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Escape Room Palm Springs New Location!

By Denise Ortuno                                                                                       rsz fp escaperoom

Escape Room Palm Springs, the Coachella Valley’s original Escape Room attraction, has moved to a new location!   

The entertaining venue which puts your problem solving skills to the test in a fun, heart pumping environment, has expanded to a 6,000 sq ft locale with a total of 6 rooms to choose from!

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Opened since February 2016, Escape Room Palm Springs is the creation of computer and game savvy couple, Mark and Dominique Fruchtman. The concept is to bring a group of people together in a themed room, give them clues to decipher a puzzle, so they can escape the room in an allotted amount of time. Twisted fun! There are now 6 different rooms, the Locker Room, Vampires Liar, Jack the Ripper, the Titanic Room, Bank Heist and Merlin’s School. The rooms are so well created, it’s like walking onto a movie set.                                                               rsz vampires lair

Escape Room Palm Springs is opened daily from 12pm to 9:30pm. Tickets are $33 per person. It is great fun for families, friends, couples, and even business groups. The attraction ups the ante for exciting Coachella Valley amusement!

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Escape Room Palm Springs new location is, 2500 N. Palm Canyon Drive-on the corner of Racquet Club and Palm Canyon

For more information and tickets visit www.EscapePS.com or call 760-779-8888

SilverRock Reopens in November!

By Kate Treadwell                                                                          rsz silverrock

This past weekend I had the opportunity to play SilverRock Golf Course in La Quinta for the first time.  I had heard rave reviews, but had never experienced it myself.  I was stoked to say the least, and it did not disappoint. 


Currently, SilverRock is in the midst of some huge changes.  The city of La Quinta, in partnership with SilverRock Development Company, broke ground this year on a massive, $420 million dollar project that includes the addition of a 140 room, 5-star, luxury hotel and spa and a 200 room lifestyle hotel.  Plans also include a 71,000 square foot convention center, resort village with residential units, over 90 lifestyle or branded homes, 160 resort style homes for private ownership, a new state of the art club house, and event lawn. 

Unfortunately, with all that’s going on, you are limited to only 9 holes.  But believe me, you’ll be happy you get to play the same 9 twice.  You’ll most likely need redemption.  SilverRock shows no mercy.  It is all about placement on this beautifully manicured and demanding track. 

From most tee boxes, it appears as though you have a very narrow landing strip of green amidst a vast mountainous desert. Oh wait… that’s exactly what it is! And if that isn’t enough sand for you, believe me, there’s plenty more that’s man made.  And, if your ball gets dirty from all the sand and rock, there’s plenty of water to help clean it off. 

You may lose a lot of balls, or have more bad lies than usual at SilverRock, but the surroundings, breathtaking views and beautifully designed course will far outweigh the big score.  And, you’ll easily shave 3-5 strokes off the back on your second go around. 

SilverRock is closed for over seeding through November 6th.  Do yourself a favor in advance, book a tee time for November 7th today! Green fees are as low as $25 and it’s worth every penny! 

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