A Feeling of Community in the Desert

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There is a middle road between the corporate character of chain hotels and expensive boutique establishments in the Coachella Valley, and for the traveler in Palm Springs who wishes to have both privacy and communal charm, there is the Tuscany Manor Resort.

Recently refurbished in 2008, the Tuscany Manor is situated on a cul-de-sac off of Vista Chino on the outskirts of downtown Palm Springs, so that the amenities of the town are just a few minutes away and yet, there is more of a sense of being sheltered by the San Jacinto Mountains, which tower over the courtyard.

And there, one will find a proliferation of fruit trees—lemon, tangerine and grapefruit—along with the de rigeur swimming pool (solar-heated) and Jacuzzi. The large barbecue within this encircled patio leads one to infer that the Tuscany Manor, a ring of one- and two-bedroom suites, appeals to not only individuals touring through the area but for corporate retreats, weddings and other group social functions.

Many properties leave you to your own devices, should you need assistance after office hours. But when one walks through the iron front gate of the Tuscany Manor, you find the office, with a lovely, multi-colored mural of a fountain on its wall, and are greeted by gregarious general manager Pete Dourbayan, who, comfortingly, lives on the premises in one of the units.

The Tuscany Manor encourages longer stays, as their suites include nicely appointed kitchenettes with utensils, cookware and the like. Furthermore, they are pet friendly, allowing furry friends under ten pounds to accompany on your stay. There are also laundry facilities on the site so that you can comfortably settle in, if the visit is more than a weekend getaway.

Lest you think that the terra cotta and apricot color schemed Tuscany Manor does not serve the business traveler, please note that the suites have high speed Internet capability, a fax is available and there are unlimited free local calls, if you want to find out the best place to quaff, golf, munch or lunch.

Mr. Dourbayan informed me that the property was originally developed to house dignitaries and has over the years been adapted to the spacious Southwestern décor suites it now features. The Tuscany Manor is part of the Beachtree Properties group (www.BeachtreeProperties.com) which includes unique locations in Palm Beach, Molokai, Cape Cod and Atlantic City.

Tuscany Manor Resort, 350 West Chino Canyon Drive, Palm Springs,760.416.8916, www.Tuscany ManorResort.com

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