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If you're into architecture, you don't want to miss USModernist's wildly popular trip to Palm Springs for Modernism Week; the experience is to mid-century Modernist design what the Super Bowl is to football!
There's no other place in America with as many mid-century Modern houses per square mile with thousands of Modernist houses and buildings. Enjoy all-you-can-eat Modernist architecture from art to furnishings to lifestyles to fashion to food!
You'll fly direct to LAX via Delta. You'll go back in time as we stay at the swanky and just-renovated mid-century Hotel Skylark. Plus you get event admissions, exclusive private tours, eye-popping Hollywood-style parties, and a walkable location to downtown Palm Springs. There's our own free private open bar, available every afternoon and early evening when we aren't touring.
Did we forget to mention free Uber service around town? I think we did.
Plus, each person gets a free year's membership in the Mod Squad/Terazzo Level ($125 value)
Wow, that’s incredible! Indeed. This amazing trip includes:
Roundtrip direct flight to LAX on Delta. All airport transfers, plus transport on all USModernist tours.
Five nights at the Hotel Skylark, a retro boutique hotel with free internet, a really good breakfast (oh the frittatas), glamorous pool, free wifi, our own private open bar, and a hot tub.
Tours nearly every day and a dinner or evening reception/party nearly every evening.
Opportunity to watch poolside tapings of USModernist Radio with George Smart, Tom Guild, and keynote speakers from Modernism Week.
An optional lunch at an In-n-Out Burger, California's much-loved joint!
A special Uber account for up to $60/person for within Palm Springs. It's like having your own driver. Actually, it is exactly like having your own driver.
Free BUZZ trolley service downtown Thursday through Saturday nights. BUZZ stops right in front of the hotel.
A special private guided Palm Springs Modernist tour with Modernist architecture expert Trevor O'Donnell.
Admission to exclusive parties such as the famous Retro Martini party on Friday night. In the past we were in Leonardo DiCaprio's house and Kirk Douglas' house (Leo and Kirk, sad to say, were not).
Plus you will access the huge array of movies, lectures, presentations, exhibitions, other tours, and art installations put on by Modernism Week (extra charge for some of these, you'll register directly with Modernism Week).
How It Works:
Typically each day there will be breakfast, a tour in the morning, and a great party or reception or dinner in the evening. During the afternoons, you can choose from extra Modernism Week activities available directly from the Modernism Week website.
Or walk, shop, drink, sleep, swim, tan, or eat your way through the magic that is Palm Springs during Modernism Week. Or sit by the pool, just a few feet from your door.
Weather in Palm Springs is usually cool and sunny. Many tours are on foot, so make sure to bring walking shoes. At least one evening party involves dressing up but everything else is casual.
Proceeds benefit USModernist's ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects. We are a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit. Questions, please contact USModernist Executive Director George Smart at 919.740.8407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fine Print:
Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for trip cancellation. However, you can sell or give your place to another person with at least two weeks written notice to USModernist.
You are responsible for any checked bag fees with Delta, both coming and going. If you have free bag status with the airline, you can declare that at check-in.
Participants must sign a liability release before departing, as is standard with all USModernist trips.
There is NO SMOKING of any kind at the hotel, inside or outside.
Parking at RDU airport is not included. You're responsible for incidental charges to your hotel room.
The itinerary and order of events are subject to change without notice or refund.
Architects can get self-reported CEU hours if arranged in advance with the AIA.
There is a small but possible risk of overnight stay if flights are cancelled or delayed, in which case participants are responsible for any additional costs of meals, lodging, transportation, and incidental expenses. With over 80 tours, this has never happened, but it could.