The Desert Cure

Six more weeks of winter have been predicted, according to the groundhog in Punxsutawney, matching our somber mood this week in Seattle.

Here is a remedy: go to Palm Springs!

This is the undeniable season for it. I just visited in December and experienced such warm weather I wore a short skirt and a tee shirt during the day and lunched on a sunny patio. Paradise.

While there, I took a tour around Old Las Palmas and the Movie Colony neighborhoods and particularly admired what my local guide called tracery walls, a mid-century construct of breeze blocks or architectural screen blocks, meant to allow breezes through.

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Marvelous, aren’t they?

I also had a drive by Brad and Angelina’s home, as well as the former home of Cary Grant. It was all terribly glamorous.



If you are now tempted to book a trip, you can stay in this mid-century home, the one from above with the pink flamingo pillows, perfect Palm Springs kitsch. Embody the old Hollywood lifestyle!


Paseo Gracia. Four bedrooms, three baths. Rents for $350 to $1300 per night.

While there, ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and visit Joshua Tree Nation Park.

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Palm Springs is a special, dry kind of dreamy.



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