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An Easier Way to Stay in the Loop with Los Arboles

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on Friday, 13 December 2013
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Has spam ruined the email communications channel? Not yet, but it is a cluttered and slow moving landscape when it comes to messages from businesses… even those that we want to hear from regularly.  Los Arboles Hotel has just added text message communications to the mix.  For friends that choose to opt in… we’ll send out last minute room deals, special packages and unique offers every two weeks or whenever something good comes up. Just text “arboles” to 585858 and confirm. If you are a fan of El Mirasol, opt in with the word “mirasol” to 585858 as well.  Its a great way to send ...
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Coming Soon: Another Great Spot to Relax at Los Arboles

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We have been getting quite a few comments about the "Cabo feeling" at Los Arboles lately ... maybe because its been so hot! Seriously, we take that kind of feedback as a compliment at Los Arboles.  And on the subject of Mexican Riviera resort atmosphere, we wanted to share some big news for Los Arboles with our friends and fans. Our 2nd floor mountain-view sun deck has been redesigned with major upgrades and is under construction right now. This amazing space will be another venue at Los Arboles to relax, get some sun, take in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and enjoy a meal ...
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Special Rate at Los Arboles for Idyllwild Area Residents Displaced by Mountain Fire

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All of us in Palm Springs have been dealing with the smoke and ash of the Mountain Fire for the past few days but the situation for our neighbors in Idyllwild has turned serious and evacuations are now under way. The Los Arboles and El Mirasol family would like to offer residents of Idyllwild, Mountain Center and any mountain community threatened by this fire a “Mountain Fire Rate” of $49 per night if they need accommodations during the evacuation. The town of Idyllwild and our local mountains have a special place in our hearts and we hope we can, in some small way, make this disaster just a l...
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Destination Wedding at Los Arboles?

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 Have you ever wished you could get all of the people you love together for a once in a lifetime celebration … at your own private retreat? If you can picture yourself, your friends and family members in that scenario, you might consider a destination wedding at Los Arboles Palm Springs. At just 21 rooms, a dozen or so guests of each partner will fill the place, meaning you have a full buyout of the hotel. This 1930’s era Spanish Revival boutique resort will be yours and yours alone.  Add to that delicious catered food and drinks by El Mirasol, poolside and mountain-view upper deck s...
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A Great Step Forward

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Amazing and beautiful news today about the return of marriage equality to the state of California.  All couples deserve equal treatment and respect under the law along with the many joyous and sometimes ... not so joyous moments that marriage can bring.  Plus, more weddings equal more cake ... and who doesn't like wedding cake?  I guess this means we should start working on our Tres Leches wedding cake recipe ASAP!...
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Catering for People who Hate Banquet Food

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Much of the character of the Los Arboles hotel emanates from the hand prepared, traditional Mexican food served in El Mirasol. Dried chiles are converted into sauces and Pasilla chiles worked by skilled hands become chiles rellenos. Pretty much the antithesis of mass prepared banquet food held in warmers and rolled down hallways to hotel ballrooms. At Los Arboles we cannot feed 375 guests at tables of 10 in 45 minutes or less so that no one misses the afternoon general session meeting. But we can deliver colorful, flavorful, hand crafted Mexican food to groups 20-100 people in a patio dining, ...
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You asked ... we responded.

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Several guests at Los Arboles have recently asked if we might consider stocking some snacks, candy, soft drinks, and such for times when those times when a full meal at El Mirasol is more than they need. We considered ... and agreed that it was indeed a great amenity to add for our customers. Starting today, guests will have access to Doritos, Cheetos, Pringles, Mentos, gum, candy, and a variety of soft drinks for sale at the Los Arboles front desk "pantry" area. Open daily from 8:30am until El Mirasol closes in the evening, the "pantry" is there when a snack attack hits.  We are lis...
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Free Outdoor Marilyn Monroe Movies in Palm Springs!

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Through August 3, a series of films starring Marilyn Mornoe will be screened outdoors at the Forever Marilyn sculpture at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way ... just a 10 minute walk from Los Arboles. Film Schedule July 20: Some Like it Hot. Directed by the great Billy Wilder, this was Monroe’s most successful comedy film with scenes filmed at the iconic Hotel del Coronado.  Co-starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.July 27: How to Marry a Millionaire.The 1953 romantic comedy starring Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall.&...
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Saturday August 11, 2012: Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing ... Poolside at Los Arboles

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On Saturday, August 11, 2012 the annual night sky show known as the Perseid Meteor Shower will commence around 11:00PM or so and run ... until dawn or you fall asleep. Whichever comes first. The Perseids are kind of a big deal in Astronomy circles but this year is kind of a mixed bag. The bad news: light from the moon will somewhat lessen the visibility of the meteors after 1:30AM ... but it should still be pretty good viewing. The good news: night sky experts Joe and Laurie McMenamin will forego their annual trek to some remote dark sky location and instead join us at Los Arboles to help us i...
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Outdoor Cooling System Installed ... Just in Time.

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It really felt like summer today in the Coachella Valley ... around 105 degrees. Pretty toasty for the week before Memorial Day Weekend. But the new hi-pressure misting/fan system dropped the temperature on the El Mirasol Los Arboles Patio by at least 15 degrees. This new system is so effective at cooling the outdoor space that you no longer have to be from Germany or the U.K. to sit outside for lunch in Palm Springs during the summer season! Outdoor dining in Palm Springs has never been more comfortable, or scenic. More off season improvements to Los Arboles on the way. Check back for updates...
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The Mexican Super Food Growing in Your Neighborhood

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Nopal. Nopalito. Prickly Pear Cactus. The instantly recognizable image of the Nopal Cactus is often associated with our neighbor to the south and even appears on the Mexican Flag. But it can be found in many yards, open spaces and hillsides throughout Southern California as well. The Nopalito sold in jars and used in Mexican salads is not very appealing to most gringos. A tad bitter and not too visually appetizing either. However, when picked fresh, grilled over an open flame and included in braised meat dishes with roasted chiles and tomatoes … the lowly Nopal takes on a delicious flavor that...
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So Close You Can Barely Call It A Road Trip

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on Monday, 23 April 2012
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Amazing live music. Great BBQ. A lively little corner of the desert not often seen by visitors to Palm Springs. Pappy and Harriet's has been serving it up in Pioneertown since 1982. Owners Linda and Robyn are keeping American food and music traditions alive at Pappy and Harriet's with their eclectic mix of live bands (Jesika & Todd of Joshua Tree band Gram Rabbit pictured here) and road house style hospitality. At around a half hour from Los Arboles Hotel (31 miles), Pappy and Harriets is an easy way to expand the scope of a visit to Palm Springs beyond the city limits. Don't worry … the p...
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Give a Kid the Opportunity to Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

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Most kids have an instinctive liking for nature … our job is simply to get them outdoors in a natural setting, keep it relatively safe … and mother nature will do the rest. But it seems like we might not be putting them in the right places to appreciate the natural world. Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book "Last Child in the Woods" refers to the trend that children are spending less time outdoors. Louv claims that causes for the phenomenon include parental fears, restricted access to natural areas, and … the big one … the lure of the screen (big, small and...
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Dine Out For Life at El Mirasol on April 26, 2012

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    Both locations of El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana are proud to support HIV/AIDS services at Desert AIDS Project by participating in the Dining out for Life fundraising program taking place April 26 throughout the Coachella Valley. This year the Desert AIDS Project will have over 40 restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life. We hope you join us at either El Mirasol location for lunch, dinner, drinks ... whatever. Your patronage will help support client services at Desert AIDS Project -- and there's nothing extra you need to do, other than show up at El Mirasol on Thursd...
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Top Ten Reasons Why Food at El Mirasol is Consistently Excellent

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on Friday, 30 March 2012
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1) The people in the kitchen are passionate about quality Mexican food. 2) The people in the kitchen are passionate about quality Mexican food. 3) The people in the kitchen are passionate about quality Mexican food. 4) The people in the kitchen are passionate about quality Mexican food. 5) The people in the kitchen are passionate about quality Mexican food. 6) The people in the kitchen are passionate about quality Mexican food. 7) The people in the kitchen are passionate about quality Mexican food. 8) The people in the kitchen are passionate about quality Mexican food. ...
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Dona Diabla

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With a name derived from a legendary 1950 Mexican film starring the beautiful Maria Felix, the in-house hot sauce at El Mirasol delivers a big palate of flavors well suited to its fiery name. Doña Diabla Sauce is spicy and powerful while still retaining the deep, rich, smoky flavors of the Chiles Chipotles which are its’ main ingredient. At the end of the chile growing season in Mexico, some Jalapeños are left to naturally ripen and turn bright red on the vine. When these deep red chiles have lost much of their moisture, they are harvested and the process of making Chiles Chipotles begins...
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Mount San Jacinto via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Express Elevator to the Wilderness

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Stunning scenery, 50+ miles of hiking trails and fresh, crisp air awaits those who take the express elevator to the edge of this amazing wilderness area.  None other than the legendary naturalist John Muir called the views from San Jacinto “sublime.”    Most visitors to the tram never stray more than a few hundred yards from the upper tram station. There certainly are plenty of fun ways to enjoy a trip up the tram with out hiking. That amazing view of the Coachella Valley from the viewing deck, restaurants, the view toward Joshua Tree and beyond and a well stocked bar. But if...
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Guided Night Sky Viewing at Los Arboles with Joe and Laurie

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The upper poolside deck at Los Arboles is going to be transformed into a night sky viewing area on Saturday, March 24, 2012 when we run our first stargazing event of the season. Palm Springs may not have the darkest skies of any desert community and the giant, 10,800 foot high slab of granite known as Mount San Jacinto might block the western skies just a little … but our expert night sky guides Joe McMenamin (PhD, Stanford) and wife Laurie are confident that their powerful computer driven telescope will be able to get a nice view of lots of interesting celestial bodies.    We wil...
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Hecho a Mano

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Hecho a mano. Hand made. It’s a phrase that implies craftsmanship, small-scale production and an investment of time and energy by human hands to get a product to completion.   I have to admit that I have enjoyed quite a few machine made corn tortillas in my day … hot off the end of the line with a pat of butter they are warm, inexpensive and very tasty.  However these thin, symmetrically perfect machine made tortillas just don’t seem to have quite the same flavor or the resilience to stand up to holding or reheating.   While hand made corn tortillas have a thicker, more dura...
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The Benchmark of a Good Mexican Restaurant

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Mexican Cuisine has a variety of dishes that are fairly straightforward, and when the ingredients are fresh, are delicious and relatively easy to prepare. Think your uncle’s super bowl Sunday Guacamole or maybe a Carne Asada steak prepared on the backyard grill.  The Chile Relleno ... is definitely not such a dish. The skin needs to be charred just so to ensure that it peels off without damaging the flesh of the fresh Pasilla Chile Pepper. Seed removal and insertion of the cheese “Monito” needs to be done gently to preserve the integrity of the chile. And the finesse required to whip the ...
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