Wild Flowers near Palm Springs

Publisher’s Letter: A Little Rain Must Fall

Palm Springs Life presents its 2017 Annual Desert Living Edition.

Franklin Jones Attractions, Valley

In the desert we learn to value every drop of moisture that comes our way. A shower here is like a surprise gift; a rainstorm seems nothing short of miraculous. But you might imagine that our collective joy was dampened last winter when it started raining in November and then continued to rain. And rain. And rain. As lovely as

colony palms hotel

Vacationland

Nostalgia and a day in the sun.

Emily Chavous Fashion & Style, Valley, Watch & Listen – Fashion

Basking in the glow of a fading summer, a time when long, sun-soaked days begin to give way to crisper desert nights, a young Los Angeles couple canoodles in a private corner by the hotel pool. They’ve run off to Palm Springs for a tranquil night at the Colony Palms Hotel— the Spanish Moorish palace built by Purple Gang mobster

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Into the Frey

Inseparable from its architects, a historic home blushes pink and turns heads.

Lisa Marie Hart Modernism, Valley

There is little remarkable about an established interior designer buying an architecturally significant home. It happens all the time. In this case, however, we’re talking about Atlanta-based Bill Stewart, who in 2016 purchased a Old Las Palmas estate and teed up a seven-month renovation. He added subtle, modern updates to the 1964 structure. Original plans by Albert Frey and Robson

Classic photo of La Quinta Hotel tennis court

Order on the Court

While the brawl for bragging rights raged on between the Racquet Club and the Tennis Club in Palm Springs, a new champion was emerging in the east valley.

David Lansing BNP, Tennis, Valley

It may have been some 40 years ago but tennis hall-of-famer Charlie Pasarell still remembers the last ATP tennis tournament played in Tucson before it was relocated to Mission Hills Country Club and the valley where it would grow to become the BNP Paribas Open. First of all, it wasn’t really even a tennis tournament. “They called it the American

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Drew Davis Goes Whole Hog

While roast pig is the centerpiece at this chef’s alfresco feast, 
it’s friends and family who steal the spotlight.

Lizbeth Scordo 111 East, Restaurants

FOOD Chef Drew Davis is the first to admit he has little time to throw dinner parties. “Honestly, I don’t really have time to do anything, owning my own restaurant,” the 39-year-old says, referring to Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine, the Spanish-influenced Mediterranean eatery he owns in Rancho Mirage with his wife, Cynthia, and parents, Mark and Lecie Davis. So when he

Jesus Rafael Soto's "Cuatro Modulaciones"

Tango Americano

A trio of exhibitions reveals 
Latin America’s artistic legacy in the 
desert and beyond.

Steven Biller 111 East, Arts & Entertainment

ART Six years ago, we marveled when more than 60 museums and cultural institutions across Southern California opened simultaneous exhibits tracing the rise of the L.A. art scene. The shows, funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its Pacific Standard Time initiative, dissected the region’s revered light and space movement (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego), intersection of music

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Love at First Brush

It may be one of the smallest salons on earth, but Barry Nadeau makes his customers feel like queen for a day.

Wendy Duren Health & Wellness, Valley

BEAUTY The Gallery Building on North Palm Canyon Drive has seen more than a few transformations since it served as the El Mirador Hotel’s garage. The chauffeurs who once bunked upstairs are gone, as are the gas station and the art gallery, to say nothing of the glamorous hotel across the street, long since made over into Desert Regional Medical