Exploring Palm Springs
On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson chats with three noteworthy guests and learns what makes Palm Springs such an inspiring destination.
To start, Johnson speaks with Dani Dazey, designer and star of the Discovery+ and HBO Max TV series Trixie Motel. The two discuss behind-the-scenes details from the show, including what it was like working with famed drag queen Trixie Mattel and her celebrity pals. The designer also shares recommendations for the perfect Palm Springs weekend.
Next, Johnson gets a taste of old-school Palm Springs with Mikael Healey, musical director at Melvyn’s Restaurant at the Ingleside Inn. The longtime desert local shares how the city and hotel became a refuge for celebrities like Greta Garbo and Salvador Dalí. Healey also takes listeners back to the Rat Pack era with two improvised piano medleys.
Finally, Johnson chats with Greg Purdy, a longtime staffer with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. From stargazing and hiking to formal dances and fine dining, Purdy and Johnson discuss the incredible activities that await at the top of Mount San Jacinto. Purdy also talks about the remarkable process of building the tramway, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023.