The Gay Desert Mecca of Palm Springs Final Thoughts
If you have not been out West to the desert oasis of Palm Springs, it is the equivalent to Fire Island or Provincetown in terms of the LGBT-friendly community feel. Even though it is warm all year round and there is no ocean, there is, however, an endless amount of glistening pools that await you at the various hotels and accommodations. The compact city was originally established as a desert escape and hideaway for Hollywood celebs in the 1930’s, but has since evolved into a gay mecca on the West Coast. In recent years, there has been a surge of mega events such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Modernism Week; as well as the Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals. Additionally, there are major events specifically for the community, such as the lesbian mega-party Dinah Shore Weekend and the White Party (the gay men’s circuit bash).
Be prepared for a temperature of nearly 100 degrees during the late summer and early fall; but it is a dry heat, so manageable. Many offset the temperature poolside with a cocktail in-hand, perhaps in a clothing optional pool. If looking for a more private escape, the gayowned Andalusian Court [458 W Arenas Rd | (760) 323-9980] offers seven upscale, adults-only Spanish Colonial Revival–style villas (some with private outdoor bathtubs) that will make for a tranquil vacation not too far from the main streets. If you prefer a party environment, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs [150 S Indian Canyon Dr | (760) 325-9676] or the gay-owned Ace Hotel [701 E Palm Canyon Dr | (760) 325-9900] are both popular options.
The city is nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, where you can take the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to discover some amazing scenery, but the outdoorsy types can go a step further and enjoy hiking the ancient palm groves of the Indian Canyons. Boutique stores, art galleries and museums are available for those who prefer a less strenuous stroll Fortunately, many destinations and hotels today understand that many LGBT travelers are high net worth individuals looking for getaways that provide a comfortable place to enjoy vacation while being themselves; while there will also be an ongoing need for the gay resorts and cruises for those looking for that extreme travel option. Either way, the LGBT community deserves to travel, live and enjoy life without worrying about their safety. For all of the hotels, resorts, airlines, tour operators, cruise lines and others within the travel and hospitality industries going above and beyond to help us come together to change the perception of LGBT-friendly travel, LuxeGetaways thanks each of you. around town (and cruising, who are we kidding), as well as fine casual dining throughout the city. The gay-owned Tropicale [330 E Amado Rd | (760) 866-1952] is an institution for this area (try the Southern-Fried Chicken Tender Salad and the Raspberry Mango White Sangria), and The Judy Garland Show in the Purple Room Supper Club [1900 E Palm Canyon Dr | (760) 322-4422] is a show not to miss (plan to also eat here and take advantage of their really great and diverse menu). For the night owls, head to Arenas Road for gay bars of every variety: piano, drag, karaoke and dancing.
Photography Courtesy Palm Springs Tourism Palm Springs has one
of the highest concentrations of queer accommodations
– roughly two dozen. Palm Springs Tourism: www.visitpalmsprings.com Andalusian Court: www.theandalusiancourt.com Hard Rock Hotel: www.hrhpalmsprings.com
Ace Hotel: www.acehotel.com