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Palm Springs Tram To Reopen April 1, 2019

The Palm Springs Aerial Tram climbs in 10 minutes to a mountain station about 8500 feet above the desert floor. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

The Palm Springs Aerial Tram climbs in 10 minutes to a mountain station about 8500 feet above the desert floor. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Courtesy of the LA Times

The Palm Springs Aerial Tram that takes visitors from the desert floor into the mountains is expected to reopen April 1. The tram has been closed for 46 days after flooding washed out parts of the road leading to the ride, according to a new release.

The tram lost almost 100,000 visitors during the closure, estimating that loss revenues and repairs added up to $4 million.

Work included fixing two washouts on the road to the tram, restoring power and minor repairs to the roof at a mountain station at 8,516 feet, and restoring potable water to the Valley Station at the base of the tram.

Tram cars take 80 people at a time up a canyon to the high point in Mt. San Jacinto State Park, where visitors can hike to the peak or take easier trails around valleys in the area. There are three places to eat — Peak’s Restaurant for a full meal, Pines Cafe for cafeteria-style service and the Lookout Lounge cocktail bar.

Tickets cost $25.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 3 to 10.

Info: Palm Springs Aerial Tram

Dining Around the Desert: Kitchen 86 + Bar

We are very excited to announce the Opening of the long awaited Kitchen 86 on El Paseo. They are a Modern Eclectic Small Plate Restaurant in the old Wolfgang Puck space.

Locally owned & locally grown - Kitchen 86 is a fantastic, welcoming spot to gather and enjoy an eclectic menu of modern, curated small plate continental cuisine. Using local, organic ingredients, offerings include a tableside cheese wheel pasta, house-made curry, ramens, wood-fired pizzas, plenty of entree selections and shareable small plates.

Kitchen 86 is open daily for lunch and stays open for late night guests with an impressive, rotating list of specials and a happy hour. Creative cocktails, craft beer and extensive wine list paired with the ambient dining area and lively bar makes this the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the best of what El Paseo has to offer.

I have been lucky enough to enjoy the experience several times now in the past couple of weeks that they’ve been open.

The first time, I had the Beet Salad and the Cheese Wheel Pasta, both were excellent! The Spanish blend red wine was also very good.

This past week, our party of 5 enjoyed the Boom Boom Shrimp, Kitchen 86 flatbread, and Crispy Calamari to start. We then had Scampi, the Chicken, and the house Curry.

We enjoyed a variety of libations including a perfectly made Old Fashioned, a nice selection of Red wine, and a couple of really interesting vodka coffee drinks.

Following dinner we all shared some Cannoli which were light and crisp and the perfect finish.

The service was good, the food was excellent, the drinks well made, and the company was delightful! We will be back.

To read more or make reservations, click here…

A Winning Day in Tennis Paradise

A fantastic two weeks in Tennis Paradise was topped off with a pair of truly incredible finals matches in Stadium 1. Congratulations to our 2019 champions: Canada's Bianca Andreescu and Austria's Dominic Thiem!  

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What Are You Doing This Weekend?

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Whatever plans you had this weekend, cancel them - nothing will be as exciting as Tennis Paradise! To kick it off, Serena Williams will take on long-time rival Victoria Azarenka on Friday, along with Simona Halep. Then, on Saturday, Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova each take the court, followed by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Sunday. 

Get your tickets here….