Archive for July, 2008

Elite Land Tours

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Palm Springs tours to magnificent unspoiled, remote locations. Experience a sense of adventure and discovery with an unexpected twist – luxury! They will take you to breathtaking locations in air-conditioned comfort in the world’s best-in-class all-terrain HUMMER H2 with knowledgeable, expert guides. Choose a spectacular backcountry adventure to a remote area of Joshua Tree National Park or go to the infamous San Andreas Fault where you can witness entire mountains pushed up (and out) by the earth’s tremendous forces. Other adventures include a complete tour of the Salton Sea where you will see unusual geological oddities such as mud volcanoes and giant bubbling mud pots and a very special tour to the only wolf sanctuary in the world where you can actually interact with them – this is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Their tours have been featured on the Travel Channel, the Today Show, in Conde Nast Traveler, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications worldwide. Elite Land Tours was recently awarded Attraction of the Year by the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Authority. They are the original Palm Springs Hummer tour and the only tour using authentic Hummers.

All of our guides are well-trained and are continually acquiring the most current data available. As members of the Desert Institute and the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, they attend many classes throughout the year. In addition, each guide is CPR and First-Aid certified. Tours include resort pickup (door-to-door service), admissions, gourmet snacks, and an assortment of refreshments. As always, a delicious gourmet picnic lunch is available as a tour enhancement.

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .

Hiking up on the Tram

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Mt. San Jacinto State Park offers 54 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, one of the last in California. All trails are accessed by exiting the Tram’s Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway approximately .3 miles to Long Valley. In Long Valley there are picnic tables, water, Ranger Station, flush toilets and some easy trails.

Long Valley Discovery Trail: Follow the nature trail posts around a ¾ mile (1.2 km) loop. This easy level trail provides an excellent introduction to the Park’s plants and animals.

Long Valley Discovery Trail: Follow the nature trail posts around a ¾ mile (1.2 km) loop. This easy level trail provides an excellent introduction to the Park’s plants and animals.

Desert View Trail: A 1.5 mile (2 km) trail leads to a number of scenic overlooks and forest views. Short climbs, moderately strenuous.

Round Valley: A 2.5 miles of trail leads to picturesque Round Valley. Fairly level trails, short climbs, moderately strenuous.

Wellmans Divide: From Round Valley to Wellmans Divide is a 1-mile hike with a 600 feet elevation gain. The view from here is truly spectacular. Looking west you can see the dome of the Palomar Observatory and to the southwest Tahquitz Peak Lookout. From this point you can continue down to Idyllwild or up to the San Jacinto Peak. Elevation gain, strenuous.

San Jacinto Peak: This strenuous three to four hour hike one way will take you to the second highest point in Southern California. On clear days it is reported that you can see Catalina Island or the glow from Las Vegas at night.

For your comfort always wear sturdy closed toe shoes, layered comfortable clothing, hat and sunscreen. A light jacket in spring and early summer and for fall and winter a heavy jacket and gloves is a good idea, along with appropriate waterproof shoes. Water is only available in Long Valley and Round Valley. Bring your own water if you are traveling further. Stay on designated trails only.

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .

Wonderful visit to the Hacienda

Monday, July 21st, 2008

This is our third visit to the Hacienda and as always we had a wonderful time. Jim, Maurice, Caleb, Tom and all the staff always welcome us back warmly. We usually visit in the low season (summer) mid week and often have one of the two pools to ourselves. Our favorite thing about the Hacienda is that it is mostly couples just wanting to hang out together without being in a cruisey environment – if your going to Palm Springs to simply hook-up, there are other resorts more in line with that vibe. We have made some good friends with other guests as well during our stays and keep in touch with them afterward.

Palm Springs is a great place to do nothing but hang out by the pool, go to the gym, and eat. Mount San Jacinto is great trip up the tramway as a morning excursion. Restaurant wise, we recommend Wangs and Citron. There are lots of others. The World Gym has a nice facility and the staff and clientele are very friendly – if you’re under fifty you will feel like a youngster.

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .

Celebrate Summer in Palm Springs

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

It’s all part of Palm Springs Summer Splash – a thirteen week
Summer Celebration designed to put Palm Springs, California on everyone’s
Summer “To Do” List!

Famous for its Sunny Winter weather, Palm Springs used to slow down
for the Summer, but not anymore! The Desert Gay Tourism Guild has
worked with area hotels, restaurants, bars, retailers and entertainment Venues to create a vibrant (and varied) line-up of special offers and
special events that last throughout the Summer.

There’s something (and usually several things) to do every day, and, at night, all roads lead back to the pool for a midnight swim beneath the stars!

So come on! Jump in and join our “Summer Splash!”

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .

Treat Yourself to the Best

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

I whisked my boyfriend away to the Hacienda for our anniversary weekend. I chose the Hacienda at Warm Sands because of the stellar reviews it had received on TripAdvisor and I can now understand why past guests seem to gush about this fantastic place. Our trip was perfect and this was largely due to the friendly owners, Jim and Maurice, and the great staff. They were so much fun and their unparalleled hospitality makes everyone feel special. We planned to spend our nights out having dinner then partying at one or two bars. Instead we couldn’t wait to get back to the Hacienda after dinner to enjoy our over-the-top suite and the peaceful and romantic setting around the two pools. The rooms are truly stunning and have every amenity we desired. Most of the other guests we met had stayed there before and said that the owners are always improving the resort. I don’t know how they can improve on perfection. And, I am one who would normally always find something to complain about! This place made our important day so much more special. I guess I’m all out of superlatives. The owner told us that the best compliment we could give him was to return and to recommend the Hacienda to our friends, and that is what we are doing.

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .

Great getaway

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

I stayed here recently by myself and had a great time. The staff is extremely professional and were helpful at every turn. Definitely not a place if you’re looking for a scene, but perfect if you want a relaxed and upscale environment. The lunch which is included in the price is better than anything you’ll get in town.

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .

Splendor in the Desert

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

A great hotel is a factor of both good service and nice amenities. The Hacienda has both to the nth degree. The friendly staff made me feel right at home. They came around to my room with breakfast and lunch, both of which are chef-quality. The staff was constantly attentive to towels at poolside and they kept the grounds spotless. I arrived on an unseasonably cool day and reveled in the deliciously heated pool and hot jacuzzi. The room was kingly in size and filled with items any upper-class home would be proud of. I especially liked the big, flat-screen tv with DVD, the fireplace, the little private patio out back, and the welcoming fruit & snack basket awaiting me upon arrival.

In the morning, I noticed the outdoor lounge was equipped with the New York Times and other daily newspapers, in addition to magazines and tourist information. The DVD collection was overwhelming and diverse.

To put it simply, I was VERY impressed!

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .

Quaint and comfortable!

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

My boyfriend and I absolutely loved our stay at the Hacienda. The property itself is very small, only about a dozen suites or so, giving it a very quaint and personal feel to it. The jacuzzi and two heated pools were spectacular. Our room was amazing and had an outstanding attention to detail. What really impressed us, however, was the service. Even before we got there, the staff sent us there recommendations of restaurants and even offered to make us reservations. Once we got there a map to the restaurant was printed and on the table. The manager gave us a tour of the property and our suite and made sure we had everything we needed before leaving for the night.

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .

Quaint and Classy

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

My partner and I absolutely loved The Hacienda at Warm Sands. We stayed during Palm Springs Pride Weekend and were glad that we chose this place. Our room was nicely decorated and had a view of the pool area. The other guests during our stay were pleasant and nice. The owners and staff were friendly and very accomodating. The free gourmet lunches were an added treat and were placed in our room refridgerator if we were out and about. We would definitely recommend this place — a 5-star Gay Resort! See you soon!

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .

Exceptional Resort to be visited again and again……………………

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

I have stayed at this resort several times and have been treated the same each and every time! They are consistent with their exceptional service. They have a unique way of making each and every guest feel special. Disney has the cap on this market; but I will say that Jim and Maurice, the owners, are a close second to Walt Disney himself! I travel extensively on my own and for work which is about 80% travel. I have stayed at many hotels, resorts, B & B’s and I feel that I can definately compare and give good feedback. The owners always meet and greet their guests when they are present and when they are not on property their highly trained staff engage in much of the same. They tend to any need that a guest might have. Tom, Steve and Kaleb each have a wonderful personality and their character is highly admired by many. I would recommend this resort to anyone and I have already done so to some of my closest friends. I only wish I would have came across this property many years ago. I have no desire to stay anywhere else once in Palm Springs. Why go anywhere else once you find someone or somewhere that really cares about making your visit a most delightful one!

For more information, contact The Hacienda
From Within US:
1-800-359-2007 or 1-760-327-8111
From Outside US:
01-800-359-2007 or 01-760-327-8111
http://www.thehacienda.com/ .