Thursday, February 18, 2016

Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California -- Article shared by Palm Springs Guru

Palm Springs airport goes retro for Modernism Week

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With all this talk of snow, let’s take a break to think about Palm Springs, Calif., and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), where you can walk out of the Sonny Bono Concourse and sit outside, under palm trees, while waiting for your flight.

Each February, Palm Springs hosts Modernism Week — a festival celebrating the mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture embraced by the city — and this year Virgin America has convinced the airport to let it transform the airline’s gate area into a vintage modernist exhibit as part of the program.

The festival runs Feb. 11 - 21 and during that time passengers at PSP will notice that Virgin’s gate area looks decidedly retro, with a mod rug, late 1960s-era lounge chairs and matching ottomans, tables and Lucite lamps. A specially designed backdrop will be part of the gate exhibit as well.

“We’re excited to partner with Modernism Week to add a touch of 60s glamour to the airport at Palm Springs through this unique exhibition”, said Virgin America chief marketing officer Luanne Calvert in a statement, “We look forward to making travelers headed to this year’s Modernism Week feel like their last name is Draper ...”

Virgin America flies to Palm Springs six days a week from San Francisco International airport and offers service to PSP from JFK as well.

Harriet Baskas is a Seattle-based airports and aviation writer and USA TODAY Travel's "At the Airport" columnist. She occasionally contributes to Ben Mutzabaugh's Today in the Sky blog. Follow her at

Thank you to USA Today and writer Harriet Baskas for this informative and educational and entertaining article.

I Love Palm Springs! Yesterday, today and on to the future Palm Springs is the perfect place to visit, shop, dine, stay, work, play, relax, refresh, and rejuvenate. Come to Palm Springs and enjoy everything it has to offer.


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