Last fall I ran into an old high school friend who is now a popular Los Angeles-based television actor. He and a group of pals – some of whom had flown in from across the country – were relaxing and enjoying lunch at the IW Club after a spectacular morning of golf on the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s world-renowned courses. And why not? The legendary Indian Wells Golf Resort is the ideal facility for a guys golf getaway and has long been a favorite destination for celebrities, golf tournaments of every size and skill level, and even PGA pros and presidents. And with summer golf course maintenance just about complete, the fairways and greens are lusher than ever. In fact, there’s no time like the present to bond with your buddies, find your perfect swing on the championship Celebrity and Players courses, and take advantage of all the amenities that Indian Wells hotels, resorts and restaurants have to offer. Indian Wells’ four luxurious hotels generally offer special golf packages and rates year-round. Right now, check out Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa’s Stay & Play Unlimited package valid through 12/31/13 and Miramonte Resort & Spa’s “Tee for Two” Unlimited Golf package.
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Forget Black Friday and the hordes of shoppers – my favorite holiday pastime the day after Thanksgiving is to head to the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. That’s when the Miramonte unveils its amazing Gingerbread Village display built by desert residents and guests during the month of November. It’s also the start of the Miramonte’s annual Desert Holidays program, a five-week long extravaganza celebrating the joyful, playful spirit of the season. Recognized as one of the top destination spas in North America, this intimate Mediterranean-style resort hosts a delightful spectrum of holiday events throughout the season – from holiday cooking classes, chestnut roasting and s’mores toasting under the stars to live entertainment, wine dinners and Grove Artisan Kitchen’s “Holiday Dining Around the World” menus. And be sure to pamper your body and spirit this season at the Miramonte’s enchanting WELL Spa, which features holiday-inspired specialty treatments like Hot Toddy for the Body and the Winter Wonderland Facial!
For the Miramonte Resort and Spa’s Desert Holiday celebration schedule, click here
– Jan Silver Maguire
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With Thanksgiving and the winter holiday whirlwind fast approaching, the decision to book an Indian Wells vacation is a no-brainer. This year, why not let yourself off the hook from all the gazillion details that come with planning the holiday celebration? A fun-filled, relaxing Indian Wells getaway is guaranteed to leave you feeling physically and mentally refreshed for 2014. Here are 8 great reasons why you should spend the holidays in Indian Wells!
- Incredible room rates: The Miramonte Resort & Spa is already offering special room rates starting at only $109 per night. Or see the resort’s The More, The Merrier package, which includes dinner for two at Grove Artisan Kitchen and a couple’s massage at the luxurious WELL Spa.
- Wine & Dine: Leave the cooking utensils and roasting pot at home where they belong. Many Indian Wells restaurants serve special holiday dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check with your knowledgeable hotel concierge
- Spa Delights: The spa sanctuaries at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Miramonte Resort & Spa, and Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa will transport you to a blissful state of mind.
- Sparkling pools: Heated for your enjoyment, our beautiful pools promise fun for the entire family. At the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, kids will love the 6-foot spiral water slide and wading pool perfect for the little ones.
- Get Your Golf On: At the 36-hole Indian Wells Golf Resort, home of two championship courses, rated by Golfweek among the Best Municipal Courses in the Country.
- The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden: Experience the animal attractions and hiking trails during the day. At night, take part in a cherished yuletide tradition, WildLights!, which is held on select evenings from Thanksgiving to New Years.
- Find Your Sweet Spot: Take a tennis lesson or two at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the world-renowned BNP Paribas Open. While you’re there, purchase your tickets or series packages for the 2014 tournament slated for March 3-16.
- Hotel Holiday Celebrations: From roasting chestnuts and s’mores by the fire to carolers, carriage rides and New Year’s Eve bashes, Indian Wells hotels roll out the red carpet for the holidays to ensure a most memorable and festive experience.
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12TH ANNUAL INDIAN WELLS ARTS FESTIVAL
ADDS “OBJET TROUVÉ” FOUND ART FESTIVAL
CREATING A FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS
New at the 12th annual Indian Wells Arts Festival, held April 4 through 6, 2014, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, will be the Coachella Valley’s first-ever Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival, creating a Festival of Festivals.
Objet Trouvé is the idea of using everyday objects and ‘found’ materials to create stimulating works of art.
The Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival is the genesis of two Coachella Valley-based non-profit art organizations, the Coachella Valley Arts Alliance and the Student Creative Recycle Art Program (S.C.R.A.P. Gallery). The Indian Wells Arts Festival, in conjunction with the Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival, is looking to celebrate one of the most cutting-edge and innovative forms of art.
“We are delighted to announce this innovative new festival within the Indian Wells Arts Festival,” said Dianne Funk, Indian Wells Arts Festival founder and producer. “Our goals to present quality art and partner with outstanding community organizations meets a perfect match with S.C.R.A.P. Gallery and the Coachella Valley Arts Alliance. Their vision for the Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival adds a whole new dimension to the arts festival experience.”
Call for Objet Trouvé Artists: Artists interested in participating in the Objet Trouvé Festival are encouraged to apply online at http://objettrouvefoundartfestival.com/#dashboard
Deadline for entries is January 6, 2014
About the Indian Wells Arts Festival
Celebrating its 12th year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Indian Wells Arts Festival has been rated one of the 100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine, and 2014 Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association. The festival seeks out and brings together a wide variety of high quality fine art and quality craft to delight its audience of residents and tourists alike.
More than 10,000 attendance and $650,000 in reported art sales in 2013, the Festival incorporates a number of local charities as Festival Partners and donates to their art scholarship funds.
For festival information visit http://indianwellsartsfestival.com.
When my friends and I are in the mood for expert rubbing, scrubbing, peeling and polishing – not to mention a megadose of deep relaxation – we head to the superb spa retreats of Indian Wells, California for the ultimate girlfriend getaway.
The Agua Serena Spa at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa is one of our favorites. A peaceful lake surrounds the 30,000 square-foot wellness haven, which, among its many amenities, houses 18 treatment rooms with private garden patios and the adjacent Medical and Skin Spa. The Agua Serena spa menu boasts a variety of massages, facial and body treatments sure to delight your gal pals, as well as bachelorette and bridal parties. My friends and I have a particular affinity for the Vino and Vinyasa class, a two-hour yoga and wine tasting experience (there’s also a two-hour Scotch and Stretch session for the guys!)
Conde Nast Traveler named The Well Spa at the Miramonte Resort the #1 Resort Spa in North America and for good reason – this Tuscan-inspired sanctuary merges the best of the desert and Mediterranean. For a lively and “out-of-the-box” therapeutic experience book the Pittura Festa, a “painting party” that can be tailored for couples and friends. This colorful treatment involves applying vibrantly colored pigments that contain enriching ingredients. The Miramonte is currently offering two special Girlfriend Getaway packages – click here for details.
The soothing sounds of fountains and garden waterfalls greet spa goers at Spa Esmeralda located at the grand Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa. The 13,300 square foot retreat offers a super girlfriend getaway destination with its wide selection of spa treatments, beauty services, outdoor whirlpool, steam rooms, saunas, relaxation lounges and more. Visiting this autumn? Indulge in the Pumpkin and Orange Ilike Organic Facial (60 minutes, $119); the pumpkin mask is loaded with vitamins A, E, and C, and beta-carotene!
– Jan Silver Maguire
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Right when I was thinking I could become a vegetarian, along comes Eureka!, the latest Indian Wells restaurant to open its doors in this spectacular Southern California desert resort destination. Known for its 100% vegetarian fed, hormone and antibiotic free natural beef burgers (a delectable mouthful to say and eat) Eureka! in Indian Wells also features fresh baked breads, hand cut fries, locally sourced produce, gourmet salads, signature sandwiches and yummy desserts. Plus Eureka’s bar scene includes 30 craft beers, two wines on tap, and 21 small batch American whiskey’s served late seven nights a week.
Eureka bills its dining experience as “Eatertainment” combining gourmet food, an innovative bar program, live sports and live entertainment. Its modern yet rustic setting evokes a “neighborhood” feel; the perfect vibe for the warm, friendly community of Indian Wells. This is Eureka Restaurant Group’s ninth restaurant in California and the first in the Greater Palm Springs region. Eureka! is located at 74985 Highway 111 (corner of Cook Street and Highway 111) in the Village at Indian Wells shopping center. www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com.
– Jan Silver Maguire
Visiting Indian Wells this summer? Take advantage of these sizzling specials at the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s award-winning IW Club – open regular hours all summer long!
Saturday Night Is Prime Rib Night
Enjoy a delicious prime rib dinner at the IW Club, a premier Indian Wells restaurant. This $20 special also includes a house salad, twice-baked potato and chocolate cake. The IW Club’s signature prime rib dinner is available every Saturday night this summer from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Sunday Brunch Is Better than Ever
To complement its delectable multi-course menu, the IW Club’s famous Sunday Brunch now features bottomless champagne and live music with talented vocalist Ben Benavente on acoustic guitar. Brunch is served every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $24.95 per person; reservations are strongly suggested. Call (760) 834-3800 or book online at www.iwclub.com.
Happy Hour Daily 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Whether you like your cocktail blended, mixed, shaken or stirred or simply poured into a beer or wine glass, the IW Club serves up some of the best happy hour specials that Indian Wells has to offer in a contemporary and cozy lounge setting. Be sure to check out the rotating list of incredible nightly happy hour specials available from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Prix Fixe Dinner Menu with Win Pairing
Enjoy an exceptional three-course dinner menu with wine pairings, currently offered throughout July and August. $45 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).
For complete details, including happy hour specials and menu selections, click here or visit www.iwclub.com. For reservations, call (760) 834-3800.
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Looking for something special to do with dad this Father’s Day? Visit Indian Wells, California where fun-in-the-sun continues all summer long! Indian Wells resorts and hotels are offering a variety of great summer packages and activities guaranteed to provide thrills, chills, lots of laughs and ample pool time for family members of all ages.
Did you know that you can actually ride the waves in the desert? You bet! At Knott’s SoakCity, a 16-acre water park that features a giant wave pool for body surfing, 13 water slides and a super soaking family fun house. Indian Wells’ Miramonte Resort & Spa offers a Soak City Family Vacation package that includes one night accommodations and two adult admission tickets and two children (ages 3-11) admission tickets for the Palm Springs water park.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa’s Free Time package includes a free night and breakfast for two through December 31, 2013. During June, July and August, guests receive their third night free!
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa’s Stay for Breakfast package features overnight accommodations in a spacious guestroom, plus a delicious breakfast buffet in the resort’s Cava restaurant for two adults and up to three children (12 and under).
Or visit the historic Indian Wells Resort Hotel where amenities include golf packages, spectacular pool and whirlpool spa, complimentary nightly appetizers during happy hour, and live entertainment at Frank’s Place Restaurant & Lounge.
What are you waiting for? Book your Indian Wells Father’s Day getaway and summer vacation today. Click here for more information about our luxurious Indian Wells resorts!
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This summer, The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden located in Indian Wells and Palm Desert will be cooler than ever! Our world-class oasis of desert flora and fauna is set to kick off its special 2013 “Zoo Chill” promotion in June. Visit The Living Desert on the first Saturday of June, July and August and be sure to get an early start: The first 200 families to enter the park will receive a free “zooler” – a personal size cooler complete with two bottles of water. Plus, special frozen treats will be available for humans and animals!
The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden is open every day June 1 through September 30 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (last admission at 1 p.m.); however, Living Desert members may enter the park at 7 a.m. to access walking and hiking trails. And if you’re planning an extended stay in Indian Wells this summer with your kids, be sure to check out The Living Desert’s website for details on the park’s weekly Summer ZooCamp offered for children ages 4-12.
For complete details about The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden, visit www.livingdesert.org or call (760) 346-5694.
INDULGE IN A TASTE OF INDIAN WELLS DURING PALM SPRINGS DESERT RESORTS RESTAURANT WEEK MAY 31-JUNE 16, 2013
Seven Indian Wells restaurants will showcase their outstanding cuisine during the sixth annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week to be held May 31 through June 16. During this 17-day celebration of the culinary arts, patrons will enjoy special three-course menus gently priced at $26 or $38 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and beverages).
Premier Indian Wells dining establishments taking part in this popular epicurean event include Frank’s Place at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel, Grove Artisan Kitchen at Miramonte Resort & Spa, IW Club Restaurant & Bar at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, Lantana Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Sirocco at Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, The Nest Restaurant & Piano Bar, and Vicky’s of Santa Fe.
For complete details, visit www.palmspringsrestaurantweek.com.
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