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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.

Great Shakes: Where Sip Meets Hip

Great Shakes: Where Sip Meets Hip

  • Posted by Mar 15, 2019

By Kevin Perry There’s a glorious alchemy that goes into concocting the perfect milkshake. The decadent waltz between sweetness, dairy, and chill as the disparate elements conspire to win over our palates, one silky sip at a time. And when you add malt? We surrender! “Having grown up with malts,” Great Shakes owner Doug Nelson reminisces, “I was pretty excited to do something different and carve our own little niche, which we’ve done.” It’s…

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F10 Creative: Delivering stay, play and dine experiences to Palm Springs

F10 Creative: Delivering stay, play and dine experiences to Palm Springs

  • Posted by Mar 15, 2019

By Kevin Perry Great leadership is less about what you say and more about what you hear. Opening your mind, heart, and ears is essential to understanding the needs of the customer and the community at large. F10 Creative is an ambitious collective founded on the masterful art of listening. “The market spoke and we adapted.” These words resonate as a mantra for Tara Lazar, the restaurateur/entrepreneur behind the delectable success that is F10…

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You’ll Never Want to Leave this Escape Room

You’ll Never Want to Leave this Escape Room

  • Posted by Mar 1, 2019

By Kevin Perry Stick your head in a cauldron, call up Scotland Yard, and sleuth your way over to Escape Room Palm Springs, a quizzical playground that unleashes your inner explorer. Now, don’t worry; you won’t stick your head in an ACTUAL cauldron, nor will you literally be locked in the game space, but you will have a rare opportunity to bond with your chosen teammates in a private setting. Players conquer themed challenges in an attempt to…

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Bongo Johnny’s: Now with a View

Bongo Johnny’s: Now with a View

  • Posted by Mar 1, 2019

By Kevin Perry After suffering a fire in March of 2018, the ebullient eatery has triumphantly returned to the PS stage, although its owner eschews the spotlight. “I don’t really do interviews, so I’m not really good at talking about myself.” Robb Wirt is endearingly humble, but his zeal for hospitality drives him forward. “For me, Bongo Johnny’s was my choice for an end-of-life career. I used to work in the pharmaceutical industry, so coming to…

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Polynesia Style at Toucans Tiki Lounge

Polynesia Style at Toucans Tiki Lounge

  • Posted by Feb 28, 2019

By Kevin Perry In case you hadn’t noticed, darlings, we are experiencing a drag revolution. Genders are bending, avant-garde is in-your-face, and RuPaul wins ALL the Emmys. Nowhere in Palm Springs is the spirit of this seismic/pelvic shift fiercer than at Toucans Tiki Lounge. The Pacific island themed club welcomes a righteous roster of Playgirls; that’s Toucans-speak for badass bitches. They strut their stilettos for the festive crowds every…

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Meet Gary And Kathy Friedle, Owners Of The Charming Monkey Tree Hotel

Meet Gary And Kathy Friedle, Owners Of The Charming Monkey Tree Hotel

  • Posted by Feb 26, 2019

The term "boutique hotel" gets thrown around quite a bit, but you won't be disappointed when you book a room at The Monkey Tree Hotel, a very private, 16-room oasis set on one acre. The hotel was designed and built in 1960 by the renowned midcentury architect Albert Frey and was meticulously renovated in 2015 by its current owners, Gary and Kathy Friedle. The couple met at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where they both…

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4 Golf Courses in Palm Springs to Tee

4 Golf Courses in Palm Springs to Tee

  • Posted by Feb 26, 2019

Taquitz Creek Golf Resort | 1885 Golf Club Drive, Palm Springs Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort is quite close to both the Palm Springs International Airport and to Downtown Palm Springs.  Featuring two championship golf courses, you have options when it comes to hitting the links here; play the traditional Legend Course or the desert style Resort Course. Tahquitz Creek Indian Canyons Golf Resort | P: 760-833-8700, 1097 East Murray Canyon Drive…

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Touring Achitecture in Palm Springs

Touring Achitecture in Palm Springs

  • Posted by Feb 26, 2019

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! We consulted expert Robert Imber, who runs Palm Springs Modern Tours about some of his must see architecture spots in the desert.  As far as public…

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Meet Tristan Gittens, Owner of Frankinbun

Meet Tristan Gittens, Owner of Frankinbun

  • Posted by Feb 26, 2019

At quite a bit more than first glance, there's nothing about Tristan Gittens' curriculum vitae that would suggest he'd someday open a gourmet sausage restaurant. Gittens grew up in Palm Springs but moved away to attend UC Berkeley where he studied pre-med and worked on various HIV/AIDS studies after graduation. He then attended Stanford University, earned a masters in epidemiology, and started an independent contracting career in epidemiology/…

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Brandini Toffee - Simply the best

Brandini Toffee - Simply the best

  • Posted by Feb 25, 2019

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.  While many locals know the story of the two high schoolers who launched this company from their kitchen, many visitors may not know the story of Brandini Toffee.…

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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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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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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

JusTapas is a modern take on a traditional Spanish tapas bar.  Sample the seafood or charcuterie bites, or dive into the choices from their innovative Slider Bar. www.justapas.com/ You’ll feel right at home at Johannes, the modern European spot from Austrian born Chef/ Owner Johannes Bacher. Enjoy traditional Wiener Schnitzel or e

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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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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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9 Most Instagrammable places in Palm Springs

The Colors of Palm Springs Everyone loves the colored doors of Palm Springs.   Old Tramway Gas Station 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

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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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