Having been a mainstay in Palm Desert's cultural scene since 1973, the stage boards of McCallum Theatre have been graced by some of the greatest names in the business. This historic theatre is considered one of the top-50 theatres in the world with just over 1,100 seats. Continuing their 2019 season, some great musicals, comedy acts, and concerts are scheduled.
While many people may think of Palm Springs only for its desert climate, in actuality, the area boasts an incredibly fertile growing region. The Coachella Valley has established itself as one of the country's most productive growing areas and Palm Springs' restaurants have reaped the benefits. With an array of farmers in the region raising incredible produce as well as livestock, restaurants have jumped on board in showcasing the local farm-to-table movement. For those looking to explore some of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the area, here are a few worth trying:
Palm Springs is well known to have one of the largest collections of mid-century modern architecture anywhere in the United States. A trend that began in the 1930's with the influx of Hollywood's elite looking to create a celebrity escape, this mid-century style blossomed from the visionary architects the A-listers brought along to help them design their leisure estates.Characterized by clean, angular lines, lots of glass, and flat roofs, the modernist architecture fit perfectly in the California desert landscape. With bi-level, wide open floor plans and indoor living spaces that flow smoothly into outdoor ones, the style quickly grew in popularity and expanded by the 1950's from celebrity mansions into larger tracts of homes that carried a much more moderate price tag.
Glitz, glamour, and fame.
Palm Springs has seen plenty of all three during its rich history, given its long standing status as ... "The Playground of the Stars." Today, visitors not only have a chance to encounter their favorite actors, musicians, and other famous personalities, but thanks to the Palm Spring History Society they can also walk in the footsteps of the entertainment legends that made the Golden Era golden.
Vacations can be hard fun. Making the absolute most of each day and night. Collapsing when you get back to your run of the mill hotel. Opting for room service instead of dinner at that 5-star restaurant you booked six months ago because you can't seem to keep your eyes open, much less sit up straight.
We have another suggestion. Come to Palm Springs where there's so much to do. Then do absolutely nothing.
While enjoying your ModMansions Palm Springs vacation rentals, you will discover there is lots to do during Modernism Week.
From February 15th-25th, Modernism Week in Palm Springs will celebrate mid-century architecture and design. With more than 350 events, the goal of Modernism Week is to not only educate attendees on history and design, but to look toward a sustainable future of architecture.
Here are 4 ways to make the best of this exciting event:
Modernism Week is the ultimate celebration of midcentury architecture, design and culture. Book your stay in one of our Palm Springs Vacation Rentals and don't miss out on Modernism Week.
The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster an appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area. While the big event happens in February, the kick-off to the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs is known as “Fall Preview” weekend occurs in October. This year there are various events occurring from October 19th through 22nd.
With more than 250 events for you to choose from, the 12th annual Palm Springs Modernism Week is something you won't want to miss. Running from February 16-26, 2017, this expanded signature festival highlights midcentury modern architecture and vintage culture as well as art, landscape and interior design. And that's just the start of what you'll experience.
From red carpet events and behind-the-scenes tours to film screenings and parties, there's no end to the wide range of festivities. Opening night is a red carpet affair with a James Bond Diamonds Are Forever 1960s spy movie theme, acknowledging the legendary Palm Springs Elrod House - known as a "residential sculpture" - which was the prominently featured mansion in the film.
Simple elegance and clean lines are two of the many coveted features that define the mid century modern Alexander Construction Company homes of Palm Springs. Built between 1955 and 1965, the 2200+ "Alexanders" comprise 11 neighborhoods, and these homes are very much in demand today by people of every generation.
Alexander's foray into Palm Springs began with the construction of The Ocotillo Lodge, which today is a condo-style hotel but still remains a pillar of mid century modern style. The company then began focusing on building stylish tract homes that could be "efficiently produced", but since this type of home was considered revolutionary and had thus far been untested, Mr. Alexander built the first ten homes as an experiment to see if the public would be interested in them. With over two thousand homes built in ten years, we'd say the experiment was most definitely a success!
If you needed another reason to come to Palm Springs, this fall from October 21-23 will hold the Modernism Week Fall Preview. February is when you can find Modernism Week in Palm Springs, but the fall preview promises to be packed with some amazing things to do.
Modern Home Tours
Along with many other tours of modernist homes including Frank Sinatra's, you'll be able to tour Christopher Kennedy's home, which is credited with starting the 'New Generation of Desert Modern'.