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Fun Weekend Events in Indian Wells

It’s officially autumn and time to book your last-minute Indian Wells, California weekend getaway to experience three fantastic family-friendly October activities. The special events listed below are only a 15-minute drive, or less, from Indian Wells’ four luxurious hotel properties: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells Resort Hotel, Miramonte Resort & Spa, and Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.


The stupendous Jacqueline Cochran Air Show returns to the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in nearby Thermal, California on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Witness incredible high-flying maneuvers, professional skydivers, and freestyle aerobatics in a magnificent desert setting. Enjoy several refreshment booths and specialty vendors during this annual display of aeronautic adventure.


One of the desert’s most beloved annual traditions is set to take place on Sunday, October 26,2014.Don’t miss the 50th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade, a one-and-only kaleidoscope of creatively decorated golf carts, and marching bands including this year’s special guest band: the famous USC Trojan Marching Band. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. on fashionable El Paseo Blvd. Festivities also include food vendors and an interactive play zone for the kids.


The desert’s spookiest zoo adventure is back on October 25 and 26, 2014, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at one of the nation’s most renowned conservation parks, The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden located in Indian Wells and Palm Desert. Kids will want to wear their favorite costumes, of course, to participate in awesome activities like treat or treat stations, pumpkin bowling, face painters, a monster maze and much more. “Howl-o-Ween” activities are free with paid admission to the zoo.

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Indian Wells is an ideal wedding destination in California; however, choosing where and what type of venue to have your wedding can be a challenging decision. Oftentimes, your best wedding location may have nothing to do with style, but rather in a place that resonates with your heart! These planning recommendations can help narrow it down.

  1. Who Are Your People?
    How large a wedding do you want and whom do you want to come? 
  2. High Finance
    How much do you want to spend?  
  3. Detail Management
    Do you have time to manage the hundreds of details involved with wedding planning? 
  4. Your Calendar
    Your personal calendar is a deciding factor in choosing a location. When can you and your people travel? 
  5. Local Weather & Events
    Are there major holidays or local events (e.g., the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival near Indian Wells) occurring at your location of choice that impact the time of year you could come?
  6. How Much Planning Time Do You Have?
    If you plan to marry in six months or less, your venue options will be limited as many locations book up far in advance. 
  7. Guest Management
    How much time do you have for the care and management of your guests?
  8. Your Personal Style
    Do you want a ballroom or a ranch? Country club or museum? What is your personal style and how can that be reflected in the location you pick?

When you’re feeling overwhelmed and need guidance, a wedding planner can assist you. Expert wedding planners will partner with you to transform your dream wedding day into reality. Wedding planners can oversee the endless details involved in arranging your nuptials – from helping you select invitations to coordinating the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and post-wedding events. An experienced wedding planner with an established network of suppliers can streamline the process and may even be able to save you money so you can enjoy the entire planning experience and the most memorable wedding day.

This is a guest post written by Cathy O’Connell, event designer and co-founder of Celebrations of Joy, Cathy is the author of the soon-to-be-published “Write Your Own Rules: a Guide to Alternative Wedding Planning.”

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Check out the BNP Paribas Open’s dynamic new website with several new features that offer a great online tennis experience with larger imagery, quick links, multilingual capabilities, and much more. When you log on to the enhanced website you’ll be able to:

  • Locate player photos and videos.
  • Access a LIVE menu tab during the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament to find live scores, match results, real-time video streaming, and play-by-play audio.
  • Engage in the Social fan zone that integrates Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube profiles for a seamless user experience.
  • Discover the many amenities of Indian Wells, an incredible resort destination, via an expansive VISIT US section.
  • Easily view the BNP Paribas Open website on your iPhone, Androids, tablets and other mobile devices. 

The 2015 BNP Paribas Open is set for March 9-22, 2015. A variety of ticket packages and hotel vacation packages are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale on November 5, 2014.

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Indian Wells, California annual tennis tournament is the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world.

Hotel, Mini and Group packages are now on sale for the annual BNP Paribas Open, set for March 9-22, 2015 at the spectacular Indian Wells Tennis Garden. BNP Paribas Open hotel packages offer a wide variety of benefits, including luxury destination resorts in Indian Wells and surrounding areas, preferred box and suite seating in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, transportation to the venue, exclusive dining, onsite tennis clinics, and behind-the-scene tours.

The six different hotel packages include First Serve, Aces Weekend, Champions, Final Four Days, Advantage Weekend and Masters Week. The Masters Week packages gives fans the opportunity to play on the same courts as the pros in a one-hour tennis clinic, a meet-and-greet with a former tennis pro, and more.

The 2015 BNP Paribas Open is also featuring a variety of Mini and Group packages. Buying early ensures the best seat locations.

For complete details on all packages, as well as online purchase, visit today!




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When you’re traveling with a group; celebrating a family reunion, wedding, or other special event; or just want to live it up on vacation, make your Indian Wells hotel stay extra special by reserving a suite or villa at one of our four luxurious resorts.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa offers 35 suites and 43 exquisite one- and two-bedroom villas. Situated along the resort’s lush gardens and Indian Wells Golf Resort fairways, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells villas range in size from 1,350 to 1,900 square feet of indoor living space. Villa amenities include contemporary décor with upscale furnishings and art, flat panel TVs, surround-sound, soaking tubs, indoor fireplace, private courtyard and garden, whirlpool spa or gas fire pit, and your own personal butler!

TV legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz built the historic Indian Wells Resort Hotel in a prime location overlooking the Indian Wells Country Club and scenic Santa Rosa Mountains. This intimate boutique-style hotel boasts modern conveniences, yet still retains its Old Hollywood ambiance. At 4,500 square feet, the resort’s Presidential Suite is one of the largest in the Palm Springs area. The suite features a private entryway, full kitchen, marble bar, fireplace, four bedrooms, five luxury baths, and a spacious living room area perfect for entertaining.

Renowned for its romantic Mediterranean-inspired setting and award-winning THE WELL Spa, Miramonte Resort & Spa accommodations include four exclusive villa suites and a one-bedroom Presidential Suite. This 1,078-square-foot sanctuary encompasses a sizable living room, dining area for eight, guest powder room, wet bar, Bose audio system, library, elevated Jacuzzi tub, and a private balcony to take in breathtaking mountain views.

A 560-room Marriott property, the grand Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, offers a wide variety of beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. At nearly 3,000 square feet, the Presidential Suite is the largest featuring a large master bedroom, living room with cathedral ceilings, private dining room for eight, library with entertainment center and wood burning fireplace, as well as a butler’s pantry with private service entrance. Deluxe suite accommodations also include the two-story Governor’s Suite, Conference Suite, and Ambassador Suite.




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Nothing spells relaxation and romance more than a couples’ spa treatment. In the Southern California desert, you’ll experience some of the most bliss-inducing couples’ healing rituals at three legendary and luxurious Indian Wells resort spas.

Rated one of the Top 100 Resort Spas in North American and the Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveler readers, Miramonte Resort and Spa’s Tuscan-inspired The WELL Spa gets our vote for the most ‘creative’ couples spa experience – the Pittura Festa! Book this whimsical, therapeutic painting party, which involves applying a colorful palette of muds and clays on your skins. The vibrantly colored pigments each contain a variety of enriching ingredients. Four private poolside cabanas, each with private patios, are also ideal settings for the Couples’ Massage and Couples’ Therapy treatments.

Experience a euphoric, two-hour wellness journey together within the quiet sanctuary of Agua Serena Spa at the renowned Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Unwind in a private outdoor suite, complete with a treatment area and well-appointed space for side-by-side relaxation. Or indulge in the Desert Healing Duet featuring two 60-minute specialty massages, two 90-minutes Cactus and Date Scrubs, and a side-by-side “Honor the Feet” gesture.

Customize your special couples’ massage experience within the rejuvenating setting of Spa Esmeralda at the upscale Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa. Choose from any two massage treatments (with the exception of stone massage) and enjoy them a deux in a private spa suite or lush, private garden.

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Ask an Indian Wells resident about “surviving” the summer heat in the desert. The answer may surprise you. Many locals actually look forward to the summer season’s laidback vibe where lunch and dinner reservations are a thing of the past (at least until September); plus, off-season dining specials abound at Indian Wells restaurants and resorts. And there are great deals to be had on plenty of leisure activities — including golf, spa treatments, and area attractionsYou’ll find desert dwellers out and about on endlessly beautiful and balmy mornings and evenings. At midday when temps are the highest, they work or relax in air-conditioned comfort, lunch on misted terraces, or take a refreshing dip in a pool.

Visitors planning an Indian Wells summer getaway will find some of the hottest hotel rates and coolest pools right now. Named “Best Mountain View Pool” by C Magazine, the Miramonte Resort & Spa features two swimming pools, complete with private cabanas, daybeds, and poolside service and refreshments.

Amenities at the family-friendly Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa include the resort’s oversized pool with its famous sandy beach entrance.

Guests at the 45-acre Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa have access to seven unique swimming pools. The Children’s Pool features a 60-foot spiral water slide and toddler-size wading pool. Situated in its own secluded area the adults-only Oasis Pool offers a serpentine lap pool, private cabanas and private Oasis Pool Bar service. 

The historic, intimate Indian Wells Resort Hotel features the Palm Terrace Poolside Bar and scenic deck with pool and whirlpool spa that overlooks the picturesque Indian Wells Country Club golf courses.

Don’t wait – book your Indian Wellssummer vacation today and chill out this summer one of the most luxurious vacation destinations in Southern California!

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Hoping to take your family on a fantastic summer vacation without making a huge dent in your wallet? With Indian Wells hotel rates start as low as $52 per night midweek (Indian Wells Resort Hotel), plus fantastic deals on golf, dining, spa services and area attractions, you and your family can experience an affordable and outstanding summer getaway at a luxury Indian Wells resort. Balance quality family time by the pool with a desert adventure or two – there’s plenty to do to keep all ages entertained! Below some of our top picks for Indian Wells family-friendly fun and adventure:

  1. Meet more than 450 desert animals and have lunch in an “African Village at the one-and-only Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden. (Check out the Miramonte Resort & Spa’s Living Desert Family Escape Package and the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa’s The Living Desert Discovery Package.)
  2. Experience the ultimate in family fun at Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs, the desert’s premier waterpark adventure complete with slide and raft rides, lazy river, interactive family funhouse, and wave pool. (The Miramonte’s Wet ‘n’ Wild Package includes four tickets to the waterpark.)
  3. Bring the young ones to Children’s Discovery Museum in nearby Rancho Mirage to participate in the many hands-on activities.
  4. Take family golf lessons at the championship Indian Wells Golf Resort, located only steps away from the four Indian Wells resorts. The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells has many summer packages including Stay & Play Unlimited Golf.
  5. Stay at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa or Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa where Camp Hyatt and Camp Oasis will keep your children entertained for hours.
  6. Experience the thrill of a lifetime aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where the world’s largest rotating tramcars transport you to acres of mountain wilderness. (Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa Tram Discovery Package.)
  7. Take advantage of your resort’s complimentary bike rentals and go for a morning ride on one of Indian Wells’ scenic bike trails.
  8. Embark on a thrilling sightseeing tour to experience the wonders of the San Andreas Fault and Joshua Tree National Park. See your hotel concierge for details.
  9. Teach your kids how to play tennis at the renowned Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the annual BNP Paribas Open.
  10. Have a ball with the Pizza Package at Fantasy Springs Bowling Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio (a 10-15 minute drive from Indian Wells). The $69 Pizza Package includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, two medium pizzas, and one pitcher of soda.

Visit to plan and book a summer vacation experience the entire family will never forget!

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Looking for an affordable family vacation idea? The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells continues its 25th anniversary celebration all summer long with exciting travel packages and value packed promotions.

Check out the family-friendly Tram Package, which includes:

  • Breakfast for four daily (two adults and two children)
  • Four Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tickets (two adults and two children) per room, per stay
  • Family in-room welcome amenity

Tram Package summer pricing begins at $169 per night weekdays and $229 per night weekends.

The Living Desert Package features an awesome adventure at a top Indian Wells attraction, considered one of America’s top zoos and conservation parks.

  • Breakfast for four daily (two adults and two children)
  • Four Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden tickets per room, per stay
  • Family in-room welcome amenity

Living Desert Package summer pricing begins at $149 per night weekdays and $199 per night weekends.

Outstanding family travel amenities at this top Indian Wells hotel property include:

  • A beautiful and enormous sandy beach pool
  • Tennis and golf programs
  • Kid-friendly dining venues
  • Camp Oasis, a children’s program available to children ages 5-12
  • Bike rentals and more

Don’t miss out on the Renaissance Esmeralda’s exciting anniversary contests like treasure hunts and surprise giveaways. Also be sure to visit for incredible Facebook flash sales offering $25 guest room rates.

Reservations for Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa summer travel packages can be made by calling (800) 321-1508 or visiting and using promo code ES2. Note that both packages require a two-night stay.

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Sure, the summer months can get a little toasty in Indian Wells, much like other resort destinations in the desert Southwest. (Personally, I’ll take three months of summer heat over the long, frigid winters up north.) It’s also a well-known fact among Coachella Valley residents that when temperatures climb up, prices go down, resulting in amazing rates at Indian Wells resorts, spas and restaurants.

The upscale Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has a bevy of specials for locals yearning a vacation this summer without the hassle of air or freeway travel. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells nightly rates are as low as $89 midweek (Sunday-Thursday) and only $119 per night for weekend end stays. These discounted rates are valid June 1-August 27 and with a Coachella Valley drive’s license. To book, call (760) 341-1000 and request offer code LOCL.

Get social after work and head over to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells’ Agave Sunset bar for happy hour. Cool off in the sophisticated setting of this popular lounge with a refreshing Moscow mule priced at only $8. Across the lobby, locals who purchase any two entrees will receive a complimentary dessert in the resort’s outstanding Lantana restaurant Sunday-Thursday.

When you’re in need of top-notch pampering and tranquility, indulge in a day at the luxurious Agua Serena Spa. A $20 day pass will give you access to the spa Monday-Friday. Indulge in a spa treatment and you can while away the rest of the day lounging by the Oasis adult pool. For the ultimate treat, rent a private pool cabana, available to locals this summer at 50% off the regular price.

Additional Monday-Friday Agua Serena Spa specials for are residents include:

  • Express manicure/pedicure – $79
  • Spa manicure/pedicure – $120
  • 30-minute manicure – $40
  • 45-minute pedicure – $60
  • 45-minute gel manicure – $60
  • 50% waxing services with the purchase of any spa treatment

Rates and specials are valid through August 27, 2014. Bring proof of local residency; an I.D. card with your local address is preferred. For complete details and reservations, call (760) 674-4100.

- Jan Maguire

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