PALM SPRINGS: HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR IN THE DESERT

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Posted on June 23, 2016

One of the absolute highlights of my recent trip to the US was a day trip to Palm Springs. The desert town is an easy two hour drive from Los Angeles (if you leave at 6.30am, like we did) and it’s well worth it.

I knew a little of what to expect from Palm Springs. Hot. Old Hollywood glamour. An oasis in the desert. A mecca for Mid-century Modern architecture. And it was all those things…and so much more.

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We took a fantastic 3-hour architectural tour with Mid-century aficionado Michael Stern from The Modern Tour. Michael not only has an extensive knowledge of the architecture of the era and area, but he also has lots of great Palm Springs anecdotes. One of my favourite parts of the tour was exploring The Alexander Estate (AKA The House of Tomorrow) which was also Elvis and Priscilla’s honeymoon hideaway from 1966-1967.

 

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After all that touring we dropped in for lunch at the Kings Highway roadside diner at the Ace Hotel. The beer and tacos went down a treat as I admired the interiors. Last stop for the day was the Avalon Hotel for a much-needed swim. We were staying at their sister property in Beverly Hills and they were kind enough to let us take a dip and cool off from the 37 degree day.

 

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All photos by Scott Keenan @travellingman_au

 

 

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