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Columnist Shelley Fralic invites you along for a five-night, six-day tour of the mid-century modern hot spot that is Palm Springs, California, from February 19 to 24, 2014.

What is so hip and retro, architecture-wise, that 40,000 visitors show up every year to check it out? That would be Modernism Week in Palm Springs, an 11-day celebration of all things mid-century modern. There is music and fashion and exhibitions galore and – best of all – guided tours of some of the sunny southern Californian desert resort's most iconic mid-century modern houses, the renowned legacies of famed architects like Donald Wexler and Richard Neutra.

 

It's that heady combination of hot sun, swaying palms and stylish housing that has attracted the Hollywood elite, from Frank Sinatra to Leonardo DiCaprio, to Palm Springs since the mid-1900s. And it's where we are going to spend six days immersing ourselves in the best of mid-century modern culture.

 

Our customized tour next February includes Modernism events like the notorious Retro Martini Party, but we've also arranged several special customized tours that will introduce Sun readers to the “other” Palm Springs, the one that isn't just about golf swings and tan lines.