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Usually the phrase “go towards the light” is reserved for conversations about near-death experiences. But, if you stay in this icy cold winter weather much longer, this could become a “near-death” conversation. It has been said that Palm Springs in California is where God spends the winter. Once you visit, trust me, you'll want to join him writes OutUK Correspondent Jill Pentrack.
Palm Springs is one of the USA's premier gay holiday destinations. Around an hour's flying time from Los Angeles, it's in fact a sprawling collection of a number of attractive small cities in the middle of the desert. Gay tourists tend to stay in small independently owned resorts which all feature small villas or rooms surrounding pools, jacuzzis and gardens.
Downtown Palm Springs features a blend of Spanish-Mediterranean architecture and food. Courtesy of Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.
Some resorts boast of their high sexual temperature where a single gay man will find plenty to occupy his time, whilst others offer a more sophisticated ambience more suitable for couples. Whilst every resort has a pool, most serve continental breakfast, and some host a complimentary evening cocktail hour so guests can get to know each other.

While Palm Springs maintains a small community charm, it plays host to many world class restaurants and exciting gay clubs. The choices are endless ranging from small, intimate venues to the larger, more prominent establishments found in many larger cities throughout the world.

As a gay traveller, you will be comfortable enjoying an intimate evening with your lover (or the cutie you met at Hunters), without feeling uncomfortable. Palm Springs is warm and accepting and boasts a gay population approaching 40%. Even though the resorts, restaurants and clubs are attractions of their own, there are plenty of things to occupy you besides the gorgeous sun (and men). There are numerous hiking and biking trails, a tram that travels 8,000 feet straight up from the desert floor, and casinos everywhere. The Spa Casino is situated smack in the middle of downtown. If you’re willing to drive a bit, check out Agua Caliente Casino on Ramon Road, and further out (about 20 minutes) are Fantasy Springs and Spotlight 29.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway goes from 2000 to 8500 feet up Mt. San Jacinto with awe inspiring views, hiking and dining on top. Courtesy of Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.

RESORTS

If you have an appetite for pleasure and want to indulge yourself, there are a number of outstanding resorts awaiting you.

The Triangle Inn located just a few blocks from downtown is always an excellent choice. In addition to the nine spacious yet cozy suites, there's a lovely 4 bedroom, 2 bath home, fully outfitted and ready for you and your friends to enjoy. Weekly, monthly and seasonal rental are available. You’ll love everything there is to offer. Clothing always optional.

In the Tahquitz River Estates neighborhood, just up a block from The Triangle Inn, Tortuga del Sol is a laid-back clothing-optional hotel catering to gay men is 3 miles from the Palm Springs airport and 2 miles from the Palm Springs Art Museum. The 12 rooms and suites include free WiFi, DVD players, mini fridges, microwaves and coffee makers. Private patios, kitchenettes and dining tables are available in some suites. The resort also has a heated outdoor pool with privacy hedges as well as a hot tub, some very lush gardens and an outdoor shower, plus a fire pit, shaded hammocks and a BBQ grill which is regularly used.
Facilities at the Tortuga del Sol are typical of gay resorts in Palm Springs.
The Escape Resort is all about service. This beautiful 1950's property is one of the longest running clothing optional resorts serving the gay community in Palm Springs. Whether you prefer your breakfast in bed, by the pool, or naked on your patio, it is prepared and served just as you like it. Perfectly located with an east/west situated pool you can enjoy full sun all day! The resort is surrounded by spectacular views and tropical grounds and rooms have a variety of themes and the amenities are impressive. Clothing is optional throughout.

In the Warm Sands area, we recommend:

Desert Paradise. This is all about making your stay the best it can be. Impeccable grounds, killer views, and a gorgeous pool. If you’re looking for Liberace’s candelabra, you’ll find it here! Perfectly situated in the heart of Warm Sands. Clothing optional.

Inndulge lives up to its name and all that it implies. A popular Warm Sands resort for many years, Inndulge is one of the best and best known in the area and has been the location for quite a few porn films. To be honest, every day is like a porn film here with some of the best looking guys on the planet hanging out, so your stay will be anything but mundane. Clothing optional.

Warm Sands Villas. Very recently (and expertly) refurbished by folks who understand comfort, the rooms are equipped with everything you need for a perfect stay. Visit the observation deck for a birds-eye view of the boys in the pool and surrounding mountains. Ask about the Shirley Temple Bungalow (sounds kinky). Read your book by the pool in peace or read your book while getting a piece, it’s all up to you. Clothing optional.

Palm Springs is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels and many fine examples of midcentury architecture. Its core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, interior design shops and restaurants. Located on the northern end of Palm Springs but still close to downtown, are some other fine resorts that you’ll also want to consider.
Pride Parade on the south end of Palm, Canyon Drive. Photo: constantgardener
East Canyon Hotel and Spa. The way Webster’s, the dictionary, should define luxury. This is one of the very best resorts in Palm Springs offering a full-service spa on premises and amenities too numerous to list here. Body wraps, facials, massage and treatments I can’t begin to pronounce are available on site. The rooms are expertly decorated and coupled with an impeccable level of service, it is a hard place to beat. Definitely not for boys on a budget. Ask Daddy to take you there, and wear your shorts to breakfast.

The CCBC compound (The Cathedral City Boys Club) is located in Cathedral City and definitely serves the ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) crowd. Never a lack of something salacious and sinful to do here. Visit their nude beach, the jail, and the dungeon. Known for its nature walk which loops around the property, they have a whimsical path along the outer edges of the 3.5 acres CCBC occupies. There are plenty of places along the way to stop and admire the wildlife. This petting zoo is definitely not for children. Day passes are available. Open 24 hours. The amenities also include a pool, 2 hot tubes, sauna and steam room, military compound and waterfalls. The property is completely fenced in and private so come prepared, and check your briefs at the door.

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