The Avalon Hotel: Two Thumbs Up!!
Formerly the Viceroy, a gem conveniently nestled in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the historic Avalon Hotel Palm Springs rests at the foot of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains on four acres of fragrant, beautifully manicured gardens. Its Spanish architecture punctuated by a series of secluded, private villas, calls forth the iconic, storied Golden Age of Palm Springs.
This trip was to visit my mother, and I also wanted to take the opportunity to treat myself and lap up some luxury! I did just that.
Below: Feeling Glamourous sitting in the gardens. Trina Turk swim cover , Valentino Sunglasses
As tempting as these bikes were to borrow parked in the front of the hotel, I managed to pick a weekend where temperatures were 110-114. I passed on the leisurely bike ride. Next time for sure!!!
I had the good fortune of being upgraded to a bungalow, which I was told by the concierge were built in 1933.
Interiors were updated with Hollywood Regency style by renowned designer Kelly Wearstler. It was perfect for a fantasy getaway!!!
Guilty with a Selfie as I headed to the pool to relax and people watch of course!!!
The property had 3 pools and the pool below was Adult only. That's where I ended up. It was quiet and well shaded with mature trees which made me content! Lemon Cucumber Water was provided for the guests 24/7.
A little Swank never hurt anyone and this lounge area fit the bill. By 8pm it was packed with hipsters and the usual suspects!
The property had a Spa and I enjoyed a 90 minute massage. The complimentary glass of champagne was a nice added touch prior to my Oh feel so good moment!
Coffee in bed!!!
Ralph Lauren Stripe Blouse, Ann Taylor Navy Shorts, Cole Haan Sandals
Downtown Palm Springs
Location Location Location is what they always say and the Hotel was walking distance to everything. So convenient!
The action seemed to be on Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive. The usual shops, restaurants and bars were to be found and of course some always better than others. I always ask the bartender of my hotel, in this instance my barista and he gave me great suggestions on where to dine, shop and find Mid Century Architecture which was in my two previous blogs
Walking is the best because you will always see things that get missed when driving. This car stopped me in my tracks! Citroen, Maserati
This Rolls Royce was the Citroen parking buddy
Trina Turk Flagship Store. I have been a huge fan of Trina Turk designs for years, so I was excited to experience the store.
I like Trina Turk designs because they are a little on the wild side, colorful and quite frankly exude fun and style! You feel good when you're wearing Trina Turk!
I was lusting over everything in this store! It has been so long since I saw eye candy this good in regards to Interiors!!! Mid Century heaven!
When I saw this bench, I couldn't believe it because I have the same fabric for my dining chairs!!! My chairs were purchased at Annabelles Attic: 4 for $100.00. That's not a typo! This bench was going for $800.00
Palm Springs Art Museum
When I travel I seek out the local museum and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this one.
Standing with "Your Dog" by Yoshitomo Nara, 2002
A Passionate Eye: The Weiner Family Collection
Henry Moore Sculpture
Modigliani- What a treat to see!
Contemporary Wings always blow me away! This pile of garbage for instance is taking center stage in the room. WHY????
This lovely couple I imagine fools everyone as it did me. I thought to myself as I walked up the stairs -"What are they staring at? "Are they sleeping?" " They are so still!" GOT ME! they are sculptures!!!
Time to get dressed up and go out to dinner!
Three Dot Black Cotton Dress Circa 80's
I can't believe this dress is still in mint condition. Someone brought it into my Consignment Store, Timeless in Palo Alto and I couldn't resist buying it for myself. The LBD that won't die! Donald Pliner Sandals
The Rooster and the Pig, Vietnamese Restaurant
The best Vietnamese food I have ever had! So fresh healthy and delicious! Slanted Door in SF you are #2!!!
Vietnamese Rice Crepe with Cabbage, Shrimp, Jicama, Herbs
Chased the next day with Sherman's Deli
Sherman's Deli is an institution and it is a must when visiting Palm Springs. Pastrami on Rye anyone?? And of course dessert!
On that Sweet note , I encourage you to take a little Desert Oasis Vacay to Palm Springs and be surprised with all it has to offer! Soak up the MidCentury vibe, good food, friendly hospitality plus shopping and sites.
I look forward to another visit sooner than later!