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Summer Respites – Desert Magazine (Summer 2012)

Palm Springs was advertised in the first half of the 20th century as having the best winter weather in the continental United States. Not much mention was made of the summers. Die-hard desert rats endured the scorching temperatures of the … Continue reading

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Past Perfect – Desert Magazine (May 2012)

Beauty, fashion and health are long-established desert concerns, intimately entwined with the many reasons to visit or live here. Not surprisingly, the desert has set styles and established beauty-enhancing and health-giving practices from its earliest days, all contributing to its … Continue reading

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Desert Spanish – Desert Magazine (March 2012)

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Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms – Desert Magazine (February 2012)

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The Racquet Club – Desert Magazine (January 2012)

Although they’re worshipped these days like deities, in the 1920s and ’30s “show people” weren’t welcomed lavishly at the established hotels in Palm Springs. But then, the world was indeed a different place. The Desert Inn was ambivalent, to put … Continue reading

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Sunny Days on the Salton Sea – Desert Magazine (December 2011)

Frightening potential environmental impacts and mind-numbing economic analyses dominate the conversation about the Salton Sea these days. But there was a time when the sea’s great gift as a vast recreational resource for the valley was much easier to fathom-before … Continue reading

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“Golden Days of Desert Golf” – Desert Magazine (April 2012)

With some 120 private and public courses scattered from Palm Springs to Indio, calling our desert “the Golf Capital of the World” seems a natural. But as recently as 1950, there wasn’t a single 18-hole course here. The El Mirador … Continue reading

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“Star Studded Getaways” – The Press Enterprise (December 11, 1996)

In 1996, The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn opened after a restoration process had taken place. The building was constructed in the 1920s, but had lost much of its original luster before being renewed in the 1990s. The Willows has … Continue reading

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“The Desert Entrepreneurs” – Palm Springs Life (October 1996)

In the mid 1990s, Dr. Paul Marut and his wife, Dr. Tracy Conrad (along with Conrad’s brother Andrew), purchased The Willows and decided to rescue it from its previous state and work on restoring it. “‘We gutted the place of … Continue reading

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“Desert Hospitality” – Los Angeles Times (September 8, 1996)

The Los Angeles Times is one of the most famous newspapers in the world and in September of 1996, soon after The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn was restored and opened, it had an article in the Travel section that … Continue reading

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