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The staff at the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism lives and breathes the sweet desert air of Palm Springs. We love it here and we want to share our expertise with you. Follow us daily and get the inside scoop to help plan your next getaway. You experience a desert playground that is really like no place else.

Palm Springs: A Cultural Oasis in the Desert

Palm Springs: A Cultural Oasis in the Desert

  • Posted by Oct 3, 2018

By Lydia Kremer Most of the world knows Palm Springs is a sublime Southern California desert oasis where towering majestic mountains and palm trees come together in dramatic fashion offering stunning vistas. But Palm Springs is steeped in a rich cultural heritage, too. Its past history and current social life are inextricably woven which gives visitors much to celebrate! It may come as a surprise to know that much of Palm Springs lies within…

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Why you should plan an off-season Palm Springs Vacation

Why you should plan an off-season Palm Springs Vacation

  • Posted by Oct 3, 2018

By Liz Martin Sadly enough, the ushering in of fall very slightly makes me start to already dread winter!  By January or February, we East Coasters are just over the winter weather and itching for a sunny escape.  I've always loved heading to sunny Florida or sunny California that time of year, and Palm Springs, CA is definitely one of my destinations of choice.   Read More  

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Endless Sunny Days and Languid Nights

Endless Sunny Days and Languid Nights

  • Posted by Oct 1, 2018

By Lydia Kremer The sun in Palm Springs is one of our most popular attractions. That’s because the sun smiles on Palm Springs 360 days a year! When other cities are having rain, gloom, or frigid temps – you can count on Palm Springs’ warm sunny days for poolside lounging, hiking, biking, and all outdoor adventure including shopping, dining, and exploring. Palm Springs’ sunny serenity has long been a relaxing respite for sybarites, sanctuary…

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Palm Springs Spotlight:  Amin Casa Hotel -- former residence of Hollywood star Gloria Swanson

Palm Springs Spotlight: Amin Casa Hotel -- former residence of Hollywood star Gloria Swanson

  • Posted by Sep 28, 2018

By Barbara Beckley You can hear the smile in his voice even before you see it in his eyes. Nelson Cooley -- who with no prior hotel experience – is over the moon with happiness to be the owner of Amin Casa, one of Palm Springs’ newest small hotels. Casa Amin guests are equally thrilled with Nelson. One long-time guest under the former owner, cried with happiness when she saw the renovations. New guests are filling the hotel’s seven charming…

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Purple Room Reign

Purple Room Reign

  • Posted by Sep 24, 2018

By Kevin Perry Imagine if the Rat Pack were gender fluid. Samantha Davis Jr. croons charismatically onstage as Jean Martin swills gin with her gal-pals, all while Fran Sinatra maintains a stranglehold on her queen bee status at the VIP booth. It’s not such a difficult scenario to envision when you’re in the marvelously manicured clutches of Michael Holmes. Eras collide in his Purple Room, the forbidden love child of 1960’s chic and present-…

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Destination Palm Springs: Endless Summer

Destination Palm Springs: Endless Summer

  • Posted by Sep 4, 2018

We love fall and all its seasonal accouterments as much as the next PNW native worth their flannel, but let’s be honest—sometimes we wish summer would hold out just a bit longer before giving way to extra layers and all things Pumpkin Spice.  Enter Palm Springs. With more than 350 sunshine-filled days (and temperatures hovering in the 90s well into October), itinerary options span lounging poolside to soaring over the Coachella Valley via…

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Palm Springs Confidential: A Hollywood Pedigree

Palm Springs Confidential: A Hollywood Pedigree

  • Posted by Aug 24, 2018

By Lydia Kremer For more than 80 years, Palm Springs has been a magnet for the rich and famous. Sure, the Brits have the royal family but the City of Palm Springs lays claim to its own royalty – Hollywood royalty. Dating back before the 1930s, Palm Springs has been a celebrity playground for Hollywood’s A-list. Ever wonder how that evolved? At the time, most Hollywood celebrities were under contract in the “studio system” which required that…

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A Downtown Made for Strolling

A Downtown Made for Strolling

  • Posted by Aug 23, 2018

By Lydia Kremer   The newly redesigned downtown plaza offers visitors a welcoming pedestrian-friendly experience. With pathways that meander through the new gleaming shops and restaurants, you’ll find attractive landscaping and shaded seating areas as well as additional planned new elements to be unveiled in the coming months and years. The new downtown plaza is located in the heart of the downtown core and captures the city’s energetic pulse…

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4 Places to drink Craft Beer in Palm Springs

4 Places to drink Craft Beer in Palm Springs

  • Posted by Aug 22, 2018

Revel Palm Springs  restaurant and bar is the newest brew house in Palm Springs featuring their own Palm Springs Brewing Company. They offer 6 drafts, including 3 drafts from the Palm Springs Brewing Co., made just for them. Their signature beer, Hopz IPA, is has a hint of citrus with fruity hops.  The red ale is the “bigger brother” but still easy drinking IPA with toasty, citrusy notes and that slightly bitter finish you’ll enjoy. They also…

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5 Palm Springs Spas to Find Serenity

5 Palm Springs Spas to Find Serenity

  • Posted by Aug 22, 2018

By Christina Cary Palm Springs Yacht Club Deservedly its own destination within the sprawling grounds of the Parker estate, Palm Springs Yacht Club remains the one place no guest ever chooses to leave. This free-standing emporium of custom treatments and wellness regimens is low-key while full-on in pampering and self-indulgence. White cotton terry robe, flip flops, a key to the private locker room and our thimble of cucumber infused vodka set…

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Latest Blogs

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 th

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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 l

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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 des

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Pool Attire – all things you’d need for a pool and places to get in Palm Springs

Hats, swimsuits, towels, unique floats, sunglasses and sunscreen, are necessities for Palm Springs summer. It’s finding the perfect chaise lounge and pool that can be challenging with so many options in Palm Springs. Here are a few places in Palm Springs where you can find your pool necessities. Destination PSP is one of Palm Springs unique

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A day in the sun

It’s no surprise it’s hot in the summer, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy all Palm Springs has to offer. Here is the perfect itinerary for some fun in the sun and hot to enjoy the summer warmth! Dining outside Start your day with breakfast at one of Palm Springs restaurants in their wonderful covered outdoor patio seating. FA

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Taste outside the ordinary - where to get great flavors in Palm Springs

Changing up the everyday is fun, so why not shake up your ordinary ‘let’s get burgers’ night out by trying some new flavors? Italian food has never tasted so good at Sammy G’s where the chefs put a decidedly California spin on the old world flavors. Take a break from shopping and dine al fresco for lunch on their newly renovated patio or

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Fuel up for the day; Palm Springs breakfast options

While some say it's the most important meal of the day, others simply love to linger over fresh food and hot coffee first thing in the morning.  There's something civilized about having someone prepare your first meal of the day for you. Restaurant Week is a perfect time to sample some great new spots. Fairly new to Palm Springs, Broken Yol

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Dine in Old Hollywood

It’s no secret Palm Springs has a long and loving connection to Hollywood. The city has been a getaway destination to the stars for over half a century. If you want to hearken back to that 1950’s era of old Hollywood, there are some beautiful restaurants where you can get that vibe. Tucked into the Ingleside Inn which has a rich history

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Skip the trip to Europe; dine at a fabulous Palm Springs restaurant

You're hoping to find the flavors of Europe but don't have the budget for that pricey round trip ticket, there are plenty of dining options in Palm Springs that runs the gamut from Italian, to French, and even Spanish and Austrian.   Start your restaurant trip around the world in Spain at  Alicante. They’re rated #1 Spanish and

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Sit & sip: where to get a great glass of wine in Palm Springs

Sometimes there's not a lot of time to sample a new restaurant. But Restaurant Week is a perfect opportunity to get out and visit new venues to see what they have to offer. A nice way to ease yourself into a new spot is to go get a glass of wine with some friends. There are several places in Palm Springs where you can dip in for a post-work glas

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What would Palm Springs be without designer restaurants?

It’s no surprise that architecture is at the foundation of what Palm Springs was built on, however the mid-century design and style runs through nearly every part of the city, including its nearly 200 restaurants. These are the designer restaurants included in June Restaurant Week: Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, dish Creative Cuisine, Draugh

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Nightlife on and off Arenas Road

For the uninitiated, the biggest concentration of LGBT nightlife in Palm Springs is on E.  Arenas Road, between S Indian Canyon Drive and S Calle Encilia.   The largest nightclub on the block and the largest gay nightclub in Palm Springs is Hunters.   It includes a main bar and patio lounge and a separate dance space that o

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Bars, Clubs and Lounges Open Late in Palm Springs

A younger generation has set-up shop in Palm Springs with a cool cocktail scene, tiki bars and a decent nightlife vibe with hip DJS and live entertainment. Check out our list of the bars and lounges in Palm Springs to play late. Copa Room Palm Springs 244 E Amado Road, Palm Springs, 92262 Wednesday-Sunday 6pm – 2am  | Closed M

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Laid-back pools to soak up the sun in Palm Springs

Summer is upon us and there is only one place where everyone in Palm Springs should be….the pool. Who doesn’t love to sip, splash, then repeat? Of course, it’s hot outside, but that doesn’t take away from the cold water, pool toys, and crafted cocktails in citrus-colored plastic glasses . Luckily for you sun-worshippers, we have compiled ou

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Laid-back pools to soak up the sun in Palm Springs

Summer is upon us and there is only one place where everyone in Palm Springs should be….the pool. Who doesn’t love to sip, splash, then repeat? Of course, it’s hot outside, but that doesn’t take away from the cold water, pool toys, and crafted cocktails in citrus-colored plastic glasses . Luckily for you sun-worshippers, we have compiled ou

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In Memory of Donald Wexler

Donald Wexler left a legacy of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring architecture in Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism feels proud and much honored to have a city full of his iconic Midcentury modern gems! One of the first sights visitors see arriving into the Palm Springs International Airport is a Wexler design. The front

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Film Festivals in Palm Springs

Did you know Palm Springs is home to six film festivals?  Yes, it is true! The City of Palm Springs is a premier film festival destination and we invite you to attend these upcoming festivals in 2015.  Palm Springs is rolling out the red carpet for Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall and other Holl

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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 ta

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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

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Play Until the Wee Hours

Let’s face it, one of the ways to enjoy Palm Springs is to relax by the pool all day in the warm sunshine with your big floaty. But when the sun sets and the boys switch from tanning time to cocktail time, it’s good to know where you can stay up late and show off your fresh sun-kissed color.  Check out these Palm Springs Gay Bars open

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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

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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 t

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5 Reasons to Visit Palm Springs

Palm Springs is welcoming visitors to its new dynamic downtown with stylish hotels, new fashionable restaurants, chic shops and boutiques, fun entertainment venues as well as welcoming public spaces for gathering, celebrating and relaxing.  With warm days and balmy nights, this complements the ambiance that is positively seductive. With 360 da

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Ten Pet Friendly Palm Springs Restaurants

Palm Springs is very family friendly, so be sure to include your pet on you next dining adventure.  After all, aren't they part of the family too!  Here are a few restaurant options to get you started. Jake’s 664 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, US, 92262 Jake’s is nestled in the heart of Uptown and offers a variety o

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