Category Archives: Palm Springs

By @ 02/10/17 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Massimo Iacoboni, Palm Springs, Travel
The Albert Frey-designed former tramway gas station is now home to the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Photo credit: Gregg Felsen.

The Albert Frey-designed former tramway gas station is now home to the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Photo credit: Gregg Felsen.

Fancy a design-driven winter getaway? Then head to Palm Springs Modernism Week, Feb. 16 – 26

You are ready to leave those winter blues behind… but sitting idly on the beach is not your thing? Head to Palm Springs for its 12th annual Modernism Week, a cool, iconic, annual celebration of mid-century modern design and architecture that takes place each February in Southern California’s hot gay destination. Story by Massimo Iacoboni.

Modernism Week offers a compelling combination of tours and film screenings, lectures and activities throughout the Coachella Valley, and with over 20 gay men-only resorts to chose from (ranging from swanky to modest and pricey to moderate), you’ll be able to combine that self-indulgent vacay you’ve been dreaming of with the glamorous pool-side shindigs and red-carpet affairs that have become the hallmark of this celebrated design celebration.

Abernathy House is but one of the many architectural gems featured in dozens of home tours held during Modernism Week. Photo credit: Jake Holt.

Abernathy House is but one of the many architectural gems featured in dozens of home tours held during Modernism Week. Photo credit: Jake Holt.al

You will have over 300 events to chose from, ranging from all day excursions to nearby architectural hubs (Palm Desert, Claremont) and bohemian havens such as Joshua Tree (now home to dozens of Los Angeles’s most progressive art and design refugees), to dozens of celebrity house tours and lectures featuring some of the country’s foremost design and architecture glitterati.

Among the highlights: ’Modernism Week Opening Night Party,’ a chic red carpet affair with a 60s-era spy-movie theme, an homage to the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever,” which features a famous scene filmed at the Elrod House in Palm Springs, designed by John Lautner in 1968; a visit to nearby Bannon for cocktails at the beautifully restored, pristine vintage arcade at The Museum of Pinball., which features over 700 different pinball machines; and an homage to the art of travel itself, gay and not, at the amazing Vintage Trailer Show 

WHERE WE STAY

Gay-owned and operated, Escape Palm Springs is a lovely1950’s property welcoming all but catering primarily to the gay male traveler. With a pool surrounded by spectacular views and tropical grounds, this intimate resort offers affordable and spacious rooms with small kitchenettes and an authentic mid-century modern vibe.

WHERE WE EAT

Re-awaken the carnivore in you at Mr. Lyons, a luxurious steak-house with a menu that puts small local farms first. Renovated in 2015 as a reimagining of the old Lyons English Grille (which had operated since 1938) the dining salon is pure old Hollywood glamour. If you’re looking for a more casual experience, but still want to experience the allure of days gone by, just head to the lounge for a cocktail (or two).

WHERE WE PLAY

The Amigo Room at the Ace Hotel hosts nightly themed events featuring experimental DJs and bands, drag entertainers and dance parties, such as the evocatively titled Soft Leather, a Pansexual dress to sweat event, on February 24 at 10 pm.



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By @ 04/15/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Palm Springs, Travel

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Palm Springs’ heyday may have begun with the early movie and TV stars, but the town’s gay renaissance began in the ‘80s, when gay Angelenos started buying the mid-century modernhomes in a then seedy downtown. Today, Palm Springs is a stylish and popular weekend getaway from September through May, and never more glorious than it is right now. When LA is a “chilly” 68-70° in the winter and spring, Angelenos head to sunny Palm Springs for warm swimming pool weather. It’s a popular gay destination, but it’s a relatively small city, with a population of under 50,000 residents. The few gay bars and clubs it has are often deserted midweek, even in season, and when the temperature soars in the summer, the town really slows down.



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By @ 11/13/14 in Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, New Zealand, Palm Springs, Travel

 

Our December issue has hit the digital shelves and is available now for download! Explore the beautiful, historical cities and islands of Greece — from epic Athens to lesser-known Thessaloniki, from trendy Santorini to the stunning isle of Crete — we share all of our insider secrets about one of the world’s most sought after destinations! If you need to get away sooner than later, check out our trips to Vermont for gay skiing, Palm Springs for its Christmas festival, and Auckland in February for its Big Gay Out extravaganza!

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By @ 03/13/13 in Correspondent, Event, Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, New York, Palm Springs, Party, Travel
Angel, devil, both?

Angel, devil, both? (Photos Courtesy of DDPR)

By Jeff Guaracino

If you missed the Winter Party Festival in Miami this past weekend you still have time to travel to one of your favorite dance events.

For 32 years, a decadent dance party helped to define the New York spring travel calendar. Next weekend, The Saint At Large will stage RITES XXXIV: THE BLACK PARTY. This year’s theme is “Rough Trade at Luna Park.” Held on the weekend closest to the vernal equinox, this party starts on Saturday, March 23rd at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Get ready for an adventure. This dance party is set in the outskirts of Rome in an abandoned amusement park. Strange Live Acts will be played out as a 5-act opera set in a cinematically inspired immersive environment. The fantasy ends sometime Sunday.

If staying up all-night dressed in your best leather is not for you, you might be interested in the Black Party Expo, now in its fourth year.



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