Friday, February 2, 2007

Palm Springs Savant speaks...

As a Palm Springs Savant, its my job to share some fascinating and useless information about our beautiful desert.

Palm Springs is a world-renowned city with the culture of a large city combined with the relaxing desert atmosphere. It serves as a peaceful retreat to escape from the daily grind of working life elsewhere.

Located at the base of Mount San Jacinto, one of Southern California’s most magnificent mountains, it has retained the ‘30s,‘40s and ‘50s charm that established it as a recreational destination and Hollywood star hideaway.

Palm Springs is enjoying a renewed appreciation in classic mid-century modern style, with authentic new mid-century construction, and the restoration of mid-century structures from its heyday. The concentration of mid-century structures is not commonly seen elsewhere, and adds an air of contemporary sophistication to the Palm Springs landscape.

The city boasts a plethora of antique resale shops, which now serve as a destination to interior designers seeking authentic modern furnishings. A new generation of year-round residents, as well as an influx of weekend hipsters from LA, San Diego and as far away as Chicago and Denver are reveling in the desert resort lifestyle. This, along with the return of young Hollywood elite, top drawer restaurants, hip boutique hotels, and refreshing spas make for an exciting time in Palm Springs.

Above left: Entrance to the retro-hip Parker Palm Springs hotel. Below: Palm trees line Highway 111 at the entrance to Palm Springs proper.

Below left: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, below right: the many windmills just north of Palm Springs

Below: Retro postcards still have their flair:

Back when smoking was ultra-cool, there were these great tacky plastic ash trays...
- Rick Rockhill
Examples of groovy new developments:
Murano Palm Springs
Palermo Palm Springs
The Biltmore Colony
The Racquet Club
Avalon Palm Springs
Alta Palm Springs
PS Modern

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