Walk in the Stars Footsteps

Itineraries to Hollywood's Playground

Posted By: Matt Link Friday, October 9, 2015

Walk in the stars footsteps during their time in Palm Springs. Experience where Hollywood stayed, played and dined in this playground. Learn a thing or two about Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley as you follow this itinerary! 

FRANK SINATRA

SEE:

Frank Sinatra’s Neighborhood: The Movie Colony” Walking Tour

Palm Springs Historical Society’s Official Walking Tours
www.palmspringshistoricalsociety.net
(760) 323-8297

2-hour guided tours on Fridays at 9:30AM
Operating from late October through late May
$18 per person

The excellent docents at The Palm Springs Historical Society reveal how Sinatra built his Twin Palms estate in the middle of empty desert and helped put Hollywood’s original Palm Springs enclave, The Movie Colony neighborhood, on the map. The Historical Society will also be celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday over the course of their 2015-2016 season with soon-to-be-announced Sinatra events.

“Rat Pack Playground - Modernist Homes of Vista Las Palmas” Walking Tour
Palm Springs Historical Society’s Official Walking Tours
www.palmspringshistoricalsociety.net
(760) 323-8297

2-hour guided tours on Tuesdays at 9:30AM
Operating from late October through late May
$18 per person

The excellent docents at The Palm Springs Historical Society reveal the Midcentury Modern celebrity homes of historic
Vista Las Palmas on this expert tour. Besides seeing the exteriors of Dean Martin’s and Sammy Davis, Jr.’s longtime vacation homes, you’ll get a glimpse of Debbie Reynolds’, Kim Novak’s, Elvis’, and the frolicking grounds for many other stars while hearing the tales of the trendy star-studded ‘hood.

The Modern Tour Palm Springs
(760) 904-0904
www.themoderntour.com
www.psmuseum.org/architecture-design-center/tours
- private 2.5-hour curated tours
-maximum 6 guests
-operating from late October through late May by advance appointment
-$150 per person

The official tour operator of the world-class Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Modernist expert and author Michael Sterns personally runs The Modern Tour. This intimate and exclusive journey shows visitors not only the exteriors but also the interiors of many of Palm Springs’ most spectacular Midcentury Modern homes. Not only will you be granted access inside Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate (architect E. Stewart Williams’ 1947 masterpiece), you’ll also get up close and personal with the celebrity homes of Elizabeth Taylor, William Holden, Elvis Presley, and other Hollywood legends. Tour guests receive free admission to the A+D Center as well as a complimentary copy of the acclaimed PBS documentary Julius Shulman: Desert Modern.

Sinatra on Saturday” Tour
Celebrity Tours
(760) 770-2701
www.palmspringsalive.com
- 3-hour guided mini-bus tours on Saturdays at 9:30 AM
- operating from November through April
- $47 per person
The “Sinatra on Saturday” weekly tour not only guides you through Frank’s haven of The Movie Colony, but also shows you “Dolly’s Church” funded by Sinatra’s mother, Ol' Blue Eyes second desert estate nicknamed “The Compound,” and locales where Sinatra family members lived and where their weddings took place. But that’s not all! You’ll see over 50 other celeb homes in and around Palm Springs, including various Rat Pack vacation abodes.

Indian Canyons Golf Resort
1097 East Murray Canyon Drive, Indian Canyons neighborhood
www.indiancanyonsgolf.com
(760) 833-8700

The Indian Canyons Golf Resort (formerly Canyon Country Club) inhabits 550 lush acres of Native American tribal land south of downtown Palm Springs. When it first opened as a private resort in 1961, it was the largest Indian land lease in American history. Tucked back into wind-free canyons, this 36-hole facility is open to the public and is comprised of a North Course (par-72, 6,943-yards) and a North Course (par-72, 6,560-yards). Three U.S. presidents have teed off at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, in addition to enough Hollywood stars to fill a galaxy of golf greens.
Sinatra’s favorite course, Indian Canyons Golf Resort was the site of many a Rat Pack shindig and host to a Sinatra concert in 1989. Midcentury Modern master architect duo Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison designed the resort’s scenic clubhouse in 1961, and canyon resident Walt Disney donated the fountain between the 9th and 18th holes, with its large copper lily pads shooting jets of water over 100 feet into the sky (and illuminated by the five sets of lights at night).
In the golf world, the Indian Canyons Golf Resort is steeped in legend as the place where the PGA Tour event called The Frank Sinatra Open Invitational occurred once - and only once - in 1963. Sinatra called in every big name he knew to play at the charity event, and the glamorous four-day tournament climaxed with a black-tie gala inside the Riviera Palm Springs’ ballroom where the Rat Packers often performed. What Frank had called his little party in the desert” resurrected decades later in 1988 as The Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational (www.franksinatragolf.org), also at Indian Canyons Golf Resort.

Sinatra’s
Jacket & Recording Contract at The Hard Rock Hotel
150 South Indian Canyon Drive, Downtown
www.hrhpalmsprings.com
(760) 325-9676
Free for the public to view

When the 163-room Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs opened in October of 2013, rock and roll memorabilia from superstars linked to Palm Springs were carefully chosen out of the 74,000 prized possessions found in the “Rock Vault” warehouse in Orlando, Florida. Of the 75-plus historical objects on display throughout the Hard Rock Palm Springs, Sinatra fans will want to scope out the huge open lobby for the framed
wool jacket Ol' Blue Eyes wore in the late ‘80s, custom made for him by Dunhill Tailors of New York. Drift over to the back staircase to find The Chairman’s signed Capitol Records contract from April 1, 1953, stipulating that Sinatra would always receive top billing on all record labels, as well as a handwritten letter from Frank to his third wife, Mia Farrow.

Sinatra’s Grave Site
Desert Memorial Park
Ramon Road & Da Vall Drive, Cathedral City
Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Free and open to the public
(760) 328-3316
www.pscemetery.com
Frank Sinatra’s last words to the doctors after experiencing a major heart attack were, I’m losing.” The Desert Memorial Park was on lockdown the day Frank Sinatra was buried here in 1998, to provide privacy for the family. Listed on Time magazine’s top ten most visited celebrity grave sites, hundreds of fans make the vigil to Sinatra’s burial spot every year to pay their respects. His plot at section B-8-151 is said to be lead-lined to foil grave robbers. Sinatra’s simple in-ground marker (which readsThe Best Is Yet to Come”) is often adorned with fresh cigarettes (Camels, his favorite brand), miniature bottles of Jack Daniels (his favorite booze), and dimes - which were a favorite giveaway of Sinatra’s as a reminder of tougher times. Flowers are placed on The Chairman’s grave twice weekly via an anonymous donor’s trust.

The surrounding grave site markers read like Frank’s personal history: Prizefighter father Anthony Martin Sinatra; philanthropist mother Natalie DollySinatra; Frank’s uncle Vincent Mazzola; lifelong friend and song composer Jimmy Van Heusen; and his personal bodyguard (later successful Palm Springs restauranteur) Jilly Rizzo. The grave sites of former Palm Springs mayor Sonny Bono, and other Hollywood names like Busby Berkeley, Betty Hutton, William Powell, and Dinah Shore are all found in Desert Memorial Park. Part of the Palm Springs Cemetery District, the panoramic park lies only 2.5 miles from the city limits of Palm Springs in neighboring Cathedral City.

Sinatra’s Golden Palm Star
123 North Palm Canyon Drive, Downtown
www.palmsprings.com/stars
(760) 416-5811
Free for the public to view

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars festooning the sidewalks of downtown debuted in 1992 as a way of honoring over 300 of the city’s most celebrated residents. (A palm tree icon is featured on each star, instead of the media symbols in The Hollywood Walk of Fame.) Over 2,000 people showed up when The Chairman of the Board arrived for his star’s dedication in 1994, just four years before he passed away. Sinatra’s star got a plum spot smack dab in front of what was then the entrance to the Desert Fashion Plaza mall (on the west side of Palm Canyon Drive between East Andreas Road and East Tahquitz Canyon Way). The spot is currently the construction site for the new downtown revitalization project. Ironically, Sinatra’s star is also where Chi-
Chi – the Midcentury Palm Springs nightclub of Hollywood’s elite - once stood. Every big name of the era headlined the legendary Chi-Chi at some point…all except for Sinatra.

STAY:
Twin Palms Estate
1148 East Alejo Road, Movie Colony neighborhood
(877) 318-2090
www.sinatrahouse.com

I was working on a Sunday,” Midcentury Modern master architect E. Stewart Williams told Vanity Fair magazine, and Frank Sinatra just walked in the door. He had a little white sailor hat on, and he had an ice-cream cone in his hand. He said, ‘I want to build a house.’ My only requirement is I want to be in by Christmas.’” That was in May, 1947, and by placing three construction crews on a 24-hours a day schedule, Williams had Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate ready for its inaugural New Year’s party. The architect dutifully followed the 31 year-old singer’s request for designs on a Georgian-style mansion. Williams was not only abhorred at the idea, but also fearful that a red-brick columned monstrosity in the desert could spell the end of his family’s firm. Fortunately, Sinatra agreed to a second set of designs Williams tactfully suggested to the singer, and a masterpiece of architecture was born. Surrounded by empty desert when it was built, Twin Palms derived its name from the front trees Sinatra hoisted his Jack Daniel flag up to announce cocktail hour to neighbors like Bing Crosby and Joe DiMaggio.

The 4,500 square-foot, four-bedroom, seven-bath,
low-slung, redwood-clad marvel acted as Sinatra’s primary residence from 1948 to 1957. Capitol Records installed a wall-sized recording unit for the singer’s use, and the estate’s pool is shaped like a baby grand piano (not intentionally, insisted architect E. Stewart Williams.) Twin Palms saw the end of his first marriage to Nancy, and a new wife by the name of Ava Gardner moving in. The entertainer once described himself as an 18-karat manic depressive,” and true to form, Twin Palms was the site of both sparkling Hollywood parties and full-throated private brawls. (The champagne bottle Ava threw at Frank’s head upon learning of his affair with Lana Turner is immortalized by the crack still visible on the master bathroom’s countertop.) Twin Palms played a major role as a gangster’s lavish desert hideout in the Joan Crawford vehicle The Damned Don't Cry (1950) - which is ironic, as Sinatra’s real-life houseguest list included Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana. Playwright Moss Hart rented Twin Palms from Sinatra so he and Judy Garland could work on the rewriting of A Star Is Born (1954) after Moss and Garland met here during a Sinatra dinner party. And Twin Palms’ pool was the setting of a heavy make-out session starring Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, as witnessed by Sinatra’s valet peering through the blinds.

In 2011, the Palm Springs city council voted unanimously to designate Twin Palms a
Class 1 Historic Site. The current owners restored the home to close to its original state, and have made it available for the public to rent for private parties, weddings, and photo/film shoots. By special arrangement, 45-minute guided tours for groups of 20 people or more can be scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, based on availability. Better yet, make Twin Palms your own private vacation rental for $2,600 a night, three-night minimum.

Riviera Palm Springs
1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Uptown
(760) 327-8311
www.psriviera.com

Upon its grand opening in 1959, the Riviera Palm Springs rivaled the best Las Vegas resorts of the era (and not to be confused with The Riviera in Vegas - a completely separate entity). With a whopping 24 acres, Riviera Palm Springs was by far the largest resort the desert had ever seen. The 398-room wagon-wheel shaped property was the brainchild of Irwin Schuman, the ambitious owner of Palm Springs’ celebrity-ridden nightclub
Chi-Chi. Elvis frequently headlined at the Riviera, and Schuman regularly utilized his Chi-Chi customers as Riviera entertainers - a list that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. The Rat Packers made the Riviera’s 1,000-seat oval-shaped Grand Ballroom theater their own, as they did the resort’s two-story, two-bedroom, 1,761 square-foot Presidential Suite. The site of epic Midcentury all-nighters, this impressive space now comes equipped with a private outdoor hot tub and fire pit on its expansive balconies overlooking the main pool.

Sinatra hosted a number of charity events and concerts at the Riviera through the years, and daughter Nancy Sinatra also performed concerts inside the Grand Ballroom. But by the time the 21st Century rolled around, Frank was sadly gone, as was the Riviera’s former grandeur. In fact, the place felt like a downright spring break flophouse. Fortunately, a $70 million makeover in 2008 rebooted the historic resort and brought it back to its original color-scheme and
glamorous five-star roots.

On New Year’s Eve 2015, Frank Sinatra, Jr. (the orchestra leader for his father) performed some of his father’s standards in the Grand Ballroom, and the Riviera has planned months of events over the 2015-2016 season to celebrate what would have been Ol' Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday.
When the pack left Hollywood Cool, they came to Palm Springs Hot” is the Riviera’s slogan.

And to honor The Chairman anytime of year, a wall-sized mural fashioned out of thousands of small coins depicts Sinatra gazing across the Riviera’s sparkling lobby lounge.
Even though it has been decades since Frank Sinatra’s last visit to the Riviera Palm Springs, his presence, charisma and charm is still very much felt at the property,” said Riviera’s former General Manager Marco Perry.

Other Properties with a Sinatra Tie-In:
Movie Colony Hotel
726 North Indian Canyon Drive, Movie Colony Neighborhood
(760) 320-6340
www.moviecolonyhotel.com
One of the very first structures designed by architect Albert Frey (a.k.a. “The Father of Desert Modernism”), this intimate 1935 hotel benefitted from a tasteful 2008 renovation. Of the property’s 17 rooms, ask for the Sinatra Suite - one of the poolside two-story townhouses where The Chairman resided while his Twin Palms estate was being constructed nearby. Its living room’s French doors open onto the pool area, and the upstairs king bedroom suite includes a spacious terrace. Be sure to try a Dean Martini during the complimentary happy hour.

Rendezvous
1420 North Indian Canyon Drive, Uptown
(760) 320-1178
www.palmspringsrendezvous.com

Originally opened in 1938 as The Mira Loma, this 10-room property enjoys a lush Hollywood history:
Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, and Gloria Swanson all stayed here. After an extensive nine-month renovation in 2008, the property relaunched as Rendezvous, displaying an unapologetic Midcentury retro theme with a retro pink and turquoise color palette. Gourmet spins on three-course American breakfasts are served to guests in the 1950s-style diner, and you’ll want to overnight in the gold-and-burgundy Crooners king suite with its gold-and rust- mosaic tiled two-person whirlpool tub. Slumber under Frank’s and his Rats’ gaze from the lush black-and-white framed photos adorning the walls.

The Palm Springs Hotel
2135 North Palm Canyon Drive, North Palm Springs
(760) 459-1255
www.thepalmspringshotel.com
The moniker Palm Springs Hotel has been attached to one local property or another since the town’s very first guest lodge used named that in 1887. But when the new Palm Springs Hotel opened in late 2014 in the up-and-coming area of North Palm Springs, it was actually the first time a local property had been called that in years. This stunning 15-room inn took over a year to refurbish, and it’s both futuristic-industrial and retro-chic at the same time. Classy use of stainless steel and playful angles complements the vintage Midcentury Modern architecture. Lovers of Ol' Blue Eyes have three room options (each with original artwork featuring Sinatra): The Frank & Dean one-bedroom California king suite; the Deluxe Sinatra California king patio suite; or the Deluxe Sinatra dual queen patio suite. Each have sleek Midcentury-style furnishings, luxury marble bathrooms, and private outdoor patios.

EAT:
The Purple Room
1900 East Palm Canyon Drive, South Palm Springs
(760) 322-4422
www.purpleroompalmsprings.com
Live musical performances on stage nightly. Open nightly at 4 PM, closed Monday

Legend has it this supper club at the Club Trinidad resort is where Sammy, Dino, and the original Rat Pack (known as
The Clan” or The Summit” by insiders) first performed together on stage. In the ‘70s, The Purple Room (then Martoni’s) employed Sinatra’s future personal chef Johnny Costa, and Sinatra chose this venue as the spot to pop the question and propose to his fourth wife Barbara Marx. So of all the desert hot spots The Chairman of the Board made into an extension of his own living room, the Purple Room holds the most personal ties. Former owner Bobby Riccio recounted: Sinatra usually arrived with an entourage, ordered steak and peppers, and stayed to watch the floor show. One time he flew in from Las Vegas with Bob Newhart and Don Rickles, just to eat dinner.” A huge black-and-white photo mural of Sinatra and Elvis performing a duet from a 1960 TV special looms large next to the stage and its signature purple curtains. The Purple Room Restaurant & Stage experienced a complete refurbishing prior to its reopening in 2013. The new owners are responsible for the success of Uptown’s favorite eatery Trio, and they’ve worked their retro-modern magic once again here. The supper club’s menu overflows with sumptuous throw-back dishes like St. Louis-style ribs with shrimp and goat cheese grits. The entertainment line-up includes frequent Rat Pack homage acts and Frank Sinatra tribute artists.

Melvyn's
200 West Ramon Road, Historic Tennis Club neighborhood
(760) 325-2323
www.inglesideinn.com/melvyns-restaurant
Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Brunch menu on Saturday/Sunday

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Sinatra frequented this elegant old-school restaurant and held a huge bash here the night before his wedding to Barbara Sinatra. (At the party’s conclusion, Ol' Blue Eyes utilized his bride’s new Rolls Royce in an unsuccessful attempt to run over two National Enquirer photographers in the restaurant’s driveway.) Adjoined to the 1920s-era Ingleside Inn, Melvyn’s is named after owner Mel Haber who still personally meets and greets his dinner guests. Peruse the walls, and you’ll spot plenty of photos of Mel alongside Sinatra (and alongside every other major Hollywood star who has eaten here). Smile nicely, and Mel might reveal where the “Sinatra Corner” is located, or perhaps the hidden basement wine cellar where The Chairman would hold private t
ête-à-têtes. (Fact: The singer absolutely forbade anyone but Melvyn’s staff approaching him here. When Mr. Sinatra came into the dining room, everything stopped. Silence came over this room,” recounted Brian Ellis, Melvyn’s fixture maître d’ for over three decades.) Steak Diane is prepared directly at your table - the way Sinatra himself liked it. Flaming classics like cherries jubilee, crepes suzette, or bananas flambé also enjoy table-side presentation. After dinner, head to the adjacent Casablanca Lounge, with its restored 1895 carved oak and mahogany bar. Head towards the back of the parlor (where Frank sat) to enjoy the live jazz nightly while sipping a Sidecar (Frank’s favorite drink here), whipped up by longtime bartender Mark Myrick (Frank’s number-one pourer). And don’t miss snagging a commemorative Sinatra cocktail napkin on your way out!

Johnny Costa’s
440 South Palm Canyon Drive, Downtown
(760) 325-4556
www.johnnycostaspalmsprings.com
Open nightly at 5 PM, closed Sunday
A cornerstone of the desert’s dining scene for over four decades, the Naples-born Johnny Costa opened this Italian restaurant while working as Sinatra’s personal chef. (And Frank was known to be an incredibly exact food critic!) So it’s no wonder you’ll find on the menu two of his former employer’s favorite dishes: linguini with clams from New Zealand in red or white wine sauce, and “Steak Sinatra” consisting of pan-seared New York Black Angus strips sautéed with garlic, mushrooms and bell peppers. Johnnys son Vince carries on the family tradition as the romantic restaurant’s head chef. In honor of Frank’s upcoming 100th birthday, Johnny Costa’s is serving a Chairman of the Board” cocktail with a special edition of Sinatra’s favorite, Jack Daniels.

DRINK:
Purple Palm Restaurant
Colony Palms Hotel
572 North Indian Canyon Drive, Uptown
(760) 969-1800
www.colonypalmshotel.com
Reputed mobster and Purple Gang member Al Wertheimer opened the Spanish Colonial style Colony Palms Hotel in 1936, and hosted an illegal gambling hall in its basement. The 56-room property resurrected in 2007 after a $16 million renovation by Million Dollar Decorators star Martyn Lawrence Bullard. The hotel’s poolside Purple Palm Restaurant is a tip of the hat to the Al and his gang, and its bar’s signature drink is the lavender mojito. Wooden beams, French doors, and indigo walls with palm tree silhouettes adorn the small patio bar/lounge, where Humphrey Bogart & Bacall and Gable & Lombard all knocked ‘em back. But its Frank, Dino, Sammy, and that gang who helped make this quiet bar infamous. During the month of December, Purple Palms will salute The Chairman with a special Frank Sinatra cocktail (made with Jack Daniels, his fav) an “Old Hollywood” pre-fixe menu.

Caliente Tropics
411 E. Palm Canyon Drive, South Palm Springs
(760) 327-1391
www.calientetropics.com

Opened in 1964, the 90-room Caliente Tropics stands as the surviving example of
vintage Desert Polynesia,” a Midcentury tropical style Palm Springs made all her own. The King and The Chairman of the Board (Elvis and Sinatra) and their respective Memphis Mafia/Rat Pack entourages would often retreat to the privacy of the Caliente Tropics’ invitation-only Wine Cellar bar which adjoined a purple-infused rainforest restaurant called The Congo Room - both long since gone. But downing a mai tai next to the largest hotel pool in Palm Springs while soaking up the resort’s glorious kitsch puts you directly back into The Rat Pack era.


 


Bootlegger Tiki
1101 North Palm Canyon Drive, Uptown
(760) 318-4154
www.bootleggertiki.com
Opens at 4 PM daily. Happy hour 7 days a week
The Sunset Towers in Uptown served as the setting for the tiki bar called Don the Beachcomber - you’ll know it by the three distinct Midcentury-style tiki poles jutting high up at the corner of the building. Opened in 1953, Don the Beachcomber was modeled after its celeb-heavy namesake in Hollywood, and the Palm Springs location was just as starstruck. But its desert locale is where Frank regularly ordered his favorite cocktail, Navy Grog. The former Don the Beachcomber space lay empty for years until Bootlegger Tiki took it over in late 2014. Featuring some of the original hand-crafted cocktails invented by former bootlegger Ernest Gantt (a.k.a. Donn Beach), the small hideaway has a speakeasy-meets-beach-hut vibe, with low lighting via the pufferfish pendant lamps and lauhala thatched walls interspersed with panels of red-velvet, Chinese-print wallpaper. Rat Pack music often floats overhead, and come Wednesdays when cocktails are served in large coconuts. Ernest Coffee next door shares the same owners and the same mountain-view patio as Bootlegger Tiki, and when the lounge opens daily at 4 PM, the coffee shop simultaneously transitions into a wine bar as well. 

ELVIS PRESLEY

SEE:
Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway
1350 Ladera Circle, Vista Las Palmas neighborhood
(760) 322-1192
www.elvishoneymoon.com
Twice-daily tours at 1 PM and 3:30 PM - $30 per person



Designed by Midcentury Modern master architect William Krisel, this 1960 home was originally built as the private residence of
Robert Alexander (part of a father-son development company that constructed over 2,000 Midcentury houses in Palm Springs). No Elvis desert pilgrimage is complete without stopping by this historic structure, which The King leased for nearly a year. The Honeymoon Hideaway got its moniker in 1967, after Elvis carried his 21 year-old bride Priscilla up its steep lily-pad walkway upon returning from their Vegas wedding. The 5,500-square-foot house is in four concentric circles spanning three stories, with not one square room. Resembling a UFO more than a home, “Elvis loved the architecture” according to Priscilla Presley. The current owners restored the Honeymoon Hideaway’s interiors back to their vintage style, including the 60-foot crescent sofa wrapped along a stone wall and the circular master bedroom with its gaudy pink bed (where Lisa Marie was most certainly conceived). Besides daily guided tours, the property hosts a number of annual Elvis-themed concerts and events. (Important note: The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway is currently on the market for $7 million and any new owner could opt to end public access - so tour it now before it’s too late!)

“Rat Pack Playground” Walking Tour
www.palmspringshistoricalsociety.net
(760) 323-8297
2-hour guided tours of Vista Las Palmas neighborhood
Tuesdays at 9:30AM, late October through late May
$18 per person
The excellent docents at The Palm Springs Historical Society reveal Midcentury Modern celebrity homes in historic Vista Las Palmas during their “Rat Pack Playground” walking tours. Besides the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, you’ll see where Dean Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Kim Novak, and many other stars frolicked in the desert and hear the trendy neighborhood’s star-studded stories.

Graceland West
845 West Chino Canyon, Little Tuscany neighborhood
www.elvispresleypalmsprings.com
Interior not open to the public

From 1970 until his death seven years later, Elvis owned this Spanish Colonial ranch house and recorded nine songs inside its stucco walls. It was originally commissioned by the Jergens family (of lotion fame) and designed in 1946 by Albert Frey (the father of Desert Modern architecture). Elvis purchased the house from Ray Kroc (of McDonald’s fast food fame) and added 2,000 square feet on to the five-bedroom, seven-bath house. Priscilla, Lisa Marie, and Elvis lived here for three years before the couple divorced. Historical rumor has it that The King sunbathed nude by the pool here and utilized the place as a love nest. After Elvis’ death, singer Frankie Valli owned the property. Although its interiors are adorned with Elvis memorabilia, the hillside home has never been open to the general public. Its full exterior is easily visible from the street, including the chimney’s tasteful metal art installation of Elvis’
silhouette forever gazing across the desert horizon.

Elvis’ Star on The Palm Springs Walk of Stars
100 South Palm Canyon Drive, Downtown
www.palmsprings.com/stars
(760) 416-5811
Free for the public to view
The Palm Springs Walk of Stars along downtown’s sidewalks honors over 300 of the city’s celebrated residents, both past and present. (A palm tree icon is featured on each star, instead of the media symbols in The Hollywood Walk of Fame.) Two years after Palm Springs initiated these sidewalk dedications in 1992, The King’s star was granted a plum spot smack dab in front of the historic Welwood Murray Memorial Library (on the southeast corner of South Palm Canyon Drive and East Tahquitz Canyon Drive).

Elvis’ Leather Jacket, Police Badge, and Gun Records at The Hard Rock Hotel
150 South Indian Canyon Drive, Downtown
www.hrhpalmsprings.com
(760) 325-9676
Free for the public to view

When the
163-room Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs opened in October of 2013, rock and roll memorabilia from superstars who were linked to Palm Springs were carefully chosen from the “Rock Vault” warehouse in Orlando, Florida. Of the 75-plus historical objects on display throughout the resort, Elvis fans will want to scope out the Hard Rock’s huge open lobby. It’s here you’ll find The King’s leather biker jacket from the 1960s, framed along with a badge given to Elvis by the Palm Springs Police Department, making him an honorary Captain. (Elvis’ collection of officers’ badges included one from the Bureau of Narcotics, which President Nixon infamously bestowed to the pill-popping addicted singer.) And in true bizarre Elvis style, also on display are firearms records for 15 guns Presley purchased in the early 1970s from the Frontier Gun Shop in Palm Springs (and which he used to hunt desert rabbits).



STAY:
The Riviera Palm Springs
1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Uptown
(760) 327-8311
www.psriviera.com
Before Elvis purchased his own home in the desert, he and his “Memphis Mafia” posse would often stay at The Riviera. Here, the superstar could hide out in relative privacy between playing gigs at the resort’s 1,000-seat Grand Ballroom - an oval theater with a built-in stage, nine enormous chandeliers, and 19,670 square feet of space. The Riviera rivaled Las Vegas resorts upon its opening in 1959, and with 24 acres it was by far the largest resort Palm Springs had ever seen up until then. It was all the brainchild of Irwin Schuman, the ambitious owner of Palm Springs’ legendary celebrity nightclub Chi-Chi. Besides frequently featuring Elvis as a headliner at The Riviera, Schuman utilized his Hollywood contacts to book Rat Packers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. on a regular basis, as well as future Palm Springs mayor Sonny Bono (along with then-wife Cher, of course). By the time the 21st Century rolled around, The Riviera had slid so far downhill it resembled a low-rent motorlodge. That all changed in 2008, when The Riviera’s new owners unveiled a stellar $70-million renovation three years in the making which restored the resort’s original color scheme, layout, and overall sparkling grandeur.

Caliente Tropics
411 E. Palm Canyon Drive, South Palm Springs
(760) 327-1391
www.calientetropics.com
The island-style Caliente Tropics Hotel opened in 1964 as one of several tiki-inspired roadside properties owned by millionaire motelier Ken Kimes. It’s no coincidence that same year Gilligan’s Island debuted on TV, and the singing birds of The Enchanted Tiki Room were barely a year old. This was the high-water mark of America’s pop romance with all things “tiki” - a style that had less to do with actual Pacific cultures and more to do with Disneyland’s technicolor ideal. The deserts of Palm Springs seem like the last place on Earth that tiki culture would take root, but the arid vacation town was in fact a national leader in the style as early as the 1940s - mainly thanks to the notoriety of the tropically-themed celebrity nightclub Chi-Chi (with its topless “native girl” logo). By the time Caliente Tropics debuted two decades later, Palm Springs had developed its very own version of Midcentury tiki style dubbed “Desert Polynesia.” Multiple tiki-themed resorts, restaurants, and bars peppered the desert, but the 90-room Caliente Tropics and its huge thatched A-frame entrance was one of the most iconic. Elvis had three Hawaii-themed films under his belt by 1965, the year he began hanging out with his entourage at Caliente Tropics. The King and The Rat Pack would often retreat to the privacy of the resort’s somewhat-secret invitation-only Wine Cellar bar next to a purple-infused rainforest restaurant called The Congo Room. A renovation in 2000 followed by a $2.2 million property overhaul in 2011 sadly demolished the secret cellar and purple eatery. Two new annual tiki-themed retro festivals in Palm Springs now attract thousands of visitors and have kickstarted a full revival of Desert Polynesia, which is finally getting the respect and recognition it never really looked for in the first place. Caliente Tropics with its thatched palapa cabanas, gas-lit outdoor torches, faux-Polynesian room decor, and dead stares from huge tiki statues, still stands strong as the sole survivor from a bygone era. The gloriously kitschy hotel hosts the popular Desert Polynesia weekend festival, Tiki Caliente [www.tiki-caliente.com], each May.

Rendezvous
1420 North Indian Canyon Drive, Uptown
(760) 320-1178
www.palmspringsrendezvous.com

Originally opened in 1938 as The Mira Loma, this 10-room property enjoys a lush Hollywood history: Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, and Gloria Swanson all stayed here. After an extensive nine-month renovation in 2008, the property relaunched as Rendezvous displaying a Midcentury retro theme. The communal dining room looks more like a small 1950s diner, and the property embraces a retro pink and turquoise color palette. The King never spent the night here, but Elvis fans will feel right at home in the Shake, Rattle ’n’ Roll suite with its array of wall portraits, paintings, and historical photographs of Mr. Presley. A California king size bed (of course) looks on to a working brick fireplace, but the unit’s real draw is the black, white, and red two-person whirlpool tub with shower. And in the adjoining room is a private massage table for guests’ use. If you’re a food lover the way Elvis was, you’ll appreciate the gourmet on-site cooking here with three-course breakfasts and freshly-baked evening goodies.

Viva Palm Springs
1824 South Mesa Drive, The Mesa neighborhood
(760) 650-0150
www.acmehouseco.com
Built in 1958 and completely restored in 2012, this stucco-exterior vacation house rental is located in an upscale South Palm Springs neighborhood called The Mesa. The three-bedroom, three-bath home easily sleeps eight guests - and that’s not including Elvis, who could be considered the ninth. That’s because an enormous wall-sized photographic mural of a jumpsuited Presley in concert creates the focal point of the open-plan living room. The rental oozes with quality, right down to the quartz countertops, Carrara marble floors, shiny stainless steel appliances, an integrated sound system throughout the property, a horseshoe playing field and hammock, and heated saltwater pool.

EAT:
Purple Room
1900 East Palm Canyon Drive, South Palm Springs
(760) 322-4422
www.purpleroompalmsprings.com

Legend has it that this Palm Springs supper club and performance venue is where “The Rat Pack” first performed. It was a favorite Sinatra hangout, and there’s a huge black-and-white photo mural of Ole’ Blue Eyes and The King singing a duet from a 1960 TV special next to the stage and its signature purple curtains. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. were known to leap up on to the Purple Room’s stage for impromptu numbers, so it’s not a stretch to assume Frank’s pal and fellow part-time local Elvis joined them on occasion. The Purple Room experienced a complete refurbishing before its reopening in 2013. The new owners are responsible for Trio restaurant in Uptown becoming such a hit, and they’ve worked their retro-modern magic once again here. The Purple Room’s throw-back menu is sumptuous (think St. Louis-style ribs with shrimp and goat cheese grits), while the entertainment line-up is a hoot (with world-renowned Elvis tribute artists frequently as headliners).

Original
Las Casuelas
368 North Palm Canyon Drive, Downtown
(760) 325-3213
www.theoriginallascasuelas.com
After a 1963 interview in which Presley allegedly made racist comments towards Mexicans (later proved to be fabricated by the press), large-scale anti-Elvis riots erupted south of the border. The truth is that Presley was quite fond of Mexico; was one of the first megastars to sing rock songs in Spanish; and absolutely adored shoveling back Mexican food. So it’s noteworthy that Elvis’ favorite Mexican restaurant was Las Casuelas in Palm Springs. The family-owned eatery remains in the same exact downtown spot since its opening in 1958, and desert history seeps through its unaltered menu and decor. The booth where Elvis felt most at home is in a corner next to the kitchen - you’ll know it by the ceramic cat. The King’s favorite meal here? Combo Plate #1: shredded beef tacos, beef enchilada, and chile relleno - substituting refried beans with Memphis-style beans - and washing it all down with a large iced tea.

Sherman’s Deli & Bakery
401 Tahquitz Way, Downtown
(760) 325-1199
www.shermansdeli.com
The most famous deli in the desert, Sherman’s has been a Palm Springs institution since opening in 1953. This kosher-style old-school diner (with its sandwich board numbering almost fifty entries) is still owned and operated by Sherman Harris along with his son and daughter. According to the old timers, Elvis and entourage used to sit at the table facing a Paul Blaine Henrie painting of The King along the restaurant’s back wall. Elvis’ favorite menu item? A hot pastrami sandwich, thank you very much. But no word on whether he preferred said sandwich served with tongue (the #2), with Swiss cheese (the #3), with chopped liver (the #6), with sliced turkey (the #12), or just simply New York Style…and those just scratch the surface on Sherman’s seemingly never-ending menu choices.

ANNUAL ELVIS EVENTS:
Note: All the events below are held at the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway www.elvishoneymoon.com in the historic Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs.
Event ticket prices include a guided tour of the house, informal talks by people personally connected to Presley, and an Elvis tribute artist and others performing mini concerts right on the property.
For more info or to purchase tickets, go to www.elvishoneymoon.com.

- Elvis’ Birthday Tribute, 
January 4th

- Weekend with The King, 
First weekend in May

- Honoring Elvis…Tribute to The King of Rock, 
August 22nd annually

- Elvis Halloween Contest, 
October 31st annually

-
Rock-A-Holly Christmas, Varying dates in December

LUCILLE BALL
SEE:
“Golden Era - Hollywood Homes in Old Las Palmas” Walking Tour
2.5-hour guided tours of Old Las Palmas neighborhood
Wednesdays at 9:30AM, late October through late May
$18 per person
(760) 323-8297
www.palmspringshistoricalsociety.net
The excellent docents at The Palm Springs Historical Society reveal the historic Old Las Palmas neighborhood, one of the highest concentrations of star-studded addresses in the world. You’ll hear stories about how the stars let their hair down here in the pre-TMZ Golden Age of Classic Hollywood. You’ll spot the former abodes of Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, Gene Autry, and many more. Lucy fans take note of Samuel Goldwyn’s Spanish-style estate (at 334 West Hermosa Place) which the MGM studio head owned from the late 1940s to early 1960s. Goldwyn would lease or lend his desert getaway to those he wanted to impress or caress. That list included Lucy and Desi, who stayed here in 1954 while Midcentury Master architect Paul R. Williams was overseeing final construction on their nearby Rancho Mirage home (20241 Club View Drive), located near the 17th fairway of the then brand-new Thunderbird Country Club. Around the corner from Goldwyn’s digs in Las Palmas, you’ll also spot Lucy and Desi’s personal (and apocryphal) estate on North Prescott Drive. The property is now a private colony of four spectacular post-and-beam glass villas built in 2004 as the last project designed by the late Midcentury Master architect Donald Wexler.


The Lucy Ricardo Bench
100 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Downtown
(In front of Coffee Bean)
Free and open to public
When Ukrainian immigrant Emmanuil Snitkovsky first visited Hollywood in the 1980s, he was surprised he found no official statues or monuments to the town’s icons. Trained in bronze and figure sculpting under the Soviets, Snitkovsky cast his first life-sized celebrity statue in 1989. His lifelike version of Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp sat on the grounds of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for years. Other commissions followed, and in 1995, Lucille Ball became the first Hollywood celebrity to see herself bronzed for public display in Palm Springs. (Discounting the local statues of former city mayors Bogert and Farrell, both ex-actors.) Sculptor Emmanuil enlisted the help of his artist wife Janet to recreate America’s famous redhead in her role as “Lucy Ricardo” from I Love Lucy.
Lucy lounges upon a wooden bench in front of the Coffee Bean on the corner of Tahquitz Way and Palm Canyon Drive. She gazes over the intersection where the real Ms. Ball waved from a convertible as the Queen of the 1963 Desert Circus Parade. Although some fans say the statue doesn’t resemble Ms. Ball at all, this piece of art never stirred up the controversy that the “Scary Lucy” statue in her New York hometown did. In fact, Snitkovsky’s rendition of Lucy - purposely scaled slightly larger than life - earned him the honors of casting both of the Sonny Bono likenesses in the city of Palm Springs in 2001-2002. (One found at downtown’s Mercado Plaza, one at the Sonny Bono Concourse of the Palm Springs Airport.)

Indian Canyons Golf Resort
1097 East Murray Canyon Drive, Indian Canyons neighborhood
(760) 833-8700
www.indiancanyonsgolf.com
Year-round tee times
Open to the public
In October of 1961, Palm Springs Mayor Frank Bogert called on his BFF Lucy and her comedian husband Gary Morton to help him with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Canyon Country Club and its championship 18-hole North Course. (The four-term desert mayor and America’s favorite redhead were lifelong pals, having first met in the 1930s at an acting class run by Ginger Rogers’ mother.) Later renamed the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, the 550-acre facility cost nearly $160 million in today’s dollars and was the largest Indian land lease in American history up to that point. The Midcentury modern architectural team of Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison designed the resort’s posh clubhouse, a star-studded hangout for the Rat Pack and other big Hollywood names of the era. Wexler and Harrison also designed a number of the custom homes surrounding the Indian Canyon Golf Resort’s fairway, and Walt Disney later owned a number of houses in the vicinity. Uncle Walt also donated the club’s centerpiece copper-lily fountain that jets water 100 feet up into the desert skies.
Three U.S. presidents have teed off at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, and enough Hollywood stars to fill a galaxy of golf greens - including Lucy herself. Miss Ball played here alongside Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin during The Frank Sinatra Open Invitational. This historical oddball of a PGA Tour event only occurred once in 1963. The four-day celebrity golf tournament was the first of its kind, and glamorously climaxed with a black-tie gala at the Riviera Palm Springs’ ballroom (a past performance venue for Desi and his orchestra).
In a 1966 episode of “The Lucy Show,” the henna-red comedienne sojourns to Palm Springs with her new roommate Carol Burnett to take part in the Palm Springs Golf Classic (and of course try to work their way into its entertainment line-up). The script was a plug for Lucy’s good friend who had then recently taken over hosting the tournament and renamed it The Bob Hope Desert Classic.
 

STAY:
The Lucy House
1194 North Via Miraleste, Movie Colony neighborhood
(888) 333-1975
www.facebook.com/TheLucyHouse
www.luxevh.com/home/lucy-house
Historical Hollywood gossip tells of the time when Groucho Marx first introduced a young redhead to Palm Springs, spending a weekend alone with her at his desert hideaway (as he was known to do with many an innocent starlet). Who knows if Lucy ever did stay with Groucho at his Movie Colony house, but she did end up landing a plum role in the 1938 Marx Brothers film Room Service. As irony would have it, Groucho’s former Palm Springs abode is now known as The Lucy House. Desi and Lucy frequently used this stunning 1930s hacienda-style estate as a vacation home from the mid-1940s up to the mid ‘50s, when the couple moved permanently to nearby Rancho Mirage. The sprawling 2,800 square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house includes a separate guest casita and one of Palm Springs’ very first private swimming pools. The property allowed the married couple some privacy while still keeping them within a stone’s throw of the elite Hollywood social circles at the El Mirador Hotel just across the street (now the Desert Regional Medical Center).
The Lucy House is now available as a vacation rental which easily sleeps ten people. Each bedroom’s French doors open up to a spacious Spanish back courtyard with its pool, above-ground spa, enormous fountain, wood-burning fireplace, outdoor bar, and dining table seating up to ten comfortably. The home’s interiors are punctuated by wood-beam ceilings, stained-glass windows, Saltillo tilework, 1940s-era chandeliers, and a fully-upgraded gourmet kitchen with SubZero refrigerator, three dishwashers, and three sinks. Needless to say, this makes for the ultimate private party pad for Lucy fans. In the front powder room you’ll find a slew of lipstick smooches guests have left behind as a sweet homage to lovable Lucy.

The Andalusian Court
458 West Arenas Road, Historical Tennis Club District
(760) 323-9980
www.theandalusiancourt.com
The tasteful and lush Andalusian Court operated as the El Poco Lodge vacation apartments from the 1940s up until its award-winning makeover in 2002. Originally a private residence, some of the property’s buildings date back to 1921, making it one of the oldest addresses in Palm Springs. Renovations gloriously resurrected the small inn’s original Spanish Colonial Revival architectural roots. The eight-villa property is part of Palm Springs’ Historical Tennis Club District, where Midcentury celebrities stayed and played. Actors Vic Morrow (Bad News Bears) and Victor Mature (Samson and Delilah) each preferred Villa 4, the same unit Lucy and Desi are said to have slept in more than once in the 1950s. Legend has it that Desi Arnaz, Jr. took his first baby steps here on the villa’s patio in 1953. A painted portrait of Ms. Ball hangs over the fireplace in the 650 square-foot unit’s sitting room, next to its antique California Mission-style couch. (Even though she’s gone, there’s still a part of her here,” say The Andalusian Courts owners of Lucy.)
The villa’s atmosphere oozes romance with arched entryways, slated flooring, a private back patio with Jacuzzi bath tub and fire pit, a wrought iron frame around the queen-sized bed, and Tiffany lamps on the nightstands. As a former apartment unit, the villa comes with a full-fledged kitchen - although most guests opt for food delivery arranged by the staff through the local gourmet store Jensen’s. Guests can also enjoy picking fruit off the citrus trees surrounding the property’s sun-drenched pool, located in the inn’s quiet meditation garden (a popular wedding venue).

EAT:
Melvyn's
200 West Ramon Road, Historic Tennis Club neighborhood
(760) 325-2323
www.inglesideinn.com/melvyns-restaurant
Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week
Brunch menu on Saturday/Sunday
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015, this historic restaurant adjoins the 1920s-era Ingleside Inn and was a favorite haunt of Lucy’s in her later years. During that time, she and second husband Gary Morton resided in a Midcentury Modern home at Rancho Mirage’s Thunderbird Country Club (which Desi helped co-found). Lucy and Desi had moved their family there in 1954 during I Love Lucy’s initial run, and soon after opened the nearby Desi Arnaz Western Hills Hotel (now Indian Wells Resort Hotel).
Lucy and Gary lived only fifteen minutes from Melvyn’s restaurant, and during the late 1970s and early ‘80s the comedian couple dined here twice-weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Their meals at Melvyn’s, however, became less frequent after fans and paparazzi caught on to their schedule and ensuing throngs curtailed their visits. Every Hollywood star of yesteryear dined at Melvyn’s at one time or another, based upon a recent John Travolta sighting, they still do. The cozy eatery is named after owner Mel Haber who still personally meets and greets his dinner guests. If you carefully peruse the restaurant’s walls, you’ll spot photos of Mel alongside a smiling sun-glassed Lucy. After a dinner of Steak Diane and bananas flambé - both prepared right at your table by the old-school waitstaff - head to the adjacent Casablanca Lounge and its restored 1895 carved oak and mahogany bar. Here, you can enjoy the nightly live jazz music just a Ms. Ball did so many moons ago.

DRINK:
Bootlegger Tiki
1101 North Palm Canyon Drive, Uptown
(760) 318-4154
www.bootleggertiki.com
Opens at 4 PM daily
Happy hour 7 days a week
Lucy has always loved Palm Springs: The Desert Sun newspaper recorded her visiting on a regular basis as early as the 1930s. In 1938, the since-demolished Palm Springs Hotel reopened with a South Seas cocktail lounge named The Luau. Here, Lucy and other celebrities enjoyed colorful drinks amid bamboo, shells, and shark teeth. Lucy’s love of Desert Polynesia style carried over into her time with Desi. IN 1954 when Palm Springs’ tiki eatery Don the Beachcomber was not even a year old, Lucy and Desi could be found here dining with actor Gordon MacRae (star of the 1950s movie musicals Carousel and Oklahoma!). Don the Beachcomber was modeled after its celeb-heavy namesake in Hollywood, where Ms. Ball later wined and dined her co-stars after each episode of her 1960s TV series Here’s Lucy wrapped.
Don the Beachcomber’s former space in Palm Springs lay empty for years until late 2014, when Bootlegger Tiki took it over. Featuring original hand-crafted cocktails invented by former bootlegger Ernest Gantt (a.k.a. Donn Beach), this small hideaway lounge basks in the same speakeasy-meets-beach-hut vibe that previously drew Lucy to this exact spot. Think low lighting via pufferfish pendant lamps and lauhala thatched walls with panels of red-velvet Chinese-print wallpaper. Midcentury tunes and reggae music float overhead, and Wednesdays are when Bootlegger Tiki’s speciality cocktails are served inside actual coconuts with drinking straws. Ernest Coffee next door shares the same owners and the same mountain-view patio as Bootlegger Tiki, and when the cocktail lounge opens at 4 PM daily, the coffee shop simultaneously transitions into a wine bar as well.

EVENTS
Palm Springs Jump!
The Purple Room
1900 East Palm Canyon Drive, South Palm Springs
(760) 322-4422
www.facebook.com/PalmSpringsJumpwww.purpleroompalmsprings.com
Performances monthly, year-round
Since November of 2014, the musical revue “Palm Springs Jump!” has lit up the historic stage of The Purple Room in South Palm Springs on a monthly basis. This supper club at the Club Trinidad resort is where Sammy, Dino, and the original Rat Pack (known as The Clan” or The Summit” by insiders) first performed together on stage. The Purple Room also hosted performances by The King himself, and a huge black-and-white photo mural of Sinatra and Elvis performing a duet looms large above to the stage and its signature purple curtains. It’s not a stretch to imagine Desi Arnaz and his orchestra belting out “Babalú” here too.
But imagining all that is a lot easier with Palm Springs Jump! This new variety show pays tribute to the legendary stars who resided in the desert when it was the sandbox play space for old Hollywood. Palm Springs Jump! constantly rotates its line-up of tribute performances with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and other Midcentury stars. Impersonations of longtime desert dwellers Lucy and Desi feature regularly in the revue - particularly around Lucy’s birthday in mid-October and for a special holiday tribute to I Love Lucy around Christmastime. Each member of the ensemble has been professionally performing in concert, theatre, cabaret, and bands nationwide for over 25 years, and the show is a slick production but with lots of local heart and soul.
Since moving back to her childhood environs of Rancho Mirage in 2014, Lucy and Desi’s daughter Lucie Arnaz has been making the rounds at desert theaters, performing her show honoring her father’s Latino musical roots. So don’t be surprised if you see her name on The Purple Room’s calendar in the future!

Comments:

  • David Rimmer Friday, October 16, 2015 13:08 PM

    The richness and kitchness of the cultural history of Palm Springs is a gold mine. Thanks for this amazing introduction!

  • BUD BRICKELL Friday, October 16, 2015 14:36 PM

    What a place to go & see. Once in a lifetime chance to see the history as is was.

  • Elizabeth Friday, October 16, 2015 16:04 PM

    I have never been to Palm Spring's. Maybe I will get there some day. When I travel from Canada!

  • keith henry Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:45 AM

    it sure is a great place and would love to return.

  • Norma Lehr Sunday, October 18, 2015 16:32 PM

    Mystery novel: Number 2 in my series was researched while I stayed at the CALIENTE TROPICS. Can't wait to revisit Palm Springs.

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