Back in 1908, Palm Springs was just a small village in the desert with few creature comforts; there was no electricity, telephones or gas, and very little water - the roads weren't even paved. So what drew Nellie Coffman to this dot on the map? Well, at first it was the climate, which she and her husband, Dr. Harry Coffman, hoped would cure her relentless cough. But she stayed because she loved, in her words, the "space, stillness, solitude, and simplicity".
Nellie and her husband purchased a sturdy home with a granite fireplace on two acres of land near hot mineral springs; it was located across a seven-mile expanse of desert from the train station. At the time, there were more Cahuilla Indians living there than white folks, who numbered only about twenty.
For Palm Springs visitors who want a break from the bustling resorts and casinos, the small boutique hotel, Ingleside Inn, offers a luxurious and private retreat full of amenities and hidden in the heart of Palm Springs. Hotel guests and visitors alike will be pleased to learn that Ingleside Inn boasts one of the best dining locations in the area: Melvyn’s Restaurant and Lounge.
Diners at Melvyn’s have included such celebrities as Barry Manilow, Suzanne Summers, Cher, Tori Spelling, Liza Minnelli, and John Travolta among many. But don’t take it from the A-list, visit Melvyn’s tonight to sample its menu and wide selection of wines and spirits. Melvyn’s is open for lunch, dinner, and hosts a Champagne brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Its welcoming staff will make you feel like a celebrity whenever you chose to spend an afternoon or night dining or sipping wine and spirits.
A sophisticated dining room, lounge, and full bar invite you to relax and spend an evening with us. Lending Melvyn's an old Hollywood feel is a piano bar that opens every night at 8 pm for listening and dancing. Melvyn’s also offers patio dining if you prefer to eat al fresco.
With its healing hot springs and gorgeous vistas, Palm Springs has long been a playground for the rich and elite. In the 1930s, stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Frank Sinatra considered Palm Springs a welcome getaway from the intensity of Hollywood life. Once WWII ended, visitors to Palm Springs increased dramatically. Throughout the 1940s Palm Springs saw the construction of new town buildings and a great deal of new housing.
This construction continued through the 1950s. In 1952, the infamous El Mirador Hotel reopened its doors to the public, astounding the media with its lavishness and glamour. The new owners of the El Mirador contracted with architect Paul R. Williams to design its famous cabanas and a new pool area in a modern 1950s style.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living history museum dedicated to educating the public about the role Air Power played in preserving American liberties and way of life. The Museum preserves, exhibits, and flies aircraft from World War Two, Korea, and the Vietnam Wars. Most of the aircraft are in flyable condition.