Good Morning Palm Springs – Roadtrip
It was an absolutely fun filled afternoon in down town Palm Springs yesterday afternoon. A lot of walking, a lot of goofing off, and a lot of eating.
Palm Springs is often forgotten to many of us in San Diego area. We always think of Los Angeles, or Orange county as get away places. Or even Las Vegas that is over twice the distance as Palm Springs and Palm Desert. It took us about two hours to get to our location, and that really is not that bad for a weekend get away. Beats driving six hours to Las Vegas that is for sure.
What this Southern California pinup likes the most about getting away to the Palm Spring area is although the area has been built up considerably in the past 20 years, you can still see the mountains, and the blue sky. Even the heat is not that much of a concern (ok it is incredibly hot, not going to lie). There are water misters everywhere in the downtown area. It is not air conditioning outside, but it helps to make your lunch or cocktails a little more comfortable.
There are reminders everywhere that this is a midcentury modern town. It is very fresh and contemporary, but it has its roots in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. You can see the building architecture, retro inspired restaurants, and even street names that completely embrace this modern history.
Since the 1920s, Palm Springs has been Hollywood’s desert playground for celebrities to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of showbiz. The legendary “Two-Hour Rule” of Hollywood studios put Palm Springs on the map as a perfect getaway. Actors under contract had to be available within two-hours from the studio just in case last minute film/photo shoots had to occur.
Several celebrities stayed and purchased hideaway homes in Palm Springs, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., George Hamilton, Bob Hope, Albert Einstein Bing Crosby, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, and Jack Benny. Several ladies were frequent visitors including Marilyn Monroe, Dinah Shore, Kitty Carlisle, Lily Tomlin, Elizabeth Taylor and Susan Sommers.
You can see more about Palm Springs’ Hollywood history here.