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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 »

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 »

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 »