Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dualing Elvis & Priscilla Presley Homes

Palm Springs is famous around the world for many things. Our desert paradise has nearly perfect weather year round, winter temps around 70, Spring and Fall in the 80's, and Summer in the 100's. With activities like golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, and horseback riding, there is plenty to do here. It is a short driving distance from Los Angeles, which during the Golden Age of Hollywood attracted famous singers, movie stars, directors, movie studio moguls and various members of the Hollywood elite. To this day, Palm Springs continues to see its share of Presidents, Royalty, and titans of the business industry vacation here in our lovely desert. It has been said "there are more stars in Palm Springs than stars in the sky" which is ridiculous of course, but it makes the point. Celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Elvis and Priscilla Presley to name a few are part of the celebrity lore that people still associate with Palm Springs. There are a few Celebrity tour groups that drive around the desert showing visitors the vacation get-away homes of the stars. Speaking of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, I thought I'd mention that there has been more excitement regarding their residences here in the past few years. There are two homes whose owners now promote as places Elvis and Priscilla spent time in Palm Springs. Both are accurate. It just depends on what type of experience you are seeking. One is the Elvis and Priscilla Presley Honeymoon Hideaway home, where they spent time after they were married. The other is a home Elvis actually owned and lived in, called the Palm Springs Elvis Estate. Neither home is a grand palatial estate. They look nothing like Elvis' Graceland home; but nevertheless they are places where Elvis and Priscilla spent time here in Palm Springs. There are plenty of Elvis fans who want the chance to spend a vacation living in the very place where Elvis walked. Luckily for those folks, these two homes offer that experience. Let's face it, you can't do that at Graceland. So Palm Springs is the next best option if you are a crazy Elvis fan.

The celebrities of today are very low-key when then visit Palm Sp
rings. Some stay at private home of a friend, others stay at a spa resort and enjoy the healing hot mineral waters of our desert. But many rent homes here, seeking a secluded, casual experience of being in a home where they won't be bothered by hotel staff or peering tourists. A new generation of celebrities are coming to the desert more frequently- perhaps some day those homes they rented or stayed in will be promoted as destinations to rent. Perhaps one day people can stay in the place where George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Zac Efron or Matt Damon stayed. You never know.

If you don't happen to care about celebrities and just want to experience the desert life in your own home experience, Palm Springs has a number of homes, condos and apartments available to rent. It's actually a good deal to rent a place for a week, month or longer while visiting. This is not a paid post, but two friends of mine operate businesses that rent homes here in Palm Springs:
Vacation Palm Springs
Beau Monde Villas
Whether you have a desire to sleep in Elvis' home, or just someplace where you can relax as if it were your own home, I hope you do consider visiting Palm Springs. Come and see why it continues to be a destination of choice.

One other note regarding Elvis- he continues to generate all sorts of excitement here.
Locals have planned a celebration of what would have been Elvis Presley's 75th birthday. Special tours, guests and performances are expected. If you are interested, check out the details:

Where: Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs CA

When: Jan. 8

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — tours and cake

4 to 6:30 p.m. — concert featuring Scot Bruce

Jan. 9

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — tours and cake

2 to 6 p.m. — tribute artist James King

Cost: $25 tour, $50 concert, $65 combo (for one day), $125 weekend

Information: (760) 322-1192
-Rick Rockhill

6 comments:

P.L. Frederick said...

I saw Tillman and Company boardin' down his rosy float. Even from the TV, by the sounds of cheering that accompanied all those dogs, that float was a favorite. Do you know all of the most famous people?! Hee hee!

Wishing you and yours the most joyous of New Years!

P.L. Frederick (Small & Big)

KathyA said...

I'm trying to imagine what Elvis might look like at 75.

beachgirl said...

Thank You.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

tours and CAKE??? i'm IN! ha ha ha

i'm sorry but i thought graceland was horrendous. and i always thought it was so huge but the famous gate is small and the house is small and the grounds are nice. just not what i expected. but i did love that man!!!!!

smiles, bee
xxooxoxxoxoxoo

Mags said...

Tours and cake? That's my kinda tour! lol

Kanani said...

I always stay at Casa Cody. It's small, slightly funky, and close to town. I can write, jump in the pool and there are always such nice people staying there!
I'll be out there in February. Also in the summer!

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