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The Suite Life at Riviera Palm Springs

Two suites at Riviera Palm Springs provide the type of amenities and comfort for that luxury getaway to acting as a home base for a wedding or bachelorette party.

Triada Palm Springs Has Hollywood Star-Studded Past

Formerly known as The Spanish Inn and host to the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Howard Hughes, the Triada Palm Springs opens with a modern look of its ancestor.

The Amado Hotel Reflects Midcentury's Attention to Detail

Jaime Kowal tested 37 different colors on the hotel doors of The Amado in Palm Springs before choosing the now signature orange.

Hotel Kitchenettes Exude That Home Away From Home Feel

Choosing a hotel with a kitchen or kitchenette means spending less money eating out, or having snacks available for poolside afternoons when staying in the Greater Palm Spring area.

40 Under Forty: Emily Bird-Hrivnak

When Emily Bird-Hrivnak visited the desert 14 years ago from the Pacific Northwest to oversee the renovation of the then–Palm Desert Town Center, she didn’t plan to stay.

40 Under Forty: Chris Pardo

Chris Pardo is on the forefront of so many new, innovative projects in the valley that it is becoming hard to keep score.

40 Under Forty: Dominique Medina

While most people her age were making plans to begin high school, at age 14 Dominique Medina began working in her dad’s business, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage.

40 Under Forty: Jaime Kowal

Jaime Kowal has worked as an editorial and commercial photographer, building her portfolio of work globally over the past 14 years.

5 Tips to Ensure a Great Hotel Experience...From a Hotelier

Five handy tips to ensure a pleasurable hotel experience in the Greater Palm Springs area from our hotel blogger, Nicole Bowen, who has worked in the industry for more than a decade.

Visionary - Tim Ellis

Tourism & Hospitality Visionary - Tim Ellis, the general manager for Palm Mountain Resort, came to the Coachella Valley 22 years ago “because I was looking to get into resort hotel management.”

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs Earns Travel Weekly Award

The lobby design at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs has received a 2014 Gold Magellan Award from Travel Weekly.

Ingleside Inn Palm Springs Attracts Daily Nightlife Crowds

The mystique of cutting loose in the same room Frank Sinatra once did is what initially brings the crowd, but the entertainment at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs is what keeps them.

ARRIVE Palm Springs Will Make Environmental Imprint

When designing ARRIVE Palm Springs, architect Chris Pardo knew he had to create a property that fit into its desert surroundings and was environmentally friendly.

Villa Royale Inn Reflects Palm Springs History, Ambiance

What began as film star and Olympic figure skater Sonja Henie’s estate in the 1940s has been preserved and developed into a hidden gem as Villa Royale Inn.

Desert Staycations

The Palm Springs area is filled with resorts offering packages in the summer months to help people unwind and have fun.

Kerry Simon Brings Rock 'n' Roll Rep to Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Dubbed the rock ‘n’ roll Chef by Rolling Stone magazine, Kerry Simon seems a natural fit to bring his restaurant to the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs.

Air Canada Will Add New Non-stop Service to Palm Springs

Air Canada will introduce new seasonal non-stop service between Vancouver and Palm Springs International Airport beginning Dec. 18.

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa Welcomes 4-Legged Guest

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa has taken on a permanent guest called Scooter, a 15-year-old African spurred tortoise.

The Palm Springs Hotel Continues Boutique Resurgence

The Palm Springs Hotel, set to open this fall, will bring an industrial take on midcentury modern design in North Palm Springs.

Posh Palm Springs Hotel Redefines What Customers Seek in Service

POSH Palm Springs Hotel is redefining its own name, bringing a new level of personable service and hospitality.

Guests Can Download Movies at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will equip all rooms with complimentary Nexus Tablets and Google Chromecast, enabling customers to stream movies and TV shows without additional hotel fees.

Virgin America Renews Palm Springs Connection

With more passengers coming through Palm Springs International Airport, Virgin America will be back with return flights to San Francisco and New York.

Wine & Roses Hotel Meets Accommodation Desires

Wine & Roses Hotel Restaurant Spa offers an experiential trip of the senses with celebrated cuisine and premium resort service.

Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Brings Luxury Stay to Valley

For the first time since 2010, Ritz-Carlton has opened one of its luxury hotels in Rancho Mirage.

Andreas Hotel & Spa Joins Palm Springs Historical Walking Tour

The Andreas Hotel and Spa in downtown Palm Springs has been added to the Historical Walking Tours for the 2014 season.

TripAdvisor: Desert Riviera Hotel Ranks No. 1 for Top Customer Service

The Desert Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs has been chosen the No. 1 hotel for exceptional service by TripAdvisor, while two other Palm Springs hotels, Hotel California and La Maison, also finished in the top five.

Spa Resort Hotel Will Close in Early July

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will close the Spa Resort Hotel and Spa & Fitness Center July 8, while the casino will remain open.

Palm Springs Cracks Top 10 for Highest Summer Bookings Increase

Palm Springs has been chosen as one of the top 10 destinations with the highest percentage increase in summer bookings over last year by Airbnb.

Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Serves to Beat of State Fare Bar Kitchen

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage resort will open May 15, and at the heart of the resort will be the State Fare Bar Kitchen.

Skylark Hotel Palm Springs Restores Vintage Look

The term “a hidden gem” gets thrown around a lot, but that’s a literal description of the Skylark Hotel located in the Palm Springs Uptown Design District.

Hyatt Palm Springs Changes Name, Reaffirms Community Roots

A downtown Palm Springs fixture since 1990, Hyatt has reaffirmed its community roots and changed its name from Hyatt Regency Suites to Hyatt Palm Springs.

Own a Piece of the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Own a piece of the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, the first hotel to be crowdfunded by an online property marketplace.

Palm Springs Climbs to No. 17 in TripAdvisor Ranking

After finishing 23rd last year, Palm Springs has improved six places to No. 17 in this year’s TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards for Destinations.

Hotel Lautner Takes You Back to Mid-20th Century

Time travel has never been more fun touring the Hotel Lautner, which sits at the end of a quiet residential street in Desert Hot Springs.

Phantogram Tops Hard Rock Hotel Grand Opening Event

The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs has created a Grand Opening event featuring Phantogram for March 6.

Sparrows Hotel Takes Flight in Palm Springs

The subtle sign announcing the Sparrows Hotel in Palm Springs is in stark contrast to the amazing detail taken in rebuilding the 20-room property.

Korakia Pensione Seduces Guests With Serene Lifestyle

Enter the courtyard of the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs' Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood, and you are immediately seduced by the gentle sound of water.

Palm Springs Boutique Hotels Collect TripAdvisor Awards

Ten Palm Springs boutique hotels received the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards by TripAdvisor website for Best Small Hotel, Romance and Bargain.

Palm Springs is Among Romantic Destinations in U.S.

Palm Springs has been designated among the country’s romantic destinations compiled by Travel and Leisure magazine.

Genius: Willows Inn Reincarnates Vintage Palm Springs

The Willows Historic Inn's guest list in its previous incarnation included Albert Einstein, and its modern version maintains that historic heritage in Palm Springs.

Get a Room: Mamie Van Doren Suite

Looking for a place to stay during the holidays? The Mamie Van Doren suite at the Andreas Hotel & Spa gives you comfort with a slight sex appeal in its convenient downtown Palm Springs location.

Gondolas Offer Eco-Friendly Ride at JW Marriott Desert Springs

Although the gondola rides at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert may not be quite as famous as their Venetian counterparts, they also have their eco-friendly side.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Extends Green Education to Kids

The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has its eco-friendly bases covered, including a program to teach kids that recycling can be fun.

The Monroe Palm Springs Makes Green Imprint Quickly

The Monroe Palm Springs may be one of the newest hotels in town, but they didn’t waste any time going green.

Falconer Has Renaissance Esmeralda Taking Flight

The eco-friendly practices at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells have really taken flight—literally.

La Quinta Resort's 'Green' Practices Start with Golf

Where better to focus a green initiative than on the golf course? La Quinta Resort & Club says that is just the beginning of the resort’s eco-friendly policies.

Eco-friendly Practices Hit all Areas at Avanti Hotel

Tucked away in Palm Springs Movie Colony neighborhood, the boutique Avanti Hotel has mid-century style and 21st-century eco-friendly features

City Profiles - Rancho Mirage

It requires little more than a glance at a Coachella Valley map to see that the City of Rancho Mirage occupies an enviable spot. If a gigantic bull’s-eye were to be placed over the center of the valley, Rancho Mirage would easily rest inside.

City Profiles - Palm Springs

2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the city of Palm Springs — and it has been another spectacular year to remember for Southern California’s most legendary resort playground!

City Profiles - Palm Desert

Palm Desert and its economy are on the move, with building activity accelerating at an exhilarating pace not seen in years.

City Profiles - La Quinta

In the past year, the City of La Quinta has experienced a resurgence in economic development activity — demonstrating that the Gem of the Desert remains a prime destination for work, play and quality of life.

City Profiles - Indio

Talk about magnetic pull. All those vehicles hurtling towards Indio along Interstate 10 have heard the buzz. They know Indio is the place where things are happening right now.

City Profiles - Coachella

While the global economic outlook has shifted over the past several years, Coachella continues to offer the best value proposition for residents and investors in the Coachella Valley.

City Profiles - Indian Wells

Some 100 miles east of Los Angeles, yet a world apart, lies Indian Wells, Calif., an extraordinary residential and resort community nestled at the foothills of the picturesque Santa Rosa Mountains.

City Profiles - Cathedral City

Many year-round and seasonal residents make Cathedral City their home while others come to find what they need because this centrally located city has it all.

Visionary - Denise Wilson

When Denise Wilson decided to parlay her passion for flying into a small business, even she underestimated the possibilities for her fledgling charter jet service company.

Another Place & Time

Korakia Pensione, built in 1924 as the Tangier-style villa for Scottish painter Gordon Coutts, has since become a magnet for visiting artists, musicians, photographers, writers, and celebrities.

Where The Dogs Are

Palm Springs reigns supreme when it comes to welcoming pets. Whether your four-legged companion prefers being pampered, playing sports, or just tagging along for a night out, the desert is full of pet-friendly hot spots.

Ain’t No Sunshine

In a wry sign from above and beyond, the City of Palm Springs was baptized by the bucketful the year it was born.

90 Days of Summer

Palm Springs Life’s Desert Guide is back with the popular and successful 90 Days of Summer editorial offering: 90 things to do, places to stay, shop and eat — distinguishing Palm Springs Desert Resorts as a unique getaway. The target audience is the Southern California visitor drive market and all feeder markets.

Cameo — A Sunny Disposition

Sunnylands Center and Gardens opened, fashioning itself as “Camp David West” — a destination for internationally significant retreats, meetings, and an educational resource for the public.

75 Things We Love About Palm Springs

People to our east may have the Grand Canyon, Gateway Arch, and Broadway, but they also have intolerant immigration rules, tornadoes, and stressful traffic. People to our west may have Pacific Ocean beaches and Sunset Boulevard, but they also have fog and stressful traffic.

Take an Elegant Adventure

The luxury travel/tour company PS-Uncommon Journeys offers vacation packages and door-to-door service for customers who have the time and means to leisurely travel.

INTELLIGENCER - November 2012

Liberace’s Piano Bar, The $4,120,000 Difference, Inn the Groove, and Word Association...

Discover Palm Springs Inside Secrets

Changes are coming to some of the popular attractions in the Palm Springs resort area.

A Bunch of Enthusiasm Near Salton Sea

Fred Garbutt aims to make the International Banana Museum more fun than a barrel of monkeys at its location near the Salton Sea.

Sunnylands Tours In-Demand

Sunnylands garners great reviews and stimulates ideas to address challenges.

Palm Springs Air Travel Marks Soaring Success

In 2008, when the CEOs of GM, Ford, and Chrysler flew by private jet to request a bailout from Congress, the backlash became a boon for a Coachella Valley jet charter service.

Experience La Quinta Resort's $500 Massage

Hollywood luminaries and Washington, D.C., royalty have made La Quinta Resort & Club their wellness retreat for decades.

PSST! - Then & Now

Marilyn Monroe, The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and McCallum Theatre - Then, and Now.

Greetings from Cahuillaland

Leave behind modern Palm Springs and enter the lost world of Cahuillaland. Here, the rocks have names, and tricksters and shapeshifters dart around you. A kind of power — one anthropologist calls it “electricity” — abounds in objects we think of as inanimate.

Meet the Moderns

Fascinated by the area’s midcentury modern architecture, photographer James Schnepf set out to meet people who live in the past.

The VIP Treatment

Stay and play like a star in a celebrity estate, mountain-view mansion, or an architectural gem of a vacation house

Destination Medicine

Drawn by the desert’s transcendent beauty and desirable weather, people seeking a healing environment for recovery and rejuvenation seek the resort vibe of Greater Palm Springs.

Hyatt Indian Wells Unveils Luxury Renovation, New Name

Hyatt's 45-acre resort in Indian Wells has a lot to show for its recent renovation, including a new name.

Watch Marilyn in Palm Springs Anywhere

A new live webcam feed allows people living anywhere in the world to see Marilyn Monroe standing in Palm Springs.

5 Ways To Cool Off In Palm Springs

High temperatures and humidity mean cool and fun times if you know where to look!

psst! Intelligencer

Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs and the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs infamous for its historic mob ties and movie-star guests — have new owners Woodridge Capital Partners.

Meet the Ultimate ‘Retro Daddy’

Charles Phoenix flips through hilarious and sometimes bizarre slides of strangers and their homes and cars and families, taking a standing-room-only audience at Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater through a rip-roaring Technicolor look at yesteryear.

Nothing Usual

Belief in an individual’s potential has driven Branson to pursue what most people would consider impossible, if not improbable, undertakings.

psst! — Where the Wild Things Are

Among about 200 accredited zoos nationwide, fewer than a dozen have taken part in initiatives to put animals back in the wild, The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden is among that minority.

CAMEO — Been to the Spa Lately, Rianna Riego?

American Spa magazine’s 2011 Reader’s Picks just named Rianna Riego among the top five “Favorite Spa Consultants” (she also made the 2010 list).

Reap the Wild Wind

The San Gorgonio Pass provides a natural corridor for plants, animals, and a forceful current of air and water

A Perfect Circle

If you have been thinking you’re in an urban nexus with some fetching mountains on the fringes, what we’re about to tell you may be unsettling. Here in the greater Palm Springs area, you’re actually on an island — a puddle of urbanity surrounded by wildlands.

Miracle in the Sand

Cabot Yerxa, who worked on his homestead from 1913 until his death — chronicled the lives of those who dug wells, contended with rattlesnakes, and built the cabins and roads that became Desert Hot Springs

Intelligencer - Holly Time

Hotels typically tie package offers to holidays. But Palm Springs Riviera is tying its midcentury vibe and musical history to the release of the Rave On Buddy Holly tribute CD.

Editor's Letter August 2011

I love summer in the desert. With the business of “season” at bay for a few months, even we working folks can dip into the amenities that make Palm Springs the most relaxing place on Earth.

Editor's Letter April 2011

If you think the “season” is winding down, take a vitamin and read on. This month, Palm Springs Life shows you to some fun, adventurous, and historic destinations within our mountain perimeter.

BowWOW!

Beg if you want, but if you’re reading this, you can’t book yourself a suite at the desert’s new resort and wellness spa.

PSST! - Above it All

The five-star Rosewood hotel planned for a site along Highway 74 just south of El Paseo in Palm Desert

Sass in the City

The cheeky charm of Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District lures entrepreneurs — and patrons of the distinctive

Beyond the Gate

When you pull up to the Indian Canyons tollgate, there’s plenty of time to study the posted rules (no pets, no loud radios) and watch the resident chipmunks play.

PSST! - Well, Well, it’s Susie Ellis

SpaFinder’s president travels the globe — and still relaxes at home in Indian Wells

Into The Wild

Cradling the desert valley, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains hold a rich history, a bright future, and awesome experiences for those who hike their trails

Ruff Life

Hitting the road with "Rover" has gone upscale. Now you can share Southern California’s celebrity lifestyle with your furry friend. The days of staying at substandard hotels and dining at drive-thru's when traveling with the family pet are over

Into the Swing

Intelligencer — Impressive Experience

Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells and Escada in Palm Desert have teamed up to offer the Escada Experience

Editor's Letter June 2010

Flee if you must, but I’m staying! Sure, a few weekends in L.A., San Francisco, and Santa Fe will give me a break from the heat. Otherwise, I prefer to take advantage of so many great deals available to those of us who enjoy dining out, taking in spa treatments, and visiting cool attractions, such as Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Knott’s Soak City.

The Secrets of the Road Runners

The Roadrunner cartoon character was especially drawn for Palm Springs Life magazine by the artists at Warner Bros. Jim Cornett, the curator of natural science at the Palm Springs Desert Museum, tucked a photo of a roadrunner and a photo of a bald eagle under his arm and ventured out onto the streets. His mission was to test the public's awareness of animals.

10 Best Restaurant Patios

Palm Springs Area Restaurants with Patios - Toast the sun-setting amethyst shades on the San Jacintos with a chilled libation. Refresh your senses with a moon-kissed breeze and your palate with gourmet cuisine.

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2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
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