This weekend, we visited the Palm Spring's Modernism Week, which celebrates the city's artistic and architectural treasures. Each February, the city of Palm Springs showcase the modernist movement with over 350 events, including bike tours, bus tours, and museum exhibits. With so many events to choose from, we count down the top 5 sights to see while you are in town.
Palm Springs Modernism Week Travel vlog:
Here are the highlights from Modernism Week:
1. Modernist Architecture - Door Tour
When I heard that there was a " Door Tour " I wasn't sure what to expect. We started at the Saguaro Hotel, a colorful hotel that organized a self-guided bike tour of the city's most colorful modernist houses. They gave us a map of the houses with the most colorful doors. It was like being on a treasure hunt to find each one. The colors were painted with vibrant Dunn Edwards paint, from bright yellow, magenta, to lime green, which made for instagrammable photo opportunities.
2. Saguaro Hotel -
After the bike tour, we checked into the Saguaro Hotel where we were treated to a complementary margarita at the Jefe Bar for completing the Door Tour. The hotel is one of the most instagrammable locations in Palm Springs, known for it's brightly colored exterior, fun pool, boutique style, and modern architecture.
3. Wexler Glass House -
We also toured Donald Wexler's (modernist architect) first custom house called the Glass House. The house was done in stunning modernist style which took advantage of the beautiful view of the hills and pool.
4. Downtown Palm Springs -
This past year, the downtown Palm Springs area underwent a revitalization effort and many new shops, restaurants and hotels were added along the boulevard.
5. Palm Springs Art Museum -
Palm Springs Art Museum is one of the best was to learn about the modernist movement and view the exhibits from this time period.
We hope you get a chance to visit Palm Springs Modernism Week. It is a fun and unique way to experience the city and celebrate modernism.
Welcome to La Jolla in San Diego! This coastal village is known for its stunning cliff side beaches, sea lions, seas, and sea caves. In this vlog, we visit La Jolla Cove and get an up close view of the marine animals, including baby sea lions.
Next, we go inside the Cave Shop to see Sunny Jim's cave which is accessible by a staircase that is 100 years old. It was built during the prohibition era to smuggle booze and is now one of the quickest ways to experience the cave adventure. Can you spot Sunny Jim's profile in the cave opening?
One of the best ways to visit the caves is by kayak. There are seven caves in La Jolla, and the best ones are accessible by kayak tours. Check out the link below to book a kayak tour:
Lastly, we visit Scripps Pier and Blacks Beach, which are some of the best surfing beaches in La Jolla. Scripps Beach has a private pier and perfect waves, and Blacks Beach has stunning cliffs.
What are your favorite places to visit in La Jolla? Comment below.
Welcome to San Diego! We are in Balboa Park in search of the best free things to do, panoramic views, and craft beers. Balboa Park is a National Historic Landmark and the stunning Churrigueresque style architecture of many of the buildings date back to 1915. Here, we explore one of the best panoramic view of San Diego and enjoy many free gardens and museums.
Behind the Scenes San Diego Vlog:
1. San Diego Botanical Garden
This iconic landmark was built in 1915 and is one of the most beautiful photo shoot locations for its unique domed architecture and reflective lily pond. The interior is filled with ferns, palms, and exotic orchids. The gardens are free to enter from 10am - 4pm.
2. Timken Museum of Art
This building stands out in the park for its Modern style architecture, with sleek lines and symmetry. The museum contains a small gallery and has free admission.
3. Street Performances
Balboa park is known for being a hot spot of street performances, dances, and musical performances. Stroll through the park and you can catch the talent along the way.
4. Open Air Sculpture Garden
Balboa Park contains many eye catching sculptures along the plaza, all of which is free to view.
5. San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum contains a small gallery of everything from Contemporary art to South East Asian art. There are free docent tours with admission.
6. San Diego Museum of Man -
The museum has an entry charge, but features some of the most thought provoking exhibits including "Inter+Race" which explores race and identity, and "What's on our Plate" - the story behind what types of meat we eat around the world.
7. California Tower -
We climb the tower for the best panoramic views from the top of the harbor, downtown, Balboa park. The tower dates back to 1915, and was recently reopened for Balboa Park's Centennial in 2015. There are timed tours that cost $22 each.
► ►Get your tickets in advance here: http://www.museumofman.org/exhibits/california-tower/
8. International Cottages -
The international cottages house a sampling of the heritage from many of the countries with a presence in San Diego. On weekends, they frequently have performances, open houses with food, and heritage celebrations. We sampled tea from England, waffles from Denmark , saw a Panamanian performance, and got our names written in Mandarin.
9. Craft Beer:
San Diego is synonymous with craft brews and one of the kings of the movement is Ballast Point. We checked out the tasting room which had tours and a huge selection of craft beers.
► ►Ballast Point - Craft beer brewed in San Diego. Tasting Room has $6 flights. Learn More: https://www.ballastpoint.com/
San Diego is famous for its surf. There are many areas to view the panoramic ocean views. Our favorite for the best surf is Swami's beach.
What are your favorite things to see in San Diego? Comment below!
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