Insiders' Guide to Palm Springs


Discover great golf courses, spas, and casinos. Experience street fairs and ecotourism adventures.Savor the sophistication?and the small-town charm.? A personal, practical perspective for travelers and residents alike? Comprehensive listings of attractions, restaurants, and accommodations? How to live & thrive in the area?from recreation to relocation? Countless details on shopping, arts & entertainment, and children?s activities

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Discover great golf courses, spas, and casinos. Experience street fairs and ecotourism adventures.Savor the sophistication—and the small-town charm.• A personal, practical perspective for travelers and residents alike• Comprehensive listings of attractions, restaurants, and accommodations• How to live & thrive in the area—from recreation to relocation• Countless details on shopping, arts & entertainment, and children’s activities

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Carolyn Patten, the managing editor of Palm Springs Life magazine, spotlights the city once called "the Playground of the Stars" in this full-scale, 352-page guide. Insiders' Guide to Palm Springs offers a delicious entrée to all the scandal, gossip, and controversy of this famed desert resort. Its varied cast of characters includes cowboys, Native Americans, reclusive Hollywood stars, Fortune 500 CEOs, style setters, and real estate speculators. A great guide to a fabulous tourist hotspot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762757336
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Series: Insiders' Guide Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 272,051
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Travel and golf writer Ken Van Vechten was born in Riverside, CA, and after a couple of decades bouncing around across the bottom quarter of the Golden State and various locales in Oregon, he again resides in Riverside. From his first childhood trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway not long after its opening to his most recent round of golf at Desert Willow Golf Club, the Coachella Valley has been like a second home. The one-time newspaper editor and columnist, political hack, and corporate flack is the author of several guidebooks, including Globe Pequot Press’ Las Vegas EAT!, and a contributing editor to the most recent edition of Zagat’s America’s Top Golf Courses. His work appears in the Los Angeles Times, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Westways, and other publications.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     viii
How to Use This Book     1
Area Overview     3
Getting Here, Getting Around     8
History     16
Accommodations     24
Restaurants     46
Nightlife     64
Spas     72
Shopping     84
Attractions     105
Parks, Recreation, and Sports     121
Golf     131
Annual Festivals and Events     149
Arts and Entertainment     167
Kidstuff     175
Day Trips and Weekend Getaways     186
Retirement and Relocation     195
Index     211
About the Author     222
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