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Palm Springs Convention Center – Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Convention Center is a venue specializing in meetings, events, and conferences. The Palm Springs Convention Center is a 261,000 square foot facility that includes up to 112,000 square feet of exhibit space, 19 total breakout rooms of various sizes, including a 20,000 square foot ballroom. The Renaissance Hotel is adjacent to the Convention Center offering meetings all under one roof. The conference center is located about two blocks away from the heart of Palm Springs so everything is easily accessible.

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This modern, spacious, architecturally interesting public facility is conveniently located, highly accessible and perfect for art exhibits. The amenities are convenient and there are places to sit and rest. The Palm Springs Convention Center has a nice venue, very clean and well laid out. It is centrally located to downtown Palm Springs with a large choice of restaurants. Great rooms for presentations big and small. Good common areas, exhibition space, rest areas. Adjacent to Renaissance Hotel which also has presentation space, restaurants, outdoor sitting areas, hotel amenities. So plan your trip to Palm Springs Convention Center and book your stay at Harmony Motel and make your trip more special. For latest hotel deals and offers visit us today.

Ruth Hardy Park – Palm Springs, CA

Ruth Hardy Park – Located just by downtown Palm Springs, this is a nice largish park with a big playground for kids good for young toddlers, tons of swings, a huge grass area to run around in, and even a jogging trail and a cardio/weights section. The park also offers tennis courts, beach volleyball area, and a basketball court. A really nice break from all the touristy stuff going on in the area.

This is a nice little park where you can do many different activities. There are many benches and picnic tables and if you like tennis there are many courts there as well. The Ruth Hardy Park is a nice clean park with beautifully kept trees and shrubs.

Ruth Hardy Park

A nice place to spend a lazy afternoon and forget about the busyness of the world. Worth a nice stop to relax. Beautiful park, adjacent to the Wellness Park. Very clean, safe, calm, peaceful and fragrant.

So plan your trip to Ruth Hardy Park and book your stay at Harmony Motel and make your trip more special. For latest hotel deals and offers visit us today.

Visit Ruddy’s General Store Museum – Palm Springs

At Ruddy’s General Store Museum, you can experience a general store just like it might have been in the 1930s and 40s, complete with stocked shelves of packaged candies, medicines, greeting cards, and anything else you can imagine you’d have found in a general store back then. Most of the items are apparently still filled with their original contents, and it’s the largest collection of its kind.

What a treasure in the heart of Palm Springs! Definitely take the time to inspect each and every product, some should really amaze you. Well worth the visit, especially combined with several other Palm Springs Historical Society museums in the same courtyard.

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The museum is unique in the product variety, displays, and authenticity. It’s so much fun to see all the packaging and advertising from that era. A must see, for all ages! This place gives the authentic feel of an old Wild West mercantile, while being right in the heart of the downtown restaurant and bar area. It is also adjacent to three other tiny but fun museum exhibits – a real ‘go to’ place in Palm Springs.

So plan your trip to Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge and book your stay at Harmony Motel and make your trip more special. For latest hotel deals and offers visit us today.

So plan your trip to Ruddy’s General Store Museum and book your stay at Harmony Motel and make your trip more special. For latest hotel deals and offers visit us today.

Explore Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Located east of Palm Springs near Palm Desert, Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge covers 3,709 acres. The Coachella Valley Preserve System was designed to protect an endemic, threatened reptile, the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard. These lizards are found on the sand dunes that are located on the southern edge of the Coachella Valley. The CNLM Preserve also preserve the Thousand Palms Canyon.

Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge

A rare resource in the desert, the water feeds the majestic California fan palm which creates a cool and shady respite from the hot summer sun. Wide sweeps of desert wash, dotted with smoke tree and indigo bush, feed into the oasis, and around the oasis lie the rare desert wetlands, lined with arrow weed, willows, cattails, and cottonwoods.

There are bridges to cross and ponds to look at and take pictures. There were a lot of friendly people having fun there and we even had some strangers take some pictures of us standing next to some crazy looking trees!

The CNLM Preserve gates are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May through September and from 7:00 am to 5:00 p.m. October through April.

So plan your trip to Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge and book your stay at Harmony Motel and make your trip more special. For latest hotel deals and offers visit us today.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2017

Located a few miles away from the Twentynine Palms, California, the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert features a great festival. Art plays a pivotal role in defining the Coachella experience. Each year, Coachella features art from artists worldwide.  The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. The Coachella Valley Festival lineup has been unveiled, and fans are eagerly awaiting a rumored reunion for Coachella 2017. Annual music and arts festival features many genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop, and electronic music as well as large installations and sculptural art. The event has several stages or tents set-up throughout the grounds, each playing live music continuously.  Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music.

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The annual festival will run on two consecutive weekends: April 15th – 17th and 22nd – 24th.

If you love art and music, this event is highly recommended while on vacations.  If looking for the perfect place to stay, check out our Twentynine Palms Hotel – Harmony Motel and book directly on the Hotel’s Website for the lowest possible rates.

Visit The Integratron – Twentynine Palms

Integraton is a dome like acoustic structure situated in Landers, California. It was assembled by George Van Tassel in 1959, who guaranteed that he had a interaction with the “space individuals” and that he had being spoken with the restoring strategy of human cells. The Integraton was based on the same system. Individuals going by are given Sound Baths which is said to be an hour long mending session in a multi-wave sound chamber.

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The key feature is a echoic room where a musician blathers your body in sound for cellular renewal and overall rejuvenation. The acoustic nature of the dome is eerie as you can whisper on one side and hear it more loudly on the other side of the dome than if you stand next to the person.

Make sure to get there ahead of time so you can spend some time relaxing on the gorgeous grounds. This is something worth to try in your life! The sound bath is so relaxing and interesting.

If you are out by Joshua Tree, you have to stop by the Integratron. It’s a one of a kind structure with a fascinating history. At the Integraton, you can find the intersection of science, aliens, spirituality and a place where folks like Robert Plant have had recording sessions.

Book your stay at our 29 Palms, CA hotel, Harmony Motel fully loaded with air conditioning, heating, cable TV, telephones, kitchenettes, high open beam ceilings, and telephones with free local calls.

Harmony says thanks 29 Joshua Tree Gateway Community

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Harmony motel/in a Joshua tree gateway community

It’s 6.am, on this beautiful frosty November morning, at the Harmony Motel, my favorite part of my day. It is my time with the desert, and I savor every moment of desert’s luxurious mornings she graciously gives me each day. I am sitting at my favorite patio of the Harmony Motel with a cup of coffee, eagerly awaiting the Sun to make her majestic rise. She rises slowly and steadily this morning at dawn, spreading her beautiful rays of red and dark orange throughout the east side above the horizon, illuminating the sky with her brilliant colors. The sun is mesmerizing me as she turns into a deep golden yellow, allowing daylight to peep lazily onto the world.
The Sun creates an enlightening, warm, vivid picture of her full magnificence on the desert landscape. Her beauty is truly authentic, and she is not shy to flaunt this in front of me. I breathe in her rays of vitality, and she energizes my entire being, making me ready to experience a day full of joyous energy.
I smell the fresh earth of the desert, and I notice that the fig tree in the Harmony garden is shedding her dry leaves. The leaves are slowly falling to the ground in bright colors of deep yellow, gold and browns, reminding me that the vibrant fall is fully here. The leaves, colored in these earthy tones spread across the gardens, creating a gift wrap image, which echoes a crinkling sound as you walk on them. This natural decoration in the garden brings in the festive mood of the season, making thanks-giving a full reality in this quite harmonious world. Fall is my joyous season.
Ah!!! The great tradition of the American Thanks-Giving is …..”Setting aside time to give thanks for one’s blessings this is almost as old as the settlement of the North American continent itself,” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ American thanksgiving truncated).
This thanksgiving season I celebrate my tenth anniversary as the owner of the harmony motel. My heart is filled with gratitude, going down memory lane to the experiences I have had, as the owner. In the spirit of thanks, I share my story with you:
I am South African in Nationality, but my origins are East Indian. 12 years ago I emigrated from South Africa to the US. My choice to live in the US as a resident was made, when I tragically lost my mom to a brutal crime in South Africa (two years after my arrival in the US). My professional background when I left South Africa was in teaching/training and change management consultancy.
Hence, my move to the US presented me with significant challenges and changes, not only in location, (that is from one continent to another and every other problem that goes with being an immigrant). But more importantly a challenge in the evolution of my professional field.
I took over the ownership of the Harmony Motel in 2004. For me, it is and has been a labor of love. I have created a peaceful oasis that is a gateway to Joshua Tree National Park. During my remodeling, I was inspired and motivated by not only the location of the motel, but also by the history of this roadside motel, especially by the name “Harmony” and the” music notes” that adds character to the identity of the motel.
Together with my staff our goal is to ensure that this lodging facility is harmonious with its environment and that it provides a tranquil, joyous atmosphere to all our guests. We offer more than just the room experience that a traditional motel gives you.
The Harmony boasts a charming exterior corridor, with a front office courtyard that is designed in an L shape. The patios from the rooms offer our guests incredible views of the Joshua Tree Mountains and wilderness of the Mojave Desert. Our room offers all amenities of a traditional motel, with simple artistic décor and a home away from home experience. We have a refreshing cold pool, and a tantalizing hot tub to soak up and star gaze from.
Our guests meet our friendly desert critters that hang out in the gardens or on the grounds of the Harmony this provides a genuine desert wilderness experience. From the Harmony, our guests can experience amazing sunrises, sunsets, and different shades of desert light that makes the landscape authentic to the desert, full moons, and excellent stargazing opportunities.
Twenty-nine palms (a Joshua Tree Gateway Community) is the city in which the Harmony Motel is located; this is also a city in which the headquarters of Joshua Tree National Park, founded itself, known as the north entrance to the park. Many of the murals of this city reveal the pioneering history of this rural city. As a single female entrepreneur that has emigrated from one continent to another, I happily embrace this pioneering spirit.
To all my patrons and American friends that helped me become a success, I say thank you, and words cannot express the gratitude that I feel towards you, as I approach this 10th year anniversary, this December 2014.
I would like to extend a special thanks to the community of 29 palms for supporting the Harmony Motel and me, (as a single female foreigner investor that is ready to take her citizenship soon in the USA).

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The following article was written by a travel writer Kate Thomas, on Harmony Motel, for one of the largest travel blogs in the world, Expedia.com.

A view from Travel with Kate August 29, 2014 Winter, Road Trip, Outdoors, National Parks, Fall, California, Adventure,

Joshua Tree National Park, in southeastern California, is a dazzling natural playground for hikers, cyclists, rock climbers, and all-around outdoor enthusiasts. The park is located an hour’s drive northeast of Palm Springs. Its nearly 800,000 acres are covered with rock formations, unique shrubbery, palm trees, and, of course, those iconic Joshua trees. It all provides a commanding escape from city life. Joshua Tree is open (and accessible) year-round. But to avoid the heat, it’s best to visit between October and April. Drive in from out of town or fly into Palm Springs and rent a car. Entrance to the park is US$15 per vehicle; each entry pass covers seven days of access. It is easy to get an immersive experience in the park, whether you camp or find lodging in a nearby town.

For non-campers (like me!), it is best to stay right along Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms (yes, that’s really the name of the town). The small town has a handful of motels and restaurants, most of which are located right off the highway. Conveniently, the town also sits only minutes away from the park entrance at the Oasis Visitor Center.

On a recent trip, I stayed at Harmony Motel, a charming inn on Highway 62 with an amusing history—members of the band, U2, stayed here while working on their 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree.” The motel has spacious and clean rooms equipped with ample air conditioning and free WiFi. There is a pool and a hot tub, both of which look out on the sprawling desert and towering mountains. As soon as I checked in, I wished I was staying for more than one night.

I arrived at the motel on a Friday with an ambitious schedule for the next morning: To wake up before dawn to experience the park as the sun began to rise over the desert. In the dark the next morning, I made the short drive from the motel to the entrance into Joshua Tree National Park off Highway 62 at the Utah Trail. As I drove along the flat, winding road the sun began to spread light over the surrounding desert. I watched out the window as the terrain morphed around me. It went from a barren desert with no signs of life to a varied landscape inhabited by trees. Large boulders and rock formations appeared. And mountains rose high in the distance. In some areas I saw nothing but palm trees; in other areas, it was all Joshua Trees, all the time. I couldn’t help but get out of the car every few minutes to take pictures.

After quite a few photos, it was time to set out along a trail. There were many options, each with its own level of difficulty. Among the trails I considered were the Fortynine Palms Oasis trail, a 3-mile loop takes you up 300 feet each way in and out of the valley to a tranquil spring and cluster of palm trees; and the Ryan Mountain trail, another 3-mile hike with an incline on the way in and great views at the top. There also were a number of nature trails that didn’t appear to include much of an incline. Ultimately, I ended up choosing the Hidden Valley walk, a 1-mile nature trail loop around a beautiful area bordered by rock formations. On the ensuing hike, I saw rock climbers in action, scaling a steep rock face with professional equipment.

Without a harness and lines I was able to scramble up some boulders to get new vantage points on the valley. A sunrise drive and nature walk turned out to be an ideal way to experience the park on a summer morning; by 9:30 a.m., it was beastly hot. Despite never having camped or even spent more than a half-day in the park, I found the experience fully enriching. There’s no question I’ll be back in the fall or winter to spend more time exploring Joshua Tree on longer hikes (and maybe even for a rock climb).

For a comprehensive list of trails, walks, and activities inside the park, go to the park’s official website here. I know I’ll be looking at that page again soon.

Click on link to view article :http://viewfinder.expedia.com/palm-springs/day-trip-to-joshua-tree… Viewfinder Tip: Be sure to bring lots of water and snacks when hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. The middle of the desert can be even hotter than you expect it to be.

News Letter 2-On The Joshua Tree Region

End of Summer 2014-Newsletter 2

Published: Harmony Motel

Written By: Ash Maharaj

In the high desert, summer can feel endless with her sizzling sun-drenched days. As much as we complain about summers scorching temperatures in the desert, she produces a dry inviting heat that attracts people from all over the world, to experience her blazing heat that comforts the reptile in us.
We are, hopefully in the last quarter of summer in the Joshua tree region, as we experience sultry summer nights that give us breezy summer winds, and humid, sticky days, which invites all kinds of chirping, buzzing, and clicking exotic bugs. These bugs constantly sing their songs or impolitely chatter in every corner of our homes.
At the Harmony motel, I blissfully enjoy the last of the warm, delightful summer days, the beautiful cool refreshing mornings and the dramatic sunsets, that lead us into summer’s mysterious dark romantic nights( that embraces star strutted skies and unforgettable summer supermoons).
In particular, I enjoy summer’s spectacular lighting shows, that she always shows cases in the evenings, as a backdrop to the desert wilderness picture perfect landscapes, during her awesome desert storms.
The end of summer, signals to us the festivities of the last of summer and the beginning of the fall celebrations. We begin leisurely preparing for these festivities.
The Joshua Tree Gateway communities present to you, professional, entertaining and unique cultural events (that embraces the lifestyle of the communities). The Harmony Motel highlights, the following must experience events, for the month of August/September 2014

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Bhakti Festival  September 4-7 of 2014:  Experience the magic of Yoga, traditional eastern music-(kirtrans ) at the: Metaphysical center in the high desert of Joshua Tree .

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Integration – Sonic Geometry Events on September 6th, check this out at http://http://integratron.com/my-added-posts/events/

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The Joshua Tree National Park boasts crystal clear skies that provide a magnificent galaxy of stars at night, which creates an ambience of mystical and romantic celebration. The night skies in the park and the surrounding high desert will make you delirious with joy when it showcase the brightest stars, planets and constellations of the universe especially in the summer nights. Visit sky’s the limit observatory and Nature Center http://www.skysthelimit29.org/our_history.html for a schedule of this August/September stargazing schedule.

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Visit us at the Harmony Motel for your star gazing experience. To make your stargazing experience memorable this summer we recommend the services of a professional team of telescope rentals that have just arrived in the high desert, yes they are “Coyote Telescope Rental of Joshua Tree!!!”

“The mission at Coyote Telescope is to enrich your visit to this unique place (that is Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding high desert).Even if you do not know anything about telescopes, they have all the tools and equipment you need to experience a perfect night of star gazing, planet hunting and dark sky discovery. “The above paragraph is a quotation from a postcard of (Coyote Telescope Rental in Joshua tree).

Tortoise rock casino
29 palms, Joshua tree region.

 

 

“If Music be the food of love, play on” (William Shakespeare twelfth night),for the first time this August/September the new Tortoise Rock Casino, minutes away from the Harmony Motel, in the Joshua Tree Region, introduces its latest event, rock concert, check out the featured artists and dates at http://www.tortoiserockcasino.com/entertainment.html

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Pappy & Harriet’s

 

The legendary Pappy Harriet’s Pioneer town Palace has been delighting locals and travelers alike since 1982, with its mesquite barbeque, live music, dancing and friendly service. Check out, their Music Line up for this August and September 2014 at http://pappyandharriets.com/events

For a great wilderness experience visit us at www.harmonymotel.com. The harmony is close to the landmark 49 palms oasis. One of the five Oasis of the Joshua Tree National Park, (great hiking trail that is 3 miles on a round trip). If you lucky, you will see the beautiful big horn sheep that hangout at the oasis, don’t forget to take a picnic basket with you.

Information on the events and description was taken from the respective web pages.

 

 

I Love the U2 Album “The Joshua Tree”, Do U2? Let’s Trek Across the Mojave and Find Out About Their “Harmony”

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July 7, 2014 by Mojave Desert USA  Leave a Comment

This article , touches on the entire bus trip that the Irish rock band U2 took before they released the album that was destined to be called “The Joshua Tree”, we will mainly focus on the portions of that trip that lie within the Mojave Desert.

Let’s start with what we know for sure, in 1987 U2 released an album called “The Joshua Tree”, before the album was released they traveled from Reno to Joshua tree with a few stops in between to take pictures.  Later they would return to film videos in Los Angeles and Las Vegas after the album was released.  The band U2 were aware of  the mythology of the Mojave Desert, this is part of the reason they used it as a backdrop to their album.  According to the designer of the album sleeve, Steve Averill, the band rented a coach in Reno, Nevada, at the time the cover was shot, The Joshua Tree album was tentatively titled “The Two Americas” with another alternate name being “The Desert”, the band wanted to capture the part of the United States where “nature and industrialization meet”.

Steve says the end photos for The Joshua Tree were the result of a “happy accident”, we had stopped and shot at a ghost town in Nevada (actually Bodie, California), and their photographer, Anton Corbijn wanted to shoot at Joshua Tree National Monument (now a National Park) next.  After the Bodie shoot they drove toward Joshua Tree National Monument, along the way they stopped at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Monument (also a National Park today) and shot the cover photograph, then on Highway 190 just outside Death Valley they saw a lone Joshua Tree in the distance, it was then that the band began thinking of The Joshua Tree as a possible name for the album.  They got out of the coach there and then and shot the inside sleeve photograph, all in all they were there about 20 minutes in the early morning cold weather.   This famous session with the Joshua Tree became the back cover and the inside sleeve of the album which was released on March 9, 1987.

A friend and myself decided to drive to find this elusive tree that actually fell down from natural causes in the year 2000, we found the fallen tree on July 3rd, 2014.  We assumed that it would be hot and we knew it was about a three hour drive without any big stops.  Joshua Trees only grow at higher elevations because they need below freezing winters to reproduce so we knew it would be not quite as hot as the lower reaches of the desert.  We found the spot to stop on the road near the infamous tree rather quickly, at about 4700 feet above sea level the site was quite a bit cooler than nearby Death Valley, our temperature was only about 100 degrees.  I decided to try my new 4wd vehicle and we went down some fairly sandy washes, in the end we walked about 3/4 of a mile to find this iconic monument to an Irish rock band in the middle of the Mojave Desert.  After being at the site for about 15 minutes and taking pictures we walked the 3500 feet back to the car.  I would recommend parking on the main road and walking 1300 feet to the site, its much easier than driving off road, the wash was very soft and parking on the paved road is a relatively short walk and if you are a true fan of U2 this is the way that the band traversed to the tree from their rented coach.

Back to 1987, I believe that it was later that same day that they ended up at The Harmony Motel in 29 Palms for another photo shoot and stayed in the Motel for at least a night.  While at the Motel it is rumored that they rented all of the rooms at the Harmony Motel but room #4 was rented as a group meeting place to congregate.  If you visit the Motel ask for Ash the owner, she knows alot about the U2 stay back then, she is the current owner but she has contact with the person that owned it in 1987.

On a side note, my buddy that helped me find “The Joshua Tree” fallen in the desert is recently retired from United Parcel Service.  He actually delivered packages to the Harmony Motel one of the days that they stayed there, when he made his delivery the owner at that time told him they were there in the Motel, so finding the fallen tree was kind of like coming full circle.

The Bodie, Zabriskie Point, Joshua Tree and Harmony Motel photographs were used to promote the band forevermore at concerts and on their memorabilia.

Anyone can visit these places if you know where to look:

Bodie is a state park in California, here is the link:  www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=509

Zabriskie Point is in Death Valley National Park, here is the link:  www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/furnacecreekarea.htm

The iconic Joshua Tree is on Highway 190 at coordinates:  36°19’51.00?N, 117°44’42.88?W

The Harmony Motel is in 29 Palms, it is rumored that they rented the entire motel but the gathering place where they all met was in Room #4, here is the link:  www.harmonymotel.com

On a side note another Irish band called Snow Patrol also stayed at the Harmony Motel in 2010, following in the footsteps of their Irish brethren.

On our way home we visited the ghost town of Darwin, we also stopped in Lone Pine and drove up Whitney Portal Road to get a closer look at Mount Whitney.  We then visited the Lone Pine Movie History Museum www.lonepinefilmhistorymuseum.org and learned alot about the movies that were made in this area including one of my favorites, “Tremors”.

Please be careful if you make this journey, summer is hot and winter is cold but you can always end your long day at the Harmony Motel just like U2 did.

Take It Easy – Mojave