SASHA SCARLETT RECOMMENDS:
Wondering what else is happening in the Desert? Other than I’m returning to my home there? (Have I really become a snowbird?)
Come visit Palm Springs at the peak of “The Season,” gorgeous November. If you followed October’s column, you know that Palm Springs Pride is here and there is much to do. Check out all the festivities at pspride.org.
Friday, November 4, join America’s Got Talent finalist, Brian Justin Crum and Grammy Award-winner DJ Dave Aude as they kick off Palm Springs Pride with a benefit concert for The Trevor Project on the Tahquitz Pride Stage. Tickets for this 21+ event include an unforgettable evening of music and a hosted vodka bar. The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline. So, help youth and have a great time! (thetrevorproject.org/event/a-night-out-for-trevor-palm-springs-2016)
Many communities have “First Thursday” or “Final Friday” events and for their popular version, Palm Desert announces a lineup of events and programs slated for the fourth season of Palm Desert First Weekend. Events are held the first weekend of each month from November through May and include: An artwalk, live entertainment, food, festivals and so much more. Event highlights include El Paseo Cruise Night on Friday, November 4, with one of the largest LGBT Classic Car Clubs in America; or the College of the Desert Street Fair, which for over 30 years has been the premier open-air shopping experience in Palm Desert. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with over 300 booths featuring artists, a farmers market, boutiques, unique items, live entertainment, gourmet food and more. (pdfirstweekend.com)
For those spending Thanksgiving in Palm Springs (it’s a fantastic way to connect with friends, families and loved ones) check out Vacation Palm Springs, the Desert’s largest condo and private home rental company. (vacationpalmsprings.com) An Official Pride Partner, I have worked with these great folks for the past three years and they have allowed me to use homes for LGBT fundraisers and photo shoots. They really care about our community and have an amazing array of homes to rent, from affordable to extravagant!
For Thanksgiving, you can pick up fully-prepared meals at any of the desert’s upscale grocers or enjoy dining out at a fabulous local restaurant. My recommendations are: Le Vallauris Restaurant, offering three dinner seatings beginning at 3 p.m., serving up traditional favorites from pumpkin soup to turkey and pie, plus other options if you’re feeling less than traditional. (levallauris.com) Also serving a feast is Copley’s On Palm Canyon, a desert icon. Look for pumpkin tortellini, roast turkey and pecan pie, plus an array of non-traditional dishes, as well. (copleyspalmsprings.com) You won’t just find turkey on the menu at my favorite Palm Springs restaurant, Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge. There’s also duck and sea bass, too. Desserts at the restaurant include the mandatory pies, but pumpkin spice trifle, too, and Willy Rhine and his team are superb. They have supported the community widely and even allowed me to do a photo shoot on sight with France’s biggest food and culture magazine, Bon Appetit! (eight4nine.com)
Did you know Palm Springs is one of the Top 10 Uber cities in America? I spoke to my friends there and here are the top five places people rideshare: #1—The Nest Restaurant (beckons back to the fabulous Sinatra days, #2—Hunters, Palm Springs’ best gay bar. #3—Toucan’s Tiki Lounge, another great gay bar (perfect for day drinking!), #4—Maestro’s Steakhouse, perfect steaks with live piano and, #5—Lulu California Bistro, a Pride Award-winner this year.
Finally, don’t forget to take a walk and explore the many, free hiking trails. Days are warm and sunny, nighttime sweater weather, so bring one along. Happy November and Happy Thanksgiving from The Rage Monthly family!
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