Weekend promises another roof-raising celebration with appearances by the likes of Elle King, DJ Taryn Manning and comedian Lea DeLaria and many, many more. Learn more by visiting www.thedinah.com.

White Party Palm Springs – April 8 – April 11, 2016

Bringing new heat to the desert in 2016, White Party Palm Springs promises to deliver bigger and better this year with new official parties and a totally redesigned Saturday night White Party.  Jeffrey Sanker has completely rebuilt his signature event from the ground up to create an experience beyond expectations.

Join tens of thousands of the hottest men from all over the planet as they take over the entire City of Palm Springs for one of the world’s premier gay dance festival – three days of unforgettable parties! For all the latest event details, tickets/passes and hotel information, visit:  www.jeffreysanker.com.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – April 15 – 17 & April 21 -24, 2016

One of the best-known and popular festivals in the desert communities is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Celebrating over 15 years of bringing the biggest names in music and introducing up-and-coming acts from a variety of genres, Coachella serves up two jam-packed weekends of sounds and art every April.

This year is no exception with headliners Guns N’ Roses, Calvin Harris, LCD Soundsystem, Sia, Underworld, Ice Cube, Ellie Goulding and over 100 acts going up over two weekends. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.coachella.com.

Stagecoach – April 29 – May 1, 2016

Country music fans won’t want to miss California’s Country Music Festival”, Stagecoach, one of the biggest celebrations of good ol’, down home music in the world. Taking place at the Indio, CA Empire Polo Club, this weekend-long festival delivers over 70 of the hottest acts.

Headliners included superstars Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and Luke Bryan, and tickets can be secured by visiting www.stagecoachfestival.com.

Blatino Oasis – May 5-8, 2016

Celebrating ten years of providing gay and bisexual men of color with a retreat in the desert, Blatino Oasis is a four-day getaway of parties, performances and events. Now, the largest event of its kind in California, Blatino Oasis attracts thousands of men from around the world.

For a full line-up of events and to purchase passes visit www.blatinooasis.com.

Hot Rodeo – May 5 -8, 2016

Yee-haw…giddee-up, partner and head on down to the Hot Rodeo, a weekend of rodeo events and competitions including the So You Think You Can Dance? Dance Contest, Hot & Wet Cowboy Pool Party and full-on gay rodeo ridin’ and ropin’ competitions.

Visit www.psrodeo.org for more information and get in on the hot cowboy and cowgirl action.

Spring has sprung, and event season is already hot and heavy in Palm Springs. The parties, the festivals and the good times start every year right after Easter, and we welcome you... Read More »


The Art of Santiago – The Lobby Photo

During the renovation of Santiago, the resort’s design team took great care in selecting the art that is displayed at your Boutique Oasis.  On occasion, Santiago Stories will provide you with backgrounds of the pieces you see throughout the hotel and explanations of the art program choices.

The photo that hangs in the hotel lobby was selected as part of the Modern Ranchero style that became the design focus for the renovation of the resort. The black and white image is a still from the movie The Return of the Seven and features seven sharpshooters who protect a Mexican Village from a deranged rancher.

The movie, also called Return of the Magnificent Seven, is the first sequel to the very popular western, The Magnificent Seven, which is currently being remade for release in the fall of 2016. Featured in the center of the photo is Yul Brynner, who was the only cast member from the original movie to return for the sequel.

During the renovation of Santiago, the resort’s design team took great care in selecting the art that is displayed at your Boutique Oasis.  On occasion, Santiago Stories will provide you with backgrounds of the... Read More »


11th Annual Meet the Museum Party ‘The Art of Justice’

The Palm Springs Art Museum ­Meet the Museum Party is one of desert’s hottest social and art events of the year and a premiere event of White Party Weekend. This year the event is themed The Art of Justice and attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite comic book hero – and believe us many will! The evening includes DJ Corey D and a live performance by international recording artist Kristine W.

Meet the Museum serves as the museum’s main membership drive party. After a night of dancing, hors-d’oeuvres, open bar and being surrounded by the museum’s exhibits –  participants walk away with a year membership to the museum!

Anyone coming to Palm Springs for White Party should join in the celebration on April 8th and be a hero of the museum by supporting the arts and dressing as their favorite super hero.

The event typically sells out each year, so if you’re heading to Palm Springs for White Party, get your tickets by visiting the Palm Springs Museum site, and get ready to experience The Art of Justice.

 

The Palm Springs Art Museum ­Meet the Museum Party is one of desert’s hottest social and art events of the year and a premiere event of White Party Weekend. This year the event is... Read More »


OutrageousCity Features Santiago Resort

OutrageousCity.com featured Santiago Resort in their spotlight section.  It’s a great way to stay in the loop on what’s new.  Great for locals and travelers.

OutrageousCity.com featured Santiago Resort in their spotlight section.  It's a great way to stay in the loop on what's new.  Great for locals and travelers. Read More »


Virgin to serve Palm Springs year-round

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Virgin America announced it will offer year-round service from Palm Springs International Airport to San Francisco. The move expands Palm Springs air-service during a time of year when most airlines scale back their flights into Palm Springs.

“As the only airline headquartered in California, we know that Palm Springs is a popular destination for our loyal Bay Area guests – and couldn’t be more pleased to be expanding our seasonal SFO (San Francisco International Airport)-PSP schedule to year-round service,” said John MacLeod, senior vice-president of planning and sales at Virgin America, in a statement.

The new year-round SFO-PSP flights are on sale now and can be purchased at virginamerica.com or 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN. Travelers can use the special promo code “PALM20” for up to 20 percent off the fare of their SFO-PSP flight now through 11:59 p.m. PST on February 14 at www.virginamerica.com. Virgin America’s SFO to PSP service will operate four times weekly through the fall.

Virgin America began flying to Palm Springs from San Francisco in 2011, offering seasonal service during Palm Springs winter tourism season. The airline has reported a 20 percent increase in passenger activity on its Palm Springs routes since 2014.

View the full version of this article here Virgin America announced it will offer year-round service from Palm Springs International Airport to San Francisco. The move expands Palm Springs air-service during a time... Read More »


Aspen Mills: Our Local Bakery

 

Did you know that guests of Santiago are provided complimentary lunch every day?  Each lunch is prepared with love by Aspen Mills Bread Co.  With fresh bread and cookies baked daily, high-quality ingredients and simple packaging, Aspen Mills makes it easy to stay by the pool all day long.

Check out their website and start thinking about what you will order when your time comes!

 

  Did you know that guests of Santiago are provided complimentary lunch every day?  Each lunch is prepared with love by Aspen Mills Bread Co.  With fresh bread and cookies baked daily, high-quality ingredients... Read More »


Get Modern with Modernism Week

Get Modern with a visit to Palm Springs for one of the city’s most anticipated annual events: Modernism Week. We’re ready to host you so you can enjoy all that this cultural experience has to offer.

Modernism Week’s cool, iconic, modern February festival is an exciting 11-day celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture.

The annual celebration runs from February 11 to February 21, 2016. Events include the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, Modernism Week Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound, nightly parties, a world-class lecture & film series, live music events, vintage cars and travel trailers, and much more.

For more information and event tickets, visit ModernismWeek.com!

Get Modern with a visit to Palm Springs for one of the city's most anticipated annual events: Modernism Week. We're ready to host you so you can enjoy all that this cultural... Read More »