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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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Desert Retreat


Imagine indoor/outdoor living all the year

Imagine state of the art kitchen and

Imagine laying your head down in the most glamorous bedroom possible.

Imagine living beneath palm trees and the majesty of  the San Jacinto mountains.

This is the time of year to plan a trip to Palm Springs! And having a desert home get-away is the best antidote to Seattle winters. I have known a lot of people over the years who have embraced this idea. I imagine myself joining them.

1115 Pasatiempo Road, Palm Springs, California. Asking price $848,000. Built in 1955. Four bedrooms, two baths. 1995 interior square feet on a 10,000 square foot lot. Sophisticated; reminiscent of old Hollywood style but modern in every respect.: white porcelain floors throughout, European cabinetry, Carrera marble countertops, open concept living. Private, luxurious, and inviting.

Listed by Richard Guelich, Guelich Group, Inc. For more info, click

See you poolside.