CALIFORNIA Desert Escape: Time to Relax and Rejuvenate at La Quinta Resort

A girls’ weekend at California’s iconic La Quinta Resort & Club, includes tranquil spa treatments, upscale culinary experiences and chillin’ in a swanky new casita. As spring fever set in, I decided that a visit to La Quinta Resort & Club was called for and arranged a trip with my 14-yr. old daughter. After a stressful few months, we were both looking forward to a reprieve, away … [Read more...]

Mid-Century Madness in PALM SPRINGS

Collin Friscia hits the desert road to Palm Springs, searching for Modernism in Mid-Century architecture and the feeling of yesteryear that remains today. Gazing past the dashboard onto the open road, my girlfriend and I continue to follow Highway 111 as it winds along the base of Mt. San Jacinto’s sprawling peaks. We’ve escaped the city’s smoggy gridlock, as two-lanes of endless highway … [Read more...]

HOTEL BUZZ: Hotel Lautner Opens in Palm Springs

Palm Springs has long been a favorite hideaway for Hollywood, and the newly opened Hotel Lautner offers an idyllic weekend hideaway just a two hour drive from Los Angeles.  Originally built for a film producer back in 1947, the recrafted complex of concrete, glass and redwood is a mid-century design-lovers dream. Designers Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge took three years to transform the … [Read more...]

Hollywood Heads East for Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 23rd edition of the film festival shines the limelight on the California desert resort city through January 16. What do George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams and 130,000 other mere mortals have in common? They’re all attending the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which opened today and through January 16th, will screen 188 films … [Read more...]

HOTEL BUZZ: Ace Hotel Palm Springs Goes 80’s For One Night

For the Record: John Hughes (Holiday Road), a musical celebration of hit songs and classic scenes from the 80's genre master to rock the hotel December 16. For a memorable flashback of 80's monster hits, check-out “For the Record: John Hughes (Holiday Road)” at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs on Friday, December 16, 2011. This special one-night performance pays tribute to John … [Read more...]

Coachella Music Festival 411

Coachella reigns as one of the world’s top music festivals, and this year’s lineup is likely to pull in record crowds to hear big name acts like Radiohead front man Thom Yorke, MGMT, and headliner Jay Z. This three-day concert extravaganza, set amid a Palm Springs polo field, starts this Friday and if you haven’t bought tickets yet, it’s time to start scouring Craigslist or online ticket … [Read more...]

Travel Deals for Mother’s Day

For this Mother’s Day, why not treat your mom to a fun getaway?  Go exponentially beyond traditional flowers and book mom an unforgettable vacation for her to enjoy solo or with the entire family. Whether its a mid-week jaunt in Palm Springs or a balmy Caribbean island escape, these travel deals are guaranteed to make mom smile. Mid-week Escape at the Viceroy, Palm Springs, CA For mom’s … [Read more...]

Palm Springs’ Riviera Resort Where Retro is Hip

Elvis rehearsed here. Marilyn kicked up her heels poolside. Sammy, Frank, and Dean serenaded a select few during intimate private gigs. Sonny escorted Cher and Phyllis Diller told a joke or two. Echoes of the past float around this desert gem, once the playground of the Rat Pack and company in the heyday of the 1960s. Today, all spruced up with a 70-million renovation, the Riviera Resort still … [Read more...]

Romantic Getaways this Valentine’s Day

Hey, guess what.  Flowers and chocolates aren't the only way to tempt your Valentine. Romance needs a dash of the unexpected and an occasional visit to the unknown. The solution: this year, nothing says "I love you" like a room key.  There are deals to be had, even last minute, so get moving and do something spontaneous and sexy.  From Dublin and beaches of Bermuda to the California Coast and … [Read more...]