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Palm Springs Modernism Fall Preview Is Coming

Every year in February, thousands of mid-century architecture and culture enthusiasts gather in Palm Springs for Palm Springs Modernism Week. For those who can’t get enough, or want to take advantage of off-season rates, or like to enjoy Modernism without all the hubbub, the mid-October Modernism Week Fall Preview is for you.

During this 4-day “Mini Modernism”, you can experience a sampler-size version of the bus tours, cocktail parties, house tours, car shows, and other events.

One event I can guarantee will be a hoot is the Charles Phoenix: Super Duper Double Decker Bus Tour. “Experience midcentury architectural treasures of Palm Springs with retro pop culture humorist and author, Charles Phoenix, as he leads a spirited adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus”. If you are familiar with Charles’ humorous takes on mid-century history, you know there will be a lot of laughs while you learn about Palm Springs mid-century modern heritage. The double-decker bus is excellent since it allows you to really get a good view of the houses and properties you will drive by. 

Modernism Week Fall Preview runs from October 18-21, 2018, and tickets go on sale August 1st. Head over to their website at www.modernismweek.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Palm Springs Art Museum Is Free On Thursday Nights

The City of Palm Springs Public Arts Commission believes that everyone should have access to art, so they have arranged to make admission to the Palm Springs Art Museum free for everyone on Thursdays (Summer hours are 12pm – 8pm). 

Palm Springs may be a small town, but our art museum is world class. The building was designed in 1974 by acclaimed mid-century architect E. Stewart Williams and it is stunning. Inside you will find major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. There are two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise. The museum has exhibited art by such notables as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Roy Lichtenstein, and Marc Chagall. Check the website for current exhibitions.

Beat the heat and enjoy a cool afternoon perusing some amazing art, all for free. You can go across the street and buy some ice cream with all the money you saved!

As an added bonus, the Palm Springs Museum of Architecture and Design Center is also free all day Thursday (from 12pm – 5pm). You will find it at Palm Canyon and Baristo not very far from the Art Museum. 

Palm Springs Art Musem

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-322-4800

 

A New Spa And Museum Will Open In Palm Springs In 2020 

The Agua Caliente Tribe has broken ground on its new 5.8-acre cultural center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The cultural center will feature a new cultural museum, a new Agua Caliente Spa and Bathhouse that celebrates the Tribe’s ancient Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a Gathering Plaza, gardens, and an Oasis Trail. 

Inspiration for the cultural center’s design includes Agua Caliente traditions such as basket weaving and pottery and elements found in nature including desert landscapes, Andreas Canyon rock formations, the Andreas Canyon stream and the Washingtonia filifera palm trees – the only native palm tree to the California desert. 

The cultural center will include numerous outdoor activity spaces, including a Gathering Plaza adjacent to the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring. Visitors can readily access from the Plaza either the Museum or the Spa and Bathhouse along landscaped terraces and pathways that serve as an extension of the Gathering Plaza. An interpretive green belt, the Oasis Trail, meanders through the property and provides an interactive, cultural learning environment. This trail recreates, on a smaller scale, the distinctive character, geology, flora and beauty of the nearby Indian Canyons, one of the ancestral homes of the Agua Caliente.

The new Museum includes approximately 48,000 square feet and will feature collections in a main gallery, changing gallery and art gallery. The new Museum, a repository for cultural artifacts, stories and history, will also include an education center and garden.

The Spa includes approximately 40,000 square feet to celebrate the ancient healing waters of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring with treatments rooms, men and women’s bathhouses, a tranquility garden, a salon, fitness center and outdoor mineral pools.

The Oasis Trail will meander between the Museum and Spa and will include terraces, a waterfall, sandy beach, fire pits and meditation labyrinth. 

For more information and updates, go to the website at http://www.visionaguacaliente.com.

Palm Springs Picks Spencer’s As Its Favorite Restaurant

It’s hard to pick a favorite restaurant, but year after year, Spencer’s Restaurant makes the top five. This year, the locals-only Palm Springs Eats facebook group chose Spencer’s as their hands-down favorite. 

So, what is so great about it? For starters, the restaurant is located at the base of the San Jacinto mountain, in a romantic setting with a gorgeous tree-shaded patio and modern romantic interiors. 

The food is described as “American with French-Pacific Rim Influence” which is a fancy way to say you will find a good array of dishes with tastes for everyone.  The food and service are always impeccable, and while it’s a little more pricey than most, the quality is worth the price and it’s always a memorable experience.  We especially like sitting out on the patio when the weather is nice, which is most of the year.

If you want to try it out and spend less money, make a reservation for breakfast or brunch. Their prices are very reasonable at that time, with some items priced comparably to any diner in town. 

Regardless of when you go, definitely make a reservation. Spencer’s is very popular with locals and tourists alike and fills up every night. 

Spencer’s Restaurant • 701 West Baristo Road • Website

Why Freeze When You Can Spend Christmas In Palm Springs?

I know, I know… who is thinking about Christmas in the middle of Summer? This is just a note to remind you that colder days are ahead, and Palm Springs is very comfortable in December. We had a cancellation at the Colin’s Palm Springs Getaway Condo, so you have a chance to book an affordable Christmas vacation for your family in sunny Southern California. Make Palm Springs your Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays.