I love going to Palm Springs. This place is out of time and out of style but in a good way. I do love the energy of the desert and I am crazy about Mid-Century Modern architecture ... and for that PS is the ideal place.
There's a specific style called Desert Modernism and I think (hope) that one day we may want to invest in one of those houses in the desert.
As much as I can only take about a day and a half of Las Vegas every
other year, when we go to Palm Springs I feel like a day there (with no
computer and very little phone activity reduced to Instagram) is worth a week of relaxation so right now I feel like we went on a month long vacation :-)
You can find lots of great hotels but luckily for us, we have a friend who owns an amazing William F. Cody house, perched on top of a rocky hill in the Southridge community where John Lautner built for Arthur Elrod the famous house featured in "Diamonds Are Forever" and the "Martian Spaceship" for Bob and Delores Hope in 1974, Steve McQueen owned a house just down the street. Our friend's house is for rent so if you feel like a unique retro holiday check out Escape To Palm Springs for more info.
At first we did not want to plan anything (especially) for the extended
4th of July wekend but a last minute invite to Palm Springs was more
than welcome :-) If you follow us on Instagram via alekandsteph or BelloMag you may have seen most of those photos already, but here are a few more ...
It is also very hot in PS during the summer, which I do love, especially at night, but if you
can't stand the heat then don't even try ... it's brutal ... and the 'human
sprinklers' aka outdoor AC along the restaurants won't do anything for you.
We did enjoyed our lunch breaks in town, especially Lulu California Bistro (top right) but as soon as you step outside the only thing you can think of is taking a plunge into the nearest pool ... or fountain.
I do not think I layed for a single minute in the sun during our entire stay. So if you want to lounge around the pool then shade it is ... but we did spend most of our mormings/afternoons/nights floating in the pool, or having a drink in the pool, or having a conversation with our friend in the pool ... everything we did of our days was pool related lol there is no other way.
The view from the house is quite amazing so one more reason to be in the pool all day and looking at the clouds rolling over the mountains, listening to the sound of the wind in the palm trees or when they wake up the Cicadas ... they can be pretty loud (check out our video here) but it reminds me of the Cigales and my summers in the South of France.
One of the best things about Palm Springs in the summer (if I have to pick a favorite) would be the hot summer nights that we never get (or very rarely) in LA.
As soon as the sun dives behind the mountain, you still have an extra 2 hours of daylight without feeling like a vampire exposed to the sun ... this specific time of the day is perfect for an apéritif outside and using the BBQ. I love Palm Springs so much and it's only a couple of hours away from LA ... no more excuses, we'll be back soon.
Also you may remember that we already 'escaped to Palm Springs' a few years ago with our friend Ryan Barry ... unfortunately the galleries are no more (thanx to one little crash of a server) but we still have a couple images online here on OhLaLa:
+ Escape To Palm Springs Part One
+ Escape To Palm Springs Part Two
and also on our Photography website alekandsteph.com