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Chef Art Smith 101 Gay Weddings Miami

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Food Network’s Ted Allen To Co-host Chef Art Smith’s
#101GayWeddings at The James Royal Palm

Chef Art Smith just announced Food Network’s Chef Ted Allen will co-host his #101 Gay Weddings event on Saturday, February 21, 2015. For the past two years during The South Beach Wine & Food Festival The James Royal Palm has been home to Chef Art Smith’s and friends famous Big Gay Ice Cream Social. Now with the official beginning of gay marriage in the State of Florida, Chef Art is hosting a celebratory party– 101 Gay Weddings.

Couples are encouraged to tweet to @ChefArtSmith will receive a free wedding on February 21st during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival at The James Royal Palm. The big celebrations and all 101 weddings will be performed together in the beautiful James Breezeway. A celebrity minister will be there to officiate at the wedding ceremony.

Famed Celebrity Chef Duff Goldman, star of Food Network’s reality show Ace of Cakes and one of the first to stand up against hate in food, will be creating a one-of-a-kind wedding cake to mark the special occasion. Also, joining the event will be several celebrated Miami chefs and restaurants including:
• Richard Hales, Black Brick
• Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House
• Dena Marino, MC Kitchen
• Jamie DaRosa, Tongue & Cheek
• Paula Dasilva, 3030 Ocean
• Rocco Carulli, R House
• Cesar Zapata, The Federal
• Todd Erickson, Haven Lounge
• Half Moon Empanada
The wedding celebration is free to couples who are tying the knot or want to renew their vows, they can bring two families members to the event. An after dance party is being planned with a Celebrity DJ, with all proceeds benefiting local LBGT charities. For more information please visit http://www.jameshotels.com/miami/florida-cookery/sobewff-the-james.

WHEN:
Saturday, February 21, 2015           1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:
The James Royal Palm
1545 Collins Avenue     Miami Beach, FL 33139        (305) 604-5700

San Francisco LGBT Leather Park

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A plan is in the works for a parklet in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood that would celebrate the area’s historic ties to the LGBT and leather communities.

According to the Bay Area Reporter, a developer of a new mixed-use housing and retail development is backing a proposal to turn part of a 12th Street between Harrison and Bernice into a leather-themed pedestrian plaza.

Eagle Plaza, as it would be called in relation to the nearby former Eagle Tavern, would be a public space and is within an area designated by the city as an LGBT cultural heritage district.  READ MORE HERE.

 

Alabama Lesbian Couple Seeks Dollars

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It is sad that we have to PAY to defend ourselves and what is right. There should be a reimbursement system in place. ALABAMA should be eating these court costs!

“The two women in Mobile are the bravest two women I’ve ever known,” [Alabama Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham] said. “They’ve been through a lot, and they will continue to go through a lot, and we can never forget them.”

Todd said Searcy and McKeand have “incurred a great debt over legal fees” in their eight-year fight to have their California marriage recognized. She urged attendees to donate to the couple at their website, IAmAParent.com.

[Living in Limbo Executive Director Lara] Embry said Searcy and McKeand are $40,000 in legal debt “because they fought this fight for a long time in Alabama while we were not considered low-hanging fruit to national organizations who would then pitch in and help with that fight.”

“If you want to send someone a wedding gift, maybe make it honor of Cari and Kim, and make a donation to help them, to help pay for marriage equality in Alabama,” Embry said. “Because they got the bill.”

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GAY TRAVEL DEALS: Montreal and Amsterdam

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Two of my Favorite cities!

SPRING AND SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON AHEAD

Days are getting longer already!

59 days until SPRING!

START PLANNING NOW!

Here are 2 GREAT GETAWAYS to add to your spring/summer calendar

 

MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – JULY 3-6

More than 500 concerts – most FREE

World’s Best Artists and Genres of Music
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AND …..

AMSTERDAM PRIDE – JUL 28- AUG 3

World Famous Canal Parade

Circuit Parties & Street Parties

Amsterdam’s most popular festival

 

JOIN ME! LET’S PARTY! I can arrange great pricing for you and provide helpful tour information in both cities! Dave @ Donovan Travel

401-942-7700 dave@donovantravel.com

Xcaret Mexico

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You have more than likely been to the very gay Puerto Vallarta….but on the other side of the country is a Mexico very rich in Mayan history. And a truly remarkable area  called  Xcaret, near Playa del Carmen.

The Mayan Riviera or Riviera Maya stretches along 87 miles of Mexican Caribbean coastline in the southeastern section of the Yucatán Peninsula. Warm weather conditions, endless white sandy beaches, and the region’s network of underground rivers, lagoons and cenotes (sinkholes) with mangroves and jungle vegetation, provide the ideal surroundings in which to experience nature at its purest. And you will find this part of Mexico to embrace LGBT people.

In 1984 Architect and visionary Miguel Quintana Pali purchased 12 acres in the Mayan Riviera in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo with the idea of building his dream house.

However, when he began to clear the land he started uncovering ancient Mayan cenotes, sinkholes and beautiful underground rivers. Awed by this magnificent sight he felt that so much beauty should not be accessible only to a privileged few and began to formulate the idea of a park open to the public. THIS PLACE  IS  MAGNIFICENT! He is a true visionary, like Walt Disney.

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He soon joined forces with Constandse brothers Oscar, Marcos and Carlos, and they began transforming this park into a dream come true called Xcaret. Since its opening in December 1990, Xcaret Park is one of the most famous attractions in the Cancun-Riviera Maya destination, an eco-archaeological park where you can experience the natural and cultural richness of Mexico.

At present, Xcaret group has established itself as a great leader in sustainable tourist recreation and socially responsible, capable of responding to the needs of more than 6 million tourists that visit each year the Mexican Caribbean. This new integration scheme features a complete selection of products which complement each other and will offer the best entertainment and unique experiences surrounded by the natural, cultural and archaeological richness of Mexico.

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Mexican Government Recognizes Experiencias Xcaret for its Wildlife Care.
For the last 10 years, at the request of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Xcaret has looked after 168 specimens of 45 different species.“Xcaret has been a major ally in the care of wild fauna,” says Ludivina Menchaca, federal environmental representative in Quintana Roo.

Mexican environmental authorities acknowledged the contribution of Xcaret Park of Cancún and the Riviera Maya to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals which have been stranded, injured or confiscated from their owners for violations to environmental legislation.

Among the species that have been entrusted to Xcaret are the ocellated turkey and the Yucatan black howler monkey, as well as species of crocodile, deer, pumas, jaguars, falcons, turtles, and ocelots, among many others.

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Mexico is the country of sea turtles. In 2010, Xcaret was authorized by the Wildlife Department to operate as Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles. Here, Xcaret caters to all turtles that come to rehabilitate and release. WATCH.

In Xcaret each year we witness the miracle of life through collaborations park and Flora, Fauna and Culture of Mexico Civil Association. Children from all over the world who visit Xcaret and children from public schools that are free in the Schools program, get to know and learn about the protection of this species. (Remember that the hatchlings in the nest will be visiting Xcaret only from July to November).

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In a little over a year, the scarlet macaw population flying free in the jungles of Mexico has increased 41% thanks to Xcaret. “The alliances that have been built are the new path toward the preservation of our natural heritage,” says Rodolfo Raigoza Figueras, from Experiencias Xcaret. WATCH

The scarlet macaw reproduction program contributes to the dream of preserving this endangered species. Xcaret will continue working through the next years, so that the scarlet macaws keep coloring the skies of Mexico and Central America. In 2013, the park was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records for rescuing this endangered species.

Xcaret  is characterized by a constant effort in promoting and preserving the culture of Mexico.

The Ecological Park Xcaret Mexico is located just 6 km from Playa del Carmen (15 min) and 57 Km north of Tulum (50 min).

Xcaret is a majestic park by the sea where you can relive the history of Mexico through colorful traditions and shows, endless activities and beautiful native flora and fauna. . Truly an amazing MUST-SEE park and experience! Plan to spend at least 2 days here!  OVER 40 ATTRACTIONS!

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Booking from the US? Call Dave @ 1-800-942-1280 and find out about the all-inclusive resort, next door to the park!

Ru Pauls Drag Race Tour

 

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 IT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL BITCHES!

RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of The SeasonsCondragulations” Tour in a city near YOU, featuring a night of show-stopping performances by the world’s most talented drag performers, including winners and fan favorites from Logo TV’s hit series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Over 40 cities in the US, Canada and Europe. The largest drag tour in history!

Adore Delano, Alaska 5000, Ben Dela Crème, Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Detox, Ivy Winters, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Raja and Sharon Needles. Plus Special Guest Cary NoKey and host Michelle Visage. (Lineup varies by city and is subject to change.)

February 1-April 13, 2015.  CHECK  CITIES  AND TICKETS!

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Winter Party 2015 Miami BOOK NOW

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Gay New Years Eve in Key West

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Los Angeles Gay Mens Chorus

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A clever idea for a holiday flash mob!

Some of the men of GMCLA take to the underground to spread some holiday cheer with subway carols!   WATCH

Palm Springs for Christmas!

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Winter Party Miami 2015

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WINTER PARTY   is our Favorite Party of the Year!

Winter Party Festival is an iconic six-day celebration of LGBTQ people – diverse people from all over the globe – who come together to learn, live, love, laugh and forge lifelong relationships. Back in 1994, our founders kicked up their heels and invited the LGBTQ community to party on the sands of South Beach. More than twenty years later, under the leadership of the National LGBTQ Task Force, that one annual party on the beach has become what’s now known as Winter Party Festival.

 

And it just got  more  awesome!

Time to beam up, Scotty, and transport to the middle of an alien environment unlike anything mere earthlings have experienced before – WE Party: Attacks – during Winter Party Festival 2015. This new extraterrestrial experience will transform Mansion Nightclub into an otherworldly experience of sights and sounds on Sunday, March 8, beginning at 10 p.m. EST (Earth Standard Time).

Known throughout the world for extravagant themes, over-the-top productions, and visual art and live installations that accompany the dance party beats, WE Party events are nothing less than out-of-this-world. And WE Party: Attacks will be no exception. Literally out-of-this-world.

WE Party: Attacks will create a mesmerizing theatrical performance to blend seamlessly with the music of two supernova DJs – Miami’s own Alyson Calagna and Micky Friedmann, who will teleport in from Berlin.

“Winter Party Festival is a living celebration,” says Justin Bell, Winter Party Festival Chair for 2015. “Our guests are passionate about rejoicing and passionate about celebrating who they are. WE Party: Attacks will provide them the perfect solar system for their celebration.”

Winter Party Festival passes are ideal ways to see a galaxy of events and surprises in store for 2015. WE Party: Attacks tickets are part of the Titanium All-Access and Platinum Priority passes currently on sale at discounted prices. To purchase passes, visit www.winterparty.com/buy.

To reserve space at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, host hotel for Winter Party Festival, visit www.winterparty.com/hotel.

Winter Party Festival is an annual fund- and consciousness-raising event committed to supporting, inspiring and activating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and its supporters worldwide through a celebration of identity, equality and unity. Now in its 22nd year, Winter Party Festival takes place annually in one of the world’s hottest destinations – Miami Beach.

Proceeds from the annual Winter Party Festival and its sister event, the Miami Recognition Dinner, support the important work of the National LGBTQ Task Force to advance full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. A significant portion of the proceeds also funds multiple organizations serving the LGBTQ community in South Florida through grants made by the Task Force to the GLBT Community Projects Fund of The Miami Foundation. Since taking over responsibilities for the two events, the Task Force has contributed more than $1.85 million to South Florida grassroots LGBTQ organizations.

Winter Party Festival is produced with the support of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority.

HEATWAVE in Chicago in November

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The weather in Chicago may be cooling down, but forecasters are predicting a HEATWAVE on Saturday, Nov. 15, when the Best Gay Cities boys are throwing their 24-hour, private LGBT indoor waterpark and hotel dance party at Key Lime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort in Gurnee, Illinois.

(Just 40 minutes from Chicago!)Partygoers will be treated to an over-the-top slumber party including 12-hour music and dance party featuring four fantastic DJs, fashions, eye candy and a performance by New York’s infamous Cazwell, all while enjoying private access to an awesome indoor waterpark and hotel.  $200   for  2 people  =  your room  and  PARTY!    www.HeatwaveChicago.com

 

 

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Palm Springs for Thanksgiving

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GET GIGGY TUESDAYS AT PUMP West Hollywood

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Lisa Vanderpump, Giggy and White Party Palm Springs founder Jeffrey Sanker have teamed up to present “Get Giggy Tuesdays” at PUMP Restaurant & Bar.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 patrons will be able to enjoy complimentary sumptuous appetizers & delicious special priced cocktails such as the Pumpoplitan Martini, Pumpagranite Margarita and PUMP’s delectable LVP Sangria.

Bravo & Dancing with The Stars personality Giggy Vanderpump will also be making an appearance and he has created a special cocktail for the night that’s “paw”licious.

It’s where all the boys will be on Tuesday nights for “selfies” with Giggy who commented in his usually wry manner. “My mistress (Lisa) WOOF! WOOF! and I have been working extra hard to make Tuesday’s the sexiest and most glamorous night in town… just like me. So be sure to stop by and Get Giggy with it!”

For more information, please visit www.pumprestaurant.com or www.jeffreysanker.com/ 310-657-7867.

5 Gayest Travel Destinations in the South

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Magnolias, creaky porch swings and slow drawls – these are the things we most commonly associate with the South.

But, gay-friendly cities? Not so much.
Many people assume that the entire southern half of the United States is still on the conservative, intolerant end of the cultural spectrum. And while that may be true for some areas, today’s South is much more progressive and open-minded than you probably think.
Here we profile the most gay-friendly cities in the South and show you just how different they are from what you may have thought.

1. Asheville, North Carolina
The Carolinas have some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the country, so if you haven’t visited these national treasures, you’d better get moving. And hip cities like Asheville mean that you can get a healthy mix of vibrant city life and natural beauty in one visit. In the same day, you can tour the 250-room, 19th century castle built by George Vanderbilt and hike the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This historic town that sits on a plateau between 2 mountain ranges has everything you’d want: noteworthy architecture, live music, and amazing dining options. The city also boasts their own yearly Pride celebration and a number of gay bars – Asheville is even home to O. Henry’s, the oldest gay bar in the state.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana
It should come as no surprise that The Big Easy is also a very easy place for LGBT travelers to feel at home. The city has long been known for its extreme tolerance for people from all walks of life. In fact, legend has it that every year New Orleans becomes home to many tourists who discover, while on vacation, that they’ve never felt more comfortable anywhere else in the world.

This Deep South town is a veritable treasure trove for visitors – the music, the food and the breathtakingly beautiful old European architecture make it feel almost like a foreign country. And the city’s large gay population and thriving gay neighborhood make it an ideal travel destination. The lower end of Bourbon Street has about 10 gay bars and clubs and hosts the annual Southern Decadence Fest every Labor Day weekend. This gay Mardi Gras is not to be missed.

3. Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Arkansas would certainly not be the first place you think of when you hear “gay friendly,” but this little Southern gem is as open and accepting as they come. It was officially the first city in the state to endorse same-sex marriage and is currently the only city in Arkansas with a Domestic Partnership Registry.

But it’s not just about political claims to fame – Eureka Springs is insanely charming with its windy, hilly roads and stunning Victorian architecture. Basically it takes everything you thought you knew about Arkansas and turns it on its head. And despite the small size of the city, one annual Pride event isn’t nearly enough. They put on 3 different Diversity Weekends every year in the spring, summer and fall, all of which attract thousands of visitors from all over the world.

4. Miami, Florida
If you’ve been putting in overtime at the gym and investing in a fabulous warm-weather wardrobe, it’s probably time that you head to Miami. The Cuban-flavored city seems to be home to a disproportionate amount of beautiful people who know how to dress, eat and party like none other. It’s really an upscale playground for LGBT travelers who are looking to let loose in the sun and in the after-dark scene where that’s all about seeing and being seen.

The city has several cool neighborhoods worth checking out, but if you want to a front row seat for Miami gay culture, make sure to head to South Beach, or SoBe to those in the know. If you tire of the beach, stroll over to nearby Ocean Drive, a super lux open air mall that looks more like a Fashion Week catwalk than the malls you’re familiar with. And keep your eyes peeled for Miami’s own circular pink flamingo symbol that lets visitors know that a business is welcoming of LGBT visitors.

5. Dallas, Texas
As a whole, the state of Texas might not be a haven of open-minded tolerance, but cities like Dallas are essentially oases that go against the normal Texan grain. With the 6th largest LGBT population in the country and The Church of Hope, the biggest gay church in the world, Dallas certainly welcomes travelers of all genders and sexualities. The city also boasts not one, but two gay neighborhoods: Oak Lawn and Bishop Arts District.

Dallas is truly a modern city that has no shortage of great shopping, high-end dining and unique culture. History buffs will want to check out the JFK exhibit at Dealey Plaza; fashion hounds will be in heaven at the Neiman Marcus flagship store; and artsy types will dig the funky Deep Ellum neighborhood full of street art and live music. If this is surprising news to you, it might be time that you checked out Texas for yourself.

It can be easy to dismiss small, Southern cities as stuck-in-time backwaters that shun anyone different, but that’s simply not the reality in many places anymore. But the good news is that as these gay-friendly Southern gems have modernized, they’ve retained the Southern charm and beauty the region is known for.

Politically and culturally progressive cities overflowing with old fashioned charm offer the very best of all possible worlds for gay travelers looking for something new.

 

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Jay Deratany has recently restored a historic Victorian mansion and turned it into The Kirby, a boutique hotel, wine bar and bed and breakfast in Saugatuck Michigan. Not only is he passionate about travel & hospitality, but he’s also is a human rights activist, attorney and movie producer! To learn more, visit The Kirby Hotel and connect with Jay on Google+.

Sitges Spain – BEST GAY PRIDE in the World

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BIGGER is not always better.

While Sao Paulo has the BIGGEST GAY PRIDE in the world – I think SITGES has the BEST GAY PRIDE in the world!

 

 

Sitges is a fantastic gay-friendly beach town less than an hour away from Barcelona. The city’s seafront promenade, (often called Spains answer to the French Riviera) art deco architecture and nightlife make it a popular tourist spot, especially in the summer, where it is often hard to book a room.

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THIS is what PRIDE is supposed to be. Thousands of people having fun, dressing up and partying.

This 10 minutes of fantastic footage will make Sitges the #1 Pride in the world!

Official Video Coverage of the International Gay Sitges Pride 2014 – Including all of the parades, tribute acts, pool parties, events and more. Come Join us in 2015 – June 18th to 23rd.

 

Gay New Years Eve in Las Vegas

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Count down to midnight with Gay men from around the world at Evolve Vegas NYE. It’s more than a Party, it’s an Experience!

  • Enjoy three days in Las Vegas, voted Favorite American City by OutTraveler!
  • Meet Gay men from Amsterdam to Australia and everywhere in between!
  • Participate in Shows, Special Events, Parties, Receptions, Shopping and Dining, Gambling and more!
  • Stay at the newly renovated MGM Grand Hotel!

You may even find that special midnight kiss at our New Years Eve Blowout

 

The newly-renovated
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino!

The world renown MGM Grand Hotel will host Evolve Vegas NYE and is home to some of Las Vegas’ hottest new clubs, restaurants and shops. The recent $175 million renovation features hi-tech guest rooms of 450 sq. ft. and amenities that will make your stay a real delight. Best of all, it’s located at one of the most exciting corners on the Las Vegas Strip and the fun will be right outside your front door!

3 days of nonstop fun! December 30th – January 1st.

Call David and find out about exciting packages! 1-800-942-1280

Chicago Hotel Deals Boutique Properties in Boystown

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If you are gay and visiting Chicago, chances are you want to stay in Boystown, so you are not paying for cabs  to go back and fourth from downtown!

Hotels Near Boystown Chicago – Things to Do

Celebrate Chicago pride when you stay with hotels near Boystown, Chicago. Enjoy all of the fabulous things to do less than one mile from The Majestic Hotel. This area along N. Halsted features the best in Boystown, Chicago bars, dining, entertainment and more. After a night on the town, rest easy in “shabby-chic” accommodations boasting all the charms of a classic London estate. LGBT Chicago pride runs deep in fun-loving Boystown.

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Boystown is the US’s first officially recognized gay village and still stands as a national hub of our nation’s LGBT community. Explore a host of delightful boutiques, unique eateries and entertainment hot-spots or, if your timing is right, check out the famed Northalsted Market Days or Chicago Pride Fest close to hotels near Boystown, Chicago. And  now,   OUT IN THE PARK  at  Six Flags.

Find out about the rewards program now being offered and mention  Code BGC  when booking for a special gift!

Summer Deals in Gay Palm Springs

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The ultimate desert playground for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment. Whether you are planning a family vacation, couple who wants a romantic retreat, or want a girlfriend’s getaway…Palm Springs is “Fun in the Sun” year-round.

Located in Warm Sands,  INNdulge corners the market on comfortable and casual. One section of the structure has the requisite pool and hot tub, and features rooms that are spacious and pampered without being stuffy, with nicely preserved ’50’s style kitchenettes (PS loves its retro history!) There is a poolside social hour (which most inns offer) and INNdulge probably boasts the most spectacular mountain-range view. Practically every Palm Springs Locale is outfitted with misters to combat the desert heat, but INNdulge has the only pool chiller which, when the heat soars to skin-melting temperatures, is quite a draw.

 

* Historic Warm Sands, Palm Springs most cosmopolitan neighborhood. Located just south of Ramon Road, Warm Sands is within walking distance to all the entertainment, shopping, and dining venues of downtown. Yet the neighborhood remains a world unto itself, one that is a microcosm of everything Palm Springs has to offer.