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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.

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... Read More »


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

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... Read More »


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.

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... Read More »


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!

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... Read More »


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.

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 »


Palm Springs International ShortFest

World-renowned for the exceptional community of filmmakers it attracts, the Palm Springs International ShortFest is also known for the quality and scope of its programming. This is the largest event of its kind in the country featuring more than 300 short films from over 50 countries.

Santiago Resort makes the perfect home base for this annual celebration. When you’re not sitting in an air-conditioned theater, you can chill in our sparkling pool with fellow film lovers. There’s an exciting lineup of seminars, special presentations and receptions to explore too.

Tickets are available now on the Palm Springs International Film Society website. ShortFest runs June 21-27 and the complete schedule of screenings and events will be available on the site beginning June 12th.

World-renowned for the exceptional community of filmmakers it attracts, the Palm Springs International ShortFest is also known for the quality and scope of its programming. This is the largest event of its... Read More »


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 »