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Truly Chillaxing, and Bookish Palm Springs


Tortuga del Sol, Palm Springs, originally uploaded by moleskineboy.

I spent my birthday in Palm Springs the past weekend. Tortuga del Sol is a very quiet resort tugged away in the desert against the backdrop of the mountains. For a good amount of the stay we were the only guests who got to enjoy all the facilities to our own. If you look to the right of the photo, the corner taken up by wicker chairs and love seat was my reading spot. I would peruse Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (a recommendation thanks to many of you) over coffee when the sun touched on that spot. In the afternoon, the sunny spot fell on the left side of the pool. I would get into the pool with my book propped up on the cement side. I would for hours on ends in the sun while having a drink. Did I tell you that we made our own cosmos? We would much over a nosh on candle-lit table by the pool and walked around the garden. Palm Springs is my winter paradise.

24 Responses

  1. WOW this looks like an awesome place to be this time of year. Happy “belated” birthday. I also hope you had a great day today with family/friends.

  2. Dude this is amazing. A perfect way to spend a birthday! A pool, the mountains, a DRY book, and a cosmo. I’m so jealous!

  3. I am really not a desert person…and I hate the heat. (give me a couple of feet of snow any day) but I must say that looks like a good reading/dozing/noshing place.

  4. Everything about this place and especially the cosmos and the reading spot sounds wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  5. Happy belated birthday, Matt. 🙂 It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Palm Springs. To lay by the pool and read–heaven!

  6. Belated Happy Birthday to you Matt!!!! Hope you had a wonderful time, it certainly looks like you did most jealous of the pool and the reading spot!! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Brideshead Revisited.

  7. I can’t believe you were the only guests! What a great birthday!

  8. Happy late birthday! It sounds like it was amazing! 🙂

  9. Belated birthday wishes, Matt! You’ve certainly found a fab location for a nice getaway.

  10. Matt…another belated Happy Birthday wish to you. I’ve been thinking about a winter vacation to Palm Springs. Can you recommend any other booklover haunts there. Also San Francisco. Is there a booklover’s travel guide to your City?

    • When I was there last weekend, I asked the same question. So my friend did a Google search for bookstores in Palm Springs:

      In San Francisco, you can find so many (independent) bookstores that reflect individual character of the neighborhoods:

      Green Apples: 6th/Clement in Richmond District
      Aarvark’s: Market/Church near The Castro
      Bibliohead: Oak/Gough in the Hayes Valley
      Books Inc: Market/16th in the Castro
      Books Inc: Van Ness/Turk at the Opera Plaza in Civic Center
      Books Inc: California/Locust in Laurel Heights
      Dog Eared Books: 20th/Valencia in the Mission
      West Portal Books: West Portal/Santa Clara Ave in Sunset
      Citylights: Columbus/Broadway in Chinatown
      Booksmith: on Haight in Upper Haight Valley
      Marcus Bookseller: Post/Fillmore in the Fillmore District
      Browser Books Inc: Sacramento/Fillmore in Pacific Heights
      A Different Lights: Castro/18th in the Castro
      Book Passage: inside the Ferry Building in the Financial District
      Borders Books: Powell/Post in Downtown Union Square
      Borders Books: inside SF Shopping Center on Market
      Borders Books: inside Stonestown Galleria in the Sunset
      Borders Books: 2nd/Townsend in SOMA

  11. Looks like a fab spot! There’s nothing nicer than reading books in the sun by a swimming pool. Hope you had a great birthday.

  12. That sounds like a slice of heaven!!! So glad that you enjoyed yourselves!!!

  13. I also noticed that you’re read the Book of Lost Things…hope you’re enjoying it…I loved it!

  14. I’m a Tortuga del Sol fan too. The last time we stayed was in the middle of summer and I think one night we were the only guests. I’m glad you had a great time and also want to send my belated birthday greetings your way. Aloha from Rob

  15. Looks like a great relaxing place!
    Happy belated Birthday! 🙂

  16. Aaaaaah, aren’t you a lucky fellow!

    (“And he’s a jolly good fellow…”)

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