The Coachella Valley is a (not so) hidden gem for vintage shopping. With a huge emphasis on the mid-century modern architecture and design, the Valley is filled with unique spots to find everything from bright caftans to vintage ice buckets and even furniture for your entire home!
The Frippery, Mitchell’s, and The Fine Art of Design all offer vintage that is too good to be true. If the bold, disco vibes of the 70s and early 80s is your speed, Mitchell’s is your spot. The Frippery features an array of colorful & floral frocks from the 60s and 70s, while The Fine Art of Design has an eye for couture pieces from the 50s – the 80s (and don’t forget to check out the hat box collection!)
If vintage furniture and accessories are more your speed don’t worry, there is plenty of that too!
Dazzles – A yummy collection of vintage baubles (of the jewelry variety) that would make Iris Apfel jealous. Dazzles also has one of a kind glass, ice buckets, and home furnishings. Typically open 12pm – 5pm Thursday thru Monday.
Iconic Atomic – Mid Century Modern meets Tiki Chic at this vintage spot in the Uptown Design District. A must purchase from Iconic Atomic: a vintage Hawaiian shirt.
Warren Modern – Located in the Sunny Dunes antique area Warren has the best assortment of mid-century ice buckets and unique furniture carefully restored. Warren always has the best assortment of bar carts for every style!
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs – This Antique “mall” offers everything from glassware, furniture, clothes, vinyl, and Swiss Army bikes (yup). Grab a coffee and clear your morning because you will want to spend hours getting lost in all the fabulous finds!
Palm Springs is a technicolor dream of colorful doors, brilliantly white buildings, and bright pink bougainvillea that naturally inspires visitors to escape their city wardrobes. Packing for Palm Springs can be a challenge, especially when the mercury rises over 110 degrees. Palm Springs is most famous for its mid-century architecture and glamorous Hollywood history, and the style is naturally inspired by both…with a mix of boho chic thanks to the influence of Coachella and the high desert. So, what should be some things to remember for your next trip to the desert?
1. Ditch the heels ????
Generally speaking, you won’t see a lot of women in heels around here. Flat sandals, slides, and the occasional wedge are about as dressy as we get. Unless you are attending a specific event that calls for a more formal shoe option, opt for packing a sandal or slide that can take you from poolside to cocktails, a low bootie, and dressier sandal for dinner.
2. Don’t forget about the sun ☀
The sun here is STRONG. Plan on packing a hat that will keep you face shaded while you explore the desert, shop, or lay by the pool. Opting for a wide brim straw style can take you from day to night.
3. Layer ????
This is especially true if you are traveling between October and April when the daytime highs are warm but the evening can dip fairly low. A jean jacket is an ideal option that pairs back to shorts, sundresses, skinny jeans, rompers…anything!
4. Find inspiration in the 60s ✨
Of course, fashion is always influenced by the past, what’s old is always new again, but Palm Springs takes it to a whole new level. A Marilyn Monroe inspired dress, a floor-length caftan, a high waist bikini, or a scarf wrapped as a turban all scream Palm Springs chic. If you would rather find a vintage piece here, there are plenty of vintage shops to scour!
5. Don’t be afraid of color ????
I am the first one to pull out an all-black outfit on a daily basis, color isn’t usually my jam (as I’m sure you can tell if you follow me on Instagram) but use the vibrant colors of Palm Springs as an opportunity to embrace some color!
I hope this helps you pick out just the right pieces for your next Palm Springs trip!
While there are plenty of ways to keep busy or simply relax here in Desert Hot Springs, sometimes a little road trip is in order.
The Salton Sea is located just about an hour from the Aqua Soleil Hotel and is a unique experience for those visiting the Coachella Valley. It is one of the world’s largest inland lakes and lowest point on earth at -227 feet below sea level. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Salton Sea was dubbed “The Salton Riviera,” a miracle oasis in the desert. The shores were quickly built up with resorts, golf courses, and a yacht club. The lake was full of boats, water skiers, and sunbathers who flocked to the yacht club for dinner each night. By the 1970s the lack of rain and runoff from nearby agriculture farms increased the saline levels in the lake, and the once bustling resort was abandoned. Today, visitors will find a mix of funky spots like the International Banana Museum and relics of the Salton Sea heyday.
Bombay Beach is a unique spot to check out for its art and the only bar/grill in the area, Ski Inn. If you do plan to eat at Ski Inn (it’s pretty much your only option), be sure to have cash on hand as they do not take debit or credit cards! ????
After checking out the funky Bombay Beach, head another 25 minutes South East to Salvation Mountain, a colorful, picturesque mountain in the middle of the desert. Chances are you have seen an image of Leonard Knight’s colorful “God is Love” masterpiece, but a photo hardly does it justice! The 50 foot high and 150 long “mountain” is made entirely of adobe clay and donated paint. In addition to the “God is Love” message, the Lord’s Prayer, and biblical quotes, the mountain also features beautifully painted waterfalls, flowers, and even a yellow brick road. Recently, Salvation Mountain has been the background to fashion brand photoshoots and was featured in music videos by Kesha and Coldplay. If you plan to visit, be sure to have plenty of water and bring a snack along as there are no stores/restaurants in the area. Entrance is free however donations are appreciated for the upkeep of Salvation Mountain. ❤
Now that the summer heat is in full force here in the Coachella Valley, many locals and visitors are looking for easy day trips to cooler weather. If a lengthy drive to Joshua Tree or Idyllwild isn’t an option, then don’t miss the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. Located just about 15 minutes from Aqua Soleil Hotel the Tram’s Valley Station, it is an easy drive (or Uber) for guests hoping to cool off.
The Palm Springs Tram is the largest rotating tram in the world and travels over 2 ½ miles from the Valley Station (located on Tramway Road) to the Mountain Station (at 8,500 feet of elevation). The 10-minute tram ride takes passengers on a beautiful journey through Chino Canyon’s rugged cliffs from the desert topography of cactus and rocks to a mountain paradise of majestic pines and abundant nature. Since the temperatures at the mountain station average 20-30 degrees cooler than the desert floor, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities like guided nature walks and hiking. The mountain station is also home to a natural history museum, gift shop, two theaters, and two restaurants serving up grab & go options or sit down meals.
If you plan to enjoy a hike, be sure to check in with the Ranger Station. It is located in Long Valley, just down the concrete path leaving the mountain tram station. All hikers are required to sign in, and maps of the 54 miles of trails are available. For those hoping to summit Mt. San Jacinto, it is a moderate 11-mile round trip hike from the mountain station.
Pro Tip: If you plan to enjoy the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, especially during peak summer weekends, be sure to purchase tickets in advance online. Same day tickets must be purchased at the Tram’s Valley Station.
For more information on the tram, hiking, dining, or current weather for the peak, check out the website.
Summer is in full swing and it’s almost time to celebrate our country’s independence. If you are planning a trip to the Coachella Valley for the 4th of July there are plenty of options for enjoying an All American day complete with fireworks!
Sunday, July 1st
The City of Coachella will be kicking off the 4th early with local food vendors, music, carnival rides, games for the kids, and of course, fireworks. The event is located at Bagdouma Park. Find out more details here.
Tuesday, July 3rd
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians will host a free fireworks show at the Eagle Springs Golf Course located next to Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. Spectators are welcome to bring low back chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks show that will be choreographed to music on local radio station The Eagle 106.9. You can learn more about this event here.
Wednesday, July 4th
The City of Palm Springs will host its annual 4th of July pool party at the City Pool beginning at 2pm. Admission is $2 for children 4-12 and $6 for adults. There will be music, games, an inflatable slide, and fireworks will be visible from the pool. Check it out here.
Palm Springs Stadium will host its annual 4th of July Power baseball game followed by fireworks at the Stadium. The baseball game starts at 6:05pm with hot dogs, peanuts, and beer available for purchase. Fireworks begin at 9:15pm and the ballfield is open to the public at 8pm! For those looking for a free option to see fireworks head to Sunrise Park (where the baseball field is located) early in the day with a picnic and enjoy the fireworks!
Agua Caliente Resort will host a BBQ Buffet for $21.99 per person (4-9pm) followed by a fireworks extravaganza beginning about 9pm. See the details here.
Civic Center Park in Palm Desert will kick off its 4th of July festivities at 7:15pm with the National Anthem followed by The Swing Cats, a big band, until the 9pm fireworks. This show is also visible from the upper-level restaurant patios on El Paseo. Be sure to plan ahead for reservations. Find more information here.
Whether you consider yourself a movie aficionado or are just looking for a unique experience during your stay, plan to make your way to Palm Springs for next week’s “Short Fest.” It kicks off on Tuesday, June 19th. The annual event is a highly competitive competition for short filmmakers hoping to be considered for awards like The Oscars and the BAFTAs.
So, what is a short film? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences define a short film as anything not long enough to be considered a feature film and generally less than 40 minutes long.
The Palm Springs Short Fest is in its 24th year and will show over 300 short films over the course of 7 days. Those attending a short fest screening can expect to view between 3 and 10 films in a curated program with a common theme. After each screening, there will be a Q&A with filmmakers to enhance your experience.
Tickets and passes go on sale Wednesday, June 13th and are available online, by phone, or in person at the box office. All screenings will take place at the Camelot Theater on Baristo Road in Palm Springs.
For more information including a schedule of screenings be sure to visit the Short Fest website.
In 1914, Cabot Yerxa, an artist and world traveler who settled in the area now known as Desert Hot Springs unearthed naturally occurring 132-degree mineral waters beneath the surface of Desert Hot Springs using a pick and shovel. After discovering the hot mineral waters, he dug a second well near his original home to provide drinking water and found a natural cold spring. His discovery of both hot and cold mineral waters in the region lead to the naming of the area, Miracle Hill. A branch of the San Andreas Fault called the Mission Creek branch bisects the land below DHS, on one side, is the hot springs and the other the cold springs.
It was nearly 30 years later in 1941, when Cabot and his wife, Portia, began construction on what is now known as “Cabot’s Pueblo” a unique museum located just minutes from Aqua Soleil. The four-story, 5,000 square foot pueblo was built entirely by hand using reclaimed materials from all over the Coachella Valley. Cabot used wood from his original homestead and then began purchasing abandoned cabins in the area for materials, and was even known to straighten out old nails to reuse. Cabot also spent his time making adobe style clay bricks in the courtyard allowing them to “bake” in the sun to complete the pueblo’s 35 rooms and 30 rooflines.
Today, the Cabot’s Pueblo features Native American art and artifacts, souvenirs from Cabot’s world travels, and even some of his own art. During the months of October thru April, the Pueblo hosts artisan markets each month and a Dia Day Los Muertos (Day of the Day) celebration in mid-October. Visitors can also book an hour-long Pueblo tour for $13. During the peak, months of season (October – May) tours are offered every day except Monday. Once the summer heat sets in, tours are available Wednesday thru Saturday only. For more information on visiting the legacy of Cabot, check out their website.
This time of year there is only one thing on our minds: beating the triple digit heat! With forecasts in the upper 90s and triple digits for the foreseeable future, it felt like the perfect time to share some locals secrets for keeping cool!
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! ????
Drinking plenty of water may seem simple, but you would be surprised how much more water your body will need while basking in that desert sun for a weekend and enjoying a drink or two. Step up your hydration game by adding some lemon, mint, cucumber, or fresh berries to your water for a fun flavor. Coconut Water is another great option that is extra hydrating thanks to natural electrolytes.
2. Indulge in a Sweet Treat. ????
Ice cream is always a good idea while in the desert, especially with so many options to choose from. Ice Cream and Shop(pe) in Palm Springs features unique flavors like Coachella Valley Date, Avocado, and Sweet Corn plus classics like Cookies n Cream and Birthday Cake. They also feature a kitschy gift shop(pe) that is an Instagrammers paradise complete with unicorn pool floats. If an affogato (read: espresso poured over ice cream) is more your speed, check out the newly opened Kreem in South Palm Springs. The owner makes fresh almond milk daily and is always experimenting with fun flavors of both regular and vegan ice cream.
3. Take In Some Art. ????
The Palm Springs Art Museum is the perfect spot to spend the day when the mercury keeps rising. With a mix of current exhibitions (you can see amazing Andy Warhol prints through the end of May) and regular collection there, is something for everyone. The Art Museum also offers free admission every Thursday from 4 pm – 8 pm!
4. Sip the Day Away. ????
Did you know that Palm Springs is home to not one but two unique tiki bars? Relax (in the air conditioning!!) with a tropical cocktail and listen to some music in a bar that will make you feel like you are a beach in Hawaii. Bootlegger Tiki features handmade, craft tiki classics and new favorites while Tonga Hut is a true throwback to the mid-century heyday of Mai Tais and Navy Grogs.
5. Enjoy the Mineral Waters. ????
If you can’t beat it, join it! Spend an afternoon soaking up the sun (with plenty of SPF) in one of our three natural mineral water pools. These waters are drawn from the Desert Hot Springs aquifer deep beneath the earth’s surface by our onsite well. They are known to aid in circulations, ease pain naturally, help skin ailments, and are sure to relax your body. Win, win, win, win!
Happy Stagecoach Week! After two successful weeks of Coachella, this Friday kicks off arguably the biggest Country Music festival of the year, Stagecoach. This year’s headliners are a perfect mix of new favorites like Florida Georgia Line and country classics like the legendary, Garth Brooks. If you are planning to attend this year’s festival there will be no shortage of good times, great food, and amazing country music but what should you expect?
1. Know who you want to see
With three full days of music starting early in the day it’s a great idea to check out this year’s set times and have a general idea of who you want to see and what time they go on. The festival grounds are massive, and with crowds of people, it’s not always easy to make your way from one stage to another.
2. Pack the essentials
While security check is strict at Stagecoach, don’t forget to pack the items you know you will need like sunscreen, chapstick, a portable charger for your phone, ID/credit card, and a bandana for all the dust.
3. Dress for the weather
April in the desert can sometimes be a mixed bag of heat, wind, and extreme weather so always be sure to look at the forecast. This weekend you can expect highs in the mid to upper 90s and comfortable, cooler evenings. Light colors, a hat, and shorts are always a great way to go to stay cool.
4. Don’t forget to eat
Between the Shake Shack pop up and Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, there will be no shortage of delightful bites!
5. Enjoy a cocktail (or two)
Malibu Rum has a pop-up beach club, Budweiser has Country Club, and there is even a cozy country cabin complete with a front porch serving up whiskey cocktails all weekend long. This year’s signature drink is “Summer in a Cup” from artist Trisha Yearwood!
If you have not already purchased tickets, they are still available on the Stagecoach website starting at $349 for General Admission.
Brought to you by the Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs, come to the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa to enjoy a broad display of interesting and attractive artwork. All of the artwork presented is also for sale at very reasonable prices. Place: Banquet room of the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa Address: 14500 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 When: April 23-29, 10am-6pm
Participating Artists: Tysen Knight Bernard Hoyes Yudit Ecsedy JoAnne Windsand Joan Hangarter
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It is officially Coachella season here in the Valley, and everyone’s favorite music festival kicks off this week! As a Coachella veteran, I have picked up a few tips along the way to ensure I not only have a blast but am prepared for whatever the day may bring. If you are already a seasoned Coachella pro, you have probably figured these tips out. If not, you will be thankful you that stopped by and are prepared for three long days of music, art, and fun!
What to Bring:
My first year I had no idea that a bandana is a necessity for Coachella. Between the smoke for three straight days and the seasonal winds and dust, a bandana is your bestie. I bought a bunch of cute ones this year and used them to cover my face, keep my hair off my face, and even tied one around my neck at one point. If you happen to forget one, most of the General Stores at Coachella sell them, but they go FAST so remember to do that on Friday.
Sunscreen. Yes, people actually forget this. I sprayed myself down with SPF30 each day before heading out and used my daily face SPF and was totally fine, but we make a point of seeking shade whenever possible. Security checks are tight and spray sunblock is not allowed so be sure to have travel packs of some in your bag.
A scarf or Turkish towel. It’s a long day at Coachella, and sometimes you will just want to sit down. However, there is really no place to do that other than the ground. Typically, I grab some Turkish towels from the linen closet, and they have been perfect to sit on and also to wrap up in when it got windy and chilly. Security is strict on actual towels/blankets coming in, so these two options are perfect.
A purse that zips. Ladies, hear me out, I once bought the cutest bag thinking I would use it all weekend for the festival. I used it one day. I love the bag, and it’s perfect for day to day life, but the snap closure just made me so nervous all day that my wallet or phone was going to fall out. By day 2 I was using my tried and true zip closure bag.
What to Expect:
Expect to stand in a lot of lines for everything from ID check to bathrooms. If you are over 21, get the ID check done early, as the day goes on and more people come out for the evening the lines get way longer. Same goes for food lines, bathroom lines, drink lines, etc. Plan ahead!
There is actually no possible way with a GA ticket to see everyone you want to see. The polo grounds are HUGE and trying to force your way through crowds to get from the Coachella stage to the Sahara tent can take upwards of 20 minutes at times. Figure out early (I use the app to help with this) who is the most important for you to see and go with the flow for the rest of it, trust me, you’ll be happier.
If you really want to see someone and want to be close to the stage, go to the show before and just wait it out. I was dead set on being front row for Chris Stapleton a few years ago, so I went to the Autolux show before. It totally paid off, and I watched Chris from the front row center, right on the rail!
Eat all the good food. I have a friend who cannot be bothered to eat at Coachella, she is too busy dancing and partying, but for me, the yummy food has become part of the experience. A few of my favorites this year were the Milky Buns from Afters Ice Cream, the crab fries, Lobster rolls, and of course, the arepas, these delish corn cake/mozzarella cheese concoctions from Columbia. PS – If you are a rose fan be sure to find the gals at the Rose all Day booth for a plethora of options!
Don’t forget about the experiences! Yes, Coachella is about music, but it’s also about art, and each year there are numerous art installations all over the polo fields that are so cool! There are also unique pop up shops like H&M, Pandora, and my favorite, Perverse Sunglasses.
If you are making your way to Coachella this year, I hope you have an amazing experience!