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Tour of Casitas in the La Quinta Cove!

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Tour the Historic Casitas of the La Quinta Cove

casita in la quinta coveEast of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, lies the City of La Quinta.Tucked away in a cove surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains are 63 small houses. Many have a Hollywood history!

The exceptional thing is that these Spanish Colonials were all built between 1935 and 1941. They are related by their modest size, white adobe-like exteriors, low, red-tiled roofs, and wooden lintels. Many of them only show the tops of their red-tiled roofs to the outside world.

Who built these homes? Who lived in them? Why are they sprinkled around the Cove without rhyme or reason?

February 21st from 1-5pm, Maggie Gordon, author of Historical Casitas of La Quinta Cove, will lead a  tour of our iconic homes!

Cocktails served at final casita!

For more info call the La Quinta Historical Society :  760-564-1283

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La Quinta Santa Rosa Mountains

La Quinta Cove is a Great Neighborhood!

La Quinta Cove has New Weather Station!

Just SOLD in La Quinta Cove!

Front Doors in the La Quinta Cove!




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Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



Golf in the Desert…a Timeline!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Golf History in the Desert… by the Numbers!


1925: On the grounds of the El Mirador Hotel that he had built, Prescott Stevens builds a nine-hole golfO'Donnell Golf Club course in Palm Springs

1932: Oilman Thomas O’Donnell opens his own nine-hole course in Palm Springs, just about the time Stevens is forced to abandon his El Mirador course because of the Great Depression. Several holes in the area that is now the La Quinta Resort are also open at this time.

1948: Aviatrix Jackie Cochran and her husband Floyd Oldham open a nine-hole golf course in Indio.

1951: Thunderbird Country Club, the first 18-hole course in the desert, opens. It is followed one year later by Tamarisk Country Club.

Thunderbird CC1952: The Thunderbird Invitational is played for the first time at Thunderbird. The tournament is considered the forerunner of the Bob Hope Classic.

1959: Arnold Palmer wins the Thunderbird Invitational, the first of his six official tour victories in the desert.

1960: The Palm Springs Gold Classic debuts as a replacement for the Thunderbird Invitational, using Thunderbird, Tamarisk, Indian Wells and Bermuda Dunes country clubs. Palmer wins the title of the five-day event.

1965: Bob Hope puts his name on the Palm Springs tournament, making it the Bob Hope Desert Classic.Bob Hope Classic

1972: The Colgate Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle LPGA tournament debuts at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.


1973: Arnold Palmer wins the Bob Hope Desert Classic at Bob Hope CartBermuda Dunes Country Club, the last of his 62 career PGA Tour victories.

1981: The Vintage Club’s Mountain Course opens in Indian Wells. This Tom Fazio course is long considered the gold standard of golf courses and country clubs in the desert.

1985: The TPC Stadium Course opens as the first course at PGA West in La Quinta. With six courses now, PGA West has the most courses of any development in the desert.

Dinah Shore

Skins Game1986: The Skins Game debuts in the desert at the TPC Stadium Course.

1994: The Quarry at La Quinta opens. The Tom Fazio design is the only course in the desert currently in the famed Golf Digest list of the top 100 courses in the country.

2003: Bob Hope, the desert’s most famous golfer, dies at age 100

2008: The Skins Game is played for the last time in the desert at the Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort, the sixth different course to be home to the event in the Coachella Valley.

2012: The last nine holes of the 18-hole North Course at Shadow Hills Golf Club in Indio, the most recent course to open in the desert, are completed.

Bob Hope ClassicQuarry CC


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Visit Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage: Summer Schedule

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Sunnylands Center & Gardens Summer Schedule

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Sunnylands Gardens

Sunnylands, the former Annenberg Estate, located in Rancho Mirage, California, is a 200-acre  estate currently run by The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, a not-for-profit organization and Annenberg family trust. The property was owned by Walter and Leonore Annenberg until 2009 and had been used as a winter retreat by the couple from 1966, when the house was completed. The property is “rich with historical significance,” according to the city of Rancho Mirage, which declared Sunnylands an historic site in 1990. Located at Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope Drives, the property has been the vacation site of numerous celebrities and public officials.

Sunnylands Patio

From June 1 to July 29, Sunnylands Center & Gardens will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours of the historic house and grounds, available by advance reservation, will begin at 7:15 a.m. The 90-minute tours are scheduled every 15 minutes thereafter with the last tour of the day beginning at 10 a.m. The new tour schedule, in response to the high summer temperatures, takes advantage of the coolest part of the day.

Sunnylands is closed in August. Sunnylands Center & Gardens will reopen on Saturday, September 1 at 9 a.m. Tours of the historic house and grounds will resume then also. Tickets for tours September 1 – 15 will go on sale at 9 a.m. August 15.

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Cactus at Sunnylands

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La Quinta… Where the stars come to play!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

La Quinta Historic Hotel and Celebrity Playground

La Quinta 30th Anniversary– La Quinta Historic Hotel and Celebrity Playgroundla quinta resort


When the new “Hotel La Quinta” opened in 1926 it was dubbed as “one of the finest winter resorts in the country.” 

It soon became a secluded retreat to the Hollywood elite such as Greta Garbo and Clark Gable. Movie stars would flock to La Quinta to escape the crowds and paparazzi and spend weekends in the sun playing golf and lounging by the pools.  It was their own secret paradise!

Today’s La Quinta Resort & Spa reflects its historic charm with its lush grounds, pools and courts and its cozy casitas.  They have added a spa and many other amenities over the years and now it is a world-class resort destination.

Golfers have their choice of the Dunes and Mountain courses designed by Pete Dye.  They offer challenging tests and spectacular scenery of the adjacent Santa Rosa mountains.

Come visit us in La Quinta and spend a spectacular weekend at the La Quinta Resort & Spa!

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Share your Melvyn’s and Ingleside Inn stories “CONTEST” !

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Do You Have a Story about Melvyn’s or the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs?

Do you have story about Melvyn’s or the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs?Mel Haber, the owner of Melvyn’s and the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs is running a contest to collect stories about the restaurant and the Ingleside Inn.  If you have a funny, interesting, romantic, or crazy story to share about the historic restaurant or Inn– write it down and submit it to Mel himself!

I met Brian Ellis, the maitre’d at Melvyn’s,  back in 1988… we dated for several years… and I am sure I can come up with at least a couple of good stories about Melvyn’s!  

For details on the contest and prizes see  below!

Based on the success of Restaurateur/Hotelier Mel Haber’s 2 previous books, Mel is now running a contest for stories by guests and customers for a new book. This contest is open to anyone who has had an interesting or unusual experience with either Melvyn’s Restaurant, the Ingleside Inn or with Mel Haber himself. From Funny, to Romantic, To Poignant, to Naughty or Bizarre, Mel wants them all.

There will be 10 winners and the top three winning stories will appear in his new book, on the Ingleside website, in Melvyn’s Happenings, and on various Internet blogs. The other 7 winners will be awarded their choice from other great prizes.

Every entry will receive a personalized Thank You Certificate from Mel Haber for submitting their story. Mel, himself, will be the final judge. The contest will run until October 30, 2012.

Details can be found at Melvyn’s Restaurant or the Ingleside Inn Front Desk or by clicking HERE.

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Desert Club Estates in La Quinta

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Desert Club in La Quinta… where winter never comes!

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Kids now swim, frolic and play at the Fritz Burns Park and Community Pool, but it was once an exclusive playground for adults know at The Desert Club.  In the 1930′s and 1940′s  the Desert Club was a magnet for celebrities like Rita Hayworth. There were frequent poolside parties  in an informal setting, where guest could wear anything from “dress clothes to dungarees.”

Desert Club Estates is now a neighborhood in La Quinta with eclectic homes ranging from $250,000- $600,000.  Currently there are 7 active listings with 3 of them with offers and “contingent” status. The homes in Desert Club Estates are single-story, most with private pools, and no HOA’s.  The neighborhood is located close to Old Town La Quinta, La Quinta Resort, golf and shopping!

Desert Club advertisements touted La Quinta as the place “where winter never comes!”


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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



Salton Sea… take a trip back in time!

Saturday, April 28th, 2012


THE NEST in Indian Wells… Legendary!

Sunday, January 15th, 2012



The Nest is Legendary in Indian Wells!


THE NEST75188 U.S. Hwy 111
Indian Wells, CA 92210

The Nest in Indian Wells



Legendary Hot Spot, New Contemporary Dining

The word at The Nest is: “Dodi’s Back!” now as owner with husband Kevin of one of Indian Wells’ best known eateries and bars since 1965. Tall, beautiful European-born Dodi Henry began as a hostess, a position she held for 18 years. In 2003, she was lured away to Arnold Palmer’s as manager for seven years, where she and musician husband Kevin provided their many talents to that restaurant.

The Nest is known as a great place to get out and mix it up… have some fun, dance, meet someone… Heck, I even met my husband at The Nest!  Not kidding.  We met Arnold Palmer, Peter Jacobsen, Junior Seau, and hooked up with Paul Azinger several years in a row there!

Former Nest owner Ted Hane had dreamed that Dodi would be back at The Nest with Kevin taking care of all their customers. Through many serendipitous events, Ted’s dream came true. Kevin and Dodi have just celebrated their first anniversary back at The Nest.

“A younger clientele has responded to the new menu and look of the restaurant,” says Dodi. “There is something for everyone at The Nest. Our menu still offers many classic favorites and new contemporary items. “We wanted to keep its legendary status but freshen the look and update the food,” says Executive Chef JC Valadez. “We’ve added Dodi’s mom’s traditional dishes.” “Customers have been coming for the food and then staying for the fun!” The Nest now has a popular $6 bar menu available all night Sundays and Mondays and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Tim Burleson, at the piano for 19 years, has been an important part of the restaurant’s success. His high-energy style draws celebrities and local talented musicians to join him. Tim and Kevin have revived the energy of The Nest. Kevin and Dodi’s son Nicholas joins dad and plays sax on Sundays. Longtime employees like Rosalie Griffo, a cocktail server for 26 years, and Eddie Zachary, a bartender for 35 years, are still here to serve you. Dinner 5-11 p.m., bar 4:30 p.m. to midnight. Live entertainment nightly.

75188 Highway 111, Indian Wells, California, 92210

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Dive into the Swimming Pool Culture at Palm Springs Art Museum!

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982′

Southern California and the swimming pool just go together.  Flying over the Los Angeles area you can look down and become mesmerized by the turquoise jewels that dot the landscape.  Immerse yourself in the SoCal pool culture at the Palm Springs Art Museum, now … or wait until it heats up here in the desert and you really feel like taking the plunge!


When: Saturday through May 27
Where: Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs
Additional details: A series of free pool films will be shown throughout the exhibition.
Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday-Sunday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday. Closed Monday and major holidays.
Admission: Adults, $12.50; 62 and older, $10.50; students, $5; members, 12 and younger, active military and their families with I.D., free. Free admission 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and second Sunday of the month.
Information: (760) 322-4800;


Rock Hudson taking a dip in Palm Springs.

Free pool films

“The Swimmer,” 6 p.m., Feb. 2. 1968. Director: Frank Perry. Burt Lancaster stars as a man who tries to swim his problems away in other people’s pools. Based on a John Cheever short story. Annenberg Theater.

“Swimming Pool,” 6 p.m. March 8. 2003. Director: François Ozon. A twisted psychological thriller with Charlotte Rampling as writer whose summer in the French countryside is not what she was expecting. Annenberg Theater.

Esther Williams double feature: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 11. 11 a.m., “Bathing Beauty,” 1944. Director: George Sydney. Williams as a gym teacher with boyfriend troubles. Lecture Hall. 2 p.m., “Million Dollar Mermaid,” 1952. Director: Mervyn Leroy. Biopic with Williams as Annette Kellerman. Annenberg Theater.

“A Bigger Splash,” 6 p.m. April 12. 1973. Director: Jack Hazan. Documentary about artist David Hockney, with an emphasis on his swimming pool works. Annenberg Theater.

“Men Who Swim,” 6 p.m. May 3. 2010. Director: Dylan Williams. A man approaching 40 joins a men’s synchronized swim team to combat a mid-life crisis. Annenberg Theater.

 Richard Gere poolside in Beverly Hills.



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Historic Palm Springs is Celebrated!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Desert Spanish Weekend March 23-25th

Desert Spanish Weekend (March 23-25) Tickets Now Available!
Tickets for Desert Spanish Weekend (March 23-25, 2012) are now available!

The celebratory weekend will kick-off with a free lecture on Friday evening at the Michael H. Lord Gallery (located in the historic 1929 El Mirador Garage).

Friday night will conclude with an evening cocktail party at the historic Thomas O’Donnell House (1925) which was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For Saturday, board members Ron Duby and Gary Johns have curated a day-long tour of Palm Springs’ great Spanish-influenced architecture.

Completing the weekend, on Sunday architect and author Patrick McGrew will sign PSPF’s new tribute journal Desert Spanish: The Early Architecture of Palm Springs.

(760) 837-7117 or at

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