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Desert X Returns to Palm Springs Until April 21

Desert X is a collections of art installations that pop up in Palm Springs and throughout the Coachella Valley every two years. The current run is happening now through April 21. All of the installations are free and open to the public, and many are located outdoors. This year there are 19 artists displaying their work. Many are sculptural, some are avant garde, and one uses your smart phone to create a fanciful augmented reality experience using your smart phone.

Start by downloading the Desert X smartphone app, or swing by the Ace Hotel for a printed guide to all the art. Both will give you GPS coordinates so you can find the installations on your own. You can also find out information about guided van tours on the Desert X website at www.desertx.org.

Western Flag by John Gerrard

Also, check out this link to a good write-up of the project and some recommendations for the best ones to check out. LA Times Desert X

If you are staying in Palm Springs, you can do it casually and pick two or three a day to go see. Much of the art is in and around town, and even the ones out in the desert are only minutes from town. Some are further out, towards the Salton Sea. If you do that, also check out my list of other activities you can do in the High Desert and Salton Sea area. Click Here

Ghost Palm by Kathleen Ryan

Desert X

Where: Various sites in the Coachella Valley; guidebook and map at Ace Hotel, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 73660 El Paseo, Palm Desert; and 82713 Miles Ave., Indio.

When: Through April 21

Information: desertx.org

Palm Springs Arrive Hotel Announces Free Poolside Movies

The fun and lively Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs will be hosting free monthly outdoor movie nights every last Friday of the month at dusk. The pool is heated and they have an outdoor bar that sells drinks and nibbles. Movie candy is free. Since there is alcohol, this is only for adults 21+.

The Arrive is welcomes the general public to come and enjoy the pool, so wear a suit if you want. Or if you would rather, just hang out in one of the poolside cabanas.

The next movie will be Groundhog Day on February 22. The movie starts at dusk, but show up early to grab a cabana or float in the pool.

You can make a night of it by grabbing a bite before the movie at Wexler’s Deli which is next to the pool area.

Here is full lineup of movies:

January 25 – Labyrith
February 22 – Groundhog Day
March 29 – Dirty Dancing
April 26 – Blazing Saddles
May 31 – Hairspray
June 28 – Cool Runnings
July 26 – Spaceballs
August 30 – The Goonies
September 27 – Clueless
October 25 – The Craft

ARRIVE HOTEL • 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr

See Robolights One Last Time in Palm Springs

Now that the Palm Springs weather is turning to what we call “cold”, it’s time for a little Christmas cheer in the desert. We have our downtown Parade of lights, which is fun for the kids, but one of our best attractions is so bright you can see it from the aerial tramway, or even from an airplane.

I guarantee you have never seen a Christmas display quite like Robolights. Artist Kenny Irwin has been building this installation of recycled art for over 35 years. Every year he adds dozens of new sculptures, so there is always something new to see. You will find Santa Claus and reindeer here, along with thousands of glistening lights, but this is not the usual Candy Cane Lane for the kids. There are some truly bizarre images mixed in among the merriment. Check out the video for a taste of what you have in store.

According to The Desert Sun newspaper, this will be the last year Robolights will be at this location, as the City of Palm Springs has mandated it be moved to a commercial space due to its popularity and size. Who knows what the future holds for Robolights, but it is highly recommended that you see it while you can.

Robolights

Suggested donation of $5-10 to enter
Hours: 4:30 – 9:30 PM
Open every night til Jan 2nd
Address: 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs CA 92262

Your Best Deals At Wet ‘N’ Wild Palm Springs

Here is an update on your best deals for the Wet N Wild water park in Palm Springs.

Groupon: Two admissions and parking ($59): Click Here

Goldstar Coupons: One regular admission ($26.50): Click Here

There are also discount coupons available at Carl’s Jr restaurants and Costco, or just for buying tickets online at www.wetnwildpalmsprings.com, including an all-day price of $19.99 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

That $19.99 price is their “Twilight” price and you can get it any day if you go later in the afternoon, which is a pretty good idea anyway. Plus there is always free parking after 3 o’clock.

 

 

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Tips For Enjoying Summer In Palm Springs

Palm Springs gets hot in July and August, but there are still plenty of things to do in between relaxing and chilling out in your air-conditioned vacation rental. Here are some suggestions for getting the most out your vacation:

Rise and shine. If you want to walk, hike, or play golf or tennis, you will want to get up early. The sun is up around 6am and many people get up and out early to take advantage of the beautiful morning. The rising sun casts a red glow on the San Jacinto mountain and makes it gorgeous. 

Swim in the morning and evening. Of course, the pool feels great in the middle of the day, but since the air temps and water temps are warm this time of year, mornings and evening swims feel wonderful. Pool hours at Palm Canyon Villas are 7am to midnight, so there is plenty of time to enjoy. (Of course, be considerate with the noise levels during early and late hours).

Plan cooler activities in the middle of the day. When the temperatures soar, it’s a good time to get into cooler places. The Palm Springs Tramway is generally 30 degrees cooler since it takes you up 8500 feet in elevation. You can easily spend half a day up there if you do a little hiking. For those that want to take it easier, you can enjoy lunch up there and take a nature walk through Long Valley. If you make it to Notch 3, you will be rewarded with amazing views of upper Tahquitz Canyon and the Coachella Valley. Other “cooler” activities include visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs Air Museum, a little gambling at the Spa Casino, or splash around at the Wet N Wild Water Park. Joshua Tree National Park is also a good option, though it will still be warm there. The earlier you go, the better, and the air-conditioned drive through the north end of the park is itself worth going. You can get out of the car and walk around to your own comfort level.  

Enjoy Downtown Palm Springs in the evening. There are great shops and restaurants downtown, so you can sit down to a nice dinner then stroll down Palm Canyon Drive after. Many of the restaurants have misting systems to bring the outdoor temperatures down about 15 degrees, so it’s often very comfortable to sit out on a patio and enjoy the evening. After dinner, there are plenty of great places to get treats. Great Shakes is the best (trust me), but you can’t go wrong with some italian ice and custard from Vinny’s. There are also several ice cream places on Palm Canyon. 

There are plenty of options, including the option of chilling out at the condo and enjoying a good book. Sleep in. Catch up on your crosswords. Palm Springs is all about relaxation. Enjoy!