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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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“Palm Springs in Summer: Sizzling Times and Cool Deals” – The San Diego Union-Tribune (June 23, 1996)

In June of 1996, The San Diego Union-Tribune had an article about hotels in Palm Springs, CA. The Willows was listed among them and said it was “a lavish, eight-room inn” in “the nostalgia neighborhood”. This article was written soon … Continue reading

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“Historic Hideaways” – The Desert Sun (March 1996)

In March of 1996, The Desert Sun (a newspaper in Palm Springs, CA), did a brief special on “Historic hideaways”. The write-up features several “small inns richly steeped in a colorful past of elegance that dates back to the classic … Continue reading

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“The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn” – Profit Investor Portfolio (1996)

In 1996, Profit Investor Portfolio had some information about The Willows Historic Palm Springs Resort in the publication. The Willows had recently undergone a major renovation project and the pages of the PDF (which you can view here) include the … Continue reading

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“A Picture Journey Through California” – Southern Pacific Company (1930)

The O’Donnell House at The Willows has a history of its own. Finished by January, 1925, it was the winter home of oilman Thomas O’Donnell and his wife, D. Winnifred Willis Jenny. It was originally known as Ojo del Desierto … Continue reading

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“Californians Escape to the Desert” – The National Geographic Magazine (November 1957)

Palm Springs, California is known for its weather and makes for a great vacationing destination. In 1957, the popular National Geographic Magazine printed some pictures of the area and talked about what people were wearing, even though it was in … Continue reading

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“The Boutonnières of Mr. Untermyer” – The New Yorker (May 18, 1940)

This is the last post on Mr. Samuel Untermyer, who was one of the first people to own (what is now) The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn in California. In the article by The New Yorker, which was written after … Continue reading

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“Untermyer Dead in His 82d Year; Long Had Been Ill” – The New York Times (March 17, 1940)

As noted in previous posts, Samuel Untermyer was one of the first people to own (what is now) The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. Untermyer purchased it in the late 1920s. On Saturday, March 16th, 1940, Untermyer “died… at his … Continue reading

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