The Horizon Hotel
Vancouver’s rainy season occupies the greater portion of the year so whenever possible, pack your swimwear and head south to Palm Springs for some dry heat. Stay at The Horizon Hotel, one of the few remaining Mid-Century Modern hotels in this palm-tree lined city known for its Neutra houses. Built in 1952 by architect William F. Cody for TV producer and mogul Jack Wrather and his wife, Bonita “Bunny” Granville, a Hollywood actress, the Horizon feels much like the private playground it once was. The couple threw lavish parties on site, flying in dozens of their celebrity pals to spend weekends at their paradisiacal retreat, sipping cocktails by the pool. Set on two and a half perfectly manicured acres, the hotel boasts a salt water pool and a jacuzzi, both accessible at all hours (perfect for swimming under the stars), and its 21-and-up policy keeps things peaceful and grown-up. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about all things Palm Springs. A private residence, complete with its own pool and patio, is one of 22 rooms spread amongst 8 low-rise bungalows, some units with one floor-to-ceiling glass wall. Although simply furnished, several of the rooms have open-air showers in enclosed garden spaces. It’s also conveniently located near the Ace Hotel, a slightly more slick and raucous spot and the ideal place to retreat from all the sun into their dark bar, The Amigo Room. The Horizon isn’t part of some anonymous corporate chain, a slick boutique hotel, or a hipster conversion, it’s the ideal Palm Springs experience: our complimentary continental breakfast was served on the patio, under the shade of an olive tree, in the company of a fluttering hummingbird. Ridiculously picturesque.