Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Walk of the Inns - A Unique Holiday Experience!

For most people, the holidays can be a hectic time of the year. But no matter how busy it is, there’s one event in Palm Springs that we absolutely enjoy, so when the date is announced, we do everything possible to keep it open. This year’s Walk of the Inns is Thursday December 12 and if you’ve never experienced this event, it’s worth the drive.

Every December, about 12 Bed and Breakfast and small boutique hotels open their doors from 6 PM to 9 PM, allowing visitors a chance to see these unique properties up close and personal. Each locale has its own special charm so it’s visually stunning. And because it’s the holiday season, the properties are decked out and quite festive! At some of the stops, don’t be surprised if they serve you cookies and hot chocolate or some other delicious surprise. Such a nice touch!

This is the event’s 24th year and it’s become a popular holiday tradition among locals and out-of-towners.  Last year, more than 1700 people attended but over the years, they’ve attracted as high as 2500. 

Dominic L of Casa Cody says it’s a great way for people to get a behind the scenes look at some of the city’s wonderful properties. “Palm Springs has so many lovely B&B’s and quaint small hotels that are like no other,” Dominic says.  Casa Cody was founded in the 1920’s by Hollywood pioneer, Harriet Cody, cousin to the legendary, Buffalo Bill.  It’s the oldest, operating hotel in Palm Springs.

The self-guided tour kicks off at the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Women’s Club. Maps are provided and the route is easy to follow. Most people walk the route so wear comfortable shoes – sneakers are best – and dress warmly as temperatures do drop at night.  Another tip? Come early so you can check out all – or most of the B&B’s.  It may not seem like it, but 3 hours goes by quickly, so you’ll want to arrive as close to 6 PM as possible.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas! 

Safe Travels,

Marc & Darlynne Menkin
Travel Journalists 

In addition to being Travel writers, Marc and Darlynne run two Team Building companies, headquartered in San Diego. Where You Want To Be specializes in memorable Team Building EXPERIENCES. Out of the Ordinary creates high energy Team Building GAMES. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Over the years, we've created numerous Team Building programs. Some came to fruition because a client asked about it while others came from our imagination. While it's a lot of work to create original programs, it's also downright fun because it allows us to tap into our creative side, and explore new and exciting possibilities!

As any artist will tell you, it's very satisfying - and fulfilling whenever you create something new and then get to witness others enjoy it. People often ask us "What's your favorite Team Building program?" That's a tough question because the truth is, we love em all! But one of our newer programs called
"The Good Deeds Bus Experiment" has definitely captured our heart for many reasons.

For one thing, it's an immersive experience that showcases some of San Diego's secret spots. You know, places that are truly "off the beaten path." It could be anything from a little known historical suspension bridge to a unique walking path that overlooks the ocean. At several of the stops, we include surprises so for example, on our last program, we had a professional Hawaiian dancer who performed AND taught our group how to dance the hula. Imagine 50 people learning how to dance the hula right in the middle of a neighborhood! It was quite the scene. As a matter of fact, several of the neighbors came out and even joined us!

For us, seeing a group of strangers have fun together was super sweet. The last stop, also billed as the "highlight" of the adventure, was a mystery "volunteer location." For this particular group, the organizers chose to build trikes and then donate them to the Ronald McDonald House. Such a memorable way to kick off the holidays, and so much better than the usual office Happy Hour Get together.

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