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    Modernism - Tramway Gas Station

    by trvlrtom Written Jul 3, 2009

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    This should be the first stop for anyone going to Palm Springs for the first time. It is an architectural landmark worthy of a visit in itself, but also serves as the Palm Springs Visitors Center, where you can get all kinds of information about the area, as well as souvenirs (a good selection of Modernism books, vintage era postcards, etc.) The helpful staff can tell you about other things to do besides look at architecture too, just as in any other city's visitor center. You'll see it as you come into town from the north on 111.
    The station was designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers and built in 1965, leaders on the mid century architectural movement. Thankfully, when the station no longer served its original purpose as a gas station, it was preserved and now serves as an icon of design and architecture.

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    Modernism- The House of Tomorrow (Elvis Hideaway)

    by trvlrtom Written Jul 3, 2009

    Of the many Palm Springs homes of the Modernism movement, this is probably the most well know and photographed. Quite likely because it was the honeymoon hideaway of Elvis. Today you can tour the home (for a fee - see the web link below) or just drive by and see it for yourself from the street. It's located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Las Palmas Estates neighborhood near downtown Palm Springs.
    This house is quite unique, not just for it's celebrity story, but the design. You'll not see another like it.

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    Modernism - Las Palmas Estates

    by trvlrtom Written Jul 3, 2009

    Palm Springs is famous for its Desert Modernism, and perhaps the best place to get a quick look at several homes of this style is the Las Palmas Estates neighborhood. Most of the homes were built from 1958 - 1962 by Alexander Construction Company, and included homes designed by William Krisel and Charles DuBois, two noteworthy architects of the era. At the time many famous celebrities (Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe etc.) all passed through; it was known as the Beverly Hills of Palm Springs. It is a small neighborhood but packed with fascinating homes and landscaped yards. It's close and easy to find - just north of downtown.

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    Modernism - The Kaufmann house

    by trvlrtom Written Jul 3, 2009

    The Kaufmann House is a 1946 glass, steel and stone landmark house located near the heart of Palm Springs. It was designed by architect Richard Neutra and was at the vanguard of the postwar Modernism architectural style. It was designed to make a connection to the dry, desert environment and utilized newer materials for construction, as well as innovative design techniques. For anyone interested in architecture, this is near the top of the must see list. There is plenty of detailed info on the web.

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    Palm Springs Walk of Stars

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    There are 320 stars and the criteria to have a star placed is to be in show business who have distinguished themselves as actors, producers, directors, playwrights, cinematographers, musicians, either on Stage, Radio, Film, and/or Television, as well as persons who have otherwise become prominent in the field of Entertainment, and have greatly contributed to the worldwide prominence of Palm Springs.

    So when you stroll down Palm Canyon, make sure to look down and all around, because you never know what you may find.

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    The Village Green Heritage Center

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    This little gem of history is tucked right down in the middle of town. It has the McCallum Adobe and the Cornelia White House with memorabilia of Palm Springs pioneers and Ruddy's 1930's General Store Museum and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. What also is wonderful is many historical markers , bronze sculpture, and a beautiful fountain of native pottery that are the center piece. Just so lovely.

    Hours:
    Wednesday and Sunday: Noon to 3pm
    Thursday through Saturday: 10am to 4pm
    Open mid October through May

    Admission:
    General: $2
    Children: Free with Adult
    Members: Free

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    The Man Who Dressed Marilyn Monroe

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    Located downtown, is a museum with the exhibition of William Travilla, the man whose dresses were created especially for Marilyn Monroe and many other Hollywood elite. The Its called, “Travilla: The Man Who Dressed Marilyn Monroe,” and it will benefit the local Alzheimer’s Association, and will be on display at 125 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

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    Palms Springs Official Visitor Center

    by Yaqui Updated May 9, 2009

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    This was the former Tramay gas station and now makes a wonderful visitor center. It is at the base of the Chino Canyon where the Tram is located. The staff was friendly and helpful. The center has loads of information regarding Palm Springs accommodations, dining, shopping, museums, attractions and events. Lets not forget they have a really neat gift shops with publications, souvenirs and cool Palm Springs-logo apparel for sale. Contact them via email at: visitors@palm-springs.org.

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    THE FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    I overheard many locals that highly recommend when you come to Palms Springs looking for some wonderful entertainment that the follies’ is a wonderful source of entertainment. It is located in the historic Plaza Theatre. It originally opened December 12, 1936, for the world premiere of the now-classic motion picture Camille. It entertained for many years until it went into decline due to other sources of entertainment and it closed in 1987, but not before suffering the like many other theatres in having a wall built down the center and becoming a twin auditorium as to show more movies. But 1991 one of Palms Springs city father retired television producer Riff Markowitz came up with a wonderful idea to keep this wonderful establishment alive. Thus, the follies were born.

    Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 760 327-0225 or online.

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    PALM SPRINGS VILLAGE FEST

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    A coworker told me about this, but unfortunately we were leaving Thursday and would miss this. Yet, the next time we come we are surely going to check this out, but wanted to share this event with you. Every Thursday evening, Downtown Palm Springs streets are closed off so people can roam safely. They transform the street into a festival with all kinds of artists, artisans, entertainers, and vendors that offer fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Plus you still have all the wonderful the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located all along Palm Canyon Drive - and Village Fest is dog friendly too!

    October - May 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM June - September 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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    Catch a Movie

    by malianrob Updated Jul 21, 2008

    It gets hot in Palm Springs so if you want to get out of the sun you might want to catch a movie. The movie theatre is right off the strip near downtown. The kids spent alldaylong in the pool. At night they wanted somethingfun to do but they were too young to go into the casino so they went to the movies.

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    Indian Canyons: In the footsteps of the Cahuilla

    by Martinewezel Updated Apr 17, 2008

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    This excursion was one of the highlights of our trip!

    At the entrance gate we received a trail guide with a trail map and a lot of hiking suggestions. Also warnings such as " Know your limitations", "carry as much water as you can" and "Beware of rattlesnakes". Enough to scare off a couple of European tourists who didn't feel the heat of the sun since more than a year (way of speaking).

    So, contrary to what we are used to, we decided to do what most tourists in this area do: walk a mile or so along the river in the oasis.

    What a surprise! Such a beautiful place! Waterfalls, giant rocks, palms, sun, shade, flowers...
    Paradise on earth!

    Starting at the Trading Post, we walked to the West Fork Falls and hiked a small part of the Murray Canyon Trail without seeing any snakes.
    BUT, we were lucky to see another typical inhabitant of the area: a Granite Spiney Lizard, at least 8 inches tall (see 4th photo).

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    Come for the Film Festival

    by marinarena Written Apr 2, 2008

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    In southern California, it's not just Hollywood with the big movie festivals and hoopla. Palm Springs host an acclaimed, annual movie festival, held every January. Reserve tickets in advance to guarantee but this is not absolutely needed.

    Features of festival:

    Black Tie Gala- very exclusive , celebrity filled event. Past celebrities here include Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and sean penn among several others. Passes are this are pricey (usually a few thousand)

    other galas, movie screenings, seminars and presentations.

    Ticket location may vary year to year but, for one, is likely to be at :
    Regal Cinemas Palm Springs Stadium 9,
    789 Tahquitz Canyon Way

    or the Camelot Theatres
    2300 E. Baristo Road

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    Appreciate the grand public art around town

    by marinarena Written Apr 2, 2008

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    Palm Springs is a fine art city, the grandest example of the California desert. Downtown features many glorious statues and modern sculpture. One can catch many of the works while strolling along Palm Canyon Dr.

    Picture 1: (2007), John Clement, "Squeeze", Palm Canyon Theatre
    538 North Palm Canyon Drive

    Picture 2: (2000), David Morris, "Rainmaker" at Frances Stevens Park
    555 North Palm Canyon Drive

    More to come in travelogue.

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    Be Blown Away by Pretty Windmills

    by marinarena Written Apr 2, 2008

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    Before reaching the heart of the city, pretty white windmills greet you. Admire the beauty of these powerful energy prodcures while on Interstate 10 or stop and take an exclusive tour of these wonders on the farm, the largest of its kind.

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