Marissa Willman

Marissa Willman is a freelance writer who specializes in travel, health and lifestyle writing. Based in the Coachella Valley, Marissa’s chronic case of wanderlust has taken her across Asia and the West coast. She spent two years living in South Korea as an ESL teacher and holds a journalism degree from California State University, Fullerton. Her work has appeared in USA Today Travel Tips, 10 Magazine, The Desert Sun and www.52PerfectDays.com. Marissa’s portfolio can be found on www.marissawillman.com

Latest Blogs

How to Enjoy a “Suite” Getaway in Palm Springs

When it comes to taking a vacation from ordinary to extraordinary, nothing adds that extra touch of luxury quite like having a suite to call your home away from home. Hotels throughout Palm Springs offer just what you...

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Rock out in Palm Springs with Return of Top Rock at Hard Rock Hotel

All of your favorite rock and roll hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s are coming back to Palm Springs in a big way – and rest assured, it will rock you. From Queen to Heart to The Killers, the musical essence of...

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Restaurant Spotlight: Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club

There’s a reason the desert is buzzing about the latest restaurant to open its doors in Palm Springs. Not only is Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club offering a fresh take on Mexican cuisine and a tequila menu that...

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Sizzling Pool Parties Heat Up Palm Springs All Summer Long

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer in Palm Springs. All around town, poolsides are sizzling with DJs, music and cocktails all summer long. Cool off this summer with these hot Palm Springs pool...

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Salud! Top Five Places to Celebrate National Tequila Day in Palm Springs

National Tequila Day is just around the corner, and there’s no doubt Palm Springs knows how to celebrate this holiday in grand fashion. When it comes to raising a glass in honor of National Tequila Day on July 24,...

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Summer Getaway Deals in Palm Springs

Soaking up the desert sunshine, sipping cocktails by the pool and indulging in tranquil spa treatments in Palm Springs this summer doesn't have to break the bank. Local hotels are offering plenty of ways for...

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Chic, Mid-Size & Affordable Hotels in Palm Springs: Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

When it comes to visiting Palm Springs, you can’t do better than finding a hotel near the buzz of downtown and South Palm Canyon Drive. If you’re on a budget, though, it might seem impossible – but...

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Make Meetings Magical at Enchanted Desert

From the moment you arrive in Palm Springs, the desert rolls out its warm welcome with warm breezes, clear blue skies, towering mountain walls and palm trees as far as the eye can see. So when it comes to hosting a...

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Outdoor Fairs and Fests in Palm Springs

With gorgeous, sunny weather all year long, why wouldn’t you want to shop outdoors in Palm Springs? Outdoor fairs and festivals take to the streets of Palm Springs all throughout the week during season, showcasing...

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Palm Springs Restaurant Spotlight: Matchbox

One of the most adored culinary picks awaiting hungry visitors in downtown Palm Springs is Matchbox, a vintage bistro serving authentic wood-fired pizzas from its second-floor location overlooking South Palm Canyon Drive...

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Treat Mom to Brunch at Palm Springs' Best Restaurants

This Mother’s Day, plenty of Palm Springs restaurants are ready to help you show Mom how much she means to you. Whether you’re looking for an extravagant champagne brunch or affordable elegance, Palm Springs...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Palm Springs

Cinco de Mayo happens to fall on a Saturday this year and Palm Springs has a full day of fun festivities to help you celebrate the holiday. Start your Cinco de Mayo off at the Palm Springs Certified Farmer’s...

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Learn to Cook Like a Palm Springs Master Chef

With no shortage of fine dining options in Palm Springs, it’s easy to eat like royalty when visiting the city. And with two local restaurants offering cooking demonstrations with their executive chefs, you can...

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Indulge All Five Senses at The Saguaro

An explosion of color has arrived on the scene in Palm Springs and it’s welcoming guests who are looking to relax and recharge in the desert. The bright rainbow of colors on East Palm Canyon Drive are the signature...

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The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

Please contact Sunnylands for all tour and ticket inquiries - 760.328.2829. They will have all the info you need regarding waiting lists, cancellations and new tours.  The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands has...

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Sunnylands

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands has hosted some of the biggest names in politics and entertainment—President Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II and Frank Sinatra, to name a few—and for the first time, the public...

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Special Valentine's Day Packages

Want to spoil your valentine off with a getaway to a desert oasis? Plenty of Palm Springs hotels are offering Valentine’s Day packages that let indulgence set the tone for romance . Snag one of these...

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Exploring Palm Springs From Behind Your Handlebars

The 14th Annual Tour de Palm Springs will make its way into the desert this weekend and there’s no doubt that the best way to take in the city’s views while soaking up the sun is from behind your...

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Romance is in the Air in Palm Springs

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and a cliché box of chocolates and bouquet of roses just aren’t enough to express how truly special your love is. Luckily, Palm Springs has plenty of options...

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Perfect Proposals in Palm Springs

You’ve met the perfect person. You bought the perfect ring. Now all that’s left is to find the perfect place to ask your beloved to become your betrothed. With picture perfect days and starry nights...

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