Palm Springs Spotlight: An Interview with Amy Blaisdell

This blog begins a series of interviews with notable and interesting denizens of Palm Springs (of which there are many)! This week’s interview is with Amy Blaisdell, Communications Director for the City of Palm Springs.

Amy on the red carpet at the star-studded Palm Springs International Film Fest Awards Gala

Amy, I understand that you’re a proud native of Palm Springs! Have you always lived in the Palm Springs area?

I grew up in Rancho Mirage and attended St. Theresa School in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage Elementary, Palm Springs and Palm Desert high schools. I received a B.A. in Communications from St. Mary’s […]

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The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Transport to Another World

The amazing ascent on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from the Palm Springs desert floor to the top of the San Jancinto Mountains—an almost 6,000 foot change in elevation (and 30 to 40 degrees cooler!). You’ll travel two and a half miles in 15 minutes (one way)—crossing over five distinct vegetation zones (the botanical equivalent of going from Canada to Mexico), slowly rotating 360 degrees the whole while—on the world’s largest rotating tramcars, taking in all of the views around and […]

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Palm Springs International Short Film Fest, Trina Turk, and more!

There’s a lot going on in Palm Springs this week—and it’s a perfect time to explore our desert playground: the crowds are gone, low summer hotel rates are here, and there’s still so much to see and do!

Start with paying homage to Palm Springs’ silver screen pedigree both past and present at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival & Film Market, “ShortFest” (June 19 – 25). The 18th annual Palm Springs International Short Film Festival showcases more than 320 short films from around the globe.

Trina Turk for Banana Republic, Photo courtesy

Need something to wear to a screening or […]

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From Street Fair to Sinatra: A Thursday Night in Palm Springs

I love the diversity of Palm Springs. This magical Mecca of sun and fun, golf and glitter, art and architecture summons a glorious cavalcade of humanity. There are few ways to better witness this than a stroll down Palm Canyon Drive on a Thursday evening enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of VillageFest—a dizzying array of musicians, artisans, purveyors of food and flowers, hawkers of the political and philanthropic.

Villagefest on Thursday nights in Palm Springs. Photo source:

Every Thursday evening, downtown Palm Springs turns into the Palm Springs VillageFest, also known as the Palm Springs Street Fair. Streets are […]

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