“The Rat Pack is back, baby! – or at least its hangout is …” write the editors of travel website LonelyPlanet.com.
Sinatra, Martin, Davis, Elvis, and many others in the 1960’s were frequent visitors to the Tropics, the tiki and Polynesian style resort motel now completely remodeled and renovated and known as the Caliente Tropics Resort Hotel.
In the 1950’s and ‘60’s, Palm Springs some 100 east of Los Angeles was the swinging gateway of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and dozens of other celebrities, “partying the night away in fancy modernist homes.”
Generally associated with Sinatra, the Rat Pack originally centered around actor Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, and other famous names in the 1950’s, and including other actors in the 1960’s including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Marilyn Monroe, and Angie Dickinson (as well as others who floated in and out of the group.)
The post-Bogart group reportedly never called itself by that name. They preferred to call themselves the “Summit” or the “Clan”, although media journalists and other outsiders continued to use the earlier term.
After Palm Springs heyday in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the 300-square mile Coachella Valley became known mostly as an area for retirees and golf.
Then according to the LonelyPlanet editors, in the 1990’s “a new generation fell in love with the city’s retro-chic charms, including steel-and-glass bungalows designed by famous architects, boutique hotels with vintage décor and kidney-shaped pools, and hushed piano bars serving the perfect martini.”
“In today’s Palm Springs, retirees and snowbirds mix comfortably with hipsters, hikers, and a significant gay and lesbian contingent, and visitors on getaways from Los Angeles or from clear across the globe.”
Palm Springs the home of Caliente Tropics Resort is the principal city of the Coachella Valley, a string of desert towns ranging from Cathedral City to Palm Desert and Indio.