The Gay Desert Mecca of Palm Springs Fi­nal Thoughts

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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.vis­it­palm­ An­dalu­sian Court: www.the­an­dalu­sian­ Hard Rock Ho­tel: www.hrh­palm­

Ace Ho­tel: www.ace­ho­

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