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Top Ten Things to do in Palm Springs Area

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Top 10 Things to do in Palm Springs Area

Top 10 Things to do in Palm Springs from  365 Things to do in Palm Springs 365 Things to do in Palm Springs

1. Flirt with Marilyn @Forever Marilyn!

2. Take a Balloon  ride!

3. Drink a date shake and see “Sex Life of a Date” @ Sheild’s Date Garden!!

4. Visit The Living Desert!

5.  Have lunch in Old Town La Quinta and check out the shops!

6.  Cruise El Paseo … for art galleries, lunch, and more shopping!

7. See the Palm Springs Follies!

8. Visit Sunnylands, Annenberg Estate

9.  Have a fabulous dinner at Melvyns, Le Valluris, The Nest, Arnold Palmer’s, Cork & Fork Cork Marilyn ForeverTree, La Spiga, Cuistot, Desert Sage, The Wine Bar, Lavender Bistro , Morgan’s in the Desert, Wally’s, Mastro’s, Okura, and /or The Tropicale.

10. Play golf, tennis, get a massage, hike, bike, relax by the pool- take in the mountain view,  and please… enjoy your time in the desert!

Balloons Above



OpenTable Diners Choose the Best in Palm Springs Area!

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

OpenTable Diners’ Choice for Palm Springs Area

We recently dined at a new local restaurant after making our reservation through “Open Table”.   The next day I received an email asking for feedback about the experience.  They also provided a place to write a review and to send a message directly to the restaurant.  What a great way to help a restaurant find their weak spots, and receive a pat on the back for the things they are doing right!

I downloaded the OpenTable app to my phone, and I am finding that it is a great resource for, not only reservations, but info on restaurants here in the valley!
Here are the locals choices for the best places in the Palm Springs area for dining!


OpenTable Diners' Choice
As voted by Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities OpenTable diners


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!




Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



Nordstrom Rack coming to the Palm Springs Area!

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Nordstrom Rack Coming to Palm Desert soon!


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Nordstrom Rack coming to Palm Desert soon! 

For those of you who are Nordstom fans… the rumors are true!  Nordstrom Rack is coming to Palm Desert along with a Whole Foods store.

Harsch Investment Properties President Jordan Schnitzer answered Councilman Van Tanner’s question during a public hearing where the council approved a precise plan and conditional use permit for a renovation plan for the center at 44-459 Town Center Way, which includes demolishing the current Banner Mattress building to make way for the Whole Foods building to be built out closer to Highway 111 and adding two towers with signs to increase the center’s visibility.

Schnitzer also said he hopes to announce another new tenant for the center’s former Cost Plus space in two weeks.

Whole Foods and Nordstrom Rack will share an expansion of the former Best Buy building.

We have been waiting a long time for a Nordstrom’s… Nordstrom Rack may just fit the bill!



Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



9 Local Golf Secrets in the Desert!

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Golf in the Desert… 9 Local Secrets!

La Quinta Country Club

La Quinta Country Club protected by Eisenhower Mountain

There are a thousand  golf stories in the desert, and these are just a few. Golf courses are notorious for being places where things happen — not all involving a wedge or a putter. We pulled these interesting tidbits from the new Top 100 Holes guide. Use them to regale pals on your next golf outing or find more at

O’Donnell Golf Club

I played at O’Donnell when the par 3 fifth hole had a periscope. At one point they even had a television monitor for golfers to make sure the green was clear ahead.

La Quinta Country Club

Dwignt Eisenhower loved the La Quinta Country Club, and christened it when the club opened in 1959! It is also the oldest club to still be in the Bob Hope Classic/Humana Challenge rotation!

Classic Club

The wind can be a major factore here at The Classic Club! As part of the design philosophy on this course, there is not a single palm tree planted anywhere.

PGA West TPC Stadium Course

Hole 16 became famous when Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill tried and failed to get out of the 19-foot deep bunker on national television in the Bob Hope Classic.

Bermuda Dunes Country Club Classic Course

I watched a rookie John Daly hit the par 5, 18th in 2 shots! Of note: In 1973, Arnold Palmer won the last of his 62 PGA Tour victories with a putt on the  18th green.

The Quarry at La Quinta

Remington bronzes decorate many of the holes, featuring life size horses and swooping eagles. This is currently the only course in the desert listed in Golf Digest’s famed Top 100 Courses in the Country list.

Tradition Golf Club

Arnold Palmer designed this course, and has a home here! This club was built on the grounds of an old La Quinta date ranch named Hacienda del Gato.

Indian Wells Country Club

Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford teed off together at hole no. 10 in the first round of the 1995 Bob Hope Classic.

Desert Falls Country Club

Desert Falls was designed by architect, Ron Frehm, who also designed golf courses for Euro Disney and the Sultan of Brunei.


Bob Hope Home Listed for Sale in Palm Springs

Golf History in the Desert… by the Numbers!

La Quinta Golf Homes Under $400,000!

Private Tennis Villa in La Quinta California



Tradition Golf Club

Tradition Golf Club


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


Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta          


Thanksgiving Dining Out in the Desert

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving in Palm Springs Area

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!  I love the cooking, the family, the gathering, the thankfulness.  I love the smells of stuffing in the oven and Bob’s turkey on the grill.  But if you have too many cousins for your table… or you can’t make gravy– here are some of the local restaurants serving Thanksgiving Dinner!

Restaurants Serving THANKSGIVING Dinner in Palm Springs AreaThanksgiving Turkey

Restaurants across the valley pull out the stops for Thanksgiving feasts to rescue you from time in the kitchen. Here are some delicious suggestions:

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Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant -
$48.95 Adults & $24.95 Children
Babe’s at The River -
$36.Per Person.
Circa 59 Riviera Palm Springs -
$45. Adults
Copley’s on Palm Canyon -
$60. Adults
Cuistot Restaurant on El Paseo -
$46.75 Adults & $29.50 Under 11 years.
Buffet at La Quinta Resort -
$75. Adults; $45. Children 6-16. 5 & Under are free
Brunch in the Rockwood Grill at the Desert Springs JW Marriott -
$69. Adults & $20. Children ages 3-12.
Buffet at Spotlight 29 Casino – $19.95 Adults
The Hyatt Regency -
$45. Adults; $22.50 Children 6-12; Free for 5 & Under
Jillian’s Restaurant on El Paseo -
Cost: $65. Adults 20% Gratuity
Le Vallauris -
$58. Adults
LuLu California Bistro -
$34.99 Adults; $17.99 Children Under 12
Melvyn’s Restaurant at The Ingleside Inn -
$45. Adults
The Nest -
$27.95 Adults & $15. Children
Pacifica Seafood -
$39. Prix Fixe Adults
Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa -
$64. for Adults, $25. for Children ages 5 to 12 and complimentary for children under 4.
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa -
$45 for Adults, $22 for children 6-12, and 5 years Free
Ruth’s Chris Steak House -
$36.95 Adults & $12.95 Children.
Three Sixty North Lounge & Restaurant -
$21. Adults
The Tropicale -
$48. Adults
Wally’s Desert Turtle -
Main Dining Room  $52.00 Adults, (Child’s Turkey Dinner $27.00), The Mirage Bistro $42.00 per person.Thanksgiving Turkey


Who Lives in Indian Wells? 7 Quick Market Facts

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Who Lives in Indian Wells? 7 Quick

Market Facts

Who Lives in Indian Wells?  7 Quick Market Facts

Indian Wells is some of the most prized real estate in the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs Area.  Situated against the backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains it is protected from the desert winds and it has incredible views.  It is also

Miramonte Resort

close to the shopping and restaurants in Palm Desert and the nearby charming Old Town La Quinta.

There are also some incredible resorts and spas in Indian Wells like the Miramonte Resort & Spa pictured here.


If you are interested in the luxury properties in Indian Wells, give me a call and take you on a private tour!




Indian WElls market


What are we VOTING FOR? Where do I VOTE?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Voting Location in La Quinta


Voting Locations in La Quinta

The voting location for those near Old Town La Quinta is located at the La Quinta Senior Center. 

La Quinta Voting:  78450 La Fonda, La Quinta CA 92253. 

Follow this link for La Quinta Voting locations based on your street .

All Riverside County Voting Locations



Find information about contests and candidates on a November 6 ballot in Riverside County:




Golf Cart Parade on El Paseo!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Golf Cart Parade in Palm Desert


It’s time for the Palm Desert kick-off event of the season-  The Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade on El Paseo!  This years  “American Pride” theme will have the street filled with red, white and blue, stars and stipes, and a great feeling going into election time.
The 48th annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade is now taking float, cart and band entries for the Oct. 28 parade down El Paseo in Palm Desert. Theme for this year’s event is American Pride!

The entry forms, maps (and photos for inspiration) are online at or the parade’s Facebook page. Entries will be taken through Friday.

Entries are open to all businesses, organizations, clubs, churches, bands and associations.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. with the Camp Pendleton Marine Band.

Information: Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce, (760) 346-6111.

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