If you’ve read my previous posts, you will know about my love affair with Palm Springs and its easy vibe and beautiful architecture. There is nothing quite like the warmth of that desert sun.

We almost went to Coachella this year, a favourite band of mine and my husbands were playing the festival on the Friday evening and the plan was to drive down, watch them play and then hotfoot it back to Pasadena afterwards. Things didn’t go accordingly, so we decided to go and have couple of days in the desert after the festival had finished ( and prices returned to normal for hotels!) to celebrate our 14 year wedding anniversary. 

As you head into Palm Springs, one of the first architectural landmarks you’ll see is the old Palm Springas Aerial Tramway gas station, now the visitor centre. The structure and the angles make for an impressive sight as you drive by.

We usually rent a mid century home, but as we were only staying for a couple of nights, we decided to stay at the Ace Hotel in South Palm Springs.  There is a “pool scene”, but straight after Coachella, it was relatively quiet and perfect for a chilled couple of days by the pool listening to the cool tunes playing.  There are plenty of shaded areas to sit outside and you can eat al fresco or in the Kings Highway diner. 

There is nothing quite like lazing in the early evening sunshine with the San Jacinto mountains at close quarters.

We stayed in a patio room, which was spacious, but minimally furnished in that pared back  cool,  with a hint of an industrial vibe style . The record player was a fun addition.

In keeping with the desert hues, I like to bring my favourite patterned and colourful pieces with me. I keep fabrics soft , light and flowing, as desert temperatures can remain high, even at night. A robe dress is perfect for injecting a little night time glamour, but is light and airy enough to keep you from overheating. I tend to go for flat sandals too, the scene here is casual cool.

Any trip to Palm Springs isn’t complete without a visit to the iconic Parker Hotel. Walk through the impressive orange doors into the Jonathon Adler imagined decor.Feast your eyes on the authentic and beautiful furnishings, featuring a mix of old and new.

Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch at Normas is a must do and if you eat a vegan based diet, like me,  they will happily cater to that. The tofu scramble was delicious. The staff are always incredibly friendly and helpful too, 

There are all manner of gorgeous seating areas, just asking for a photo op!!!

The huge “DRUGS” sign is always a favourite picture taking spot.Although you can no longer wander through the grounds unless you are a guest, you can lounge awhile in the lobby area.  

Blue skies, swaying palms, stunning architecture and a cool, desert vibe, I’m already dreaming of my next visit to Palm Springs. When will you go?




Happy Friday.



2 thoughts to “Desert Modernists

  • Karen

    Great blog Max… really felt like I was there! So glad you shared this. xx

    • admin

      Thanks Karen,xx


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