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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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New Restaurant at the Marriott: Rockwood Grill!

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Rockwood Grill Open at Marriott in Palm Desert!

The JW Marriott Resort in Palm Desert is a flag-ship hotel for the Marriott chain or hotels and resorts.  When I first moved to the jw marriottdesert in the late 1980′s I would take people there just to see the lobby!  It is truly a spectacular and stunning hotel!  How many hotels have you seen that have boats coming in and out of the lobby to deliver you to different restaurants located on the property?  Live parrots greet you as you come in the doors and real pink flamingos live in the lagoons and lush gardens.

rockwood grill

The brand new Rockwood Grill & Blue Star Lounge opened Thursday at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert.  Rockwood Grill was previously the LakeView restaurant and has undergone a complete renovation of the main dining room and other areas.

The all-day restaurant features an “upscale-casual menu of diverse American classics” and features a takeout counter for guests.

The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa celebrated its 25th anniversary with a $25 million renovation that included improvements to the resort’s Ted Robinson-designed Palm golf course and updates to 884 guest rooms and suites.

Next time you visit the desert… visit the JW Marriott in Palm Desert on Country Club Drive & Cook Street and see this amazing hotel !

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



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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Best Cheap Eats in the Desert!

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Best Cheap Eats in the Desert… Under $10 !

13 Dishes in the Desert Under $10

Delicious, inexpensive dishes in the desert!

A homemade tamale from Las Casuelas TerrazaA homemade tamale from Las Casuelas TerrazaLAS CASUELAS TERRAZA

Whether you stop in for Happy Hour… an early dinner, or even lunch…You don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat well in the Coachella Valley. Sometimes it’s merely a matter of timing. The following restaurants offer great dishes for $10 and less. Enjoy!

West Valley

Cheeky’s Palm Springs

Cheeky’s knows how to do breakfast and lunch… and they do it well!  Dine inside, or outside on a charming patio.  Buttermilk & fresh corn pacakes $ bacon $9. Fresh grilled cod tacos with cabbage slaw, spicy aoli, tomato $9.  Yam sandwich with feta, cilatro, red onion, tomato and mayo $8.

622 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs  760-327-7595


Trio Restaurant  

An energetic, desert-casual atmosphere with great American modern food at reasonable prices. Lunch daily, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner 4 p.m. Open seven nights a week, offering Wisconsin artisan cheese plate, $9; country paté, $9; hand-breaded calamari, $9; white bean hummus with crostini, $7.
707 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.

Escena Lounge & Grill
Enjoy half-priced appetizers and drink specials in designated bar areas from 3 p.m. until closing. Happy hour prices: beer-battered onion ring tower, $3.50; lobster ravioli and shrimp, $4.50; Escena nachos, $5.50; blackened ahi tuna, $6.50.
Escena Golf Club, 1100 Clubhouse View Dr., Palm Springs.

Three Sixty North
Offers specialty cocktails, fine wines, and an enticing selection of appetizers and small plates. Happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with Nick’s Angus beef sliders, $5; flour tortilla chicken quesadilla, $8; Margherita pizza with fresh basil and tomatoes, $8.
360 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs.

Las Casuelas Terraza
Serving timeless, traditional Mexican food in an environment perfect for the whole family or single folks who just want to unwind. Homemade tamales, $8.95; guacamole especial, $9.95; black bean pizza with grilled chicken, $8.95; quesadilla Terraza, $9.95.
222 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.


George’s Bar & Grill (and insults!)

George’s in Cathedral City has been serving up tasty burgers for over 20 years… it is the perfect dive-burger-bar.  All prices under $10… just don’t ask for ketchup on your burger… but you can put it on your fries!

68885 Ramon Rd
Cathedral City, CA 92234

(760) 328-9991

The Yard House
Half-priced appetizers during happy hour, Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., and Sunday through Wednesday, 10 p.m. to closing. Happy hour prices: lobster, crab & artichoke dip, $5.33; Hawaiian poke stack, $5.93; grilled sweet Korean barbecue beef, $6.43; grilled artichoke, $4.93.
71800 Hwy. 111, The River at Rancho Mirage, Rancho Mirage.

Enoteca Bar at Mamma Gina Ristorante
Touted as one of the desert’s best deals serving premium wines, cocktails, and food at happy hour prices Monday through Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to close. Great dishes under $10 include bruschetta classic (tomato,  garlic, and basil on toasted bread), $5; salsicce pepronata (pork sausages with bell peppers), $5.90; gamberi spiedino (shrimp skewer on sautéed spinach), $6.90; cannelloni Fiorentina (crepes stuffed with ricotta cheese), $5.
73705 El Paseo, Palm Desert.

The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro
The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro has made eating out fun again. Its living wine list, fine food, and affordable pricing combine to create an ideal dine and wine shopping experience. Olive sampler, $6; house salad with olives and tomatoes, $6; duck confit and truffle flatbread pizza, $10; 3rd Corner hamburger, $10; smoked ham sandwich, $10.
73101 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert.

East Valley

Cliffhouse Grill & Bar
Carved into craggy granite outcroppings, Cliffhouse and Cactus Grill features a popular happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily (and all night Sunday). $10-and-under delights include cheeseburger, $7; Coachella Valley burger (American cheese, dates, jalapeño), $8; seared ahi sandwich, $10; grilled salmon salad, $10; Cactus Grill penne, $8; Cabo-style fish taco, $5.
78250 Hwy. 111, Point Happy, La Quinta.

Hog’s Breath Inn La Quinta
A younger offshoot of the famous Carmel restaurant, the Desert Hog in Old Town La Quinta offers indoor and outdoor dining with second-story views of the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains. The lively saloon is a popular gathering spot with happy hour from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Crispy calamari, $10; ahi tuna poke, $10; mushroom ravioli with smoked mozzarella and marinara, $10; prosciutto-wrapped dates, $7; iceberg wedge salad, $6.
78605 Main St., Second Floor, Old Town Carmel Building, La Quinta.

Alkobar Indio  

Alkobar is the best spot in the valley for Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches… and now they offer sushi as well!  A strange combination… but a winner for sure! Almost all menu items under $10.00.

82590 US Hwy 111 Indio, CA 92203 (760) 347-6235


 The Wine Bar in Old Town La Quinta

The Wine Bar in Old Town is a fun, casual, comfortable place– where you can sit outside on the patio and watch people… or even enjoy a cigar!  Menu items include flatbread individual pizzas, paninis, salads and soup.  Even a cupcake sampler for dessert!  Most items under $10.  The best deal is that they offer NO CORKAGE for bottle purchased in the wine store!

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



Woody’s Burgers in Palm Springs!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Best Burger in Palm Springs!


Woody’s burgers were voted Best of the Best by Palm Springs Life readers and KPSP Local 2 viewers, and a stream of repeat customers agree.  Woody’s recently finished in the top 3 burgers in the Desert Sun Best of the Best survey!

Owner Wayne Woodliff came out of retirement with a novel idea and with his two sons, Johnny and Jimmy, created a gourmet burger and beer eatery in the former Greyhound bus station on Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. As you step in the door, you see a sleek counter with friendly servers to take your order for a menu of 100 percent Angus burgers, fries, hot dogs, sandwiches, chicken wings, salads, and sides made to order. Go into the back room and you find yourself in a candlelit bistro with a jukebox, pool table, and a stage filled every night with the best live rock, blues, jazz, and swing.

Thursdays bring wine tastings from 6 to 8 p.m. Specialties include a blue cheese burger and Hawaiian jalapeño burger. Portobello, turkey, and veggie burgers also are available. For a lighter meal, try a slider version of any burger. Delicious sides include caramelized onions, sweet potato fries, and coleslaw.

Open 11 a.m.-midnight daily. Woody’s Burgers 317 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262;


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Desert Tasty Tour on El Paseo

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Walking Food Tour of El Paseo!


Sample the best of El Paseo while you stroll from restaurant to restaurant! Taste your way through Palm Desert’s upscale shopping and art district while enjoying an entertaining, cultural and educational journey. Walk away from your adventure with a newfound culinary perspective, a satisfied stomach and a local’s knowledge of this fun, interesting and beautiful destination.

Tasting locations may include:

  • A popular Island themed restaurant el paseo tour
  • Genuine Italian Ristorante
  • A spice & herb specialty shop
  • Authentic Mediterranean restaurant
  • Bistro and wine shop
  • A bakery and dessert house

Eating your way through the tour is just one of the tasty ingredients…add a dash of history, a cup of culture and a dollop of famous-resident name dropping…and you get a delicious day of fun.

Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance.  If you have dietary restrictions please inform your guide.  Suitable for teens, but not for young children.  If you would like to taste wine at the wine shop– please bring valid ID.

For more information visit:

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Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



La Quinta Cove Homes are HOT!

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Just SOLD in La Quinta Cove!

Kathy Schowe with Intero Real Estate just closed on this short-sale property in the La Quinta Cove! The La Quinta Cove is surrounded by mountains and hiking trails and is within walking distance to Old Town La Quinta! 

This buyer will enjoy this beautiful view when he visits us in the winter… but many investors are buying homes in the La Quinta Cove and keeping them as rentals.  Homes can be purchased from $80,000- $130,000 with 3BR-2BA, 1200-1400sq.ft… and leased annually bring in $1100-$1300/mo.

Give me a call and let me help you find your dream home or investment property in La Quinta cove!

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



Best Wine Bar in La Quinta!

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Wine Tasting this weekend in Old Town La Quinta!

Saturday Wine TastingWine Bar At Old Town

The Wine Bar at Old Town

Saturday, February 11, 2012
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

We are so lucky to have The Wine Bar... right here in Old Town La Quinta!  As a matter of fact… I am meeting my husband there right after I finish this blog!  It is just 200 yards from our Intero Real Estate Old Town La Quinta office!

Taste and enjoy a sampling of wines from Kimberly Jones Selections at The Wine Bar at Old Town on Saturday, February 11th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Mark Wheadon of Kimberly Jones will be pouring a variety of wines from his stellar portfolio for $10 per person.

The tentative wine tasting list includes: Neyen Red Blend, Orin Swift D66, Melka CJ, The Paring, Heron Chardonnay, Entre Nous Sauvignon Blanc, Chasseur “Durell” Chardonnay, Road 31 Pinot Noir and Barrel 27 Head Honcho Syrah.Stay for Live Music after the wine tasting!  “Bobby Nichols Duo” will play pop and jazz music starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Wine Bar is located in the heart of Old Town La Quinta and has a retail store, wine bar, serves food and features live music on weekends.  For more information call 760-564-2201 or

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My Gym– Healthy Fun for Kids!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

My Gym Celebrates New Location

My Gym Palm Desert Celebrates New Location

Mayor Spiegel Attends Ribbon Cutting on February 3rd


 Celebrating a new location after 15 years, My Gym Palm Desert plans to celebrate with a 3 day event this weekend.

“I am delighted that the Palm Desert community has been so welcoming and supportive of our mission to help children create a healthy self-image.”  We are excited for the opportunity to let the Coachella Valley know what My Gym is all about.

My Gym is more than a fitness facility for children—it’s a place to empower them by helping to develop the skills, confidence and positive self-image they need to become healthy young adults, said My Gym owner Nancy Scott.  “After 15 years in the south area of the city, we are now answering the needs of our residents by opening a new facility in a more central area of Palm Desert near the Monterey/I-10 corridor.  The major growth areas are in the northern and eastern parts of the valley, and now, we’re there too!” says Scott.

Friday February 3rd 3 pm – 6 pm (Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Palm Desert Mayor Bob Spiegel at 4 pm)

Saturday February 4th 4 pm – 7 pm (Live radio broadcast from 4-6 pm)

Sunday February 5th (Open gym hours) 1 pm – 4 pm

About My Gym
My Gym’s wide veriety of physical early learning/pre gymnastics classes, birthday parties and camps offer children an outlet for fun and fitness in a controlled and safe environment with state-of-the-art facilities and highly-qualified professionals. My Gym is recognized as a leading franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2005 “Franchise 500″ and “America’s Top Global Franchise” list. More than 30 gyms are scheduled to open in the next 12 months domestically and abroad. For more information about My Gym Children’s Fitness Centers please visit

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Arnold Palmer’s 80th Birthday in La Quinta!

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Arnold_Palmer_173382We celebrated Arnie’s 80th in La Quinta at Palmer’s Restaurant!

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