It is hard to believe that it's over two decades since the world lost the incomparable Frank Sinatra on 14th May 1998. Of course, the respect and admiration for the music, talent, and “spirit of cool” Sinatra shared with the world will live forever, along with his legendary status in the entertainment industry.
What many may not realise is that Frank Sinatra called the Palm Springs Desert Resorts area home for nearly 50 years – from his arrival in the late 40s through his final days. Today, from his mid-century modern Palm Springs home and Rancho Mirage compound, two restaurants and landmarks throughout the desert, the public can still glimpse places owned and frequented by The Chairman of the Board in this beautiful California desert paradise.
The Compound – (70-588 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage) – This sprawling 2.5 acre residence was built in 1954 and includes a main house, movie theatre, five guest houses, an actual train caboose turned into a barbershop and sauna, two swimming pools, tennis courts, and a personal art studio. Each building was named after one of his songs: “New York, New York,” “High Hopes,” “The Tender Trap,” “Send In the Clowns,” “Chicago,” and “My Way.” The Compound includes the famous guest quarters built in 1962 for (but never used by) JFK, and a helicopter landing pad in the circle drive, later turned into a flower garden. While Sinatra fans cannot enter The Compound (it was sold in the late 1990s and is privately owned) it remains to be one of the most popular drive-by addresses for carloads and busloads of tourists who visit the desert.
Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center (39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, on the Eisenhower Medical Center campus) - Founded in 1986 by Sinatra’s wife Barbara, the $2.5 million, facility continues to be a national leader in the treatment of child sexual abuse. The annual Frank Sinatra Invitational Celebrity Golf Tournament (www.sinatragolf.org) raises money for the Center, with a star studded gala that attracts more than 1,000 players and fans from around the country.
The Riviera Resort (1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs) – was where Sinatra organized big charity shows featuring such fun-loving buddies as comedian Jerry Lewis and fellow crooner Bing Crosby. Crosby, a longtime Sinatra idol who owned a home at Thunderbird Heights in Rancho Mirage, today is the namesake for a restaurant chain of fine, vintage-era restaurants and clubs. The Rancho Mirage “Bing Crosby’s” sports a huge mural on the front of the building, which depicts a dancing and singing Bing, Grace Kelly, Louis Armstrong, and of course, Frank Sinatra.
Let Bon Voyage arrange a Frank Sinatra inspired holiday in Palm Springs for you. Perhaps you'd like to grab a few friends and stay in his plush, and now extremely retro home in Twin Palms Estate. Or would you prefer a break in the tropical Riviera Resort? Call Bon Voyage to discuss your Palm Springs holiday options.