Just rolled back in to town from Palm Springs, C.A., where Mid Century Modern is drawing crowds from around the world and Elvis still reigns as The King. Before we left on this trip, I wasn’t sure if Bob Hope’s Desert Drive was going to be “swag” enough for our teen middle schooler. You might understand my concern after you see the next pic welcoming travelers to the destination. With a creative itinerary though, it turned out to be just the right ticket!
These are the first folks I saw at the airport where my mom and daughter picked me up. The boys were with our family at a softball tournament in Albuquerque, NM this week, but Tori had a softball tourney in California, so this was a girls getaway.
Step 1: Fuel Up on French Cuisine at L’Atelier Cafe
L’Atelier Cafe is such a lovely, little find in downtown Palm Springs. I’m afraid I might go there every day if I lived closer. They serve exquisite French dishes artfully prepared, and delivered to your table by the Cafe’s adorable owner Charlotte.
They give you the opportunity to learn to speak a little French while waiting in line here.
Step 2: Rent bicycles from Bike Palm Springs and hit the Rat Pack neighborhood for Mid Century Modern
The bike shop has copies of this map with a great list of homes to tour. We headed a couple of blocks west past the busy Palm Canyon and Indian Canyon drives to the residential area where there was less traffic. Then we hung a right north headed towards Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway… #6 on the tour map. It’s a beautiful ride that takes you past a lot of Mid Century Modern homes. Each one is unique and when we went during March, the cactuses were blooming. It was during this ride that I realized how great it is to be part of the sandwich generation. I’ve got two amazing girls by my side, my Mom and my Daughter!
Step 3: Dip your toes in The King’s pool at Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway
Taking a tour of Elvis and Priscilla’s Honeymoon home turned out to be a great highlight of the trip. It took us a while to get our teenager to figure out who Elvis was though… “so this young, handsome singer named Elvis Presley brought his bride Priscilla home here, where Lisa Marie was conceived, and later she married Michael Jackson.” Aha! Michael Jackson was someone she knew of, and from there she was “hooked” on the rest of the tour. I don’t want to reveal too many tour secrets, but it’s led by a man who has been a fan since he went to see Elvis in concert with his Mom at 6 years old. He gives you the opportunity to ask him anything, so it’s worth a try to see if you can stump him! Plus, he allows you to dip a toe in Elvis backyard pool, where Elvis and Priscilla Presley once hosted Twist parties. We all thought that was great.
Here is a picture of Elvis’ real built-in blender. Very chic during this era and it still works!
Here with The King, music seems to transcend the ages.
Elvis’ working Jukebox. What a treasure.
Let’s take a peek in the bathrooms…
And the staircase to the honeymoon bedroom…
There is also a long hallway lined with photographs and the tour guide steps you through that history. We learned a lot of cool things about The King and the other celebrities that lived in the neighborhood, including where to find Marilyn Monroe’s home up the street.
Step 4: Check in to The Renaissance Palm Springs Marriott Hotel
I cannot say enough great things about this hotel! It is perfect for families and couples. The landscaping is beautiful, it smells lovely when you walk in the door, the mid century decor is spot on, the pool area is gorgeous, the mountain view from our room was phenomenal and the staff are all sweet and welcoming. Bonus – they also have wine tasting in the lobby and they delivered free popsicles by the pool – super nice touch Marriott.
We spent about an 1.5 by this pool before moving on to Step 5. Can you blame us?
Step 5: Catch a movie at the theatre across the street from the Renaissance.
We were lucky enough to see the new movie Beauty and the Beast for the first time. It was just a quick walk across the street. Super convenient and if you haven’t seen this movie yet it’s nothing short of EPIC.
That’s a wrap from Day 1 with a Middle School teenager. Check back on Windlasse.com this week for two more Palm Springs day itineraries.
Too much play. Time for Windlasses to get ready for work.