USModernist Goes To Palm Springs
For Modernism Week
February 19-24


If you're into mid-century Modernist architecture, you don't want to miss USModernist's wildly popular annual trip to Palm Springs for Modernism Week. There's no other place in America with as many mid-century Modern houses per square mile - thousands of Modernist houses and buildings. And this is the very best week to go - when the town shares its crazy fun Modernist design from houses to art to furnishings to lifestyles to fashion to food! 

hotel skylark palm springs

You'll fly to Palm Springs and go back in time to 1962 as we stay at the swanky Hotel Skylark. We pretty much take the retro mid-century hotel over for the week!

 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 in the afternoons and early evenings when we aren't touring - or attending fun events somewhere else. And forget renting a car.  You get Uber credit for free rides around town!

Plus, each person gets a free year's membership in the Mod Squad/Terrazzo Level ($125 value)

Wow, that’s incredible! Indeed. This amazing trip includes:

  • Roundtrip flight on American Airlines to Palm Springs.

  • All airport transfers, plus transport on all USModernist tours and events, either by private bus or by a special Uber account (up to $70/person) good within Palm Springs. It's like having your own driver. Actually, it is exactly like having your own driver.

  • Five nights at the Hotel Skylark, including free wifi and a really good breakfast (oh the bacon! oh the frittatas), glamorous pool, a firepit, and a hot tub.

  • Access to the hotel bar, with 10 free drink coupons per person.

  • Tours nearly every day and a reception/party/dinner nearly every evening.

  • A welcome lunch on the first day at the hotel.

  • Free BUZZ trolley service to downtown Thursday through Saturday nights, stopping right in front of the hotel.

  • A private guided Modernist tour with Palm Springs architecture expert Trevor O'Donnell.

  • Rare interior tour of Sunnylands Estate, the "Western White House," designed by A. Quincy Jones; plus the Frey House II, designed by Albert Frey.

  • Admission to exclusive parties such as the USModernist benefit at the former Kirk Douglas Estate,  a private event at the Hotel Lautner, and an evening at the Frank Sinatra House!

  • Plus you can access the huge array of movies, lectures, presentations, exhibitions, other tours, and art installations put on by Modernism Week!

angela roehlTour Leader Angela Roehl has been a Modernism Week regular the last four years.  At breakfast, while you sip your coffee and eat the frittatas, she'll outline your day's eents and options. Plus, USModernist's George Smart will be there all week.

February 19

7am - Fly to Palm Springs, then transfer via your free Uber to the swanky Skylark Hotel.

After we serve you a great lunch by the pool, the afternoon is on your own; we recommend getting your bearings by visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center, and CAMP, the HQ for Modernism Week.

430pm - You'll attend (and be part of) USModernist's  benefit at the Kirk Douglas Estate. For this, you'll want to get dressed up.

hotel skylark palm springs
Hotel Skylark

ps museum of art
Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center

Modernism Week CAMP

Kirk Douglas Estate

February 20

8am - Breakfast Briefing with Angela Roehl

830am - Private House and Town Tour with Trevor O'Donnell, including dozens of buildings and homes with some exclusive interior visits.

When the tour ends, lunch is on your own.  Half the group will tour the Frey House II, one of Palm Springs most famous Modernist houses, and the rest will tour tomorrow.

430pm - Exclusive tour and sunset reception at the Hotel Lautner, designed by John Lautner.

Trevor O'Donnell

Frey Tramway Gas Station

Frey House II

Hotel Lautner
February 21

8am - Breakfast Briefing with Angela Roehl

930am - TBA

Lunch and afternoon on your own

After lunch, half the group will tour the Frey House II.

6pm - Drinks at Frank's: a cocktail party at the Frank Sinatra House. For this, you'll want to get dressed up.

Frey House II

Frank Sinatra House
Saturday February 22

8am - Breakfast Briefing with Angela Roehl

830am - Tour of Sunnylands Estate, aka the Western White House, designed by Quincy Jones

1pm - Free afternoon.  Maybe visit the Walker Guest House Replica, designed by Paul Rudolph?

7pm - Dinner at Eight4Nine, one of the top restaurants in Palm Springs.

Sunnylands Estate

Walker Guest House Replica

Eight4Nine Restaurant
Sunday February 23

8am - Breakfast Briefing with Angela Roehl

It's a free day - morning, lunch, and afternoon on your own. Some people meet friends, some go to Joshua Tree National Park, some stay by the pool, some go on the double decker bus tours, some go shopping!

6pm - Farewell  poolside cocktail party at a very special Palm Springs Modernist house.

joshua tree
Joshua Tree National Park
Double Decker Buses

Today you can watch poolside podcast tapings of Modernism Week keynote speakers with USModernist Radio's George Smart and Tom Guild.

Monday February 24

8am - Farewell Breakfast (goodbye dearest frittatas!)

9am - Leave for the airport, fly to RDU

6pm - Arrive RDU


How It Works:

Typically each day there is breakfast, a tour/event in the morning, and a great party or reception or dinner in the evening. During the afternoons, choose from extra Modernism Week activities available directly from the Modernism Week website.

Or walk, shop, drink, sleep, or eat your way through the magic that is Palm Springs during Modernism Week. Or sit, swim, or tan 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 two evening parties involve dressing up (jackets for men, cocktail attire for women) but all day events are casual.


$3,499 per person General Public Double Occupancy
$4,199 per person General Public Single Occupancy
$3,399 per person Mod Squad Double Occupancy
$4,099 per person Mod Squad Single Occupancy

If you wish to fly from another city, please register and pay below, then send an email stating that choice to You'll receive a $200 per person rebate within a week. 

Proceeds benefit USModernist's ongoing nonprofit documentation, preservation, and promotion projects.  Questions?  Contact USModernist Executive Director George Smart at 919.740.8407 or

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. If you have free bag status, you can declare that in advance or check-in with the airline.

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 102 tours, this has never happened, but it could.