Tours

PLEASE SELECT EITHER ONE FULL-DAY TOUR OR TWO

Half-Day Tours

[JOYCE- PLEASE ADD ACTIVITY LEVEL TOURS, RATE BY DIFFICULTY, OR SOME OTHER WAY THAT MAKES CLEAR LEVELS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY…]

 

Full-Day Tours

#F1 Being Mid-Mod

Modernism fans know Palm Springs is the place to see the best of mid-century modern architecture. The style’s use of clean lines, glass and sleek facades are synonymous with the desert landscape. Visionaries like Donald Wexler, Albert Frey, and John Lautner built their futuristic buildings here and are celebrated today through architecture tours and February’s Modernism Week that showcases design through exclusive tours, events and more.

Start the morning with a mimosa at the Saguaro Hotel, which originally opened in 1977, and learn about Palm Springs’ history as a hideaway for the Hollywood elite. Head out to see where the Rat Pack lived and played – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and even Elvis had homes in the area – and where young Hollywood is staking a claim. Browse through the decades at some of today’s most popular vintage shops, from clothing to art and furniture. Break for lunch at King’s Highway in the retro-hip Ace Hotel. After lunch, get an inside look at some of the most beautiful homes in the area that have been lovingly restored to their mi-century prime. End the day with a martini, a drink synonymous with the oasis lifestyle.

#F2 Coachella Valley Agriculture Tour

The desert may not immediately bring agriculture to mind, but the Coachella Valley is one of the largest growing regions in the state, known for its grapes, dates, citrus, and bell peppers.

This adventure travels through the heart of the Coachella Valley’s agricultural district, east of Palm Springs. The Coachella Valley’s agriculture offers a cornucopia of diverse crops – from exotic mangoes to ordinary potatoes. The top single crop produced in the Coachella Valley is table grapes, valued as a $131 million crop. This tour will introduce you to the growing techniques and technologies that allow area farmers to grow abundant crops despite the desert’s dry climate. Ninety percent of grape growers use drip irrigation, a water conservation technique that aims water directly at a plant’s stalk and root allowing for growing despite the dry desert temperatures. [JOYCE- WHERE WILL PARTICIPANTS EAT LUNCH, AND WILL THERE BE ANY SHOPPING OPS?]

#F3 Vintage Shopping

Greater Palm Springs is a vintage shopping mecca, brimming with so many options that it’s easy to end up overwhelmed. You will have fun as you mix it up and visit a variety of stores featuring a virtual treasure trove of vintage products from retro clothing to home furnishings and art. Stores vary from charity and thrift shops where a little bit of patience may pay off big-time, to the more curated boutiques that specialize in certain types of collections, eras, and styles. [JOYCE- ANY LUNCH DETAILS, SPECIFIC STORES WE CAN ADD?]

#F4 Live Your Wellest

It’s time to live your “wellest.” The region has always been an environment for wellness. Its hot springs, meditation centers and spas combine with incredible natural beauty to create the ultimate escape. Start the morning with a four-mile hike on the Murray Canyon Trail inside the Indian Canyons Preserve. This trail gains nearly 500 feet in elevation as it leads you to a small waterfall and great views. Then head to Two Bunch Palms and enjoy a locally sourced lunch at Essence to start off your spa experience. Go for a dip in their 600-year old meditative waters, followed by a lesson in the ancient Chinese Qigong. Close out your wellness experience in the tranquility of a sound bat, designed to help you gain focus, release negative energy, tension, and anxiety. [JOYCE- ANY LUNCH DETAILS]

Half-Day Tours

— JOYCE– we are assuming box lunches provided before/after the tours…correct?

Morning-: Select one

(You will return to the hotel in between tours and pick up a box lunch.)

#H1AM Behind the Scenes at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

At the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Indulge your curiosity with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of select habitats, where you will meet and greet our animals and hang out with our devoted animal caregivers. The behind-the-scenes tour includes a two-hour safari by tram stopping at every major habitat, while your personal guide leads you throughout the park, weaving animal facts, park history, and fun together. Visit the state-of-the-art animal hospital and learn how the Living Desert provides the highest-level care for all animals. You’ll also explore the District Commissioner’s House, a unique location that is typically closed to the public, where you will get a private viewing of the majestic Amur leopard

#H2AM Swing into Wellness

With more than 100 renowned golf courses and more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Greater Palm Springs earns its reputation as a top destination for golf. The sport is also known for a number of health benefits for both body and mind, giving you a great workout while helping relieve stress and anxiety and building mental focus. Partake in a golf lesson at one of the area’s spectacular courses, many that are designed by legendary course designers like Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus or Greg Norman. Before you hang up your cleats for the day, give FootGolf, a hybrid of soccer and golf, a try. Greater Palm Springs is home to the American FootGolf League (AFGL) so there’s no better place to try this emerging sport!

#H3AM Indian Canyon

Visit the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Stunning rock formations and the contrasting greens of magnificent fan palms and more than 150 species of plants beckon travelers to these lush palm oases. Your professional guide will educate and entertain you with stories about the history, culture, lifestyle, and legends of the Cahuilla people. In Andreas Canyon, enjoy a guided 1-mile hike on a tranquil trail along the banks of Andreas Creek as your guide describes the ceremonies and legends of the Cahuilla people and explains how they used the desert’s plants for survival. You’ll also view one of the largest natural palm oases in North America from the rim of Palm Canyon.

#H4AM San Andreas Fault

Climb aboard a Big Red Jeep and wind your way through the labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons of the San Andreas Fault Zone. Your naturalist guide will entertain you with stories about the plants, animals, geology, and history of the California desert. Experience the twisted landscape of an active earthquake fault system and walk between the steep walls of deep canyons created by the powerful forces of plate tectonics, water, wind, and time. You’ll also explore a natural palm oasis where crystal clear water bubbles up from the underground aquifer. Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they made this desert landscape their home.

#H5AM Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

Venture closer to this historic – and entirely hand-built – landmark, and you’ll soon discover that Cabot’s Pueblo Museum holds some of the greatest tales the oasis has to tell. The house itself is a menagerie, illustrating the many adventures of homesteader Cabot Yerxa, one of the original founding fathers of Desert Hot Springs. The entire 35-room structure is made of reclaimed and salvaged materials, filled with photos, artifacts and historic items that take visitors on a wild journey through Yerxa’s storied life. Much of the Pueblo is made from adobe-style and sun-dried bricks Cabot made himself in the courtyard. Filled with Native American art and artifacts, souvenirs of Cabot’s travels around the world, displays on Native American Rights, and Cabot’s own works of art, the Pueblo Museum officially opened to the public in 1949. The Pueblo has four stories, is 5,000 square feet and includes 35 rooms, 150 windows, 30 rooflines, and 65 doors.

Afternoon: Select one

#H1PM The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters and over 50 miles of hiking trails.

#H2PM BMW Performance Center

If you feel the need for speed, this two-hour experience lets you take the wheel of a variety of performance vehicles. Take the wheel as you head to the track and rotate between various BMW vehicles, driving each through tight corners and fast straightaways. Finally, buckle up in the passenger seat for a hot lap with one of our instructors as they drift and accelerate around the track. It’s a ride you won’t soon forget.

#H3PM Live Like a Celebrity

Palm Springs began as a hideaway for the Hollywood elite. Since then more than 500 stars and celebrities have called Palm Springs their desert oasis. Head out to see where the some of the biggest stars like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sonny and Cher, Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Liberace, Nat King Cole and so many more lived, wined and dined in the Golden Age to where hip, young Hollywood frolics today. {JOYCE- THIS IS VERY VAGUE, CAN WE ADD SPECIFICS?]

#H4PM Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Art Museum features a sophisticated collection of art that rivals urban metropolitan museums, and includes works from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Antony Gormley, Ansel Adams, and more. Spend the afternoon on a personalized tour with one of the museum’s knowledgeable docents and browse the collection of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design, and Native American and Western art.

PRE- and POST-FAMS

[Joyce–Are these three all of the pre- and posts that will be offered? Will they all be offered both pre and post? We’ll need lodging info, etc.]

Add that pre-tours will be picked up from the airport and transported to the tour location and that for post-tour they will be transported from the post-trip locale to the airport.]

Offbeat Oasis

About 25 miles outside of Palm Springs, fuel up in the town of Thermal with a world-famous date shake at the Oasis Date Gardens. Dates are one of the earliest cultivated fruits and have been a mainstay of the California desert for more than a century. If you’ve been thinking you don’t get to see enough banana related items these days, then the whimsical International Banana Museum in the town of Mecca is just what the doctor ordered! The museum boasts more than 20,000 banana related dolls, toys, and trinkets. You can also sample all sorts of treats at their banana bar.
The Salton Sea was a booming resort area frequented by celebrities, but today the lake holds a different allure. The Salton is a magnet for lovers of art, nature and history. A stop at The Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge showcases wetlands, fields of rye grass and desert trees. It’s home to a variety of wild animals like the Desert Cottontail and the kangaroo rat.

On the east side of the Salton Sea sits Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain, the artist’s tribute to God. This “outsider art” piece not only includes biblical and religious scripture, but also flowers, trees, birds and other colorful features. The 50-foot tall, 150-foot-wide sculpture is made of local adobe clay. It’s a great spot for an Instagram moment. Visit Slab CityOpens a New Window., the concrete slab community that originated from the abandoned World War II Marine Corps barracks of Camp Dunlap, and East Jesus an experimental, sustainable, educational art installation.

Just outside of Borrego Springs, dozens of creatures pop up out of the desert surprising visitors. Sabre-toothed tigers! Dinosaurs! Serpents! The 130 metal sculptures by Ricardo Breceda at Galleta Meadows represent creatures that once roamed this land.

Joshua Tree National Park

This is the perfect tour for those who want to learn about the 16th largest park in the National Park System. Managed 85% as a vast federal wilderness, Joshua Tree National Park lies within the Mojave Desert – and, it’s an architectural wonderment of fabulous, jumbled boulders, along with the Park’s iconic and endemic Dr. Seuss-esque’s plant: the Joshua Tree. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Park’s lively pioneer and dramatic mining history, the ancients’ footprints and culture, take a walk (or easy) hike, possibly see focused rock climbers practicing for future big wall climbs, and learn about plants treasured by high desert enthusiasts – all through lively narration from your seasoned guide. Guests joining us in the Greater Palm Springs area will enjoy a narrated tour of the Coachella Valley and learn about the wind and solar energy generated from the San Gorgonio Pass wind and solar farms on the way to the Park. Guests may also join the tour at the Park’s west entrance Visitor’s Center in the town of Joshua Tree. Both options include a delicious picnic lunch.

Bathe Yourself in Sound

Head into the Mojave Desert for the ultimate sound bath experience. The Integratron is an unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and introspection. The sonic healing sessions include 25 minutes of crystal bowls played live and the balance of the hour to integrate the sound and relax in the sound chamber to recorded music. Rest comfortably in the dome while a sequence of quartz crystal singing bowls is tuned to the energy centers of the body, where sound is nutrition for the nervous system. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind and body.

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SCHEDULE
June 8-10: Pre Tours

ALL EVENTS AT HOTEL PASEO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

June 10 (Monday)

Post tours to return by 4pm
Participant arrivals
Chapter Board meeting 3-5pm
Registration open 4-6pm
Opening Reception at Hotel Paseo 6-8pm

June 11 (Tuesday)

Breakfast 7:30 -8:30a
Professional Development Session I 8:45 – 10 am
Break 10-10:15 am
Professional Development Session II 10:15 – 11:30 am
Lunch, Chapter Meeting 12-1:30 pm
Marketplace Setup 1:30 – 2 pm
Marketplace 2-4 pm
Depart for Dinner Jeep Tour TBD
Buses return to Hotel Paseo TBD

June 12 (Wednesday)

Breakfast Buffet 7-8 am
Day Tours 8:15 am – 5 pm (Full-Day or two Half-Day Tours)
Depart for Evening Awards Dinner at Sculpture Garden 6:15 p.m. (TBD)
Buses return to Hotel Paseo (TBD)

June 13 (Thursday)
Grab & Go Breakfast 7-10am
Departures to airport scheduled throughout the day (TBD)

June 13-15: Post Tours (TBD)

 

 

 

Bathe Yourself in Sound

 

Head into the Mojave Desert for the ultimate sound bath experience. The Integratron is an unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and introspection. The sonic healing sessions include 25 minutes of crystal bowls played live and the balance of the hour to integrate the sound and relax in the sound chamber to recorded music. Rest comfortably in the dome while a sequence of quartz crystal singing bowls is tuned to the energy centers of the body, where sound is nutrition for the nervous system. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind and body.

SCHEDULE
June 8-10: Pre Tours

ALL EVENTS AT HOTEL PASEO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

June 10 (Monday)

Post tours to return by 4pm
Participant arrivals
Chapter Board meeting 3-5pm
Registration open 4-6pm
Opening Reception at Hotel Paseo 6-8pm

June 11 (Tuesday)

Breakfast 7:30 -8:30a
Professional Development Session I 8:45 – 10 am
Break 10-10:15 am
Professional Development Session II 10:15 – 11:30 am
Lunch, Chapter Meeting 12-1:30 pm
Marketplace Setup 1:30 – 2 pm
Marketplace 2-4 pm
Depart for Dinner Jeep Tour TBD
Buses return to Hotel Paseo TBD

June 12 (Wednesday)

Breakfast Buffet 7-8 am
Day Tours 8:15 am – 5 pm (Full-Day or two Half-Day Tours)
Depart for Evening Awards Dinner at Sculpture Garden 6:15 p.m. (TBD)
Buses return to Hotel Paseo (TBD)

June 13 (Thursday)
Grab & Go Breakfast 7-10am
Departures to airport scheduled throughout the day (TBD)

June 13-15: Post Tours (TBD)