P.S. Walk With Me – A walking tour in Palm Springs

Since my last post giving you a taste of the history in Palm Springs I went on a walking tour with a guide named Jade Nelson. He’s the owner of the walking tour business: www.pswalkwithme.com and I took contact with him after being recommended his tours. An early Saturday morning (8:50am), I met with him and 5 other guests in the courtyard of ‘The Corridor’ – (a must-hang-out-and-drink-a-coffee-spot)
The tour is called “The Legendary Las Palmas” tour and was the perfect choice since I hadn’t explored this part of town yet. Jade started the tour right away telling us about a nearby church. The tour went on for about 2.5 hrs – a little longer than usual due to wonderful chatting. The pace was great, and we saw so many different but beautiful and interesting houses. Each one with a cool or sad (yes, plane crashes did come up twice) story. Jade is very knowledgeable about architecture, culture and the history of Palm Springs.


One reason being that he grew up here. Another, I guess he’s just one of those people who keeps in the know and is passionate about his work. Sort of like myself (a NYC Licensed tour guide) who may not have been raised in New York City but love that city so much, that my guests wouldn’t know I’m not an authentic NYer. Anyways, back to Jade … He made sure we had time to ask questions and he knew the answers. You can always judge the character of your tour guide by his encouragement of his guests asking questions.
There was some  ‘celebrity’ aspect to the tour – but it wasn’t the main focus. I did get a little excited when I saw the home a certain Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio owns. I didn’t see him though … or should I say, he didn’t see me! No one knows what I was doing later that day! 🙂

Overall – great pace, fun & interesting and very informative. I didn’t bring my baby Markus with me but I could have. The terrain was easily accessible for the stroller and I actually think Markus would have enjoyed the sights. He’s only 5 months old (today!!!) but he loves the outdoors. My TripAdvisor review is here: turistinewyork’s review

Price: $30/person.
Book now: www.pswalkwithme.com
Or get in contact with Jade, and arrange for a private tour: http://pswalkwithme.com/contact/

Jade telling with great passion about this particular home …

Palm Springs History

When you think about Palm Springs, you may think 60s style and colorful atmosphere. But, as a NYC Licensed tour guide and a sucker for history and “old days” I had to find out more of the history of Palm Springs.

Downtown Palm Springs, on South Palm Canyon Drive at the Village Green, you’ll find the historical society and the two museums they manage and some other buildings worth visiting as well. The two buildings that now serves as museums are the oldest ones standing in Palm Springs today.


There’s the McCallum Adobe house from 1884, and the Cornelia White house from 1893. Both have free entrances but please consider donating. The McCallum Adobe house is featuring exhibitions of the colorful life of Palm Springs, focused on the film industry.

The Cornelia White house is the home of the pioneer Cornelia White and stands like a home would have by the turn of the century. It was once a part of Palm Springs’ first hotel.


The historical society offers walking tours – and if there’s something I always recommend tourists to do: it’s to take a walking tour! (p.s. says the tour guide offering walking tours in NYC)


Next to the two buildings are Ruddy’s General Store museum which does charge an admission – of a humble 95c. And yes, you’ll get change for a dollar. This general store has about 6000 unopened, unused grocery items mainly from the 1930s and 40s and was a personal collection from Jim Ruddy. It was so much fun, even though I didn’t grow up in the USA I still recognized several brands.

And, Markus my little baby enjoyed the sights of all the houses so much that he eventually fell a sleep in his K’Tan carrier!


Walking back and forth on Palm Canyon Drive you’ll see many buildings and houses with small plaques on it – I recommend you to stop and read them. Get to know more about the heritage and history of this wonderful city of Palm Springs before AND after you enjoy its foods and shopping.


For more information, and please book a tour guide:
www.pshistoricalsociety.org – The historical society.
http://pswalkwithme.com/ – I was recommended booking a tour with Jade. I’m looking forward to my first tour. I always want to support local guides who made it their career to entertain and enlighten tourists.

Palm Springs Village Fest

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Every Thursday, downtown Palm Springs turns into a “street fair featuring arts, crafts, foods and entertainment” – and it’s so much fun! I’ve experienced it a couple of times before so obviously we went again.

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Walking through the streets along with the many, many other locals and visitors alike looking at interesting displays with locally grown foods, handmade jewelry, arts and clothing. Listening to local musicians. Buying snacks and making small talk with different sellers. Also – most retailers as well as restaurants are open so you’ll have a chance to check that out too.

There’s a sense of “small-town” and you feel the community getting together. It’s really cozy and I definitely recommend it. Next time I’m heading back to Palm Springs, you know where to find me Thursday night.

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Even Markus enjoyed it. All the lights and sounds had him very curious in the beginning – and then he fell a sleep. Even when we got back home – he slept almost through the night!

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Check out the official website for more information: http://villagefest.org/

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