Originally the estate of Olympic figure skater Sonja Henie, the Villa Royale’s recent makeover still caters to history buffs and now in-the-know hipsters.
Perhaps best known as the home of The Integratron, Landers is also headquarters of Gubler Orchids: a colorful jungle in the Mojave Desert.
Artist Christopher Turner unveiled his series of photographs called “Progress” with his partner, gay author Armistead Maupin in tow, at Eight4Nine Restaurant in Palm Springs.
Hope Springs Resort is also an enclave of great architecture: large overhangs, zigzag roof lines, and a sunken conversation pit in the lobby in Desert Hot Springs.
An example of Palm Springs architecture designed more than 70 years ago by John Porter Clark and Albert Frey is hidden as a smart contemporary office building.
When it was built in 1954, the Edris House must have appeared as if a spaceship had landed amongst the red-tiled roofs and white stucco haciendas that dotted the canyon.
Though Palm Springs may be a gay mecca today, for years a conservative “old guard” ruled this resort town, insisting “alternative lifestyles” stay hidden.