Martinis and Mid Century Architecture
Explore the Rat Pack Era on our newest tour - Martinis and Mid Century Architecture. Sunny Cycle and Palm Springs Mod Squad have joined forces to create this exciting electric pedal tour that takes you into the heart of 1960's Palm Springs.
Pedal into the past and see the houses of some of the biggest stars of the 1960's like Rat Packers Peter Lawford and Dean Martin, even Marilyn Monroe.
After cruising through the architectural past, it will be time for an adult refreshment. In true Palm Springs fashion, we'll stop for a martini! There Kurt will share his martini knowledge with you. You'll discover why martinis are shaken and not stirred and how this drink became the signature cocktail of the era.
Kurt is no stranger when it comes to martinis.. He forages juniper berries in the mountains above Palm Springs and makes his own varieties of bespoke, small-batch gin.
Whether you prefer a vodka or gin martini, this is an exciting, fun-filled tour. It is a perfect tour for larger groups. The pedal cab seats 14.
The Interiors Tour
The Interiors Tour takes you inside three homes built between 1956-1958. Join us as we discover what it is like to live in a mid-century modern home in Palm Springs.
First up is a 1958 Hugh Kaptur designed home that has been restored, yet sensitively modernized for year round living. The second home is from 1958 and is of indeterminate origins. It appears to be custom built for full-time residency as the large kitchen and plethora of closets seem to indicate. The third residence was designed by Howard Lapham in 1956 as an owner's unit of an extended stay vacation apartment motel.
Each home is distinct and bears the highly personalized interiors of its inhabitants. None were built as celebrity show homes, but well-designed and innovative houses using the principles of the Desert Modern aesthetic for the post-war middle class.
90 minutes $125.00
The Essential Palm Springs Tour
"This was a terrific tour - comfortable ride, super-informative and such a charming and knowledgeable host! Kurt is a master at sharing interesting backstories and neighborhood histories - the time just flew by. I will enjoy PS with a greatly renewed appreciation - thank you, Kurt!"
Jerry S. - Yelp review
The Essential Palm Springs Tour showcases the local architects that shaped mid-century look of Palm Springs.
Though many great architects have designed and built in Palm Springs, there are six local architects that stand out as those who helped shape the mod architectural look of the city. This tour is devoted to them.
You'll see residential and commercial architecture by William Cody, Albert Frey, Hugh Kaptur, Wiliam Krisel, Donald Wexler and E. Stewart Williams. Along the way, you'll see how the light and landscape helped guide these architects to create a version of modernism specifically suited to the California desert.
90 minutes $65.00
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