Big, Big Bear

I was feeling the urge to go to the mountains to beat the heat and relax by a lake today and decided to go to Big Bear. Although not exactly close (it takes about two hours to drive up there), the trip goes by very fast, especially when ascending the winding roads that wrap the…

Borrego Springs

I was asked the other day if I have ever been to Borrego Springs and I sheepishly admitted that no, not only I had never been to this place, but never heard of it, either. I had to make up for the time lost and decided to drive up there the very next day. The…

Baja Dream

The Mexican peninsula of Baja California is only a quick three-hour drive and is always worth a visit especially if on a budget and with limited time. I love going there whenever I need to satiate my thirst for international fares without traveling hours to go to a foreign country.

Desert Jungle

We recently discovered that one of the family’s paintings is none other than a Sam Hyde Harris, a well-known desert painter born in 1889 and active until his death in 1977. The painting in our possession depicts a cluster of tall palm trees completely covered from tip to bottom with layers of old yellow frowns. They…

Slab City

If you are visiting the Salton Sea, then you have to go see Slab City, another unique place that will define the concept of ‘off-the-grid’ living for you.

The Salton Sea

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I had never heard about the Salton Sea before moving to  the desert. Although called a ‘sea’, this is technically a lake accidentally formed from a deviation of the Colorado River that dried up several times throughout the millennia. In 1905 it was replenished again by a human…

Araby Trail

Bob Hope’s house is perhaps the most iconic and noticeable residence sitting on the mountains of South Palm Springs. I have always wanted to visit it, but it’s not open to the public and the private road that leads to it is guarded by a rather ominous sign that is either morbidly comical or disturbingly…

Tahquitz Canyon

I finally had the chance to hike Tahquitz Canyon over the weekend and it took my breath away; this canyon is beyond beautiful! Although it’s open all year round, I waited until now because Spring is the ideal time to witness the spectacular waterfall formed by the San Jacinto Mountains’ melting snow.

The Cathedral City Cove Art Scene

Many desert residents and visitors might not know that Palm Springs’ neighboring town, Cathedral City, is equally vibrant with creative types and personalities. The hilly side of Cathedral City, named the ‘Cove’, is surrounded by spectacular rocky mountains and beautiful landscapes dotted by palm trees, perfumed jasmine, and colorful bougainvillea. It’s probably why it has…

Modernism Week

Since Palm Springs has the largest concentration of mid-century design in the world, it’s no wonder that architects, designers, and style enthusiasts alike often flock here to get inspired or to shop for mid-century furniture and unique paraphernalia. For the last nine years, Modernism Week has offered not only the chance for modern era aficionados to…