If tennis is your game and you haven’t yet attended the annual BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 2015 is the year to check this world-class tennis experience off of your vacation bucket list. Just ask one of the more than 430,000 tennis fans who attended the 2014 tennis tournament this past March and were the first to experience—among other ace amenities–the new 8,000-seat Stadium 2 housing three outstanding restaurants and a second 19,000-square-foot shade structure with state-of-the-art video walls to take in all the on-court action.

The world’s largest WTA and ATP World Tour combined two-week event is destined to be bigger and better than ever before when it kicks off on March 9, 2015. Here’s a preview of what tennis enthusiasts can expect:

  • Eight new video screens inside Stadium 1 to enhance the visual experience.
  • New hydration stations on the Stadium 1 Loge level.
  • New shade awnings covering the restaurant patio areas and the Point Bar in Stadium 2.
  • A designated check-in area for all three restaurants, complete with seating, television screen to watch all the matches, and a new bar.
  • More than 3,600 seats added throughout the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
  • New video boards placed near all practice courts making it easier than ever for you to identify the players on court.

All this plus up-close-and personal autograph signings with the world’s top tennis players, cool promotions and giveaways, constant live entertainment, a wide variety of food and beverage vendors, great shopping for tennis wear and other merchandise, easy parking and four outstanding Indian Wells resort hotels only minutes away, warm weather and a breathtaking Southern California setting.

A variety of hotel, group and ticket packages are now on sale so don’t miss an opportunity to select the best seats or reserve a luxury stadium suite with private indoor/outdoor seating, personal hostess, full-service catering and more exclusive amenities. Visit www.bnpparibasopen.com for complete details about the BNP Paribas Open, the largest tennis event outside of the four Grand Slams.

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One of Indian Wells’ four luxury resorts has a new name and sensational new property enhancements to go along with it! The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa has been renamed as the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa. The changes honor Indian Wells resort destination and the surrounding Greater Palm Springs’ areas midcentury Hollywood legacy and glamour, with the debut of ten new celebrity guest suites, transformed dining experience, meeting room renovations, and a vibrant new pool experience.

Coming soon at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa –

  • Opening November 2014: Ten new Star Suites that will feature retro-inspired, earth-toned furnishings and original portraiture artwork from Chicago-based artist Patrick Skoff.
  • Opening November 2014: The original Sirocco restaurants refashioned as Sirocco Pizza Company. Executive Chef Eric Theiss is set to helm this high-energy, casual and modern Italian eatery.  Sirocco Piazza Company is sure to be a popular Indian Wells dining destination and will feature communal tables, a 900-degree wood pizza over, do-it-yourself cheese and charcuterie boards; plus a walkup to-go window.
  • Opening December 2014: an exciting new pool experience. Enhancements include a new pool deck surface, umbrellas and chairs, and new luxurious cabanas with TVs, personal safes, refrigerators and loungers
  • Opening January 2015: Enhanced meeting space with new carpeting and wall coverings, refurbished woodwork, new foyer furnishings, banquet chairs, as well as sound and lighting systems.

The Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa was recently awarded the prestigious Meetings & Convention 2014 Gold Key.


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Indian Wells Golf Resort Receives 2014 CGCOA Course of the Year

The CGCOA Course of the Year Award is bestowed upon a golf facility that meets criteria in a variety of areas: course quality and resource management, commitment to player development & growth of the game, as well as community outreach. 

The 2014 winner of this prestigious award is Indian Wells Golf Resort (Indian Wells, CA), a 36-hole facility, nestled in the Coachella Valley/Palm Springs Region─owned by the City of Indian Wells and managed by Troon Golf.

Exceptional Quality of the Course/s:

Since its redesign in 2006, The Indian Wells Golf Resort has set the bar high when it comes to course conditions and maintenance standards. Both the Celebrity Course and the  PlayersCourse rank among “the best” in California and throughout the country. The Celebrity Course served twice as the venue for the PGA Tour’s SkinsGame.

According to Golfweek magazine both courses are ranked in the Top 25 Best Municipal courses in the U.S. The PlayersCourse currently ranks in the Top 25 Courses you can Play in California. Golf Digest has Indian Wells listed as “Top 50 courses for women” in the U.S.

Greenskeeper.org has recognized Indian Wells Golf Resort with the Best PlayingConditions in Southern California while Trip Advisor has listed the resort as the #4 golf course experience in the country.

Exceptional Quality of Ownership and Management:

The resort’s management team and staff remain true to Troon’s mission: To create extraordinary guest and member experiences through personalized service, consistency, and uncompromising attention to detail.

Conservation and environmental stewardship are important to Troon Golf and its management team. Indian Wells Resort is committed to resource conservation throughout the entire property. With the issue of water being of paramount concern, the course maintenance team continues to work closely with the Coachella Valley Water District and its task force on ways to reduce water usage. The resort has already converted 15 acres of high water use irrigation to a low water drip system.  The golf course superintendent constantly monitors weather data obtained on site to generate transpiration rates and irrigation run times. All irrigation system watering is performed during “low demand” off-peak periods and all water features are operated through the use of timers.

The facility continues to use the latest technology to help ensure that pesticides are used at the lowest possible rate. Both golf courses serve as habitats for active wildlife. At Indian Wells you will also discover healthy fish populations in the numerous lakes found throughout the property.  In support of its commitment to the environment, the resort is seeking certification from Audubon International.   

The resorts outstanding Contribution to the Community:                        

The City of Indian Wells is relatively small, with about 5000 full-time residents. The Indian Wells Golf Resort serves as a community hub for the city. It also serves as disaster relief center if-and-when the need arises. 

Throughout the year, the resort hosts gatherings for local residents and offers a discounted golf rate to local property owners.

Indian Wells Golf Resort works closely with the Champions Volunteer Foundation, contributing funds to worthy causes such as:  The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, Desert Blind & Handicapped, People Helping People, Palm Springs Stroke Activity Center, and The Boys & Girls Club, among others. Since 2002, the foundation has raised more than 1.2 million dollars for Coachella Valley charities.

Contribution to the Game:

The resort is committed to the development of golfers and future golfers. The resort takes part in all programs and initiatives rolled out by the PGA of America, and has even developed supporting programs of their own.

The PGA teaching staff at the resort is fully aware that juniors are the future of the game, and has created a JuniorGolfAcademy where children can come to learn the game in a friendly, fun, and safe environment. For families who are financially challenged, scholarships are provided.

Additionally, Indian Wells Golf Resort shares its practice facility with The First Tee of Coachella Valley and often donates clubs and golf accessories for underserved youth.

The resort also provides Get Golf Ready classes─ones that welcome new players to the game─and are extremely affordable too, at just $99 for the 5-lesson series. Free, weekly golf clinics are held for employees of the resort, encouraging their participation in the game.

You can certainly see why Indian Wells Golf Resort, is the 2014 CGCOA Course of the Year….Congratulations!

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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, www.celebrationsofjoy.com. 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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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 www.paintnite.com 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 www.bnpparibasopen.com 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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