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Travel Tuesday: Get A Nude Attitude

We’re two weeks into 2023. Ready for a vacation yet?

To kick off our new Travel Tuesday series, we’re going to let it all hang out. Much like we did over the Christmas holiday when we had our first-ever stay at INNdulge in beautiful, sunny Palm Springs, California.

We’ve stayed many places in Palm Springs over the years and they’ve always been clothing-optional men’s resorts—because why would we ever stay anywhere else?

(Hint, hint: Keep scrolling for the uncensored version of the photo above.)

But never have we met such great guys than our Christmas week vacation at the charming, 24-room mid-century modern property in the heart of the Warm Sands neighborhood. It’s hard not to make friends every night in the 12-man hot tub where conversations are lively and there’s a pretty even mix of men wearing swimsuits and men wearing nothing at all.

That’s the beauty of a place like INNdulge. It’s a judgment-free zone where you’ll see all ages, all body types and all manners of dress (and undress).

Consider planning a vacation at INNdulge over a major holiday for a really special treat. One of the reasons we met so many new friends was being there over Christmas Day. The owners cook a family-style meal at Thanksgiving and Christmas and for the upcoming Easter weekend, they put on a festive Easter Sunday Brunch.

So if you’re escaping family, you can rest assured you’ll find a new one—even if it’s merely a temporary vacation family.

Other perks of staying at INNdulge include a free evening social hour with a pour-your-own drinks bar, nibbles and another chance to meet fellow guests. A daily continental breakfast with bottomless coffee, Thursday pizza socials and weekend pool parties are three more ways. So if you leave without meeting anyone new, you’re doing something wrong (unless solitude’s your goal, then you do you!)

If you wish to pack light, they have laundry facilities on-site. (Of course, if you stay at the resort a lot, you won’t need any clothes. Right?)

Of course, Palm Springs offers many reasons to put some fabric over the ol’ family jewels and head out for outdoor adventures, as well as plenty of fabulous food and drinks.

Venturing Beyond INNdulge…

We enjoyed full days at the resort (from sunrise in the hot tub all the way through evening social hour). But it was nice to get out and explore everything Palm Springs has to offer, from new-to-us places and some of our all-time favorite haunts.

Outdoor Adventures

Every time we’ve been to Palm Springs in the past, our trip has been relatively short, so we never wanted to get too far out of town. This past visit, however, we had plenty of extra days to hit the road and see the sites. Our first visit to Joshua Tree National Park was everything we hoped it would be and we highly recommend planning your trip so you can stick around for sunset (unless you’re an early riser, then head there for sunrise). It’s only about an hour to the national park.

Dozens of trails can be found around Palm Springs, too, whether you’re looking for an easy trek or something really challenging. Indian Canyons offers some of the most scenic. Or take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up the mountain where you can experience snow much of the year while gazing down upon the sunny desert below. Hiking up here’s spectacular, too. AND…there’s a cocktail bar!

Food, Drink & THC Treats

Palm Springs has countless top-notch dining options, but we found several favorites to add to our one dining tradition, Wang’s in the Desert. (We love other wangs in the desert, too, of course.) This year’s top discovery was Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge (pictured in the gallery above), a chic fine-dining spot that’s far from stuffy. The Corn and Crab Chowder has been in our dreams ever since.

For more casual dining (perfect for lunch), check out 1501 Urban Gastropub (try the “Cubano” sandwich and the fish and chips). El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana has two locations that showcase the best of California-style Mexican food along with some stiff margaritas. Or head to Blackbook for awesome burgers and fried chicken sandwiches (pictured) in the heart of the Arenas Road gay district.

Surrounding Blackbook you’ll find several options for LGBTQ nightlife, including our favorite spot, Streetbar, home to some of the stiffest cheap drinks in the entire state of California. Or if you want a different kind of high, all things marijuana are legal in the state for smoking and eating (we prefer edibles ourselves). LGBTQ-owned and operated Atomic Budz Dispensary has an out-of-towners discount every Monday, plus other daily specials so you can get your weed on the cheap.

We offer these suggestions as a good place to start, but you can always find the latest information on businesses and events around town at Visit Palm Springs and in the Gay Desert Guide.

Now book your flight, book your INNdulge hotel stay, then pack a few swimsuits and not too much more.

Because once you get to Palm Springs, you’re cordially invited to undress to impress.

INNdulge
inndulge.com

Visit Palm Springs
visitpalmsprings.com