As winter approaches and the days get shorter and shorter, annual holiday events like the Walking Tour of the Inns of Palm Springs //www.walkingtouroftheinns.com/ bring warmth and wonder to a festive time of year.  Just a short drive down the 111 from my abode in Rancho Mirage, there is a collection of amazing historic inns in the heart of Old Palm Springs that must be seen to be believed.  And once a year the public is invited—for free, no less!—to visit some of these resorts when they open their doors to show off what normally lies behind locked gates to all but their paying guests.

Starting at the Palm Springs Art Museum //www.psmuseum.org/ inn-walkers are given a map and a flashlight to navigate the nearby blocks where the inns are located.  Let the trek begin!  As many times as I’ve walked the walk, I never tire of seeing the pretty properties and well-appointed rooms.  And I love sharing the experience with friends from all over the Palm Springs Valley.

The inns’ provenances span decades, with some buildings dating back to the early 20th century and others built smack dab in the middle of the mid-century modern era.  Many of the proprietors are on hand to offer enlightenment on the history of their properties, and refreshments are often offered, notably at the Palm Springs Tennis Club/Spenser’s Restaurant.  //www.palmspringstennisclub.net/ //www.spencersrestaurant.com/

Don’t miss some of my favorites:  Korakia Pensione //www.korakia.com/, Orbit In Hotel //www.orbitin.com/, and the Viceroy Resort Hotel //www.viceroypalmsprings.com/.

Although I consider this to be a “family fun” affair, I would caution parents about bringing small children who might not be enthralled with the intricacies of architecture and the delights of hospitality design.  You could show them a few to whet their Walk whistles and then maybe head over to the weekly Thursday night Villagefest //www.palmspringsvillagefest.com/ on Palm Canyon Drive to prevent the bored-babe syndrome!

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