Barbara Beckley

Barbara Beckley
Palm Springs Uptown Vintage Shopping

Palm Springs Uptown Vintage Shopping

First in a two-part series: The Uptown Design District By Barbara Beckley As the epicenter of all things mid-century modern, Palm Springs is the go-to for vintage shopping. The quality and selection is unbeatable – and believe me, I know. Whether you’re after that perfect Eames chair, a sequined ‘60s ball gown or just love the thrill of the hunt – Palm Springs bevy of vintage shops has it all.    Where to begin?  The Uptown Design District…

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Eight Most Instagrammable places in Palm Springs

Eight Most Instagrammable places in Palm Springs

Old Tramway Gas Station Image: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism Now the Palm Springs Visitor Center, it’s the first building to greet you as you approach from the West on Highway 111 from Los Angeles. The building dates back to 1965 and was designed by famous Swiss-born architect Albert Frey and Robson Chambers. Its dramatic backdrop is the San Jacinto Mountains make the building even more dramatic.  The Visitor Center also is on the corner of…

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2018 Coachella Music and Arts Festival

2018 Coachella Music and Arts Festival

Each April, the desert becomes a hotspot for music and pop culture during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The 2018 festival lineup has been released, with the early predictions for headliners proving true (The Weeknd and Eminem), in addition to Beyoncé, who committed to headlining this year after pulling out the 2017 festival due to her pregnancy with twins Sir and Rumi Carter.   Additional top-billing artists include ODESZA,…

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Modernism Week & Art Palm Springs

Modernism Week & Art Palm Springs

Love midcentury modern design? Love art? Well you’re in luck, because it’s just about that time of year where modernist design and fine art intersect in the desert, with Palm Springs Modernism Week and the Art Palm Springs Fair happening simultaneously in Palm Springs. Modernism Week has expanded to an 11-day affair, happening on February 15-25, 2018, while Art Palm Springs coincides with the first weekend, on February 15-19, 2018. Artwork by…

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Take me out to the ball game

Take me out to the ball game

  Are you visiting Palm Springs for the winter and looking for some fun, family-friendly events to attend? The California Winter League is the perfect destination for baseball fans looking to scratch that itch before the Spring begins. The California Winter League is a professional level showcase league that brings in top unsigned talent from around North America and Asia to play in front of affiliated and independent scouts. Players who…

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New Shopping, Dining & Sight-seeing

New Shopping, Dining & Sight-seeing

Forget about the congestion and traffic of most tourist destinations – you’ve arrived in sunny Palm Springs. Anchored by the celebrity hip The Rowan hotel, Palm Canyon Drive is the new pedestrian hot spot – perfect for an afternoon stroll of shopping, dining and sight-seeing. I began my stroll of discovery in the heart of downtown with a gourmet “Nicaragua Maracaturra Coffee Latte” at the beautiful and airy Starbucks Reserve. Turning left…

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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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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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First in a two-part series: The Uptown Design District By Barbara Beckley As the epicenter of all things mid-century modern, Palm Springs is the go-to for vintage shopping. The quality and selection is unbeatable – and believe me, I know. Whether you’re after that perfect Eames chair, a sequined ‘60s ball gown or just love the thrill

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