The Smoketrees are Blooming

First time I saw a Smoketree in bloom I almost ran the car off the road. For most of the year they are scrubby pale gray-green shrubs that colonize washes and vacant lots around Rancho Mirage. Many can be seen south of Highway 111 across from The River and a couple of blocks to the…

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Lucky and Bangkok 5

Reba and I have always loved Thai food and last evening we headed out with a friend to find some. Good news! Rancho Mirage boasts two Thai restaurants. Both are wildly popular. But last evening we knew exactly where to go for impeccable service, a serene environment and scrumptious fare. Bangkok 5, on Highway 111,…

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Morongo Shopping Mecca

On your way back to the Southland, just 20 minutes from Palm Springs headed west on Highway 10, there is a not-to-be missed shopping Mecca. It is worth a stop. Obviously thousands that stream by to and fro the Palm Springs Valley and points east know about the outlets. I’m not much of a shopper…

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Car Washing with Elephants-Pink Ones

So how do you cap a perfect get-away vacation in beautiful Rancho Mirage? The answer is obvious – you wash with elephants – pink ones – before you head back to town. You’re relaxed. You have a smile on your face. You’ve played golf, slept in, luxuriated at a spa and enjoyed some great dinners…

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Hiking in the Altitudes

June in the Palm Springs Valley guarantees three digit temps. Love the heat. Early morning walks, afternoons holed up with books that you’ve been meaning to read since they were unwrapped at the Holidays and nightly swims under the stars. Rancho Mirage resort guests are into summer too. They chaise lounge alongside our resort pools…

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Llyn Foulkes at The Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Art Museum is not any mid-sized museum. The renovated brut building huddled at the base of the soaring San Jacinto Mountain smack downtown Palm Springs has been updated with flair and intelligence by director Steven Nash and his posse. Many eye filling modern and contemporary works here. Sleek installation design and a…

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Rancho Mirage at a Glance

With only 17,000 year-round residents Rancho Mirage is a small town. Yet in its 37 year history it has been a powerhouse playground for Hollywood celebrities and American Presidents. For a taste of this history visit Rancho Mirage’s City Hall and explore the galley of archival photographs that line the walls of the public spaces.…

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The Coziest Bed in Town

By now I’m sure you know that not all bedtime is for catching ZZZZs. But whatever happens on the divan at home, where most of us spend a third of our lives, we want it to be cozy. Snuggle in and read a book, convince the cat to cuddle and purr, sip a jigger of…

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Hiking in the Palm Springs Valley

I’ve been hiking a lot lately. Spring has arrived this year with a particular vividness. Wild flowers and cactus are blooming in profusion. The azure sky is dotted with billowy clouds scudding eastward. Snow mantels the high peaks. The temperature in the mid to high 70’s degrees Fahrenheit is perfect for hitting the trails. All…

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Thriving at Coachella and Stagecoach

The Coachella Music & Arts Festival (April 16th, 17th and 18th) and the Stagecoach County Music Festival (April 24th and 25th) are upon us. Got tickets? Bet you do. Now’s the time to think about some of the things that can make or break your fun. It’ll be HOT and COLD! Bring lots of bottled…

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