I heart PALM SPRINGS!
One of my most favorite places in the world is Palm Springs. When it comes to thinking about making the long trek southbound, it seems there is no better time to visit than at the end of summer when the temps are toasty and the crowds are sparse. I can't think of a more perfect way to shrug off the cold shoulder of good 'ol SF in late August.
For those of us with a passion for all things MCM, this is sheer heaven! The city of Palm Springs and the surrounding enclaves of the desert valley have the largest concentration of Mid-Century Modern Architecture in California. The dramatic landscape of the San Jacinto Mountains and desert vistas of the Coachella Valley inspired a very distinct design aesthetic known as Desert Modernism. Even if you've never been or are unfamiliar with Palm Springs, you might have heard that it has a steep history of of all things modern. The current residents do their best to maintain and preserve that same design aesthetic today, making each trip a most pleasant journey "back in time." Yes, like I said, HEAVEN!
From Cody to Frey, Lautner to Neutra and Williams to Wexler, Palm Springs is the place to see some of the most incredible examples of the timeless lines of Desert Modernism. There's the fab Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra, Albert Frey's famed Frey House II , enchanted developments chock full of Donald Wexler and William F. Cody's whitewashed, cinder-block starburst clad homes and more!
We stayed at the lovely Del Marcos Hotel by architect, William F. Cody
Interior shot of The Don Wexler Room (after we unpacked the essentials)
Although our visit was a mere 3 night, four day tour, we did our best to pack it all in. Cocktails at the Ace Hotel's Amigo Room, check! Dinner at Melvyn's, check! And lest we forget our not-to-be-missed lunch at the perfect PS spot, Sherman's Deli. We stopped in at the fabulous Shag Gallery where we saw a lot of fun new prints and heard the scoop on how Tiki Oasis went. Strolled through one of the many Angel View thrift shops and found a mint condition, 1960's American (danish inspired) swivel snack tray for a whopping $9.99. Oh joy! A few drive-by tours of some of the most famous homes, including where Elvis and Mrs. Priscilla Presley spent their honeymoon and we were almost, completely content. There was just one more stop before we could call it a proper holiday...
We ended the weekend celebrating the life of one of Palm Springs most notorious legends. We toasted "The Chairman of the Board", Mr. Francis Albert Sinatra, graveside with tailgate gin and tonics. After all it was 106 degrees, and at Mr. K's insistence, just a tad too hot for a perfect martini.
Wishing you a most lovely Labor Day, end of summer hurrah! What will you be kicking it off with?