The Independent Stay

If you love staying at independently-owned small hotels, you’ll adore The Independent Stay. From tips on what to do, see and eat in Palm Springs, to interviews with hoteliers, it’s the insider’s guide to everything great about Palm Springs and its iconic boutique hotels.

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The Palm Springs Hotel: A deep love for Palm Springs

Growing up in Los Angeles, Denise Adams grew up vacationing in Palm Springs. She loved those visits to the desert, and when she sold her greeting card business and the opportunity came up to purchase an older hotel for sale on North Palm Canyon Drive, she jumped on it.

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Holiday House is going back to its roots, while embracing modern style.

The Herbert W. Burns-designed luxury hotel was built in 1951, and has been reimagined by interior designer Mark D. Sikes. After several years as the Chase Hotel, the new Holiday House opened on May 1, 2017, with 28 guest rooms and calming shades of blue throughout the property. All of the completely remodeled rooms have oversized showers, Waterworks bath hardware, and Malin +Goetz bath amenities, and some have private outdoor space and Smeg appliances. Read More

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The Del Marcos Hotel: A historic landmark that feels new

It's the property that launched the solo career of one of Palm Springs' most influential and innovative architects.

The Del Marcos Hotel was designed by the famed William F. Cody in 1947, his first independent commission in Palm Springs. This 17-room hotel boasts cutting-edge architecture from the height of the mid-century modern movement, using native stone and redwood. The Del Marcos became an official historic landmark in 2012, decades after it earned Cody a design award from the American Institute of Architects.

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Apply Sunscreen (Everywhere)

Big changes at work had me feeling stressed and I needed some relaxation. While gossiping around the water cooler, a co-worker suggested doing something I’d never considered before: staying at a gay, all-male, clothing-optional resort in Palm Springs. I, being a guy who likes putting on pants in the morning, wasn’t sure about the idea. I didn’t really know much about Palm Springs—from the freeway, it looked like a wind farm. But the idea lingered and doing something wildly out of character was exactly what I needed for perspective. Read More:

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Ruby Montana's Coral Sands Inn: Where Magic Happens

When Ruby Montana packed her bags and left Seattle in 2000, it was front page news.

The Seattle Times ran a story about Ruby's big move, and the fact that she was closing the vintage store she operated for nearly 18 years. "They ran a funny headline," she said. "'Montana Leaves Washington for California.'"

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7 Top Things to do in Palm Springs in Summer

Some like it hot! Palm Springs, California, can frequently reach over 100 degrees in the summer, but nice swimming pools, fabulous hotels and cool activities make it a fun place to get away for a weekend or even spend a week unwinding. From museums to botanical gardens, homemade gourmet ice cream to mile-high fun, Palm Springs is the perfect luxury getaway in summer. These 7 activities in Palm Springs will help you get the most out of your relaxing desert escape.

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Inside the Coachella Valley: A Beautiful Oasis

Joel Martens, editor at Rage Monthly wrote this great piece about his recent Palm Springs visit. He stayed at the lovely Tortuga Del Sol, but also mentions several clothing optional resorts that are located within the city. 

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Airlines add new connections to and from Palm Springs International Airport

Five major airlines have announced expanded services at Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) just since May of 2018 to accommodate the 2.2 million total passengers estimated in the coming year.

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Pack your bags for a Girls’ Getaway to Palm Springs!

Pack your bags! We are off for a Girls’ Getaway to Palm Springs, a city of luxurious, boutique hotels designed to pamper and emanate old world charm from those days of past Hollywood glamour and relaxation.

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