Kate's Top Picks for Ringing in the New Year in Palm Springs!

It seems New Year’s Eve is either one’s favorite—the sparkly dresses, the planning, the sense of anticipation that anything (or anyone!) might be possible in the new year, or least favorite holiday—”Amateur night,” it’s often called. Either way, I’ve put together a list that’s sure to elevate the evening from naughty to nice (or the other way around, if you like). Whether this is your first New Year’s Eve in Palm Springs, or your sixth, sixteen, or sixtieth, there’s something in Greater Palm Springs for everyone. Here are a few of my favorites.

And, if you happen to snap some sparkly selfies or groupies (is that […]

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Make This Season Bright: A Guide to a Palm Springs-style Holiday!

Spending the holidays in Palm Springs? Whether resident or visitor—there’s sure to be no coal in your stocking this year. There’s nothing like the clear, starry skies of a Palm Springs December night, and the days are picture perfect—sunny and bright with impossibly blue skies cradling the stark and steep expanse of the San Jacinto mountains—the perfect climate to enjoy all your favorite outdoor activities: golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, cycling, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, shopping, dining, tours, and so much more. Greater Palm Springs offers a wealth of activities and events to entertain you day and night during this holiday season…from farmer’s markets […]

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Palm Springs: A Perfect Fall Escape

The pool at Colt’s Lodge

It was my birthday weekend, and I was craving wide blue skies and sunshine. But I also wanted incomparable hiking, biking, swimming pools, massages, shopping, and fine dining. Clearly, that leaves only one place: Palm Springs. I have lived in or spent vast amounts of time in Palm Springs since 1998, but the desert in autumn never fails to thrill my senses. My best friend, Tina, also has had a life long love affair with Palm Springs, so we decided to plan the perfect Palm Springs fall escape.

We decided to try out a new (to us) boutique hotel, […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Palm Springs Art Museum’s Brooke Hodge

Photo: Lani Garfield

Brooke Hodge is the Director of Architecture and Design at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Hodge is a curator, writer, and critic whose credentials include Deputy Director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York; Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum; Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA); and Assistant Dean of Arts Programs at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, among other positions. 

Hodge’s curatorial credits include major exhibitions on the work of such international architects and designers as Frank Gehry, Gio Ponti, Zaha […]

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Comic Con Comes to Palm Springs This August!

COMIC CON PALM SPRINGS brings the very first comic con to the desert. The three days of festivities arrives in August, featuring signature events, special guests, and an unparalleled list of artists. The inaugural event kicks off Thursday night, August 25th with a private VIP party and begins officially on Friday with events through the close of Sunday evening.

“We’ve spent years working on this event to create the very best comic con experience we can for fans,” says Christopher Spellman, founder and executive producer of Comic Con Palm Springs, “not only working with talent and exhibitors, but also being passionate fans […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: A Perfect Palm Springs Weekend Escape!

I woke up last weekend and decided I couldn’t take a second longer of gray skies and socked in skylines at the beach. I was weary from working 16 hour days and craving the peace and expanse of the mountains—yearning for unadulterated sunshine to infiltrate my cells and my soul. And so I booked a room at the charming and historic Villa Royale Inn, a Tuscan-style boutique hotel in the south end of Palm Springs—adjacent to the historic Deepwell neighborhood, right across from the ACE Hotel. Then, Murphy in tow (yes, Villa Royale is dog friendly!), hopped in my car […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Donna Davies, Vice President, Art Group | Director, SOFA CHICAGO

Donna Davies is the Vice President of Art for Urban Expositions, and the director of SOFA Chicago (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair), the premier art show in the country dedicated primarily to sculpture. Before joining SOFA, Davies was the Director of the Marx-Saunders Gallery in Chicago for more than six years; and Assistant Director of Contemporary Art for Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., for four years. 

 Donna runs the Art Group’s annual shows including the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair. The fifth edition of the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair debuts on Thursday, Feb. 11 at […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: Kate's Top Picks for Halloween in Palm Springs!

Looking for something spookily seasonal to enjoy in Palm Springs this Halloween? Whether high—think Dias de los Muertos altars, or low—pumpkin bowling; young—trick or treat stations, or old—a DJ’d costumed street party—Greater Palm Springs has something for everyone this Halloween! On this week’s Spotlight, check out my curated top picks to get your ghost on this Halloween. Stay safe, boys and girls, and have a howl of a time! ~Kate 

10/24/15  and 10/31/15
Haunted Carriage Tour
Big Horse Carriage Company, 217 S. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA, 92262, features Haunted Carriage Tours on Saturday, 10/24/15 and 10/31/15 from 8pm to 11:30pm. Enter the Haunted Carriage Tour […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Athena Award Winner Shari Kelley of Shari Kelley Events

Shari Kelley, CEO of Shari Kelley Events, has been creating parties in the desert since 1978 and lists among her clients, The Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Palm Springs Art Museum, The Palm Springs Air Museum, Eisenhower Hospital and Jim Houston, Stacey and Greg Renker, Donna MacMillan, Annette Bloch, Arlene Schnitzer, Carol Price, Bill and Dianne Moss and The Vintage Country Club.

She has traveled the US extensively for events, but may be best known for the annual Houston Halloween party which last year featured a 40 ft. pirate ship sushi bar. Shari is always quick to point out that without […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with James “Gypsy” Haake

PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with James “Gypsy” Haake

James Haake never imagined he’d find fame and success dressed in outlandish women’s clothes. After dancing on Broadway, he opened a club in New York called “Gypsy’s” and his wicked sense of humor and A-list crowd made the club a hit. Gypsy then moved to Los Angeles and starred in the cabaret version of “La Cage aux Folles” in Beverly Hills for 11 years. Celebrities were a constant fixture at “La Cage” and Gypsy got to know them all, and soon Gypsy was cast in movies, including “To Be or Not To Be,” “The Morning […]

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