Barbara Beckley

Barbara Beckley

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If it's Monday -- It Must be Bingo & Trivia at the Ace Hotel

“Bingo! I have bingo!” I yelled. I couldn’t believe it. But yes, every number on my card was covered. Emcee Shirley Claire strolled over -- placed one of her long legs on my table, waved a feather boa in the air, and sang, “Congratu-laaaaations!” If it’s Monday night in Palm Springs – the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is the place to b

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Elevate Your Dining Experience at Peaks Restaurant -- Where the Cuisine is as Spectacular as the View

A new executive chef (formerly of the Parker Palm Springs), a new menu, new craft cocktails and a new owner (Palm Springs local John Fritch) make Peaks Restaurant (https://www.pstramway.com/dining/), at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a fine-dining experience par excellence.   “I’m recommending the restaurant to all my fri

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The Sky's the Limit -- at the Palm Springs Air Museum Gift Shop

Want to get your pilot’s wings?  No need for lessons. Just step inside the gift shop at the Palm Springs Air Museum (www.palmspringsairmuseum.org). Choose from hundreds of authentic-looking pilots’ wings pins ranging from commercial airlines to military. Pins are just the beginning of the shopping excitement. Unique custom-made items

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Find Your Valentine Sweet Spot at Palm Springs Spas

From romantic couples’ rituals to indulgent personal pampering, Palm Springs spas are celebrating Valentine’s season with blissful – and cost saving – specials. Here are the best.  Indulge your love like a superstar at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs Rock Spa (www.hrhpalmsprings.com), with the ultraromantic “Your Body is a Wonder

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New Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs Soars to New Heights of PS Cool

With endless floor-to-ceiling views of Palm Springs’ sun-kissed San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Canyon Drive’s trendy street life – framed by a modern take on Palm Springs’ oh so famous mid-century modern architecture – the new Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs hotel (www.rowanpalmsprings.com) is a perfect match for Downtown’s new level of

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Just Fabulous Celebrates 10 Glorious Years of Retail Bliss -- as Only Palm Springs Can

Champagne, music, dancing, over-the-top entertainment -- Just Fabulous (www.bjustfabulous.com) – Palm Springs’ go-to boutique for everything “oh so Palm Springs” – celebrated 10 years of retail bliss on April 8, 2017. And the party was, of course, fabulous. Like the store itself, the 10th anniversary festivities were Palm Springs

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Shopping at Palm Springs Attractions

Surprise! Palm Springs most famous attraction --- the celebrated Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – is also a treasure trove of shopping opportunities. Two great gift shops – one at the Valley Station (the mountain base where you buy your tickets) and one at the sky high Mountain Station two and a half miles above the valley floor – are packed

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Easter is Sweet in Palm Springs

Easter baskets in Palm Springs? You bet. Chocolate bunnies, sugar chicks, hand-crafted toffee and salt water taffy by the thousands ensure that your Palm Springs Easter vacation is sweet, sweet, sweet. And the icing on the cake (I couldn’t resist) – is that Palm Springs’ custom confectioners are clustered along North and South Palm Ca

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Do Your Holiday Shopping at Palm Springs Attractions

Surprise!  Palm Springs attractions are more than interesting – their stores are the ultimate in gift shopping. So do like the locals, and head to the nearest museum for trend-setting treasures. And of course, remember the golden rule – one for them and one for me.  Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center. Since open

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Hooray for Killer Heels!

Fashionistas rejoice!  It’s a match made in heaven – and only in Palm Springs. Ooh and aah at the must-see exhibit Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, September 5 through December 13, 2015, at the Palm Springs Art Museum – who ever thought of this is a genius -- then paint the town red on a shoe shopping spree.

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What's Trending in Summer Eyewear? Here's the Latest from the Sunglasses Capital

Big, bold and glamorous. Vintage movie star cool. This is the look, say the eyewear style-makers in Palm Springs, where round-the-clock pool party chic makes stylish shades a way of life. “The movie star look. That’s what people are wearing,” says Steven Nash, manager of the Raymond/Lawrence (www.raymond-lawrence.com) boutiqu

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New -- Exclusive Swimwear Line Salutes Palm Springs' Famous White Party

Just in time for The White Party – and beyond -- Destination PSP, an upscale retailer specializing in desert-event merchandize, has introduced an exclusive new Palm Springs-themed menswear swimwear collection. The White Party, the largest gay dance music festival weekend in the world -- famous for pool parties and white attire -- is hap

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The South of France Comes to Palm Springs!

Palm Springs and the South of France – c’est magnifique. It’s a match made in retail heaven. Shopping just doesn’t get any better than this!!  Francophiles – and all stylish shoppers – rejoice and make a bee line for the fabulous new Best of Saint Tropez boutique (www.french-accents.net) on North Palm Canyon Drive in the Uptown Des

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Shopping Spotlight: Bring Home the Palm Springs Lifestyle

Just when you thought Palm Springs’ shopping couldn’t be any more chic, hip and fun – design sensation has splashed onto the scene with a trendy array of desert-inspired merchandise.  “Products for the Palm Springs lifestyle” is the mantra of this new retail company. And boy does it deliver.  From home and – of cou

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Palm Springs' Big Hotels Offer Larger than Life Excitement

Trendy bars with Grammy-worthy entertainment. Gorgeous pools dishing up non-stop cocktails and cuisine. Luxe suites. Amazing spas. Celebrity sightings. Business amenities. Something for everyone – plus, the legendary Palm Springs experience – is just a check-in away at Palm Springs’ big brand hotels. Who knew? I recently stayed at the 

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Think Outside the Box -- Give Dad a Palm Springs Spa Experience for Father's Day

Want to be really creative this Father’s Day?  Escape to Palm Springs and treat the Dad in your life to a luxurious wellness tune-up. Palm Springs’ spa resorts are loaded with manly delights from facials to scrubs and everything in between; each customized to meet the special needs of your special man.   “Men are more c

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New Starbucks Reserve Palm Springs

Tanzania Mount Meru. Nicaragua Maracaturra. Aged Sumatra Crop 2013. Where would you like your next cup of coffee to come from?  Would you like a coffee flight?  How would you like it brewed? The Clover method, siphon, pour-over, cold brew or maybe nitro cold brew? These are just a taste of your exotic choices at the hip new Starbucks Rese

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New Shopping, Dining & Sight-seeing

Forget about the congestion and traffic of most tourist destinations – you’ve arrived in sunny Palm Springs. Anchored by the celebrity hip The Rowan hotel, Palm Canyon Drive is the new pedestrian hot spot – perfect for an afternoon stroll of shopping, dining and sight-seeing. I began my stroll of discovery in the heart of downtown with

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Palm Springs Uptown Vintage Shopping

First in a two-part series: The Uptown Design District By Barbara Beckley As the epicenter of all things mid-century modern, Palm Springs is the go-to for vintage shopping. The quality and selection is unbeatable – and believe me, I know. Whether you’re after that perfect Eames chair, a sequined ‘60s ball gown or just love the thrill

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Palm Springs Vintage Shopping –Simply the Best!

The Palm Springs’ vintage advantage is truly endless. Looking for vintage Pucci? Top-drawer mid-century furnishings? Estate jewelry? Collectibles from Disney characters to ’56 Corvettes? You’ll find them all – I know from experience – in the South Palm Canyon Shopping District.  The loads of top consignment, resale and thrift bou

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Pajama Party!!

OMG! Why didn’t we think of this before? As the cocktail capital of the world – Palm Springs is the perfect spot for a pajama party. Cute, crazy and oh so mid-century chic. How cool is it to party in your jammies by a pool in Palm Springs. A totally perfect fit for Palm Springs Hollywood golden era vibe. Think 1963’s “Palm Springs Weeke

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