Sunday, March 23, 2008
If you are interested in learning more, the Palm Springs Walk of Stars downtown is a great way to discover the Hollywood Stars who lived, loved and played in Palm Springs.
A brief History...
Starting back in the 20's and 30's, stars such as Ruby Keeler, Al Jolson, William Powell, Rudolf Valentino and Harold Lloyd escaped from Hollywood to the desert.
In the 40's they were soon followed by Ralph Bellamy, Charlie Farrell, Shirley Temple, Buddy Rogers, Mary Pickford, and Gene Autry. These celebs came to the desert to bathe in the natural hot springs, and enjoy the dry climate. There was little here at the time, but they laid the foundation for what would soon become a hotbed of activity.
Mid Century Glam
The 50's and 60's were very definitely it's heyday, when celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Bob Hope, Rock Hudson, Ginger Rogers, Jane Wyman, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Lucielle Ball & Desi Arnaz, Liberace, George Montgomery, Dinah Shore all had homes here in Palm Springs.
The 70's, 80's and 90's brought stars including Shirley MacClaine, Sonny Bono, Merv Griffin, Dolly Parton, Jack Jones, Keeley Smith, Debbie Reynolds, Kaye Ballard, Buddy Greco, Carol Channing, George Lopez, Dick Van Patten, Connie Stevens, Rich Little, Suzanne Somers, Victoria Principal, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. Before he was Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver spent a great deal of time in the Coachella Valley as well. Major golf and tennis tournaments continued to flourish here, which continued to attract major sports professionals in search of a pristine environment to compete and broadcast games on national TV.
Palm Springs- Back in Full Swing with a new generation
Today, in 2007, Palm Springs continues to attract big names, including Brad Bitt & Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Halle Berry, Daniel Day-Lewis, Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page, Jaime Foxx, Nikki Blonsky, Laura Linney, Emile Hirsch, Joe Wright, Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Jerry Weintraub, Barry Manilow, Queen Latifah, Bill Mahr, Ryan Seacrest, Deborah Gibson, Jimmy Van Patten, Amanda Bynes Ricki Lake, Elijah Kelley, Brittany Snow, Allison Janney, Taylor Parks and John Travolta just to name a few. The annual Palm Springs International Film Festival attracts a huge roster of major motion picture actors, directors, writer and producers.
It's not uncommon to see a major celebrity at a local restaurant one evening in town. With scenery and views like these below, its not hard to understand why Palm Springs has been home to celebrities for more that 80 years now. It's a beautiful oasis that I am proud to call home.
Desert Mystique Spa’s 4721 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite F, Palm Springs. 760-960-4597.
The Spring Resort and Spa 12699 Reposo Way, Desert Hot Springs. 760-251-6700.
Estrella Spa’s At The Viceroy hotel, Palm Springs, 415 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs. 760-320-4117.
And a few other Spas that feature genuine hot springs waters:
Monday, December 10, 2007
Modest priced Restaurants
* Tropicale, 330 East Amado Road Palm Springs (760) 866-1952
Spencer’s at the Mountain 701 West Baristo Road (760) 327-3446 GREAT outdoor seating, right against the mountain.
* Matchbox: Mercado Plaza, downtown PS, second floor
* Ruby’s Mercado Plaza, downtown PS
* Las Casuelas Palm Canyon, downtown PS
* La Casita- Indian Canyon/Tahquitz Rd, downtown PS
* Wang’s of the Desert (Chinese) Indian Canyon, downtown PS
* Grill-a-Burger Palm Canyon, downtown PS
* California Pizza Kitchen, Palm Canyon, downtown PS
* Pinocchios of the Desert (Tahquitz Rd, downtown PS)
* Tyler’s Burgers (La Plaza, downtown PS)
* Thai Smile, North Palm Canyon PS
* Al Dente (Italian, mostly pasta) North Palm Canyon, PS
* Boscoso (modern Italian) North Palm Canyon, PS
Restaurants with Character
* Melvyn’s at the Ingleside Inn
If you go on a weeknight, they have a special weeknight dinner menu for like a set price and its really good. Melvyns offers an old Hollywood Palm Springs dining environment. Its old school and can be a little stuffy, but I love it. They feature lounge lizard style live music after 8:00. It looks fancy- but is very cozy and welcoming. No t-shirts, but casual is fine. 200 West Ramon Road. Right near the mountain, behind Palm Canyon)
* Copley's of Palm Canyon Really great food, contemporary American cuisine. Very casual, perfect outdoor patio seating. Dinner can be pricey, but Sunday brunch menu is reasonable. 621 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs CA 92262 760.327.9555
* Johannes Offers an eccletic menu with an Austrian flair. Wonderful sauces, truffle oil infused soups, and fantastic desserts. Its pricey, but delicious food.196 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760 778-0017
* Norma’s at the Parker Palm Springs Hotel
GREAT for breakfast, really fun menu. Terrific outdoor patio seating, nice view. Breakfast will run about $20 per person. 4200 East Palm Canyon Drive 760 -770-5000
Great websites with a lot more informationBistros of Palm Springs
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All this, along with the return of young Hollywood elite, top drawer restaurants, hip boutique hotels, and refreshing spas make for an exciting time in Palm Springs. In particular, the Viceroy Hotel is one of the hottest hotels in town.
* Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures.
* Annenberg Theatre - At the Palm Springs Art Museum.
* Anza Borrego Desert State Park - This 600,000-acre park, the largest in the United States, enjoys virtually the same climate as the Coachella Valley.
* Balloon Above The Desert : Greet the sun or bid it farewell as you drift in beautiful desert skies in one of the most peaceful experiences of a lifetime.
* Fantasy Balloon Flights : The best view of Southern California's unique deserts, coastline, lakes, and wine country are enjoyed aloft.
* Big Wheel Bike Tours : The desert's premier guided bicycle tours!
* Canyon Jeep Tours : Join us for any one of three tours that will leave you breathless.
* Celebrity Tours : View the best of the famous Palm Springs Desert Resorts from the comfort of our quiet, air-conditioned coaches.
* Coachella Valley Museum & Cultural Center : The museum's purpose is to collect, preserve, display, and interpret the material culture of Coachella Valley.
* Desert Adventures : Jeep Eco-Tours to the infamous San Andreas Fault.
* Explore The Power Windmill Tours : Travel an electric-powered vehicles through a forest of towering, silently spinning windmills.
* Fabulous Palm Springs Follies - Aworld-famous, Broadway-caliber celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of the 30's and 40's, with a cast old enough to have lived it. Runs from October through May each year.
* General Patton Memorial : Come and see the General Patton Memorial in Chiriaco Summit, California.
* McCallum Theatre : The Bob Hope Cultural Center.
* Palm Canyon Theatre : Come see all the exciting shows at the Palm Canyon Theatre.
* Palm Springs Aerial Tramway : Experience the adventure of riding the world's largest rotating tramcars at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. One of the world’s most spectacular aerial rides, Mountain Station at 8,5l6 feet features a restaurant, cocktail lounge, gift shop and movie theater. Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness offers 54 miles of hiking trails, wilderness mule rides, cross-country skiing and snow-tubing with rentals available.
* Palm Springs Air Museum : Where history flies through the skies and your guides are the people who made history.
* Palm Springs Art Museum : Discover a cultural oasis in the desert.
* Sailplane Enterprises : Tell us about your dream flight, and that is what we will do.
* SHOP: Desert Hills Outlet, Cabazon Outlets, Westfield Mall and * El Paseo Shopping District- El Paseo features over 150 world-class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, restaurants and much, more...all lined along a beautifully maintained picture-postcard floral and statue-filled mile.* The Living Desert : 1,200-acre wildlife and botanical park, featuring rare and endangered desert animals and African wildlife including bighorn sheep, mountain lions, Mexican wolves, cheetahs, warthogs and zebras.
* Whitewater Trout Farm : Fantastic trout fishing is available for our visitors. No license needed and no limit.
* Indian Canyons - Andreas, Murray and Palm canyons. Trading post, picnic grounds, hiking and horse trails. Fifteen miles long, Palm Canyon is one of the great beauty spots in Western North America. Its indigenous flora and fauna are breathtaking contrasts to the stark, rocky gorges and barren desert lands beyond. Visit the Trading Post for hiking maps, refreshments, Indian art and artifacts, jewelry and conversational cultural lore.
* Joshua Tree National Park - Mojave and Colorado deserts join to form the park, approximately 1,241 sq. miles. Varieties of flora, wildlife sanctuary, campgrounds, horse and hiking trails.
* Parachutes Over Palm Springs - Enjoy a mile-high, five-minute canopy ride in tandem with a certified instructor on your first jump.
* The San Andreas Fault Tour - A three-hour tour of one of the greatest wonders of the world!
* Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films-A summer showcase of rising talent featuring...Short Film, Video, and Animation.
* CASINOS: Agua Caliente Casino, Casino Morongo, Fantasy Springs Casino , Spa Resort Casino , Spotlight 29 Casino.