Palm Springs

I absolutely, 100% fell in love with Palm Springs. With its architecture, palm trees, hotels and pools. I’ve never been anywhere where I so desperately wanted a time machine to whip back to the 50s and 60s to sip cocktails poolside with the Rat Pack.

But even without a time machine, being there feels like you have stepped into the Palm Springs episodes of Mad Men.

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Look at the house we booked on AirBnB:

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So pink, I love it

We had our own pool, a beautiful room, Netflix and the homeowner didn’t appear until we were leaving. Perfect.

Oh and on our first night there Village Fest was on. Thanks Palm Springs!

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Village Fest is a street fair that takes place every Thursday night

After walking around downtown we found a place that did amazing ice cream sandwiches and ate them while listening to a perfect live rendition of Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’. Which perfectly described how I was already feeling about Palm Springs.

The next day we went to the visitors centre to pick up a map to the best modernist houses. The visitors centre is housed in the old tramway gas station, which was designed by architect Albert Frey, completed in 1965, and is considered a prime example of modernism in architecture.

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The tramway gas station/visitors centre

We picked up a map for $5 and began our driving tour.

First stop was the famous Kaufmann Desert House, designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1946.

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Love that cactus

According to the man at the visitors centre, the Kaufmann house is now owned by Leonardo DiCaprio… But I can’t find any evidence to back this up!

One house with confirmed celebrity links is this one:

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Honeymoon Hideaway

Elvis and Priscilla Presley lived and spent their honeymoon here in 1967.

Dramatic rooflines are a key characteristic of desert modernism:

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Love a statement door

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I love all the cactuses and palms.

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After our driving tour we stopped in at some of the trendiest hotels for a snoop. Starting with the instagrammer’s delight known as The Ace:

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Those sun shades ❤

We stopped here for a poolside beer before checking out The Saguaro:

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We then decided to retreat to our own pool for a swim, where it was quieter (and cheaper!).

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My view overhead:

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We whipped up a few rounds of mojitos and lazed the afternoon away.

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Didn’t have to tip the bartender = win

I don’t think I have a single photo from Palm Springs that doesn’t have a palm tree in it. This pleases me.

We drove out of Palm Springs towards San Diego, taking a slight detour to visit bizarre Salvation Mountain which is an art installation inspired by god and bible passages.

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It kind of appears out of nowhere after you drive through a rather run down and depressing town.

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Salvation Mountain’s creator Leonard Knight passed away last year and a group of volunteers is trying to protect the site. They regularly receive donations of paint.

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Follow the yellow brick road

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View from the top:

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Inside parts of the sculpture:

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It was kind of weird and fanatical, but interesting to see.

We drove on to San Diego, excited to see the California coast again.

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2 Responses to Palm Springs

  1. Jess Carey says:

    OMG be more perfect!!! I realise how ricidulous this sounds, but totally reminds me of CARS and Radiator Springs hehehe

    • Bec says:

      I haven’t seen Cars!! Which is crazy. But I there is a Cars Land at Disney California Adventure so I think I know what you mean!

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