Erin Lawrence

Erin Lawrence
New Starbucks Reserve Palm Springs

New Starbucks Reserve Palm Springs

Tanzania Mount Meru. Nicaragua Maracaturra. Aged Sumatra Crop 2013. Where would you like your next cup of coffee to come from?  Would you like a coffee flight?  How would you like it brewed? The Clover method, siphon, pour-over, cold brew or maybe nitro cold brew? These are just a taste of your exotic choices at the hip new Starbucks Reserve (www.visitpalmsprings.com/starbucks-reserve) in the heart of Revitalized Downtown Palm Springs. As one…

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What's New in Palm Springs

What's New in Palm Springs

Read about What's New and coming to Palm Springs.  

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New Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs Soars to New Heights of PS Cool

New Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs Soars to New Heights of PS Cool

With endless floor-to-ceiling views of Palm Springs’ sun-kissed San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Canyon Drive’s trendy street life – framed by a modern take on Palm Springs’ oh so famous mid-century modern architecture – the new Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs hotel (www.rowanpalmsprings.com) is a perfect match for Downtown’s new level of cool.    Rising seven stylish stories – and topped with Palm Springs’ only rooftop pool -- this avant-guard…

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Frank Sinatra's Twin Palm Estate

Frank Sinatra's Twin Palm Estate

Frank Sinatra bought his very first home at 1148 East Alejo Road (between Caballeros and Sunrise in Palm Springs), and it was his primary residence from 1948 to 1957. Sinatra had been quoted as saying that in his life he always felt the need “to get away from it all, but not too far away,” and the desert estate he built in 1947 seemed to fit the bill. He chose the Palm Springs Movie Colony neighborhood, where names like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Al…

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What To Drink At The Landing At The Riviera Palm Springs

What To Drink At The Landing At The Riviera Palm Springs

First impressions are everything and when you enter The Riviera Palm Springs that initial glance will leave a lasting impression. The appropriately named Landing Bar + Lounge greets guests with retro-glam decor that includes cheerful colors and patterns, mod light fixtures and cocktail tables, palm print pillows, and tweed chairs and sofas.   The Landing serves a large array of handcrafted and classic cocktails along with many beer and wine…

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5 Palm Springs experiences for Fitness

5 Palm Springs experiences for Fitness

Here are 5 indoor activities that you need to try in Palm Springs:  Palm Springs Jiu-Jitsu    Check out the ultimate martial art in no other place than inside Palm Springs’ Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park! Authorized as a Joe Moreira Affiliate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, the masters at Palm Springs Jiu-Jitsu teach sparring and live drilling during their training. Not only does Jiu-Jitsu serve as an excellent way to stay active, but it also shows…

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Don't miss these Happy Hours in Palm Springs

Don't miss these Happy Hours in Palm Springs

  If you’re looking to shake up your summer routine, it’s time to check out some of the fabulous and fun Happy Hours in Palm Springs. Gather a group of friends and explore some newer spots or try an old favorite.   Happy Hour pick: Draughtsman 1501 N Palm Canyon This open concept bar-restaurant connected to the Arrive Hotel has just launched a fun Happy Hour concept that pairs food and drink specials and lets you also take advantage of the…

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Get Cool in a Fabulous Blue Pool

Get Cool in a Fabulous Blue Pool

*/ Palm Springs is celebrating the Summer of Color.   From the desert wildflowers that bloom to signal the start of the heat, to the shady green parks and cool blue pools, there’s lots to see in vibrant hues in Palm Springs this season.   There are plenty of places to get your toes wet and cool yourself off this season, so today the color we’re focused on is the blue of several of the city’s best pools!   Why not work on your bronze at…

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Experience Palm Springs like a Reality TV Star

Experience Palm Springs like a Reality TV Star

Whether it was Marilyn Monroe escaping Hollywood in the 50s or the Kardashians recently bringing the cameras here, Palm Springs has been a celebrity haven for nearly a century and now, it’s becoming a hot spot for today’s latest reality TV shows. It’s easy to feel star-struck in Palm Springs: you like their Instagram photos of extravagant desert pool parties, you re-watch the episodes where they stay in luxurious resorts, and sometimes, you wish…

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Unforgettable wedding venues in Palm Springs

Unforgettable wedding venues in Palm Springs

There are innumerable places you can choose for your wedding. While some want the amenities of a large chain hotel, or the outdoor ambience of a golf course there are also smaller, lesser known venues that can be just as spectacular. Why not make your wedding day even more memorable by choosing a unique and beautiful place to get married in the Palm Springs area?   O’DONNELL HOUSE 412 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs Weddings аt thе O’…

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Latest Blogs

Why all the windmills?

You’ll begin to see them rising from the desert floor well before you hit Palm Springs city limits. Thousands of windmills stand like a giant metal army acting as silent guards to the entrance of the Coachella Valley.   The windmills are a familiar sight to the locals, but visitors may wonder why they’re here, why there are so many,

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Don't miss these Happy Hours in Palm Springs

  If you’re looking to shake up your summer routine, it’s time to check out some of the fabulous and fun Happy Hours in Palm Springs. Gather a group of friends and explore some newer spots or try an old favorite.   Happy Hour pick: Draughtsman 1501 N Palm Canyon This open concept bar-restaurant connected to the Arrive Hotel

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Get Cool in a Fabulous Blue Pool

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Unforgettable wedding venues in Palm Springs

There are innumerable places you can choose for your wedding. While some want the amenities of a large chain hotel, or the outdoor ambience of a golf course there are also smaller, lesser known venues that can be just as spectacular. Why not make your wedding day even more memorable by choosing a unique and beautiful place to get married in the Pal

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Where to Nine and Dine in Palm Springs

Summer golf can be a challenge in Palm Springs. With the heat of the day it takes careful scheduling to avoid the worst of the daytime sun. If you’re going to play, sometimes a great option for golf is a quick nine holes and a bite at one of the great clubs in Palm Springs. Here’s where to Nine and Dine.   Tahquitz Creek 

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Uniquely Palm Springs - Brandini Toffee

It takes guts, gumption and drive to start a business. And it takes hard work to grow it into an establishment that’s not jut popular in the city where you begin, but far and wide.  Palm Springs has many successful small businesses that are growing and gaining country-wide attention. In this series, we’ll look at some businesses that are u

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Desert Hikes in the Palm Springs area

Over the last few months we’ve been taking a look at some great hiking trails in Palm Springs. This time we’re going slightly further afield than the city boundaries and looking at some beautiful hikes in the Greater Palm Springs area.   The Slot near Borrego Springs, CA This hike is tough to find, but easy to do. You’ll pr

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The newest hotels in Palm Springs

There are innumerable places to stay in Palm Springs. Whether your preference is for a huge resort experience with tonnes of amenities, or you prefer a small family-run place with only twenty rooms, you can find your oasis in Palm Springs.   Though some might think Palm Springs is saturated with hotels, recently some new places have open

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Dining at Palm Springs' oldest restaurants

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week kicks off next month (June 2-11, 2017). While there are a host of great new places to try, there are also some restaurants that have been around for longer than some of us have been alive! These are three of the oldest restaurants in the city.   Melvyns - Opened in 1975 200 West Ramon Road  

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Hiking in Palm Springs

With gorgeous weather and unparalleled views, Palm Springs is a hikers paradise. There are literally hundreds of trails all across the Coachella Valley to explore. We’ll keep this article focused on trails in the immediate Palm Springs city area for simplicity, lest this short article tune into an encyclopedia. Indian Canyons There are a

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Travel from LA to Palm Springs in comfort

Getting from Los Angeles to Palm Springs can’t always been easy. Renting a car is the best option, but not everyone is keen to drive two hours in some of the worst and most intimidating traffic in the USA. You can fly or book a connection, but that has its costs. Now there’s a new way to get easily and reliably from the LA-area to the Palm S

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Don't miss the Palm Springs Art Museum

When it comes to museums, people either love them or hate them. There's very rarely any in between. For the lovers, there's culture, history, and a tangible connection to art and learning that can't be understated. The haters? Well, they just find museums “boring,” or perhaps they can’t imagine that a museum smaller than the Guggenheim, MOM

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5 great hotels in Palm Springs

Getting away to Palm Springs is a treat. But having a great vacation, or long weekend can often hinge on where you stay.  Picking the wrong hotel if you’re hoping to relax and unwind can leave you sleepless, while if you’re looking to party, choosing a place that’s too quiet can stifle your fun. Here are a few great hotels that can ma

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Great places to shop in Palm Springs and area

Visiting a new city and exploring their shops and services can be exciting.  When you discover a new place with cool clothes, amazing housewares or the perfect objet d’ art it can create a lasting memory for your travels.  Palm Springs and area are filled with great places to shop whether you have a couple hours or a day. Palm Canyon

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Celebrities love Palm Springs

For decades Palm Springs has been a celebrity playground.  You can’t toss a tumbleweed without hitting homes that belonged to the likes of Liberace, Debbie Reynolds or Frank Sinatra. But even stars that are popular today, and perhaps a little more familiar to a younger crowd are also choosing to chill in Palm Springs. Leonardo DiCaprio

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Great Tours #3: Exploring the desert with a guide

This month we've been featuring amazing guided experiences in Palm Springs. Having a guide show you some of the intricacies of city life, behind-the-scenes sites, or relating specific local knowledge can make a good trip into a great and memorable vacation. While we've previously covered home tours, as well as insider historic and walking tours, to

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Great Tours #1: See Modern homes inside & out

One of the big draws in Palm Springs has to be the modernist architecture. Some amazing examples of desert modernism are easy to see from the side of the road in the comfort of your car. But to get a little something more in-depth, you'll want to get inside. While the ever-popular Modernism Week each February is a massive draw for house hunters

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Check out great new restaurants in Palm Springs

There’s never been a shortage of great places to dine in Palm Springs. Now that list is getting longer thanks to the opening of several new restaurants in the city. Eight4Nine 849 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA Phone: 1 760-325-8490 With decor that’s a stunning kaleidoscope of colour and brightness, Eight4Nine is easily t

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Go with a guide!

Visiting a new city can be intimidating. How do you know where to go, what sites are the best to see, or where you should eat? If you’ve only got a short stay planned, you don’t want to waste time. That’s why a guided tour can be a great way to get acquainted with a new city. Here in Palm Springs, there’s many options to get to know the are

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Touring spectacular homes in Palm Springs - Part 3

Over the last couple months we’ve had a look at some amazing homes in Palm Springs.  While they’re spectacular, many of them are off limits to the public. Fortunately there are some equally stunning public buildings where you can enjoy modernist architecture up close without a trespassing ticket! (Read Part One and Part Two of the s

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Touring spectacular homes in Palm Springs - Part 2

A few weeks ago we took a look at some fabulous homes in Palm Springs that can be easily seen on a self-guided driving or cycling tour (click here to read). I enlisted the help of expert Robert Imber who runs Palm Springs Modern Tours, and was integral in the creation of the Palm Springs Modern app, which provides maps, photos, and descriptions of

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A peek inside Cary Grant's former Palm Springs home

He was one of the legends of Hollywood; Actor Cary Grant was a hugely popular marquee draw in the 1950’s and 60’s.  It’s not surprising then, that his Palm Springs home recently sold for millions.     The property has been privately owned for many years, and the owners rented it out for weddings and special events. 

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A peek inside the Bob & Dolores Hope estate

Sometimes you find the most amazing things when you’re just surfing the ‘net. I stumbled on the listing for one of the most iconic homes in Palm Springs; the former home of Bob and Dolores Hope.  It’s the domed dwelling that sits up on a hill overlooking southeast Palm Springs.  I’ve often wondered what it looks like inside, and t

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All about Modernism

Palm Springs is known as a modernist architectural mecca.  But what exactly is Modernism, and why is it such a draw?           I enlisted an expert to help explore more about Modernism; I interviewed Lisa Vossler Smith, Executive Director of one of Palm Springs’ biggest events each year, Moderni

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Stay small! The intimate hotels of Palm Springs

While big hotels can offer lots of amenities, sometimes a smaller, quieter hotel is the right choice for a special getaway. There are dozens of small hotels in Palm Springs, from family-run motels, to kitschy retro havens and everything in between. In fact, small hotels are such a fixture in Palm Springs, they’ve banded together online so

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Touring spectacular homes in Palm Springs - Part 1

Palm Springs is an architecture lover’s dream.  There are many beautiful and important homes that are amazing structurally, plus there’s plenty of houses owned by Hollywood celebrities scattered throughout the city too.   They’re easy to see; you can take a self-guided driving (or cycling) tour of them on your own, or get an expe

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Go climbing indoors at Desert Rocks

I never thought I’d find myself 20 feet in the air, clutching narrow handholds, every muscle in my arms screaming from the weight of supporting my entire body as my feet struggled to stay anchored on bumpy ledges. Eventually the battle became too much, and I let go, falling backwards first sharply, then as my rope caught, I was gently lowered to

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Top 3 Day Trips from Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a draw all its own. But for regular visitors, going through the same routine each time you’re in the desert may feel a little stale. Why not mix things up with a day trip on your next stay in the Palm Springs area? Day Trip #1: Borrego Springs Borrego Springs, and neighboring Anza-Borrego State Park are loaded with things

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Dining al fresco in the desert

When the weather’s just right, there’s nothing like dining outdoors.  In Palm Springs, there’s opportunity for this year-round, but every June, when the temperatures really start to climb, there’s something nice about waiting for the sun to go down, and sitting outside as the desert air starts to cool, and enjoying fresh food al fresco

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Three films you didn't know were shot in Palm Springs

Palm Springs’ proximity to Los Angles means the desert is no stranger to actors, producers and Hollywood celebrities of all kinds. It’s also no surprise then that far from just using Palm Springs as a place to relax, Hollywood has looked at the region as a great location for movie-making.  I’ve picked out three films shot here in the

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Live large in a modern, classic or chic hotel lobby or cool pool bar

Whenever I visit Palm Springs, one of my favorite things to do is people watch. A great spot to scope out everyone from regular folks to celebrities is at one of the city’s ultra-chic hotel lobbies or pool bars.     The Parker Hotel The Parker has to be one of my favorite places in Palm Springs. There's a fabulously retro lo

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Guided desert hike is a great way to explore

Gnarled fingers of a Joshua tree scrape at the sky, casting twisted shadow-stripes across the sand. Its fat branches provide the only smidges of shade within view so a group of hikers, including me, is gathered under its canopy, sipping water.  We're party way down Boy Scout Trail in Joshua Tree National Park on an 8 mile or 13 kilomete

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Winter golf is just a short flight for Western Canadians

Golf in the Canadian prairies is a fickle sport. You need to be prepared for rain, sleet, and yes even snow has fallen in the already short summer golf season. The amount of time we get to play can be far too short, but fortunately there’s a way to get your golf in during winter, and for you to get out of the snowy cold, too. Palm Springs is j

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Get outdoors! Healthy living activities in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a wonderful locale to be outdoors. From the stunning desert landscapes to the pleasant winter climate, being in Palm Springs makes being outside easy. There are numerous organized activities in Palm Springs and area that can add the thrill of competition to your sporting passions, or you can just take time and enjoy being outside

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5 things to LOVE about Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a travelers paradise.  From world-class spas and hotels, to shopping, dining, and getting outdoors you can find a million ways to busy yourself... or do nothing at all and treat yourself to a relaxing stay by the pool. If you've never been to Palm Springs, here are five great reasons to come and get acquainted. Enjoy Moderni

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4 Natural wonders in the Palm Springs area

While Palm Springs may be known as a celebrity getaway, or for its desert modern architecture, it's also becoming famous for its stunning natural wonders. Some of them are worth a full day trip, others can be seen in just an hour or so. Thousand Palms Oasis I've been coming to Palm Springs for nearly 20 years, and it's only just recently I've v

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Best gardens to visit in Palm Springs

Visitors don't usually think of Palm Springs as lush. But despite being tucked away in the desert, there's lots of green space to enjoy. Here are my top picks. The grounds at the Parker Hotel Gene Autry once owned this ultra chic, ultra private resort hotel in the far southeast corner of Palm Springs. The famous singing cowboy actor even

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Renting a home for your stay - Why choose Vacation Palm Springs

Many visitors, tourists and snowbirds are familiar with websites like Airbnb or VRBO when it comes to booking a vacation rental property. But in Palm Springs, there are several local rental agencies who can help you find a home to stay in too.  It goes without saying these agencies have specialized local knowledge, often work with local hom

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Top 5 reasons to choose Palm Springs

There are all kinds of destinations Canadians can choose for winter holidays. From all inclusive packages to Mexico or the Caribbean, or American destinations like Florida or Arizona, the options are endless. But Palm Springs California has long been a favorite destination. Why make it the choice for your next getaway? Here's our top 5 reaso

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Get ready Canadians! Fly direct from Toronto to Palm Springs

Western Canadians know what a jewel Palm Springs is. A short direct flight from many major cities in the Canadian west, Palm Springs is a popular getaway, because a chilly Canuck can be among the palm trees in about three hours. Now, easterners are going to get their chance to discover this desert city more conveniently, thanks to a new seas

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Rent a home in Palm Springs for a cost effective stay

When many people think ‘vacation’ they think of hotel stays where you get access to a concierge, room service, and 24 hour staff. While hotels are luxurious, another option is to rent a home for a cost-effective stay. Why rent a home or condo? Costs Renting a home or condo can be incredibly cost effective.  For starters, stayi

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4 fun things to do on a girls weekend in Palm Springs

From the sun to the scenery, and great places to stay, dine and be entertained, Palm Springs is a perfect destination for a girls’ weekend away. It’s easy to get to; a short flight from many locations or a quick drive from San Diego, or Los Angeles, but it can feel like a world away. What to do - Relax If simple relaxation is what you

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Places to keep your cool in the summer heat

  The desert heat can be exhausting. Locals get tired of the endless days of heat and scorching sun, but newcomers and visitors can find the summer weather especially stifling. Don’t get stuck inside all summer; here are four great ways to get out of the house or hotel and still keep your cool.  Hit a water park Nothing keeps

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How to live it up in Palm Springs with a low Canadian dollar- fun & free things to do

Canadians may be thinking twice before traveling to the U.S. because of the low value of the loonie against the greenback. Despite the less than ideal exchange rate, there are numerous seat sales this season, and lots of ways to enjoy destinations like Palm Springs without spending a lot once you arrive. Visit Villagefest One of my favor

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What to do In Palm Springs in the Rain

They say April showers bring May flowers, but what are you supposed to do in the rain in the desert? Showers, when they come, come fast and hard and the gloomy weather can hang around, or vanish quickly.  Get indoors Everyone’s first instinct in the rain is to get inside. There are plenty of options for this depending on the weather situ

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While you’re here for Coachella: spend a day in Palm Springs

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival (aka, Coachella) is one of the Palm Springs area’s biggest draws each year.  The music festival attracts tens of thousands of music lovers to the The Empire Polo Club in Indio.  The concert venue is just a 35 minute drive from downtown Palm Springs, making it easy to leave the crowds

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Things to see if you're here for the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament

Held in Indian Wells, the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament is the largest two-week combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier professional tennis tournament in the world. It's a big event and a huge draw for tennis lovers each year. Indian Wells is a short drive from Palm Springs, which you could say is the capital of the Coachella V

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Eat Breakfast Outdoors: 3 great patios to start your day in Palm Springs

Whether you believe it’s the most important meal of the day or not, a leisurely breakfast is a fun and relaxing way to begin the day.  There’s a host of great places to dine outside in the morning to enjoy the warm air, desert sun and delicious food. Cheeky’s 622 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs 760-327-7595 Don’t attempt this on a

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What to do for a 3-day weekend in Palm Springs

Palm Springs can keep you entertained for a week, a month or even a season.  From outdoor activities, to shopping, dining, and sightseeing, there's all kinds of ways to enjoy the city and pass the time.  Only have a few days?  No problem.  We've got three suggestions for easy ways to enjoy some of what Palm Springs has to offer

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