Let's Go: Modernism Week in Palm Springs

For the last couple of years we've been hearing more and more about Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Held each February since 2006, this week-long celebration of modern aesthetics has become the place to be for stir-crazy modernists.

The Palm Springs Visitor Center is located in a
super groovy gas station designed by Albert Frey.
Photo: Lydia Kremer
Sixth Annual Palm Springs Modernism Week
February 17 through 27, 2011

Today Palm Springs, California is a mecca of Mid-Century Modern architecture. In the postwar years this desert oasis attracted the Hollywood elite and became symbolic of the Rat Pack lifestyle. The annual Modernism Week celebrates this unique "desert modern" with art exhibits, architectural tours, lectures, and sales. What began as just a show and sale back in 2001 has evolved into a huge citywide happening that attracted over 9,000 visitors last year.

We decided to go this year and see what all the buzz was about. Watch for our report on all the cool, retro and mod happenings when we head out west this February!

Travel Tips
Book now!So far we've learned a few tricks, and offer these helpful tips for travelers.

The Palm Springs airport (PSP) is conveniently located, but direct flights are expensive. If you're willing to drive an hour, consider flying into Ontario (ONT) and renting a car. You'll find the flight and rental cars are less expensive there. Then again, you might find the difference (as much as $200) not worth the extra time.

There are tons of condos and timeshares in Palm Springs. Many are even decorated in a modern style so you can get the full effect of Modernism Week! We found the best selection at Vacation Palm Springs. It's also worth booking your hotel, flight and rental cars all at once since packaged bundles will often save you even more.

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So excited to hear about your adventures out there, that's definitely on our RetroRoadmap list of places and events to check out! This year's RetroRoadtrip is a drive from PA to Austin TX for SXSW, so I'll have to live vicariously through your reports until we get to visit Palm Springs ourselves!

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