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its history, imagination, natural beauty, and the lifestyle it all affords.

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Palm Desert Magazine - Winter 2007 Cover Image
Annual 2008

In This Issue:

FEATURES

16 | A FORCE OF THE COURSE
Arnold Palmer has put his footprint on the local golf landscape — and a fine mark on the culinary scene.
by Tim Sweeney

22 | EARTHLY DELIGHTS
Great taste prevails in this bounty of jewelry that celebrates Mother Nature and human creativity.
photography by Elena Ray

30 | WISH YOU WERE HERE
A variety of ethnic restaurants spices up Palm Desert’s foodie scene.
by Donna Curran
photography by Arthur Coleman

38 | A TRIP IN TIME
Harry Quinn recounts the early days of the long, winding, and breathtaking Highway 74.
by Ann Japenga

48 | LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
A father and son collaborate to create an open-plan house in The Reserve filled with elegance, warmth, and natural materials from around the world.
by Lisa Marie Rovito
photography by Ethan Kaminsky

DEPARTMENTS

7 | IN THE KNOW
The secret to Firecliff’s 18th hole; Eduardo Lucero headlines third annual Fashion Week El Paseo; California at midcentury; the new Spa Desert Springs; and the virtues of St. John.
by Tod Goldberg and Steven Biller

12 | ACCENTS
Transcending their light, lamps also serve as versatile accessories that brighten spaces with form and function.
by Ellen Paris
photography by Taylor Sherrill

54 | PALM DESERT LIVE!
Events, fine dining, spas, shopping, golf, tennis, and much more!

64 | LASTING IMPRESSION
When Arnold Palmer won the Thunderbird Invitational Tournament in 1959, resident Desi Arnaz was there to congratulate him.

ON THE COVER

The historic and stunningly scenic Highway 74.
photography by Tom Brewster

 

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Ellen Paris, Palm Desert Magazine EditorFROM THE EDITOR:

PALM DESERT:
THE RIGHT CHOICE

As  we begin 2008, I find my surroundings reinforce the choice I made to live in Palm Desert almost two decades ago. For me, the city offers the perfect mix of urban sophistication and small-town familiarity. From El Paseo’s shops, restaurants, and galleries to my favorite coffee shop on Highway 111 where “everybody knows your name,” this special combination merges into what is the essence of Palm Desert.   

In this issue of Palm Desert Magazine, writer Tod Goldberg keeps us “In the Know” with a visit to Desert Springs J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa. The resort recently underwent a major renovation and has become one of the city’s hottest destinations for drinks, people-watching, and sushi. Tod also shares a tip on mastering the 18th hole at Desert Willow Golf Resort and stops at St. John on El Paseo to see what’s new as the fashion icon celebrates its 45th anniversary.

Veteran food writer Donna Curran takes us on an ethnic epicurean adventure featuring five top Palm Desert chefs and their signature dishes. Golf writer Tim Sweeney talks with the legendary Arnold Palmer on his enduring love of the desert and how his distinctive footprint on the area’s championship courses have helped define the Coachella Valley as a leading golf destination.   

Fashion Editor Susan Stein’s jewelry feature brings us earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and rings that sparkle with innovative design. Elena Ray photographed these delicacies as they have never been seen.

Palm Desert’s Highway 74 is known for its “wow” valley vistas and its hairpin curves. Ann Japenga explores the fascinating history behind the Palms to Pines passage, including its role in the 1960s film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Senior Editor Lisa Marie Rovito takes us behind the gates at The Reserve to a new home designed and built by a Chicago-based father-and-son team.

And check out “Palm Desert Live” for all the best bets to enjoy our distinctive Palm Desert lifestyle.

For the record, in our fall issue, the “Elegance by the Glass” feature was photographed at Bighorn Golf Club’s Canyons fine dining restaurant.

Relax and enjoy life in Palm Desert. It’s a special place.

– Ellen Paris


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