Hacienda at Warm Sands – Palm Springs Gay Resort

Author: , April 16th, 2018

Hacienda at Warm Sands

We invite you to get reacquainted with someone special, you, as our guest at The Hacienda at Warm Sands. Discover one of Palm Springs best kept little secrets: a stylishly spacious gay exclusive resort located in the heart of Warm Sands – Palm Springs gay Mecca.

Our accommodations are exceptionally spacious, with fully equipped kitchens (or kitchenettes), the majority designed to look like upscale bars featuring black granite countertops and cherry cabinetry. Accommodations include Grand Deluxe Fireplace Suites, Deluxe Suites, a Deluxe Junior Suite, a Junior Suite and a Patio Room.

Yes…the Hacienda at Warm Sands is easy to get to, but hard to leave. Many guests comment to us upon their return to The Hacienda that it feels so much like ‘coming home’. Let us help you feel the same way. The Hacienda at Warm Sands is the ideal getaway. Few places in the world offer ALL the expected services, amenities and elements of a sophisticated, warm, sun-filled, secret gay hideaway resort oasis – your home away from home.

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Running a Clothing Optional Resort – Gay Star News

Author: , March 29th, 2018

InnDulge Palm Springs

‘It’s a relaxed, welcoming, free environment. It makes people comfortable to be who they are. If that’s someone comfortable with their clothes on, great, or with their clothes off, also great. It’s about being in a safe, queer space.’

Jon Jackson and his husband Sandy Miller thought twice before buying Palm Springs’ gay, clothing-optional resort INNdulge in 2010. But little did they know what an amazing experience running the 31-room hotel would be.

Think midnight pool parties, making new friends from around the world, and spending their days in one of the US’s most amazing cities. Palm Springs is of course known for its huge LGBTI population, super cool art deco stylings and 300 days of sunshine a year.

InnDulge Palm Springs

‘We had this bad taste in our mouths,’ says Sandy, over Skype from the South California town now he calls home (both Jon and Sandy are originally from North Carolina). ‘We’d previously moved to San Francisco to save this restaurant we’d invested in. We ended up there for 18 months. It was miserable. Running a restaurant is a horrible business! When we came to purchase the hotel, there was this nagging doubt.’

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Photos: Franz Rodriguez via INNdulge Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World

Author: , December 29th, 2017

Palm Springs aerial tram car

If you have never been on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway you have certainly missed a very exciting experience. Thousands of visitors visit the city but have no idea what an educational experience it is take the Aerial Tramway.

Palm Springs has an altitude of only 479 feet however when you drive 15 minutes to the base of the Tramway Valley Station, you at 2,643 feet. Then you take the Tramway up to over 8,500 feet and the temperatures are 30 degrees cooler so be and proper clothing with you.

Palm Springs aerial tram car

It is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world and opened in September, 1963.  It goes from the Coachella Valley to near the top of San Jacinto Peak. In 1998, the Tramway said that they were embarking on news cars and update its facilities.

In September of 2000, passengers first rode the world’s largest rotating tramcars.

Once you are at the top station, you have a large variety of things to see and do. They have a very upscale restaurant, Peaks Restaurant where we had a great lunch while overlooking the valley below. Ryan was our server and he did an outstanding job.They also have a Pines Cafe which is more informal and cafeteria style. They also have the Lookout Lounge for drinks and appetizers and a great gift shop.

You can walk outside on the Long Valley deck and view the beautiful Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

For those you like to ‘rough it’ you can a Guided Nature Walk or hike on your own in the over 50 miles of trails. They have three different hiking trails for novice, experienced as well as expert hikers. We chose not to take those hikes. Plus if you are very adventurous you can even go camping overnight!

In the downstairs Valley station they have a documentary movie showing the building of the Aerial Tramway. Visiting the Palm Springs Aerial Tram is one of the World’s greatest wonders and something that you remember for a lifetime.

As we travel around the country we are so fortunate to meet a lot of professional people. Greg Purdy, Vice President of Marketing and Public Affair or the Tramway  is one such person. We first met Greg when he was the Director of Marketing for the Palm Springs Follies. He is extremely professional. Thanks Greg for doing things the right way!

aerial tram ray and greg

For more information on the Aerial Tram; 888-515-8726 or email them at pstramway@pstramway.com and their website is www.pstramway.com

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Palm Springs, California

Author: , December 15th, 2017

Escape Palm Springs

We have been visiting Palm  Springs for many years but for some reason have not been back for about 6 or 7 years.  It is basically still the same and always fabulous. This  time we stayed at the Escape Resort which is one of the longest running, clothing-optional Gay resorts in the area.

Escape Palm SpringsIt was purchased a few years ago by Mark and Greg who were originally from Denver.  They have updated some things but kept the basic theme. We met most of the guests and they have been returning for years, from Germany, Australia and all over the world as well as all parts of America..  The Resort has a great reputation. Mark and Greg KNOW how to treat their guests and is why so many return again and again.

The resort is located within walking to downtown Palm Springs and to most of the Gay bars, so if you have a little  too much to drink, you can always walk home.

They have 12 rooms, from Queen to King to Suites and comes with TV,  WiFi, individual climate control, DVD Players, luxury linens, bathrobes, iron and ironing board, digital safe, mini fridge and an outdoor private patio area.  For those wanting to spend more than just a few days, they have kitchenettes so you can do your own cooking.

We really enjoyed having our continental breakfast on our  patio and looking up at the majestic mountains.  Their continental breakfast consists of gourmet coffees, teas and juices, cereals, yogurts and fresh fruit.  They also have a Video and Literature Library for guests.  There is plenty of off street parking that is safe. Besides the beautiful pool area, they also have a 15 man Hot Tub that is open 24 hours.

From your private patio area or from the pool or from the Hot Tub, the scenic mountain views are incredible. The Resort has lush trees and bushes and flowers including a lemon tree!

They are always nearly booked up solid so be sure and make your reservations early. They are located just a few blocks from downtown at 641 East San Lorenzo Road.  Email them at MyEscape@EscapePalmSprings.com

or give them a call at 1.760.325.5269. or 1.800.621.6973 Their website is www.escapepalmsprings.com

Different Gay resorts offers different things and the Escape Resort offers everything one would want.  You can be as private as you want or you can mingle with other guests at all hours of the day and night.  Mark and Greg are the  perfect hosts and will certainly assure that you have a wonderful time staying with them.  In our travels from coast to coast, this resort is one of the finest that we visited and we will for sure return on our next trip to Palm Springs.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Santiago Resort – Gay Palm Springs Resort

Author: , June 16th, 2017

Santiago Resort

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Santiago Resort is a luxury boutique hotel in Palm Springs where men come to hit pause, be spoiled, and rediscover the bliss of completely giving in to the moment.

Santiago offers free breakfast, poolside lunch, and all-day refreshments in the cantina. The wealth of amenities includes the largest pool of any gay resort in Palm Springs, clean spacious remodeled rooms with either poolside or mountain views.

Santiago is conveniently located 1.5 miles from Downtown Palm Springs.

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Palm Springs Private Home – Palm Springs, California

Author: , May 22nd, 2017

Palm Springs Private Home

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Palm Springs Private Home is located on a quiet cul de sac.

It has two bedrooms, master has a king with ensuite, and the second has a queen bed. There is a study with pull out queen sofa complete with fax and copy machine and house wide wifi and free calling long distance Canada and USA.

The living room has a smart tv with satellite service. The dining room seats 8. The kitchen is completely set up for home dining.

The patio set seats 4 and has a gas bbq. The salt water pool also has a spa. There is an adjoining casita with two bedrooms and two bathrooms but we would like to rent the house on its own.

If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Palm Springs, visit us at the Palm Springs Private Home.

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La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa – Palm Springs

Author: , December 14th, 2016

La Dolce Vita Resort & SpaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa is an elegant, upscale, gay owned clothing optional resort in Palm Springs. We offer 28 guest rooms, accented with Italian touches, on just under an acre of land.

The Resort features cabanas where you can relax away from the heat of the desert, enjoy our two heated pools, soak away your cares in one of our two hot tubs, relax in our twelve man steam room, or work out in our outdoor exercise area. We foster a friendly, no attitude atmosphere.

Pamper yourself at our day spa with massages, facials, waxing and luxurious body treatments designed for men and performed only by male therapists.

The entire resort is clothing optional – enjoy the warmth of the Palm Springs sun on your naked skin.

The property is blanketed with micro misters, which spray a fine water mist into the air and cool the ambient temperature as much as ten degrees.

We also offer many opportunities for our guests to meet each other, including breakfast & social hours in the evening.

You can enjoy beautiful sunsets over the San Jacinto Mountains, and stroll through our gardens – fruit trees, palms, cacti, stone sculptures and fountains

Our gay resort is close to all the gay bars, restaurants, and shops in Palm Springs. Palm Springs hosts some of the largest gay events in the country, including Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party, Palm Springs Gay Pride and Palm Springs Gay Leather Pride.

Palm Springs has one of the largest gay and lesbian populations per capita in the country, and is also one of the top 2 destinations for gay travel.

We also offer free wifi internet access, and a computer internet station for guest use. There’s a safe in each room that’s big enough to hold a laptop computer.

Each of our rooms has AVEDA bath products for gay men who expect the best, as well as spa bath robes.

By the end of the evening, as you stare up at the stars, you’ll have arrived at La Dolce Vita, “The Sweet Life”.

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Casa Ocotillo – Gay Palm Springs Resort

Author: , September 11th, 2016

Casa Ocotillo

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Welcome to Palm Springs’ Finest gay place to stay…Casa Ocotillo, a luxury vacation accommodation for gay men in a 1934 Mexican Hacienda tucked away behind gates on over one-half acre of lushly landscaped grounds. Nestled at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains in old Palm Springs, this property offers you all of the best features for your Palm Springs vacation.

From the moment that you arrive, you’ll realize that you have entered a special place that you can call “home” while visiting Palm Springs. This gated compound offers you the ultimate in luxury and privacy. The wonderful grounds will envelope you in an oasis setting with lush tropical plantings, gardens and even a citrus grove where you can pick your own morning fruit (when in season). The spectacular mountain views are breathtakingly beautiful as the mountains soar thousands of feet above you.

Each suite has been uniquely designed to provide you a warm, welcoming hospitality. The wonderful Hacienda style setting makes Casa Ocotillo the perfect place to invite the out-of-doors into your living space and fully enjoy the beautiful climate.

Our guests experience unparalleled resort-like accommodations and services designed especially for gay men in a personal hideaway you can call your very own. This is truly your own private resort in the desert, away from the hustle and bustle, and yet minutes from the excitement of downtown Palm Springs.

Uniquely decorated Bungalows & Suites individually designed with your personal comfort and privacy in mind

  • Private in-suite Baths
  • Oversized showers with Rain Heads & Seats
  • Outside Entrances
  • Private Porches/Patios
  • Heated Salt Water Pool and Spa with outside Fireplace
  • TV/CD/DVD/VHS/Cable in each bedroom
  • King Size Beds with Luxury Linens
  • Judith Jackson Spa Products
  • Expanded Continental Breakfast
  • Plush Robes, Hair Dryers, Iron and Ironing Board
  • Ceiling Fans
  • High Speed Internet-Wireless and plug-in
  • Guest Computer, Fax and copying service
  • Pet Friendly rooms available (ask for pet policies)
  • Walking Distance to Downtown Palm Springs Village
  • Guest Service Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Smoke-free indoor environment (Smoking permitted anywhere outside)
  • Clothing Optional Sunbathing around Pool and Hot Tub
  • Secure Motor Court Parking Behind Remote Controlled Gate
  • Complimentary Hollywood Video Library with over 1000 titles
  • Come visit us in Gay Palm Springs and stay at this beautiful, upscale men’s resort.

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD – Melvyn’s Restaurant, Palm Springs

Author: , June 17th, 2016

melvyn's to use outside

When we travel from coast to coast we usually do not know where to dine to have a memorable dining experience. Once we find a fabulous place, we go back again and again and again. We have been traveling to Palm Springs, California for 15 years and from the first time we went there we found one of our favorite restaurants in the entire country. Melvyn’s Restaurant which is located in the Ingleside Inn in downtown Palm Springs. We first heard about the restaurant on the television program, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”.

melvyns to use interiorWe knew that we had to try it out which we did 15 years ago and since then we have been back dozens of times. Mel Haber, the owner is a tremendously good looking gentleman and has owned the restaurant for 41 years. The decor and menu has not changed in all those years. If something is perfect, then why change it? It is like stepping back in 1950 and 1960’s Hollywood ! Large photos of Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and all of the glorious Movie stars from the past are on the walls. Usually while we are dining there, we always see a celebrity or two.

Brian Ellis, the Maitre d’ has been there since day one. He has won numerous awards as being one of the finest Maitre d’s in the country. He knows how to do things right and to make every guest have a most memorable dining experience. He has made friends with many of his thousands of diners including us. Travelers to Palm Springs always return again and again to Melvyn’s.

Owner Mel Haber is one of the nicest gentleman that we have ever met. He has contributed back to the community in so many ways. He has written two books on his personal experiences in operating his Inn and restaurant. He is a celebrity in his own right and has a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

mel haberMelvyn’s Restaurant is located in the Ingleside Inn which Mel has also owned for 41 years. Over the years, the Inn has become a magnet for Hollywood’s elite, U.S. Presidents, royalty, aristocrats, captains of industry and celebrities visiting Palm Springs. According to Wikipedia, his guests have included Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Marlon Brando, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Marie Shriver, Sylvester Stallone, Liza Minnelli, Liberace, Jerry Lewis, Barry Manilow, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Rita Hayworth, Pat Boone, Debbie Reynolds, Larry King, John Travolta, Sidney Sheldon, David Hasselhoff, President Gerald Ford, George Hamilton and celebrity travel columnists, Donald Pile and Ray Williams and dozens and dozens of other celebrities.

Check out Melvyn’s Restaurant at www.inglesideinn.com. They are located at 200 West Ramon Road. Their phone number is 800-772-6655 and the direct number to the restaurant is 760-325.2323.

For those readers who have never been to Palm Springs or are not going to be there in the immediate future, Mel Haber has given us one of his favorite recipes to share with our readers that he has on the menu.

VEAL INGLESIDE
– for Two people-

3 ounces of veal cutlet pounded until thin. Put in pan 2 ounces of peanut oil until hot. Flip both sides of veal into flour until lightly dusted. Whip one egg in a bowl, dip veal into egg batter, saute veal on each side 20 seconds until light brown.

Remove veal from pan and throw oil out. Put veal back into the same pan. Use 2 ounces of sherry wine. Reduce for 1 minute. Add 2 ounces of demi-glaze.

Cut 1/4 of an avocado fanned and put on top of veal. Cover with 2 ounces of mousseline sauce. Mousseline sauce is made with 8 ounces of heavy whipped cream combined with 4 ounces of hollandaise sauce (all whipped together). Preparation time: 6 minutes.
ENJOY !

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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The Dinah Was Awesome This Year (With Pics)

Author: , April 9th, 2016

The Dinah

WELCOME to The Dinah — the world’s biggest lesbian festival where more than 20,000 women meet every year for pool parties alongside celebs like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

These outrageous pictures from inside the Palm Springs party show thousands of bikini clad revellers enjoying the Florida sun, booze and debauchery. Almost everyone at the party — where ‘flashing is normal’ — is female.

The five-day mega event, Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, is the largest female festival in the world attracts celebrity fans and performances by Katy Perry and The Pussycat Dolls.

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