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The Daily Beast: Palm Springs Draws Young Creatives

Palm Springs, CA – Acme House Company is in the news again. The Daily Beast, known for its award-winning reporting on pop culture and everything cool – looks at Palm Springs and how it has become a retreat for young creatives. Check out the inside scoop on how thirty-somethings discover Palm Springs Vacation Home Rentals.

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A new generation of thirty-something creatives discover the appeal of Palm Springs Vacation Home Rentals. Caroline Ryder, an L.A. based journalist, author and screenwriter enjoys a long weekend at Alexander’s Blue Hawaiian, a Palm Springs Vacation Home Rental available through Acme House Company. Photo: Dre Naylor

In this latest article, writer Lawrence Karol reports on how a new generation of thirty-something creatives from Los Angeles (and around the world) has discovered Palm Springs Vacation Home Rentals as the perfect setting to relax, unwind and be inspired.

Karol interviewed Caroline Ryder, a London transplant to L.A. who works as a  journalist, author, and screenwriter.  Ryder escapes to Palm Springs often, usually choosing to rent a private pool home from Acme House Company. Three Amigos Ranch, Alexanders Blue Hawaiian and Hidden Haven are among her favorites.

“I just find that magical things happen in the desert all the time,” says Ryder. “You have this sort of civility of Palm Springs and the adjacent wildness of the high desert and no matter where you go in between those two places, magical things happen. I can’t even begin to list the life-changing experiences I’ve had out in the desert.”

On a recent trip to Palm Springs to celebrate her birthday, Ryder brought along a few friends to stay at Alexanders Blue Hawaiian, one of the Palm Springs Vacation Home Rentals managed by Acme House Company. For her, the weekend was all about getting together with her  best friends in a completely relaxed environment where they could work on their projects, share ideas, have meals together and enjoy night swimming in the pool that comes with  an underwater disco light show .

“It’s probably the best birthday I’ve ever had,” says Ryder. “I was there for five days and I didn’t leave [the house] once. My friends went out to get food. I was just there and completely, blissfully sort of in this Palm Springs bubble.”

Click Here to read the full story in The Daily Beast.

Story Highlights: Thirty-somethings discover Vacation Home Rentals. Mentions dining hot spots Eight4Nine, SO*PA, Tropicale. Shopping highlights Deja Vu, Trousdales.

ABOUT ACME HOUSE COMPANY:  Acme manages Luxury Vacation Home Rentals in Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities, catering to those looking to travel to the world-renowned desert destination for the season, week-long stays and extended weekends. Visit Acme’s Website to explore more homes. Thirty-somethings discover Vacation Home Rentals.

Read the Condé Nast Traveler article that included Acme House Company on their list of Top 10 Vacation Rental Managers to Trust Worldwide.

International Tamale Festival This Weekend

Indio, CA- Our followers know that we are famous for helping the guests staying at our Acme Vacation Homes to Live Like Locals.  So here is the latest insider info: Don’t Miss The International Tamale Festival in nearby Indio this weekend. This is a locals’ favorite that has garnered national attention. The Food Network named it to their list of the country’s Top 10 All American Food Festivals.

International Tamale Festival Acme House Co

Tamale making is a traditional holiday ritual in the Hispanic community, bringing families together in the kitchen for this special time of year, which is why the Indio Tamale Festival is always held in early December.   The event has a multitude of vendors, selling a variety of tasty tamales in many different flavors from traditional pork, beef, chicken to chili and cheese. You’ll also want to sample the gourmet tamales which have a limitless range.

Besides being a foodie fun house, The International Tamale Festival is also a competition. Vendors are judged on their goods in their quest to be named Best of the Fesitval. It is a serious deal…and for tamale goers, a very satisfying one. Besides tamales, the fest offers up the usual fair suspects providing entertainment for the whole family including funnel cakes, fried Twinkies, a beer garden, rides and live music.

IF YOU GO – Admission to the festival is free, and tamales and other fare and fun are pay as you go. The International Tamale Festival is located in Old Town Indio off Hwy 111and runs from 10am-8pm Saturday December 5th and 10am-5pm Sunday December 6th, www.tamalefestival.net . The festival has much to offer, and one of the best parts is that you can purchase tamales to go and enjoy back at your Acme House Co. vacation home.

Acme House Company manages Luxury Vacation Home Rentals in Greater Palm Springs, catering to those looking to travel to the world-renowned desert destination for the season, week-long stays and extended weekends. Visit Acme’s Website to explore more homes.

Read the Condé Nast Traveler article that included Acme House Company in their list of Top 10 Vacation Rental Managers to Trust.

Certifiably Fresh!

When you arrive in Palm Springs for your vacation – you get more than gorgeous weather, beautiful mountain views and fabulous vacation rental homes! You also get the Palm Springs Farmers’ Market.

Welcome to Southern Califiornia!  You have arrived in the nation’s produce aisle. It’s true – do a little research in most grocery stores across the country, particularly in the months between December and April and if it says “Grown in the USA,”  you can just cross out the that acronym and write “CA.” Yes, we in SoCal are among the truly blessed – our sun kissed weather allows us to munch our way across the calendar and share our bounty with the rest of the world.

Strawberries - BCBut with a veritable veggie tray waiting for us out our back doors and post-millennium transportation at the ready, we have become accustomed to choosing whatever recipe the internet can provide and our hearts desire. The fact remains we still do have a “winter” of sorts, which limits what even California can grow. During those months some items in the supermarket fly and float in from far-flung locales, arriving with a much bigger carbon footprint than feels comfortable. Also, recent undercover reporting by the L.A. Times revealed that while the produce in countries other than the U.S. might be handled with kid gloves, the people who harvest it often have much rougher lives.

Lettuce bagsSo what’s an Earth-loving, defender-of-human-rights foodie supposed to do? Not to worry, you don’t have to sit sadly and sip on a drought-restricted glass of water. Just head down the road (and back in time) to our local Certified Farmers’ Markets! These mobile marketplaces harken back to a time when sharing with your neighbors was the only way to get variety in your fresh-food diet. The modern version works kind of the same way it always has – small family farmers and vendors who use farm produce to make prepared goods gather at a predetermined location to offer what they’ve raised to the people in the community. Sending the horse and buggy back out to pasture has expanded the definition of “community,” but Palm Springs Farmers’ Market participants usually travel in a radius not larger than 100 miles from their properties, and use only one truck to make the trip.

The back-to-the future trend has been growing over the past 20 years. By USDA estimates Farmers’ Markets in the U.S. have expanded from 1,755 in 1994 to 8,268 in 2014. That’s a whole lot of broccoli. (And carrots, kale, asparagus, peaches, etc.) A whole generation of eaters is discovering what a just-picked tomato is really supposed to taste like. You too, can be among those who return to placing your hard-earned food budget dollars directly into the hand of the person who grew the food. Just one taste may make you skeptical of fluorescent-lit produce forever more.

ABOUT THE CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKETS OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY

The CFMCV’s are a collaborative effort of small-scale Southern California farmers, value-added vendors who use farm produce to create artisan food and body products, and the Palm Springs Cultural Center (a non-profit that organizes and promotes the venture). Between October and May they set up in three outdoor locations throughout the week and take shelter from the heat in a cheery air conditioned community center from June through September.

IF YOU GO

Most guests who stay at vacation rental homes managed by Acme House Co. enjoy “cooking at home.” Our local Certified Farmers Markets are great for picking up fresh ingredients and getting to meet local farmers and the farm-to-table chefs who are usually on hand to share their recipes with you.

October thru May:

Palm Springs – Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2300 E. Baristo Rd, in the parking lot next to the Camelot Theatres

La Quinta – Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 78100 Main St., inside the Old Town LQ shopping district

Palm Desert – Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or (May 6th only) 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 72559 Hwy 111 at the corner with El Paseo, in the parking lot next to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce

June thru September:

Palm Springs – Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 401 S. Pavilion Way, In the PS Pavilion, next to the PS Public Swimming Pool

Acme House Company manages Luxury Vacation Home Rentals in Greater Palm Springs, catering to those looking to travel to the world-renowned desert destination for the season, week-long stays and extended weekends. Visit Acme’s Website to explore more homes.

Read the Condé Nast Traveler article that included Acme House Company in their list of Top 10 Vacation Rental Managers To Trust.