Tucked away in a tiny cul-de-sac in an upscale postmodern neighborhood in Palm Springs, sits a house that is made famous by one person- Elvis. As if the home didn’t have enough bragging rights already from its history, design, and previous owners, the most lasting and powerful connection came as the Midas touch from the King of Rock n Roll. This house is a treat for Elvis fans and postmodern architecture buffs alike. And to make it even better, the tour guides practically have a PhD in “Elvisology” and will fill you in on all kinds of fun facts as they relate to the home, the relics displayed throughout the home, and his life in general.
A Perfect Hideaway
The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway got its name from that magical night that Elvis and Priscilla spent their first night of their marriage. He carried his bride across the threshold of those giant entry doors to forever immortalize this special house. There is a photo of him doing this tradition on the sign in table in the foyer. This remote location in Palm Springs had been the perfect place to retreat to, for at the time, the city of Palm Springs was just a newly budding town in the desert that was a welcome retreat to the many famous people that were looking for a place to relax and get away from the hectic lifestyle of the big cities, namely the nearby Los Angeles. Big stars, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, and Cary Grant are just a few that had purchased getaway homes in the desert oasis. Although Elvis had never owned this home, he leased it for a year and used it as his weekend getaway when he was not filming the movie Clambake in Los Angeles.
Changed Wedding Plans
Despite being the perfect retreat most of the time, plans of a Palm Springs wedding for the king of rock n roll were discovered by a nosy neighbor, since one of Palm Springs’ most notorious gossip queens happened to live around the corner. She announced to the public that Elvis was to be married in Palm Springs. She was right, as the original plan was to have the wedding and reception held around the pool, but due to such a press frenzy, the entourage had to sneak out the back at 3am, with transportation provided by Frank Sinatra, including the limo and lear jet to go to Las Vegas. The royal couple was married at the Aladdin Hotel, but returned to Palm Springs in the afternoon to begin their honeymoon.
A Museum to Feel at Home
One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give is to make sure that there is plenty of battery in your camera and space in your memory. You will be taking lots of pictures. Part of the what made my trip so memorable to this special place was not only getting the chance to see it, but the opportunity to experience it. Reenact special moments in the same spot that Elvis and Priscilla were photographed, such as the crossing the threshold, or sitting on the built-in couch in a snuggled pose. I dipped my feet in the pool that the king swam in, talked on the phone that Priscilla was photographed with, and sat on the bed that is rumored to be the place where Lisa Marie was conceived, since she was born 9 months to the day after their honeymoon night. How about sitting in the tub where Elvis bathed? Yep, you can do that too. There are so many great photo opportunities that make this such a fun experience. The tour guides even encourage lots of picture taking and will take as many photos of you as you like. Just no videos are allowed.
The home was restored in the 90s, so not everything is exactly as it was during the 60s, however, the feeling is the same, and the bones of the house are the same. Although, I wish I could have seen some shag carpet! This place was amazing, and I am so glad that I got the opportunity to experience it. Palm Springs is a city full of life, with many things to do. It is easy to fill a day or several with many sightseeing opportunities. This location should be on your Palm Springs visit list.
How to See the Home
Tours are available daily at 1pm and 3:30pm, by appointment only. Advanced appointment is preferred, but walk ups are welcome, space permitting. Cost is $30 for adults, with children under 12 half price. Inquire about pricing for very small children, as they may be free depending on their age.
For appointments, call (760) 322-1192
Visit www.elvishoneymoon.com for more information
1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs, CA 92262
**The house is currently on the market, and there is no guarantee that the new owners will continue using the home as a museum. I encourage you to visit this wonderful piece of history before it may be too late. It remains as the last celebrity home in Palm Springs that is easily accessible to the public.
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