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Desert Dreamers 3

Whether through dancing, singing, painting, or playing, their lives and art reflect our valley.

Maggie Downs History

One of the stories often told about Palm Springs’ early history (a story like many others with one foot in the truth and the other hovering somewhere near it) is that the valley was a magnet to Hollywood celebrities because many of them had a clause in their contracts forbidding them to travel farther than 120 miles from their studios.

Desert Dreamers

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For these pioneers, it went beyond civic pride. It became their mission in life.

Maggie Downs History

Back in 1917, the Palm Springs locals didn’t even blink when they saw a woman clad in bib overalls and covered in grease. That was just Zaddie Bunker, proprietor of Bunker’s Garage, a woman who knew how to fix cars. She had a certificate to prove it because she learned her trade in a correspondence course. After her husband left

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Desert Dreamers

They didn’t see emptiness. They only saw possibility.

Maggie Downs History

“There are two deserts,” Randall Henderson wrote in 1937 for his first Desert Magazine letter from the editor. “One is a grim, desolate wasteland. It is the home of venomous reptiles and stinging insects, of vicious thorn-covered plants and trees, and of unbearable heat. This is the desert seen by the stranger speeding along the highway, impatient to be out

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These Women Mean Business

The 2017 Women in Business awards, a Palm Springs Life event, annually honors three of the most dynamic Coachella Valley businesswomen.

Maggie Downs Attractions

Actress and entrepreneur Denise DuBarry Hay believes women are like diamonds — precious, multifaceted, and formed through extreme pressure. “We all have these facets to our lives that make us unique and rare,” she says. That analogy can apply to the sparkling DuBarry Hay herself, since all her endeavors — from actress to film producer, yogini to business owner —

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Opening Night

And what’s a great opening night show without a stellar cast?

Maggie Downs Fashion Week El Paseo

Fashion Week El Paseo unfurls with a red carpet affair, starring designers Christopher Bates, Mikael D, and Adam Lippes. Together, these designers present compelling collections that represent the fashion-forward splendor in the week to come. Welcome to Opening Night. Opening Night featuring Milan’s award-winning men’s fashion designer Christopher Bates, American luxury women’s sportswear designer Adam Lippes, and international red-carpet designer

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Foodie and the Feast

Dine out with the best at the James Beard Luncheon

Maggie Downs Attractions, Restaurants

The best food in the nation comes to you from all directions during this year’s James Beard gourmet luncheon. Hailing from the North is Chicago’s Gale Gand, the James Beard Award–winning chef and owner of Tru. Representing the South is Tory McPhail from New Orleans, the James Beard Award–winning executive chef at Commander’s Palace. Casey Thompson of Napa Valley, season

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You Want a Piece of This?

All Chef Gale Gand is saying is give pie a chance.

Maggie Downs Restaurants

Here’s Gale Gand’s plan for world peace — put a pie in every oven. “If you walk into someone’s home and you smell a pie baking, it triggers all sorts of emotional memories and connections,” says the nationally acclaimed pastry chef. “It makes you want to stay and have a conversation.” Cookbook author, TV personality, teacher, and restaurateur, Gand has

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Dear Mr. Fantasy

This Indian Wells residence sumptuously unites Old World craftsmanship with grand flair.

Maggie Downs Home & Design, Interior Design, Real Estate

You could call them the dream team. Where many desert homes are chic and sparse midcentury time capsules, this stately abode is imbued with an adamantly traditional vibe. “It feels like you’re walking into something that was here 100 years ago — and it will be there for the next 100 years or more,” says Langlois, president and founder of

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To Preserve and Protect

Come to Palm Springs in 1975, and this is what you’d see.

Maggie Downs Modernism

Monte Carlos, Corvettes, and Eldorados cruise down Palm Canyon Drive. There’s the Canyon Club Inn, where celebrities hang out, the bustling Chi Chi Club that dazzles from inside and out, and Huddle’s Springs restaurant, a renowned example of Googie-style architecture by William F. Cody. Department stores, like J.W. Robinson and Bullock’s, are posh and prosperous. Stop at a brand-new restaurant