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Palm trees are a quintessential part of the Palm Springs aesthetic, with hundreds of these trees lining any given street in this popular town. Palm trees are thirsty plants, so they can only survive in an oasis — making Palm Springs the perfect area for these trees to thrive. 

While it may seem like this California town got its name from the presence of these trees, this is actually not the case. 

The name originally came from Spanish explorers that named the area La Palma de la Mano de Dios (The Palm of God’s Hand), so it’s entirely coincidental that this area also came to be a perfect place for palm trees to grow. 

In this post, we’ll be looking at some of the most popular types of palm trees that make Palm Springs such an exotic place to

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Palm Springs is known for its decadent lifestyle and superior culinary scene, so it’s no wonder that this oasis city is chock full of some incredible cocktail bars. With so many places to enjoy these handcrafted libations, we’ve come up with a list of five of the best cantinas and speakeasies in town.

Truss & Twine

Located between the El Mirador and Old Las Palmas districts, this unique cocktail bar has a firm grasp on the past while keeping its eyes on the future. 

With multiple cocktails from various eras from the golden age to the dark ages, the cocktails here are as clever as they are delicious, made with premium ingredients by talented bartenders.

Be sure to try the food here as well, with standout fare such as the Wagyu Oxtail

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Joshua Tree in Joshua Tree National Park

The Palm Springs area is a place with endless things to do — festivals, a great local food scene, endless shopping opportunities and golf courses are all common activities that residents here can take advantage of. 

But one of Palm Springs’ most popular and internationally famous areas lies not within, but just north of this oasis city — The Joshua Tree National Park.

This national park borders the northern side of Palm Springs and provides homeowners with the ideal day trip to explore the many geological formations and, of course, its Joshua Trees.

Joshua Tree National Park Information

Located just north of the city of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National park is a nationally preserved area that spans nearly 800,000 acres — larger than the

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View of Palm Springs sign

Palm Springs is so synonymous with Hollywood and celebrity life that stars have been flooding to this oasis town since before it was even incorporated as a city in 1938. 

With its many golf courses, ideal climate and close proximity to Hollywood, many celebrities have enjoyed taking time for themselves in this relaxing scenic town nestled in the shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains.

With that in mind, we’ll be taking a look at the many celebrities that have called Palm Springs home.

What Celebrities Have Had Palm Springs Homes?

The connection Palm Springs has had to Hollywood began in the 1920s when movie stars such as Janet Gaynor and Charlie Farrell started to realize that this idyllic haven was a welcome retreat from the prying eyes and

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Scenery typical of the Palm Springs area

While Palm Springs attracts thousands of tourists a year for its world famous golf courses, casinos and restaurants, there’s plenty of other unique Palm Springs activities that draw visitors and locals alike.

The sunny climate of this town combined with the stark beauty of its oasis-like scenery settled at the foot of the sublime San Jacinto Mountains create the perfect area for multiple natural and human made attractions. 

To make sure you don’t miss out on some of the best hidden gems of Palm Springs, we’ve come up with a guide of four lesser known activities to do in the area.

Shields Date Gardens

Date crops have been growing in the Palm Springs area since the late 1800s, when the USDA realized that the local climate is similar to

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Artist creating a mural as seen in Palm Springs, CA

Murals are an important and often overlooked part of community art that does a lot to create vibrant neighborhoods that encourage us to slow down, take in our surroundings and (as all good art does) facilitate conversations about big ideas. 

With all the other draws of Palm Springs life, some may not realize that the city has a wealth of famous murals drawn all over its walls, bringing the city to life in an energetic way.

While there are too many to name here, we’ve created a list of six Palm Springs murals to visit while taking a stroll through this city’s already scenic streets.

Mountain Charmers

Los Angeles based artist Christina Angelina created this influential Central Palm Springs mural back in 2013, and the effects it’s had on the

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4 most Walkable Palm Springs Neighborhoods

In a place like Palm Springs where more than 90% of days are sunny, it makes sense that residents want to take advantage of the superb weather and exchange their car keys for their sneakers and walk to wherever their weekly errands take them. However, depending on where a neighborhood is, that's not always feasible.

If you're in the market for a walkable Palm Springs home, consider these Palm Springs neighborhoods.

Ruth Hardy Park

When it comes to centrally located Palm Springs neighborhoods, it's hard to beat the affluent community of Ruth Hardy Park. 

Downtown is less than a mile away, and most can make the walk in about fifteen minutes. As such, residents will find that a fun night out on the town is never more than a short walk from

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view of chino canyon near desert palisades

With such a beautiful landscape surrounding the town of Palm Springs, there’s no wonder the area surrounding this town has been getting more and more populated over time.

But one of the last areas to have been developed is Desert Palisades, and it’s also home to some of the best views in the Palm Springs region.

Situated above Chino Canyon and just five minutes away from Downtown Palm Springs, this real estate is in a prime location to enjoy the incredible views of the San Jacinto Mountains as well as the twinkling lights of Palm Springs.

Let’s take a look at more features that make this new development among the best in the Palm Springs area.

Desert Palisades Architecture

With only 110 homesites, this luxury community still contains a

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Spanish style home typical of Palm Springs area

Spanish style homes have been an architectural mainstay across the southwest United States for hundreds of years. 

Also referred to as Spanish Colonial homes, this style was introduced by conquistadors who brought the style from Spain because they knew how to build them and it served them well in the dry desert climate.

Before we take a look at the 4 best neighborhoods in Palm Springs for Spanish style homes, let’s take a quick look at some of the features that make this architectural style so unique. 

Features of Spanish Style Homes

Spanish style homes are perfect for the Palm Springs area because they are naturally cooling in the summer and warm in the winter. 

This is due to the white stucco or adobe exteriors — materials that work

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view of mid century modern architecture against palm springs mountains

Mid-century modern architecture is so prevalent in Palm Springs that it’s become a defining feature of this lush oasis town, with more homes created in this spacious contemporary style than anywhere else in the world.

To look at how this architectural style became so popular, let’s look at the many movements and influences behind it and why Palm Springs is the perfect place for homes built with these features.

Bauhaus and International Style Influences

Mid-century modern architecture receives its biggest influences from both the Bauhaus and International styles. 

The Bauhaus movement is an avant-garde style from Germany that began in the early twentieth century with a heavy focus on abstraction, asymmetry, straight, geometric lines and

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