If you’re a solo traveler, couple or group visiting Indian Wells this fall and looking to enjoy a fun evening of hands-on art and wine, head over to the VUE Grille & Bar at the Indian Wells Golf Resort for a Paint Nite® experience sure to get your creative juices flowing.

The VUE Grille & Bar is a host site for Paint Nite, an event that encourages people to socialize while painting in a relaxing atmosphere. Each Paint Nite participant recreates a “master” painting selected for the evening. You don’t need to paint like Picasso – Paint Nite is perfect for beginners!

Upcoming Paint Nite events at the VUE Grille & Bar will be held on October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22 and October 29.

For complete details about Paint Nite including schedules and pricing, visit where you can register online (note: Indian Wells, California events are located under “Palm Springs, CA”).

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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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Try this mouthwatering recipe for your next summer dinner party!

Grilled Lamb Loin with Passion Fruit BBQ Sauce


Lamb loin – five ounce (oz.) portion cut
Passion Fruit BBQ Sauce
Ketchup 31 oz.
Passion fruit puree 10.5 oz.
Red wine vinegar 4.25 oz.
Sweet soy 1.25 oz.
Fish sauce 2 oz.
Molasses 3.25 oz.
Garlic powder .25 oz.
Onion powder 1.25 oz.
Liquid smoke .25 oz.
Dried chipotle .7 oz.
Salt to taste
Sesame oil .5 oz.


Season lamb with salt, pepper and oil. For BBQ sauce, combine all ingredients in blender except for sesame oil. Blend all until smooth then add sesame oil and incorporate. Season to taste. Marinate lamb in BBQ sauce for at least an hour. Place seasoned lamb loin on hot grill. Cook lamb on one side for 3-4 minutes, brushing with BBQ sauce, then flip and cook on other side for approximately the same amount of time. Pull lamb off the grill once it is at desired temperature – I recommend lamb at medium rare. Once lamb is pulled off the grill, let it rest for a couple of minutes then slice into 1/2-inch thick pieces. Mashed potatoes and English peas make great accompaniments to this dish.

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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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From discounted wine and cocktails to all-you-can-eat specials, the VUE Grille & Bar in Indian Wells is serving up a smorgasbord of bar and dining deals this summer! Whether you’re vacationing in Indian Wells or here on business, be sure to join our friendly local crowd at this popular Indian Wells restaurant, located in the upscale clubhouse at the award-winning Indian Wells Golf Resort.

VUE Grille & Bar patrons can take advantage of terrific discounts during happy hour seven nights a week from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Happy hour specials include $4.50 draft beers, $5 for house wines and well cocktails, and only $7 for specialty drinks. Guests will also enjoy 50% off select bottles of wine, 25% off all sushi rolls, all-you-can-eat sushi for $23 per person, and sensational savings on bar food menu items. If wine is your beverage of choice, come by on Thursday evenings for half price wine night and savor selections from the VUE’s extensive wine list.

Starting on June 9, the VUE Grille & Bar will cook up nightly rotating of all-you-can-eat specials from 3 p.m. until closing; prices range from $13 to $17.  When you’re in Indian Wells for the weekend, head to the VUE Grille & Bar for its celebrated Sunday Brunch before you hit the road for home. You’ll relish the extensive selection of breakfast and lunch items, made-to-order omelets, a carving station, and bottomless champagne. Sunday Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $24.95 per person.

Live entertainment including jazz, rock, R&B, and dancing round out the fun Friday through Tuesday (Check for the entertainment schedule and details.)

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