Welcome to ThePalmSpringsLocal.com, your premier resource to the Coachella Valley’s best, from a local's perspective. Your guide, Denise Ortuno is, The Palm Springs Local, with over 38 years of desert living under her belt, experiencing all the wonders of the Coachella Valley. And now she’ll be sharing her knowledge with you! From dining to attractions, to events and much more, you’ll be able to “Go Where the Locals Go”.

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The Ghost of Erawan Gardens

By Denise Ortuno Neil

In celebration of the Halloween season, I recently put a call out to the local community to send me their ghostly tales that they have experienced here in the Coachella Valley. So to help inspire you to send me your stories, I will share one of mine.


There is no doubt that the desert landscape is blanketed with glorious beauty, but it also possesses a depth of alluring mystery as well. Honestly, with the amount of history that has taken place here, and the millions of people who have traversed through it of the years, the possibility of there being indelible footprints left behind is certain.

Wine Time at Dans Wine Shop

By Denise Ortuno Neil

There are so many ways and occasions to enjoy a great glass of wine. You can indulge in the grape with friends and family, outside on your patio under the stars, or even while bathing in soothing sudsy water in the bath. But how to choose a well crafted bottle is sometimes not as easy as finding the occasion to consume it. Perhaps you're like me and pick up a bottle at the grocery store while shopping for necessities, it's easy and convenient, but the prices are usually bloated and the selection can be overwhelming. I usually stick to wines that I'm familiar with, and end up paying too much in the process. But recently, while visiting over at my friends house, her husband brought out a rather surprising little Merlot that was full bodied, smooth and get this, was only $5.99 a bottle (thanks Nick!)Laurier_Merlot_2007. This wine could seriously give higher priced wines an exhausting run for the money. It turns out that this fine priced fine wine, was purchased at Dan's Wine Shop in Palm Desert. This little shop is off of Hwy 111 on the frontage road by McGowan's Irish restaurant, and if you blink, you could miss it, and all the great deals that they have inside as well. The staff at Dan's have been there since the shop started many years ago, and are very helpful and lack the pretence that some wine shops can have. Needless to say, I am now a patron of this little wine gem, and have purchased quite a bit of this demur Merlot...ok, I'll tell what it is, it's called Laurier Merlot from Alexander Valley, and it is my new fave! So if you're in the mood for some smooth wine, stop in Dan's and check out his selection, they will guide you to a delightful bottle or two....just don't buy up too much of my Merlot. Cheers!

Dan's Wine Shop is located at 73-360 Hwy 111, Suite 1 in Palm Desert, 760-674-0305 Opened Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

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