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Palm Springs is a desert oasis unlike any other. Set in at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains, this modern and vibrant city has been a playground for Hollywood for more than half a century. In the early 20th century, those looking for a healthy climate made their way to Palm Springs because of the city’s dry heat and luxurious resort hotels. Today, there is an eclectic food and drinks scene, and booming downtown, endless outdoor activities, and a thriving diverse community. Palm Springs is also home to one of the largest collections of Mid-century Modern architecture in the world. The weather is usually warm and sunny, so come prepared to relax and enjoy yourself when not taking part in the city’s many cultural activities. Though many come to Palm Springs just to sit by the pool with a cocktail in hand, Palm Springs travel offers much more than just that. Read our Palm Springs travel stories and guides to help plan your next trip.

Architectural Gems: Resort Edition

Architectural Gems: Resort Edition

  • Posted by Jul 11, 2019

By Kevin Perry Palm Springs is a landscape crafted in luxury and dominated by style. Our midcentury roots flourish into modern masterpieces, affirming our reputation as one of the world’s foremost tastemakers in architecture. But unlike other sterile destinations that must be admired from afar, Palm Springs has a lived-in appeal. Our resorts are as inviting as they are innovative, making your next stay a true work of art. Peruse the following…

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Movies Filmed in Palm Springs

Movies Filmed in Palm Springs

  • Posted by Jun 28, 2019

The desert vistas of Palm Springs transport moviegoers to a sun-drenched oasis and our signature architecture towers in the minds of film buffs and matinee connoisseurs. Let’s roll back the years and go on location to see how our humble hometown has spun some of Hollywood’s greatest yarns… The Early Days It’s hard to pinpoint the first known film shot within our city’s limits because location scouts were often stealthy and sensationalistic in…

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Hollywood Slept Here

Hollywood Slept Here

  • Posted by Jun 28, 2019

By Kevin Perry When Hollywood was cementing its status as the entertainment capital of the world, it took its stars very seriously. Celebrities were under studio contracts, and these ironclad agreements stated that actors must remain within a two-hour driving distance from their respective soundstages. So how could silver screen icons get as far away from Tinseltown as possible without breaking their commitments? Welcome to Palm Springs. The…

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Just Fabulous – “It’s About Celebrating Life,” says Owner Stephen Monkarsh

Just Fabulous – “It’s About Celebrating Life,” says Owner Stephen Monkarsh

  • Posted by Jun 21, 2019

By Barbara Beckley The name says it all. Just Fabulous. There’s simply no other way to describe this fun, Palm Springs centric, and oh so chic book and gift store.  Take a step inside and you’re first words are likely to be – “Look at this! It’s fabulous.” That’s because you’ve just spotted something you love – perhaps an exquisite coffee table book on mid-century architecture or a legendary movie star or fashion designer; or a sweet Little…

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The Hippest Tiki Hangouts

The Hippest Tiki Hangouts

  • Posted by Jun 13, 2019

By Elizabeth Neil Tiki is a Maori word for a type of stone or wooden carving found throughout the islands. However, in the 20th century, Tiki became known for its romanticized conception of tropical cultures, most frequently imagining Polynesian culture. The Tiki culture began in 1934 with Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt's opening of Don the Beachcomber. The Polynesian-themed bar and restaurant in Hollywood soon became a Hollywood hotspot for all…

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Cool Activities, Neat Treats

Cool Activities, Neat Treats

  • Posted by Jun 12, 2019

By Kevin Perry Palm Springs knows how to chill out. We rock sunshine over 300 days of the year, so we have some expertise when it comes to summer living. Bring your family, friends, and fun-lovers to the capital of cool and let’s beat the heat together… “Pool” Rhymes with “Cool” for a Reason Slide into summer at Palm Canyon Resort, the key word being “slide” – that’s right, this pool is decked out (pun intended) with a waterfall, a snack bar…

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The Art of Gelato

The Art of Gelato

  • Posted by Jun 10, 2019

By: Gianluca Allen Simonetta (Sam) was a portfolio manager. Tom was a mechanical and software engineer. Now, they own and operate the gelato shop, Gelato Granucci, in downtown Palm Springs. How did that happen? Well, it all started in 1920s with Sam’s family, the Granuccis. In 1929, Sam’s grandfather, Luigi Granucci, moved his family from Italy to the Netherlands in search of new opportunities. They began to make gelato and sell it from…

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Viva Palm Springs

Viva Palm Springs

  • Posted by Jun 10, 2019

“Speak now or forever hold your peace.” These are the familiar yet ominous words spoken at most weddings, but it was the gossip uttered before Elvis’ nuptials that almost doomed the whole ceremony. The King was planning to wed his Queen, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, right here in our humble hometown. The couple had met when Elvis was stationed in Germany during his stint in the armed forces from 1958 – 1960.  She was only 14 at the time and he was…

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History of famed Bob Hope House

History of famed Bob Hope House

  • Posted by Jun 6, 2019

By Randy Garner   Located at 2466 Southridge Drive, the 24,000 sq. ft. Bob and Dolores Hope residence is situated close to the Elrod Residence and features a massive undulating triangular roof, pierced by a large circular central light shaft. The original house burned down during construction in 1973. It sat for four years while the insurance legal issues were carried out.  It was designed by famed architect John Lautner. He filed plans with…

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Treat Your Pa to a Spa

Treat Your Pa to a Spa

  • Posted by Jun 5, 2019

By Kevin Perry   You’ve given your father enough stressful moments over the years… Pause for self-reflection. So now it’s time to help him de-stress from the distress with a Palm Springs spa day. The most important man in your life deserves the most luxurious tune-up in town, and our resorts are ready to deliver. From foot rubs to body scrubs and everything in between, these tantalizing treatments are customized to meet the special needs of…

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