This year marks the 4th time we have traveled to Palm Springs in February to enjoy the mid-century modern event. This event takes place twice a year, the large event in February, and the smaller one in October. With all the mid-century architecture in Palm Springs, this makes for an ideal location to appreciate all things from this era. This year I was particularly excited about going to this warm, dry climate as I had been suffering from the flu, with some symptoms still lingering so I thought I could “dry out” sort of speak. Brian & I, along with 5 dear friends rented this lovely mid-century home
It was the perfect size with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
Original homes from this era were not generally that large, and this one was no exception. At some point it was tastefully remodeled and served our needs perfectly. The first day we did some grocery shopping and basically settled in for the week.
The first night we had a bit of company, but still found time to simply hang out by the pool.
We had cocktails and enjoyed the lovely fire pit.
I hit the sack early that night. Brian & I had gotten up early that day so I said goodnight to everyone and headed to bed. Sadly, in the morning, I woke up with major congestion and coughing like crazy. I decided to take it slow, knowing we would have a tour later that day and a Tiki party to attend. The light that morning was incredible.
And outdoors was lovely too.
The whole week I pretty much had this breakfast.
But long story short, I was sick the entire week! My poor friends had to endure my coughing and nose-blowing the whole time – getting a reprieve only when I went to bed, which was early every single night. My saving grace was my friend Sandy, who is always prepared and packs things like DayQuil and NiQuil, Bayer aspirin in a cute little tackle box. Her meds got me through the lectures and events we had signed up for. Which was wonderful. One of the big events was the Sunnylands Tour & Visitor Center
Here is the entrance to their winter home on the estate
There were no pictures allowed inside but I can tell you it was quite beautiful. If you are not familiar with the Annenbergs, they were quite extraordinary, generous inviduals. To learn more about Walter Annenberg click HERE to learn more about Lenore Annenberg click HERE and to learn more about the Annenberg Foundation and all their good works click HERE.
We also went on a couple of walking tours of some neighborhoods. The picture below is typical of the homes you might see visiting Palm Springs.
Yep, including classic cars. We also toured Frank Sinatra’s first Palm Springs home – Twin Palms
His famous pool
The the groovy recording equipment he had installed in his living room
All of the tours were great, but for me so exhausting. It seemed I was getting sicker and sicker as the days progressed. I went to bed early every night and every morning I woke up hoping to feel better. We were greeted by quite a few birds singing their song every day.
And every evening offered a magical painting in the sky
By the end of the week all I wanted to do was go home. I went to the doctor the next day. I was diagnosed with an ear infection, sinus infection, pink eye, and strep throat. No wonder I felt so lousy! The good news was that all of this could be cured with antibiotics. One week later I am happy to report that I am quite well.
What I learned on this trip is that when your body decides to be sick, it won’t matter whether you are on vacation or not! I’m also taking a tip from my friend Sandy and filling a little tackle box with all manner of meds!
Sure hope this post finds you all in excellent health! Take care and thanks so much for stopping by.