desert hot springs

Don’t Beat the Heat; Join It

Shutting yourself in the kitchen freezer may provide temporary relief, but believe it or not, a nice hot soak is just what the doctor ordered.

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A resort that takes advantage of the hot springs of Desert Hot Springs, Two Bunch Palms is also rich with Hollywood history. Legend has it Al Capone built the 270-acre resort as his West Coast hideout. The resort was featured in the film The Player. It’s built around the healing powers of the mineral-rich springs. 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail,

footgolf

Night Sports

One of the disconcerting realities of summer in the desert is the inadvisability of pursuing sport under a 110-degree noon sun. But under the moon is a different matter.

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A combination of golf and soccer, 
footgolf offers two ways to feel like a 
klutz, but at least you get a cardio workout. You play with soccer balls and 21-inch diameter holes, and rounds can range 
from 90 minutes to three hours on an average hole length (about half the 
length of a traditional golf game). Play in summer without

Architectural Catalina Suite

The Great Escapes

The summer heat is a great excuse to indulge in a little getaway and explore our neighboring towns.

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If you live in the Coachella Valley you’re surely used to others’ shock, awe, and amazement when they learn you brave the scorching summers here and live to tell. For those of us who stick it out — dependent on patio misters, fabulously frigid air conditioning, and plenty of evening cocktails — the reward is a quieter community where we

joshua tree

Get Elevated

Of the many things that often sharply defines a valley are the mountains that surround it. And we have some of the best. Get ready to ascend.

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Easy switchbacks on a two-lane highway lead to Idyllwild, a mile-high community that’s big on rustic. Nestled in the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is close to the desert but feels like it’s a world away. The pine trees grow tall and lanky. The air is snappy. It’s cozy. Stroll through local shops to pick up gifts for

children's discovery museum

Kids’ Stuff

With the season officially over, but almost everything still open and begging for patronage, this is the ideal time to let the kids have their way throughout the valley.

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www.cdmod.org ; 
www.palmspringsairmuseum.org www.smoketreestables.com www.nps.gov/jotr Content sponsored by Trilogy at The Polo Club, 51750 Polo Club Drive, Indio, 760-775-5522. For more information, please visit the Explore 52 day trip kiosk at the Trilogy at the Polo Club clubhouse.

MW Performance Driving School

Out and About

For three days you have experienced your hotel, the music festival, and the commute in between. Go beyond the valley for something just a little bit different.

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If you’ve ever dreamt of being a race car driver, start your engines here. Courses at the BMW Performance Driving School tell you how to skid, drift, change lanes, brake, and slalom, all performed at excessive speeds. Teachers provide real-time instruction over walkie-talkies while you drive. Put your newfound knowledge to the test in a drag race around the private

joshua tree national park

Desert Done Right

Headed to Joshua Tree National Park? Consider these detours to complete your High Desert experience.

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Whether you’re hooked on beavertail cactuses and desert iguanas or intrigued by the dozens of galleries and outdoor sculpture studios nestled among the byways that straddle Highway 62 en route to Joshua Tree National Park, one thing is certain: You’re going to find more than one worthy detour. “That’s how my love affair with the High Desert took off,” says

Lights at Indio Golf Course

Nighttime Is the 
Right Time

You’ve been out in the hot sun all day watching tennis, swimming in the resort pool, shopping, or looking at architecture. How about a little fun without the sun?

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Play in summer without fear of heatstroke, courtesy of the City of Indio. This is the only course in the Coachella Valley with lights. Tee times start at 7 a.m. and the last tee time is 
8 p.m. Hole length on the par-3 course ranges from 110 to 230 yards. You can also 
play footgolf (see Desert Willow Golf Resort).

attractions

Out of This World

Find respite in a remote seascape, climb the road to salvation, om your way to inner peace, or look to the sky for answers. It’s all just a road trip away.

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George Van Tassel built this dome to heal the body through sound, using the telepathic instructions he claims to have received from aliens. Even if you don’t believe in extraterrestrial life, this is one extraordinary structure. Built entirely from wood, it is 38 feet high and 55 feet in diameter. Musicians go wild for the acoustics; meditation groups find space

golf

Tee Time

Wintertime in the Coachella Valley offers a hole lot of golf, from one of the oldest tournaments on the PGA Tour to the newest form of the sport.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF GREATER PALM SPRINGS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU A combination of golf and soccer, footgolf offers two ways to feel like a klutz, but at least you get a cardio workout. You play with soccer balls and 21-inch-diameter holes, and rounds can range from 90 minutes to three hours with an average hole length of about half that