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Kids Cooking Fun at the DoubleTree in Palm Springs

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the resort Our family kicked off the summer season with a weekend staycation at the DoubleTree in Palm Springs. The desert destination has everything families need to have an unforgettable weekend getaway complete with various activities for children. When making our plans to stay at the DoubleTree, I called the resort to see if they had any culinary activities for my culinary arts student to participate in, and the staff went out of their way to arrange a private cooking lesson with their chef.   When we arrived at the resort restaurant for the cooking lesson, three tall white chef hats were waiting for my children at the front desk. My kids were thrilled to see the hats and put them on along with their aprons before being welcomed into the professional kitchen...

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Best Summer Travel Deals at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

  Cool pools, a sandy beach, waterfalls, cabanas, and amazing room packages are set to highlight summer 2017 at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa. With an unparalleled selection of connecting and adjoining rooms for friends and family travelers, the award-winning resort has introduced two value-loaded weekday packages – as well as a special spa escape for the coming season. The three new offerings are as follows: DOUBLE YOUR FUN FOR AN EXTRA $50, priced from $209 USD per night Summer guests can stay in spacious style and book a second room for only $50 more per night. Only one resort fee applies when booking this two-room weekday package, adding further value for summer guests – and connecting rooms are an option based on availability. Book this special offer at bit.ly/2qU8b3K, corporate code P51. Valid Sunday through Thursday, June...

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Relaxing Family Desert Escape to the Miramonte Resort & Spa

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Most families seeking a family desert vacation make their travel decisions based on the pool. Does it have a lazy river? Waterfall? Swim-up pool bar? But, the one thing that most families don’t put into consideration is that every other family is doing the same thing. The result is always crowded pools and the impossible mission of trying to find a pool chair (with shade). After being on a 10-day family road trip along the Southern California coastline, I was in the mood for some relaxation without the stressful crowds in the Palm Springs area. So, we planned a weekend at the Miramonte Resort & Spa. When we arrived at the resort, we were greeted by friendly staff members in a Tuscan “Italian” style lobby. We were immediately impressed with the...

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10 Things to See at the Salton Sea

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 1 comment

  There is so much to explore around the Salton Sea, and I recommend planning a full day to see all the top sights. The Salton Sea is just a couple of hours outside of Palm Springs, and to make visiting the area simple for families, I have listed the sights to see along your drive through the desert. International Banana Museum It will be the first place to stop while on your way to the Salton Sea. Your kids will literally go bananas when walking into this quirky museum that is flooded with every banana. The museum is covered from floor to ceiling with dolls, trinkets, memorabilia and more. Salton Sea Bay Club After exploring the banana museum, then your next stop should be to the Salton Sea Bay Club. It is one of the weirdest sights where...

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Exploring the Bombay Beach Ruins at the Salton Sea

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

  Ever since helping my kids with a report on the Salton Sea a couple of years ago, I have been dying to visit. When planning our weekend getaway to Palm Springs, I carved time out of our schedule to visit the abandoned town – especially Bombay Beach. Bombay Beach is just a couple of miles away from the visitors center and is a must-see for families visiting the area. When we arrived at the abandoned ghost town, our kids were amazed. There are a couple of people now living in the area, but a lot of abandoned homes from the once popular vacation destination in the 1960’s. Along the edge of the water are multiple vacant homes that are covered in graffiti and a photographers dream. There are endless photo opportunities that I could have spent all day...

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Funky and Fun Slab City

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

  Slab City is a funky place that I could not believe existed until seeing it with my own eyes for the first time when visiting the Salton Sea. I had seen lots of unique pictures of the interactive art exhibit (community) and I couldn’t wait to explore it with my kids. Once we were done exploring Salvation Mountain we continued down the road about 100 yards to Slab City. It is a large community where artists live freely and create life-size art sculptures. At first we were a little intimidated to get out of the car and explore because we were not 100% sure if people were living in all of the mobile homes around the art sculptures. Then we noticed a sign that said, “welcome” and we began our exploration. I have to be honest that it...

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Photo Tour: Salvation Mountain

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

  I have always wanted to visit the Salton Sea. When our writer, Naz, visited with her family last summer I added it to our summer bucket list to visit this year. After a couple of days relaxing at a plush Palm Springs resort, we made our way into the desert for some family adventures. One of the #1 things I wanted to take my children to see was Salvation Mountain, and it was one of the most powerful pieces of interactive artwork that we have ever seen in our lifetime. While the heat was overwhelming…but our family took our time embracing the beauty of this cultural landmark. If your family is planning to visit the Palm Springs area this summer, then I highly recommend planning an outing to Salvation Mountain. Read all the details of what to expect...

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International Banana Museum

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

  While on our way out to explore the Salton Sea, a giant banana sitting in a lawn chair on the side of the road caught our eye. We pulled the car over to capture a picture and discovered the International Banana Museum. I’ll be honest that we were slightly (ok majorly) nervous about entering the museum. It looked like a run-down gas station. At first, I told my husband that I would go in first to check it out, and then he insisted that we all stick together. The minute we opened the door that looked like a door going into an underground club, we were surprised to discover a magical “banana” world. The room had literally gone bananas and was covered from floor to ceiling with banana memorabilia. There was a banana bar where the kids took...

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Guide to Visiting Geothermal Mud Volcanoes or Mud Pots at Salton Sea

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 1 comment

 What is a mud volcano? Mud pot? I honestly had no idea until doing research for our upcoming daily outing to visit the Salton Sea. What I quickly learned is that there are few places in the world to witness this phenomenon, and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share experiencing it with my children. Getting there Everyone online had mentioned how impossible it was to get to the mud volcanos (rough dirt roads). What nobody has mentioned online is that there is a newly built power plant next to the mud volcanoes, and they have paved about 1/2 of the road (McDonald). Off Highway 111, turn on McDonald Road. Then make a left on Davis Road. The mud volcanoes will be on your left at the corner of Davis Road and Schrimpe Road (don’t take Schrimpf...

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Rancho Las Palmas: Special Needs Mom Paradise

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

  I was fortunate enough to take a quick vacation this past summer.  After a little research I stumbled upon Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, CA.  I found them looking for summer deals for midweek trips. We arrived at the resort on Sunday afternoon, and while the heat was shocking, the pool was a huge relief.  My water crazy children had found their own personal oasis that gave them so much pleasure. The grounds were gorgeous, early morning and late evening walks were beautiful, and we were across the street from The River Promenade, an outdoor mall that had many restaurants to choose from and a Ben and Jerry’s for a little late night snack. The lazy river was by far my children’s favorite feature of the resort along with the water slides.  The whole Splashtopia area was...

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Desert Family Travel Guide: Salvation Mountain

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

  About 10 years ago I purchased a book called Weird California which gives you a brief description of all the kooky places to visit in California from Bubblegum Alley to the Mystery Spot. Most of them made me chuckle but it wasn’t until I saw Salvation Mountain that I thought wow this place is magical.  So where is this mystical location?  Niland.  Before you hit google, Niland is east of Palm Springs, pass Indio then head onto Highway 111 towards the Salton Sea. From there you pass Mecca (not the holy land but sill I’m counting this as my visit) and go on for about 30 minutes more and tah da you’re in Niland. At first glance, Niland is a sleepy little agricultural town once known as a major grower of tomatoes.  With a population of roughly 1,000...

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Palm Springs: Ten Years of Memories

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Featured, Palm Springs, Travel | 5 comments

 For the past ten years my family has made Palm Springs and the greater desert our go to spot for weekend getaways. We’ve stayed in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells and La Quinta: you can safely say that we love the desert.  Most of our days are spent swimming about in the pool but we make it a point to visit a “must see” site each time.  I will be showcasing some of my favorite places to visit in the desert and then writing about each one individually and in detail in weeks to come.  During our first trip in 2004, my husband and I visited the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm.  You can see thousands of them spinning as you drive towards Palm Springs.  These structures not only help light up the desert but are...

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Visiting the Cabazon Dinosaurs

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Featured, Palm Springs | 0 comments

  When traveling to Palm Springs, the best place to take a pit stop on your road trip is to visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs. After our family had an epic weekend at the Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, we stopped to visit the giant dinosaurs before having lunch at the nearby in-n-out. From the moment that the kids spotted the giant dinosaurs from the freeway, they were screaming with delight. My husband and older son started reciting their favorite lines from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and when we took the first step out of the car, we were in awe. We were all amazed at how massive the dinosaurs are in real life, and the kids were eager to run up the stairs inside of the dinosaur. Inside of the giant dinosaur is a gift shop where families can...

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Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

  When planning our trip to Palm Springs for the weekend, our friends recommended that we visit the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert. The last time that we had visited the Living Desert, Andrew was just a baby, and I’ll be honest that it was a bust. It was hot – the baby was crying – and there was not much to see. We took our friends advice, and we jumped into the car to check it out.   When we arrived at the Living Desert, parking was free, but the entrance fee was a little high. The admission was $17.25 for adults and $8.75 for kids. Since we didn’t want to risk the kids getting dehydrated, we paid an additional fee for the shuttle that was $6 for adults, and $3 for children.   When we first...

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Ultimate Desert Vacation at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Featured, Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

  Are you looking for the ultimate summer vacation for your family? Your family will make a major splash together while creating unforgettable memories at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage. We kicked off the warm summer months by taking a road trip to Palm Springs for a family vacation at Rancho Las Palmas. From the moment that we arrived at the resort, our family felt an overwhelming sense of relaxation in the plush lobby. The kids cooled down with a glass of refreshing water and put on their splashtopia wristbands to kick-off the weekend fun. We jumped back into the car, and found the casitas-type building where our room was located. We parked our car in-front of our hotel room and unloaded all our suitcases for the weekend. We lucked out by getting one of the...

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