Palm Springs Redux


MY WHIRLWIND TRIP TO PALM SPRINGS on assignment for Endless Vacation magazine took place the week before last, though it seems forever ago. I’ve been bouncing around since — from Long Island, where I packed up two-thirds of my furnishings and turned my cottage in Springs over to renters for at least the next year (and am inching forward on the purchase of another property), and my apartment in Brooklyn, where I’m coming to terms again with life in two rooms. The warm sun and crystalline air of southern Cali are a distant memory, but I feel compelled to post more photos before I resume blogging about life on the East Coast.


I certainly enjoyed waking up each morning to the view, above, from the Hideaway, a low-key inn in a 1947 compound formerly known as the Town & Desert Hotel

You see, professional travel journalist here left an important gold mesh bag on her dining table when she departed at 5AM for LaGuardia Airport [slaps self upside the head]. In the bag: my camera battery and charger and the cord that enables me to download photos to my laptop. Once again, it was iPhone to the rescue; at least I was able to do one blog post from there, though the photos hardly did the place justice. I did have the camera itself with me, and I used it, sparingly, to the full extent of its battery power, capturing some of Palm Springs’ exceptional mid-20th-century architecture and the vintage-inspired hotels and design shops that have blossomed around them.

Herewith, a few more images from the trip.

Below, houses in the Las Palmas neighborhood by the enormously influential developer Robert Alexander.




Below, three of seven surviving all-steel houses by architect Donald Wexler, c. 1962




Below, Hedge, a shop in nearby Cathedral City whose owners can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. Their taste in mid-century art and design is impeccable.



A grouping of Danish pottery at JPDenmark, below, which shares strip-mall space with Hedge and several multi-dealer vintage modern shops


At the trendy Ace Hotel, below, scooters at the ready



Below, Norma’s, a popular brunch spot at the Parker and public spaces decorated by the inimitable Jonathan Adler






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4 Responses to Palm Springs Redux

  1. Harriet says:


  2. Astor C says:

    Awesome pix. Amazing how those houses are so perfectly integrated into the stark desert scenery and then landscaped so fittingly. A breathe of fresh air compared to the McMansions, inevitably built right at the top of a hill, shouting look at how 1% I am…

  3. fran says:

    gorgeous pictures as always. I think I need to move this destination up a rung on my list of must-visits. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, once again!

  4. Julia Mack says:

    I, too, love the shots of the mid-century homes–the zig-zag white awning and the floor to ceiling windows scream Palm Springs but would stand out anywhere.

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