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Dads and Hogs in the Desert

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An October 2004 trip to Palm Springs by SFPhotocraft

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Quote: Palm Springs always has a diverse group of visitors. Each year over Columbus Day, motorcycle clubs and gay dads converge on the desert at the same time. It makes for an interesting weekend!

Dads and Hogs in the Desert

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Overview

Palm Springs Photo, Palm Springs, California
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One of the very interesting features about Palm Springs is the people it attracts. It's no longer that retired snowbird who wants to escape the snow of Minnesota who shows up here. It has a diverse group of tourists who flock here from all over the world. At times the juxtaposition of some of these groups is interesting. For instance, over Spring Break you get the typical college party animal sharing a wait for a table with your average, white-haired retired AARP member. Every year the massive gay circuit party called the White Party descends on Palm Springs around Easter, which sometimes falls around the same time as Passover. You will see the decked...Read More

The Villa Royale Inn

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Hotel | "Villa Royale Inn"

The Villa Royale Inn Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Even people who really know Palm Springs seem to overlook The Villa Royale. This little gem may be one of Palm Springs's best-kept secrets. It's a charming little inn that you would expect to find in Europe, not a mile outside of downtown Palm Springs. My sister-in-law Martha Jane chose to have her 60th birthday bash in sunny Palm Springs, and she picked the charming Villa Royale as her ground zero. Villa Royale is a small, 31-room, or villa, hotel that is located near downtown. The hotel was opened in 1947 and is rich in history. It's a magical little oasis with red bouganvillea covering the patios and the smell of fresh jasmine in the ai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

The Villa Royale Inn
1620 INDIAN TRAIL
Palm Springs, California 92264
760-327-2314

Casita

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Restaurant | "La Casita"

Casita Photo, Palm Springs, California
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La Casita is a family-owned group of restaurants that are located in five locations through out the desert. The Palm Springs location is located in the Caliente Tropics Motel on East Palm Canyon Drive. You can't help to notice it, as it has beautiful, bright red bougainvillea cascading down the front of it. Caliente Tropics is ground zero for Dads in the Desert. One of our pool days we decided to stay here for lunch and try this La Casita. The restaurant is fun. It's average sized and has a definite Mexican theme to the place. We were given a prime table by the window and were all hungry for some good Mexican food. One of the problems in the desert is the places that stay open year r...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Casita
411 East Palm Canyone Drive
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 320-8993

Kaiser Grille

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Restaurant | "Kaiser Grill"

Kaiser Grille Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Popular is the first word that comes to mind when talking about Kaiser Grille. It seems that no matter what time of year, or what time of day you pass by, they have a fairly full patio deck. Perhaps it's because this is the best spot in town, and if you are a people-watcher, there is no better spot in Palm Springs. The Kaiser Grill is located smack in the middle of town and the patio hugs South Palm Canyon Drive; everybody strolls by here sooner or later. However, it's not just the location that draws both tourists and locals to Kaiser Grill. The food also is a draw. Kaiser Grill is considered a steak house, and without question, there a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

Kaiser Grille
205 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
+1 760 323 1003

Ichiban

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Restaurant

Ichiban Photo, Palm Springs, California
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I love a teppanyaki restaurant. I love a good show with a good meal and have long been a fan of the master chefs who slice, dice, chop, and cook it all before your very eyes with a little showmanship thrown in. It's also a good choice for us with kids, as it seems to keep their interest and the oooohs and aaaawwws are frequent. Palm Springs has several teppanyaki restaurants. One of the most popular is located on Palm Canyon Drive and is called Ichiban (which means "number one" in Japanese). A faux Japanese front is attached to a white wooden building and big yellow and blue sign hails motorists on busy Palm Canyon Drive. This may well be fusion at it's best. The last ti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

Ichiban
1201 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 318-1622

Citron

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Restaurant | "Citron (at the Viceroy Hotel)"

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One of the things I enjoy about LA is watching the trend-setters and their frenzy to mob to this week's latest spot. It's amazing to watch these folks as the move in mass from spot to spot, hoping and praying they are in the know and never a week behind. Palm Springs is so close to LA, that we get a just a bit of this "I gotta be groovy" run off. So when Kor Hotels built their latest fab Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs, all the buzz was this was the place to be and the place to be seen! It took no time for the beautiful people to flock here in mass! The restaurant is named Citron, and as its nam...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

Citron
Viceroy Hotel
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 318-3005

Mykonos

Restaurant

Mykonos Photo, Palm Springs, California
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This is the only Greek restaurant right in Palm Springs. It's a small stucco building that looks right out of Greece, and it can be found on a very quiet street just off busy Palm Canyon Drive. Andreas Road is a little oasis of peace and quiet from an area that can be a bit hectic in the height of tourist season. Mykonos is a small, family-owned business. The inside is very small and a bit dark. However, the outside patio is huge and surrounded by lush vegetation. After all, this is the desert, and people eat outside far more than they do indoors. This is a lovely spot on a warm, sunny afternoon. I highly suggest you eat outdoors here, unless the weather does not permit it. The servic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

Mykonos
139 East Andreas Road
Palm Springs, California 92262
(619) 322-0223

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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Attraction | "The Palm Springs Aerial Tram"

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Photo, Palm Springs, California
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"WOW" is the first word that comes to mind. I have heard the Palm Springs Aerial Tram described as the Eight Wonder of the World, and I have to agree. It sounds impressive, and the pictures look awesome, but to actually see it and ride it just makes you say, "WOW"! The tram is an engineering marvel. Don't just take my word for it; it has actually been designated as an historical civil engineering landmark. The tram was opened in 1963 and still is a wonder. The tram takes a two-and-a-half mile ride up the canyon cliffs, which are steep and cover some very rugged terrain. When you ride up, you will be amazed and ask yourself, "How was this ever built?"...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2004

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
1 Tramway Road
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 325-1391

Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

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Attraction | "The Fabulous Follies"

Fabulous Palm Springs Follies Photo, Palm Springs, California
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"They sing, they dance, and they are ancient....", or so this is how this show is described in their brochure. The Follies have been around for years and sell out all winter to crowds who want to come back for more. This is about as unique a show as you can find! The gimmick here is that all the performers range in age from 58 to 87 years old. These ladies (and gents) can kick, dance, sing, and hoof just as well as dancers half their age. It's an inspiration to us all. The show runs only during the winter season (November thru May) in the Plaza Theater in downtown Palm Springs. The show itself is three hours long, and trust me, you will tire just watching these seniors tap and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2004

Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
128 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
+1 760 327 0225

World's Biggest Dinosaurs Gift Store

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Attraction | "Dinny and Rex"

World's Biggest Dinosaurs Gift Store Photo, Palm Springs, California
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One of my favorite pieces of roadside art in America is Dinny and Rex on I-10 just outside of Palm Springs. These two oversized dinosaurs make for a few fun and campy photographs. You can not drive by these two monsters on the interstate and not take notice. Folks have been pulling off the road here for years to take photos and get an up-close and personal look at these two pieces of roadside art that are now a part of the fabric of Americana. Anytime we are not on a deadline, I can't help pulling off the freeway to say hello to my old friends. The pair was built by Claude Bell, an artist who designed Knotts Berry Farm. He had bought...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

World's Biggest Dinosaurs Gift Store
50800 Seminole Dr.
Palm Springs, California 92230
(951) 922-8700

Hadley's Fruit Orchards

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Attraction | "Hadley's"

Hadley's Fruit Orchards Photo, Palm Springs, California
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Hadley's has been a California institution since 1931. Until very recently, the drive to Palm Springs featured the last piece of I-10 as barren desert with just a few truck stops, a gas station, and two and local produce stands, with Hadley's being the largest and most famous of these stands. Today, only Hadley's is left of those wonderful family-owned stands. It is now squeezed in by Indian gaming casinos and outlet malls, but it still stands proud. No trip into Palm Springs is complete without a quick stop into Hadley's for some local trail mix, nuts, or some of the large variety of dates. Hadley's did not invent trail mix, but they su...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

Hadley's Fruit Orchards
48980 Seminole Dr
Palm Springs, California 92230
(951) 849-5255