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The Ocotillo Lodge: Palmer & Krisel’s Vision of the Midcentury Vacation

Join us for our exclusive community tour and enjoy eight interior units, groovy music, classic cars and appearances by one of the "Marilyn’s of Palm Springs" and a Lucille Ball Drag Queen.

$95 (1.5 hrs)

Category: Tour (Interior), Vintage Cars

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Immerse yourself in the Alexander Company and Palmer & Krisel’s magnificent hotel turned private community, the iconic Ocotillo Lodge! Join us for our exclusive community tour and
enjoy eight interior units, groovy music, classic cars and appearances by one of the “Marilyns of Palm Springs” and a Lucille Ball Drag Queen.

The Ocotillo Lodge opened in 1957 and was designed to bring architectural innovation and the luxury hotel experience to South Palm Springs as part of the larger Twin Palms development. With an innovative site plan that includes a two-story building facing E. Palm Canyon Drive and one-story bungalows on three sides of the pool, guests could enjoy short term hotel or long-term seasonal stays. 

Each unit has a kitchenette and originally featured thoughtful design touches such as skylights in the bathrooms, jalousie windows to provide venting in kitchens, clerestory windows with palm tree and mountain views, and deep overhanging eaves for shade from the intense desert sun. Rooms were either 525 or 590 square feet, and all feature private or semi-private outdoor space in addition to the gorgeous shared grounds, that were designed by internationally acclaimed landscape architect, Garrett Eckbo.

The Ocotillo Lodge was later famously owned by the Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry and LA Lakers Owner, Jerry Buss! 

In addition to the eight uniquely designed units, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the grounds of the famous complex. 

While touring our beautiful grounds, you will be able to imagine the days of midcentury poolside glamour as you view our famous keyhole shaped pool where rumored guests such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Perry Como, the Rolling Stones, and the Rat Pack enjoyed the Palm Springs lifestyle. Our vintage outdoor Sunshine Bar will display retro Ocotillo Lodge memorabilia and photos to enjoy. 

Tour proceeds will go towards further restoration of our beautiful midcentury property, including the original front signage and Club House which is closed for renovations.

As part of the tour, each guest will receive a surprise gift…an Ocotillo memento inspired by days past!



Things to Know
This event is for all ages.

Please arrive at your designated start time
We recommend taking approximately 90 mins to complete the tour
Shoe covers will be provided and are at the discretion of each homeowner
Restrooms are not available during the tour
Please check-in at the Ocotillo Lodge Club House at the front of the building
The organizer of this event is Ocotillo Lodge Homeowners' Association.

Event Check-in Location
Ocotillo Lodge Community

1111 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
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Photo Credits: Ocotillo Lodge

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