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Elvis’ Palm Springs Story

Ever wondered what connection Elvis Presley has to Palm Springs? Like, why is he honored at the Palm Springs Walk of Stars? Was he really a resident of the Coachella Valley? What songs did he write here?

As a limousine service in California’s oasis, we often get questions about Palm Springs’ connection to the rich and famous. For we all know the city has an extensive celebrity history! From three U.S. Presidents, Marilyn Monroe and Snoop Dogg, the city has been a long-favored hangout for the famous. Celebrities and vacationers alike are continuously visiting this desert oasis, famed for its natural mineral springs, sunny weather and beautiful landscape.

Limo services often transfer these celebs, and therefore know a lot about the city’s prestigious and prominent celebrity residents. However, many limousine clients ask us questions about former big residents such as Frank Sinatra and the Presley’s. That is why today’s blog article is solely dedicated to The King’s story in the desert.

Elvis Rents A Home

Elvis’ first visit to the city happened during a visit to his manager’s home, Colonel Tom Parker. Elvis- and Priscilla Presley first rented an Alexander mansion here in 1966. The 1960 estate, which is 5,500 sq. ft. and sits on about an acre, has since become a popular tourist destination in town. Surrounded by palm lined gardens, the mansion has no less than 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Constructed by architect William Krisel in the early 60s, the Presley’s liked the villa so much that they decided to extend the lease for another year.

Honeymoon Period

Nicknamed the “House of Tomorrow”, his estate in the oasis was an ideal honeymoon location for the Presleys. After getting married in all secrecy in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967, the couple escaped into Frank Sinatra’s limousine before heading straight to Palm Springs. The Presleys subsequently spent their honeymoon period in town. Why Coachella Valley? The Presleys liked the feeling of a small town full of stars. As explained in Palm Springs Life: You might see Bob Hope at a diner and the Presleys could go shopping in public. No one would bother them, despite his worldwide fame.

Named ‘the desert’s top place to get your photo taken’ by The Desert Sun, the estate has been featured on Travel Channel, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Forbes, and others. The modernist and spacious villa was put for sale in 2017, listed for $5.9 million. The over 1.2-acre property includes two bars, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a private fruit tree garden. The home is located at 1350 Ladera Circle and is a common limousine destination for our services.

Elvis’ Return

Lesser known is the fact that the King of Rock & Roll returned after his time of renting. Three years later, in 1970, the Presleys bought a residence at 845 W. Chino Canyon. This was the location where he recorded a number of songs, including “Are You Sincere” (1973) and “Sweet Angeline” (1973). The residence, which was purchased for $105,000, had been designed in 1946 and sat on a nearly 2-acre lot. The house, which was originally 3,500 sq. ft., was later expanded to a total of 5,000 sq. ft. when the King installed his own sauna and hangout room. Priscilla and Elvis got divorced in ’73, but the property stayed in the family until it was sold in the 1980s.

SEE ALSO: Limousine From Coachella Valley to Las Vegas!
Meeting the residential requirements for the Walk of Stars, Elvis received a star on the famed Walk of Stars, which can be observed at the southwestern corner of Palm Canyon Dr. and Taquitz.

Our limousine services offer general transportation as well as customized celebrity tours of the city. Why not go for a limo tour of famous residences? Elvis is alive and well in the city of Springs!

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4 Secrets of Palm Springs

Limousines in Coachella Valley is nothing new. In fact, few cities in America have been home to more celebrities than this palm-lined oasis. Situated in the burning hot Sonoran Desert, this desert treasure is a popular winter destination for domestic- and foreign tourists. With nearly 4 million visitors per year, it has also become one of California’s most visited cities. With surrounding communities such as La Quinta and Desert Hot Springs, you are guaranteed to find something intriguing in the Coachella Valley. Our service have operated here for numerous years, and learned and ins and out of the valley. We have also come to know some exciting hidden facts about the city and valley.

4. Springs in the Oasis

Desert Hot Springs, named for its many natural hot springs, is home to numerous hot springs heated to over 160 degrees by mother Earth. Clients often reserve Palm Springs limos to the various resorts and hotels where they can be found.

3. Golf Mecca

With over a hundred golf courses in the Coachella Valley, cities such as La Quinta has been named “the Golf Capital of the World.” Featured in the PGA, several of these golf courses are common limousine destinations. Some of these include world famous The Quarry at La Quinta and SilverRock Golf.

2. Ascend 8,500 feet

The biggest rotating tramcar on Earth can be seen right off of Palm Canyon Drive. If you dare, ascend the over 8,500 ft. to a mountain top in the San Jacinto Mountains! Remember to bring a jacket, the temperature different is enormous! The tramway is number one for vacationers calling our Palm Springs limo services.

1. Two-Hour-Rule

Ever wondered why stars such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby and so many others ended up in Coachella Valley? It all started when the movie studios of Los Angeles began the 1920’s. This rule implied that all actors must be within “a two-hour drive of the studio.” For many, the desert gem seemed the perfect place to be spending their free time. That may not be the number one reason today why our limos transfer countless celebs per week. Maybe they just fell in love with the desert?

For your limousine needs in and around Palm Springs, you have many choices. Our company promises nothing but the best, and we are proud of offering the most recent and up-to-date vehicle fleet. We have an exclusive price-match-guarantee.

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5 Best Palm Springs Hikes | Limo & Party Bus Services

As a reputable provider of Palm Springs limos, we get dozens of questions about the city. One is “What’s the best hiking trails in Palm Springs, and believe it or not, our limo service transfers everyone from famous celebrities to tourists to the countless hiking trails in and around town. Whether for a party bus ride after dark or Temecula wine tours, we can get you there safely and in style. From the beloved Palm Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, Big Morongo and local gems, – these are our limousine company’s picks for top “Best Hikes in Palm Springs”!

1. Palm Tree Forest Hike

Palm Canyons palm tree forest
Palm Canyons
Few places can boast such a natural treasure in town, and even fewer on their main street! Andreas Canyon Trail, located in Palm Canyons on S. Palm Canyon Dr. is by far the most popular hiking destination for limo clients in town. While many travel to Palm Canyon just to hang out by the river and the palm tree forest, the simple 1-mile loop is almost a must for any visitor. Nothing can really compare to the waterfalls, sound of the creek the lush oasis found here. Although Andreas Canyon Trail seems to be the favorite, Murray Canyon Trail is yet another great hike here popular for limos and party buses.

2. Ultimate Desert Hike

View of Palm Springs from Palm Canyons.Araby Cove is the second-most visited hiking destination for limos in Palm Springs. Known for its magnificent desert beauty, the Araby Trail combines the best of the Mojave- and the Colorado Deserts. Locally known as the hike that leads to Bob Hope’s home, this trail features more than the Bob Hope’s former house. This desert hike has an elevation increase of 800 feet and is a 6-mile tour. Besides the homes of Bob Hope and Steve McQueen, you’ll have great panoramic views of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and the San Jacinto Mountains.

3. Surrounding National Park land

Our own backyard national park, Joshua Tree National Park and the smaller Big Morongo Canyon are two world known destinations where many tourists order their limousines. The 49 Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree is hugely popular, while the roundtrip loop of Big Morongo might be just as good - if not better. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is one of the most important wildlife habitats in the area, and over 250 species of birds have been recorded in the natural preserve. There are numerous trails here, including a rewarding 3-mile loop. The 3-mile 49 Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park is another hike well worth the sweat. This natural preserve offers a palm tree oasis, rare flora and abundant wildlife.

4. La Quinta- and Rancho Mirage Hidden Gems

La Quinta limousine serviceAs a top rated provider of limousine services in nearby areas such as La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs and Rancho Mirage, we also transfer people to hidden gems in these cities as well. Lake Cahuilla in La Quinta has been called the most beautiful hiking destination by many limousine service clients. Numerous hiking trails can be found by this 130+ acre lake, while the short lake loop always is an easy option. Recently we had Rancho Mirage limo customers have us stop by the Chuckwalla Trailhead on Frank Sinatra Drive for the 2-mile Chuckwalla Loop. This trail has an elevation increase of 400 ft. and offers beautiful views of Coachella Valley.

5. Mount San Jacinto

One of town’s most popular limo destinations, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, can be used for a variety of trips. While most limousine clients get a table at Peaks Restaurant, others are brave enough to venture out in the wilderness of Mount Jacinto. Some of the easier trails here include Long Valley Discovery Loop (1 mile), Desert View Loop (1,5 mi.) and the one-mile Wellmans Divide. For a more strenuous hiking experience, try the 12-mile loop to Saddle Junction! Come here for a colder climate, pine tree forests, mountain creeks and breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley.

See Also: Best Hiking Trails in Desert Hot Springs!

As a local provider of limo service in town, we transfer limo clients to all destinations in and around Coachella Valley. While we are an award-winning provider of limos in Palm Springs, we’ve also become a leading provider of La Quinta- and Rancho Mirage limousine services. For whatever destination you need a party bus or limo, let our service get you there in comfort and style! We also serve the great nearby vineyards, and offer exclusive Temecula wine tours. We also specialize in airport transfers, party bus rentals and luxurious wedding transportation.

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Best Date Ideas in Palm Springs! | Palm Springs Limousine Services

Local limo services are used on a daily basis for dates in Palm Springs, CA. Whether by a Palm Springs limousine or party bus, any date can be optimal with luxurious transportation. Many dates happen at the region’s many romantic restaurants, but there are also more creative ideas for dating in Palm Springs. Temecula wine tours and hot air balloon rides are just a few of the many dates our limos have served. From restaurants with the best views, wine-tasting in hot air balloons and desert escapes – these are some of our best date tips for Palm Springs and the greater Coachella Valley!

Romantic Dining

Le Vallauris
How about taking a limousine to an outdoor restaurant with gorgeous surrounding views? Named the most romantic Palm Springs restaurant by both USA Today and TripAdvisor, Le Vallauris is a French restaurant named after a French village. With their extensive (and highly expensive) selection of wines, you could even skip the Temecula wine tour and come to Le Vallauris for the wine-tastings. The historic Mediterranean Revival style eatery is surrounded by lush gardens and beautiful courtyard – making it an ideal date destination by limo services. Particularly famous for its seafood, lobster cocktail and tuna tartare, you can also find all kinds of other tasty dishes here. Try their lamb, beef filet or famous porcini tart! Le Vallauris is an upscale and elegant restaurant, ideal for a date or other nice dining experiences.

Limo service at Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, CaliforniaRanked the second-most-romantic restaurant by TripAdvisor and the fourth-most by USA Today, Copley’s On Palm Canyon is another ideal place for romantic date by limousines. This uptown restaurant is located right on N. Palm Canyon Drive and offers beautiful outdoor garden-seating. The favorite of many celebrities, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper for one, you might also see celebrities when dining at this upscale Palm Springs eatery. Like good wine? Check out their extensive wine list to add some wine-tasting to your limo tour. They are also known for their great lobster pie and their signature Copley’s chicken breast, stuffed with shrimps and pieces of mango. Their Alaska Halibut and British Salmon are great seafood choices here.

Limo services in Palm DesertLa Spiga Ristorante Italiano in Palm Desert was named Palm Springs’ second-most romantic restaurant by USA Today. Located in the popular El Paseo Village of Palm Desert, El Ristorante is as Italian as it gets with its owner having immigrated of Sicily. So imagine an authentic Italian restaurant with beautiful views of surrounding mountains, romantic music and great dining. Most ingredients are also picked on the surrounding garden, as well as offsite local farms. Some must tries here include their wild mushrooms, cream noodles or their fresh Italian pork sausages. You can also come here for great wine-tasting, mostly Italian- and Californian varietals. Other romantic themed eateries include Spencer’s Restaurant, which offers an impressive wine selection, as well as Miro’s Restaurant, Melvyn’s Restaurant and Mister Parker’s.

Date Activities

Limousine services in Palm SpringsWhy settle for just a dinner? Have the limo transfer you to a fun activity as well! We know the ins and outs of the city’s most romantic outings. Whether you prefer a desert excursion, vineyard tour or a hot air balloon ride over wine country – add a Palm Springs limousine for an ultimate adventure. Numerous companies offer balloon tours, including Fantasy Balloon Flights, Magical Adventure Balloon Rides, HAVNFUN Hot Air Ballooning and Balloons Above The Desert. Several of these offer romantic date tours, for example offered by Balloons Above The Desert. Our party bus and limos have been used for couples for hot air balloons for a variety of tours, including for weddings, date nights, anniversaries, proposals, etc. These types of tours can also be wonderful in gorgeous Temecula Valley, where you get 360-degree views of Temecula’s rolling green hills and wine country. Temecula wine tours can also be combined with a hot air balloon ride. Several of these Temecula tours are offered at the wineries, and some offer wine-tasting up in the skies. At the hot air balloon tours offered by Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours, you have the choice of enjoying a mimosa or glass of champagne while flying high.

Wine-tasting tours to Temecula are particularly popular for dating couples. At several of these wineries you’ll have the option of dining by the vineyards. Meritage At Callaway is one example, which offers breathtaking views of surround wine country. As an alternative to the usual Temecula tours, head on a local tour of wine-tasting venues in the Coachella Valley! Many of our clients have booked limos to The Wine Bar in La Quinta’s Old Town or the 12th Floor Cocktail Lounge & Wine Bar in Indio, California. Wine selections at Downtown Palm Springs’ Spencer’s Restaurant and Fame Cigars and Wine are also pretty impressive.

palm-canyonsWhy not try something different for your date? We recently had a limo booked to Palm Canyons on S. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs’ own palm tree forest. This is an incredibly popular destination for the outdoorsy, but we’ve also had couples heading out here for romantic picnics by limos. Then there’s of course The Areal Tramway to Peak’s Restaurant. What can beat a dinner on the peak of Mount San Jacinto, 8500 feet above the city. Maybe most popular for families booking a Palm Springs limousine, but we have also had couples going to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens for their dates. With over 130 creatures to look at, and even camel riding tours, Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert is a must-see for anyone visiting Palm Springs.

We have also had limos heading to the many spas in for example La Quinta and Desert Hot Springs. In Desert Hot Springs we have transferred people on dates to the Mineral Water Spa at Aqua Soleil Hotel and the magnificent La Grotto at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa. Spa La Quinta at La Quinta Resort is an award-winning spa and frequent stop for Palm Springs limousine services. Whether for wine-tasting or party buses, contact our service today for a memorable day in Palm Springs!

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6 Best Palm Springs Tours: Camel-Riding, Balloon Rides, Celebrity Homes & More!

From balloon rides over vineyards, jeep rides through the desert and adventures in wine country — our party bus rental and Palm Springs limo services take customers weekly on an abundance of great tours! Whether to go camel riding with the family or maybe a romantic hot air balloon ride of Temecula, adding a limousine to your excursion can make any trip even more fun. Temecula Valley is home to more wineries than any other region of Southern California. Here you can book a Temecula wine tour with the family, friends or date for an unforgettable day in the vineyards. There are lots to be explored and experienced for anyone. Whether you prefer a getaway with the kids, a romantic tour with your significant other or an educational trip to learn more about the region’s nature, architecture or celebrity history. Besides the regular limo experience, our services offer Temecula wine tours, airport transfers, party bus rental, wedding- and corporate transfers, and much more! Being the city’s only service to offer a price-match-guarantee on all travels, book with us and know you’re not only traveling in top-notch luxury, but also traveling in style for the most affordable rates! So without further due, here are our top six alternatives for the best Palm Springs tour options.

6. Mount San Jacinto

View of Palm Springs from Mount Jacinto
Let’s face it, no mention of “best tours in Palm Springs” can be complete without mentioning the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Being the world’s biggest rotating tramway, it’s a must to experience for anyone visiting the area. Traveling up to a destination over 8,500 feet, the tram-ride and its stop in the San Jacinto Mountains are really two great tours in one! At the top of Mount San Jacinto you are at the highest peak in the county and can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. This is also where you’ll find the Peaks Restaurant with its spectacular views and great dining. Being one of the most popular tourist destinations for Palm Springs limo services to visit, no visit to Palm Springs can be complete without checking out the magnificent ride to the San Jacinto’s! Remember to bring a winter jacket along, even if it’s 80 degrees in town, snow and freezing weather is common way up here!

5. Desert Camel Riding

camel-riding-palm-springsEver tried camel-riding in the desert? Over 400 desert animals make their home in the Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden, drawing nearly 300,000 visitors per year. Besides bighorn sheep, mountain lions, zebras, coyotes, wolves, cheetahs and meerkats, a favorite here is the desert camels. Besides the normal exhibits, everyone over the age of 3 also has the chance of trying out camel-riding! Remember to also go by the Petting Kraal for a chance to feed and pet the animals.

4. Desert Jeep Tour

You’ll have lots of options if you’re looking for a jeep riding experience in the Coachella Valley! Rated the number one Palm Springs activity on TripAdvisor, Desert Adventures offers various tours where you can visit the San Andreas Fault, Painted Hills, Mecca Hills, Indian Canyons, Joshua Tree National Park and many other spots in surrounding areas. We have weekly Palm Springs limo services dropping off customers for some fun four-wheel driving in the desert. One of their most popular tours include the “hike of death” where you can see the movie sets from the film Star Trek. The waterfall and pools of the Indian Canyons can also be a lot of fun!

3. Hot Air Balloon Rides

There are many companies offering air balloon rides in the Palm Springs area and Temecula Valley. What could possibly be more romantic than a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards with your significant other? Particularly when combined with Palm Springs limo services, this could be one of the most romantic getaways available in Southern California. The pilot will show you beautiful natural landmarks, majestic mountains and celebrity homes. Furthermore, some companies will also offer Champagne to riders. You can choose between 30, 60 and 90 minute balloon-rides. Some of the companies offering balloon rides are D & D Ballooning, A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure, Balloon Adventure by California Dreamin’ and A Balloon Adventure & Wine Tour by Magical Adventures. Contact us to set up your limousine or party bus rental, and we’ll get the limo bar and luxury vehicle ready for a memorable adventure in the sky! Prefer experiencing the wine country by foot? See #1 for an award-winning Temecula wine tour by limo!

2. Celebrity Homes

Why not get a party bus?
A list of stars with vacation homes in Palm Springs would be long… Extremely long… Having been the vacation home for stars such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Walt Disney, Dwight D. Eisenhower and many, many more, tours of celebrity homes are incredibly popular for limousine clientele in the Greater Palm Springs Area. Here you can either map out the homes you’d like to visit by limousine, or you can sign up for one of the many guided tours available. On tours such as “Legend and Icons Tour” and the “It’s All About Palm Springs” tours, offered by AAA Five Star Adventures, you’ll get the chance of seeing over fifty celebrity houses in area, including but not limited to the homes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, and many others. Other great celebrity tours are offered on for example the “Best of the Best Tours” which stops by the homes of Sammy Davis Jr., George Hamilton, Elvis Presley, and others. Go on a celebrity tour with a tour bus service or Palm Springs limo services to experience why so many stars decided to reside here in the “Playground of the Stars”!

1. Wine Country Tours

temecula-wine-tasting-tourHome to over fifty individual wineries and wine-tasting venues, a Temecula wine tour truly is a must to experience. Nicknamed “Southern California’s Wine Country”, Temecula is home to some of California’s most beautiful rolling green vineyards and some of the nation’s best wine-producing regions. Sipping wine in these idyllic vineyards is fitting or anyone, whether it’s for a friend’s outing, a romantic getaway or birthday celebration. Remember to do some research beforehand as some wineries only offer indoor tasting venues, while others are outdoors in the vineyard. While some offer food servings, others are known for their great live entertainment. For the most award-winning wines, try a Temecula wine tour by limousine to the South Coast Winery, a winery which won over 400 awards in just one year! For live music and dancing, check out Miramonte Winery. For cheese- and chocolate pairings, try Leoness Cellars. For an award-winning restaurant experience before or after wine-tasting, try Falkner Winery!

See also: 4 Reasons To Love Palm Springs!

As the premier top rated Palm Springs limo services, we know the wineries and tours of Palm Springs better than anyone. Whether for a traditional limousine ride, airport transfers, Temecula wine-tasting tours, a party bus night out or any other need for transportation, contact us today for a day to remember! We serve all of Southern California and we’re proud to be the top rated Palm Springs limo service.