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    Villagefest

    by Basaic Written Feb 20, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Villagefest is an ongoing event involving booths, art and handcrafted items, food entertainment, and more that occurs every Thursday Evening in downtown Palm Springs along Palm Canyon Drive. Great fun!
    Phone: (760) 320-3781

    Web: www.palmspringsvillagefest.com www.villagefest.org

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    Gay and Lesbian Tourists Welcome

    by Basaic Written Feb 20, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Palm Springs is another of the towns that caters to gays and lesbians with a number of events culminating in the "Pride Parade" from 2 to 4 November. Many local businesses display the rainbow flag to welcome gay and lesbian visitors to town. Festivities are concentrated in the "gay district" (Arenas Road between Indian Canyon Drive and Calle Encilia).

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    Parking

    by Basaic Written Feb 20, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Frequently, one of the biggest pains in large cities that are popular with tourists is parking. There doesn't seem to be enough and you have to pay; sometimes feeding lots of quarters into parking meters. Palm Springs though has a very nice, free, multi-level parking area right in the most popular part of downtown at the corner of Baristo Road and Indian Canyon Road.

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    California

    by MD2nd Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Now, since I haven't been in CA I again just am setting up links to VT pages & their tips I consider quite helpful:

    SteveOSF's California pages

    Tom_Fields' California pages

    Tugboatguy's California pages

    VeronicaG's California pages

    Yaqui's California pages

    Postcard from great Californian friend SgtML
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    Solar Trash Compactor

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: I had to giggle, but at the same time I was fascinated to actually see one of these. I thiink they are a great idea. I wish more cities had them. It would save a lot of time, money, and help our environment too! So if you see one of these, please use them.

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    Palm Springs Architecture

    by Martinewezel Updated Apr 20, 2008

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    Favorite thing: In the museum of art we learned about the Palm Springs architecture odf the 50's and the 60's. Clean lines, simple designs, soaring roofs, large windows... eclectic and exentric.

    We were especially charmed by the buildings of Albert Frey, the in 1939 Swiss-born architect. He first was a Le Corbusier disciple and later designed Palm Springs landmarks like Palm Springs City Hall (1957), Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Valley Station (1963), Tramway Gas Station (1965), and his own glass and metal home (1963) high above Tahquitz Canyon Way.

    Fondest memory: From the inner courtyard in thge Coyote Inn, where we stayed, we had a view over this house from Albert Frey. It's one of the houses which are typical for the mid century modernism, so typical for Palm Springs.

    See also the tip (must do) about the Visitor Center for another poto of a building of Albert Frey.

    House from Albert Frey, Palm Springs
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    Delight in a Date Shake

    by marinarena Written Apr 2, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Date Shake!

    Delicious, rich and perfect on a hot date in Palm Springs. Going to the California desert and having a date shake go hand in hand. Fresh dates, which are staples of the area, are grinded in the milky vanilla mixture. Sometimes, banana is combined with dates in the shake. From my efforts, it's hard to find an establishment who makes one in Los Angeles and Orange county areas. However, in many ice cream parlors, restaurants and even at the Palm Springs Air Museum, the date shake is on the menu. For about $3-$5 indulge on this local fave!

    Some shops famous for date shakes:

    Palm Springs Fudge & Chocolates, 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, (760) 416-0075

    Hadley's (888) 854-5655 (nearby in the city of Cabazon)

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    City of Palm Springs: Visitor Information Center

    by mafootje Written Jul 16, 2007

    Favorite thing: It's in my eyes located in a strange place, only when you come from LA you will pass this visitor center. So if you need to visit this center please locate it on a map before you go.

    Maybe it's smarter to follow signs for the aerial tramway since the information center is located at the beginning of the road that leads to the station.

    Inside you find limited information on paper, if you really need to know any specifics ask one of the attendants.

    It's a nice visitor center but more focussed to attract attention to paying hotels and attractions, and not so much to the cheaper and also nice hotels and attractions.

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    Encelia farinosa

    by JLBG Written May 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This close-up on a flower of Encelia farinosa* shows clearly that it belongs to the Asteraceae family, ie the Daisy family. It is used in revegetation mixes but tend to dominate any other plant in the mix as it is very powerful.

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    Brittle bush

    by JLBG Written May 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: These wild plants are Brittle bush, Encelia farinosa (Incensio)*, which grows freely in the desert. It grows better along the roads as the road sides collect water falling on the road, when it rains ! Thus, these roads sides are a special biotope that favor plants that need a little for wetness than the cactuses.

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    Yellow lined road

    by JLBG Written May 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Not far from the departure of the Aerial tramway, the road is lined with small bushes covered with yellow flowers. They would have been planted, there would not be more of them ! They are wild flowers, growing naturally.

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    Enjoy the scenery

    by mafootje Written Jul 26, 2004

    Favorite thing: when you walk through Palm Springs you are sure to find places which remind you that it can be very dry here if there's no irrigation by humans...

    The good thing about it you can take nice pictures as if you were in a place far away from other people...Looks nice in your photo album...

    Hill in Palm Springs
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    Tramway Gas Station

    by torototammy Written Jan 12, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Built in 1963 by Albert Frey, this beautiful wedge-shaped structure welcomes people entering Palm Springs on HWY 111. This once endangered building is now the city's tourist information.

    Fondest memory: The automatic serverd paper towel in the bathroom was amazing!

    Tramway Gas Station

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    You must take a day to go to...

    by RainWispr1 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: You must take a day to go to Joshua Tree National Park. It's about a 45 minute drive from the city. We got there in the afternoon and took an early evening walk in the 'high desert'. The sunset was beautiful. We sat on a BIG rock and watched the last rays disappear in the west. As it got dark, we walked back to the car and I thought about snakes. It had cooled off considerably and I thought it would be the time snakes would come out to cool off too. We didn't see any snakes but as darkness fell, the stars overshadowed even the beauty of the sunset. There were millions and millions. It seemd like there were more stars than darkness.

    Fondest memory: The sunset and starry night at Joshua Tree was my fondest memory of our Palm Springs trip.

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    Visit some of the funkier...

    by realbarbie Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: Visit some of the funkier shops on Palm Canyon. I found the perfect tiara to go with my 'Princess' bowling bag.

    Fondest memory: People watching. The people of Palm Springs seem to be as inordinately obsessed with their appearance as any group I've ever encountered. From the obvious plastic surgery to the ultra-chic clothing, I found the denizens of this desert city to be a visual treat (though, admittedly, I felt rather frumpy in their company).

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