Historic Articles

Sunny Days on the Salton Sea – Desert Magazine (December 2011)

Frightening potential environmental impacts and mind-numbing economic analyses dominate the conversation about the Salton Sea these days. But there was a time when the sea’s great gift as a vast recreational resource for the valley was much easier to fathom-before the drastic reduction in water volume and quality dimmed its allure. Picture it: According to a Time Magazine article, the sea’s North Shore Yacht Club once boasted the largest marina

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"Golden Days of Desert Golf" – Desert Magazine (April 2012)

With some 120 private and public courses scattered from Palm Springs to Indio, calling our desert “the Golf Capital of the World” seems a natural. But as recently as 1950, there wasn’t a single 18-hole course here. The El Mirador purportedly had the first course, with the O’Donnell Golf Club being second. It’s now the oldest golf course in the Coachella Valley. Wealthy oilman Thomas O’Donnell was an avid golfer

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“Star Studded Getaways” – The Press Enterprise (December 11, 1996)

In 1996, The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn opened after a restoration process had taken place. The building was constructed in the 1920s, but had lost much of its original luster before being renewed in the 1990s. The Willows has some rich history, as Samuel Untermyer (a famous lawyer of the early 1900s) was one of the first people to own it. While Untermyer was the owner, Albert Einstein was

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“The Desert Entrepreneurs” – Palm Springs Life (October 1996)

In the mid 1990s, Dr. Paul Marut and his wife, Dr. Tracy Conrad (along with Conrad’s brother Andrew), purchased The Willows and decided to rescue it from its previous state and work on restoring it. “‘We gutted the place of all the additions,’ says Dr. Marut…. Conrad’s face holds a wide grin while showing off the results, a restored villa…” The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is now a beautiful

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“Desert Hospitality” – Los Angeles Times (September 8, 1996)

The Los Angeles Times is one of the most famous newspapers in the world and in September of 1996, soon after The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn was restored and opened, it had an article in the Travel section that was written about the author’s experience at The Willows and Palm Springs. Written from the perspective of a wife (Barbara DeMarco Barrett) who stayed at the elegant inn with her

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“Palm Springs in Summer: Sizzling Times and Cool Deals” – The San Diego Union-Tribune (June 23, 1996)

In June of 1996, The San Diego Union-Tribune had an article about hotels in Palm Springs, CA. The Willows was listed among them and said it was “a lavish, eight-room inn” in “the nostalgia neighborhood”. This article was written soon after renovations had taken place after husband and wife, Dr. Paul Marut and Dr. Tracy Conrad, became the new owners of the property. While the article misstates that Samuel Untermyer

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