Monday-Sunday, February 19-25, 2018

If you're into architecture, you don't want to miss Modernism Week; it's to mid-century Modernist design what the Super Bowl is to football!  Enjoy six nights and five days of all-you-can-eat architecture, from art to furnishings to lifestyles to food to houses!

This is the awesome annual NCMH trip you've likely heard about!

There's no other place in America with as many mid-century Modern houses per square mile!

You'll fly to Los Angeles direct from RDU, then we have a private coach to Palm Springs.  Are breakfasts included?  Yes. Hotel? The swanky Hotel Skylark, of course!  Dinners? Yes.  Plus private tours, exclusive eye-popping Hollywood-style parties, and a walkable prime hotel location in Palm Springs.  Our own private open bar.  Did we forget to mention free Uber service? 

Plus a free year's membership in the NCMH Mod Squad ($100 value)

Wow, that’s incredible!  Indeed.

This amazing trip Includes:

Roundtrip DIRECT flight from RDU to Los Angeles, leaving Monday night February 19. 

All bus transfers from LA to Palm Springs, plus transportation on all our group tours.

Six nights at the mid-century Hotel Skylark, a retro boutique hotel with free internet, free breakfast, glamorous pool, our own private open bar, and a hot tub.

All NCMH event admissions, plus exclusive NCMH tours or cocktail receptions nearly every day, and a dinner or evening party nearly every evening.

Opportunity to watch poolside tapings of US Modernist Radio with keynote speakers from Modernism Week.

Lunch at the famous In-n-Out Burger, California's much-loved joint!

A special Uber card for free rides around Palm Springs. It's like having your own driver.  Actually, it is exactly like having your own driver. 

Free bus service downtown on selected nights.

A special private guided Palm Springs Modernist tour with MCM expert Trevor O'Donnell; a rare interior group tour of Sunnylands Estate, the "Western White House," and more.

Admission to exclusive parties at iconic houses. In the past we were in Leonardo DiCaprio's house and Kirk Douglas' house (Leo and Kirk, sad to say, were not).

Plus you will access the huge array of movies, lectures, presentations, exhibitions, other tours, and art installations put on by Modernism Week (extra charge for some of these, you'll register directly with Modernism Week).


745pm - Fly direct to Los Angeles, transfer via private coach to the swanky Skylark Hotel in Palm Springs. We pretty much take the place over for the week.

Late night champagne and OJ greeting at the Hotel Skylark


8am Breakfast at the Hotel

830am -1130am - Private House and Town Tour with Trevor O'Donnell, dozens of homes with some exclusive interior visits.

Trevor O'Donnell, Architecture Tours, Palm Springs

Lunch and afternoon on your own

3pm-5pm - Tour Frey House II, one of Palm Springs' most famous houses plus the Palm Springs Art Museum

5pm - Poolside cocktail party and heavy appetizers.  You won't want dinner.

Skylark Hotel

The Frey House II


8am - Breakfast at the Hotel

9am-12n - Special tour, by bus.  A one of a kind John Lautner house.

1230pm-130pm - NCMH's George Smart is the keynote speaker at the Palm Springs Museum of Art.

Late lunch and afternoon on your own; we recommend visiting the PS Architecture and Design Center and CAMP, the HQ for Modernism Week.

430pm - Exclusive tour and sunset reception at the Hotel Lautner, designed by John Lautner

Dinner on your own.


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Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center
Hotel Lautner

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Copley's on Palm Canyon


8am - Breakfast at the Hotel

930am - Rat Pack Walking Tour (no interiors)

12n - Frank Sinatra House Tour!

Lunch and afternoon on your own

7pm - Private Party and light dinner at a very special Modernist house, we can't tell you just yet.

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Palm Springs Art Museum


8am - Breakfast at the Hotel

9am - Tour of Sunnylands Estate, aka the Western White House, designed by Quincy Jones

1130 - Lunch at In and Out Burger on the way back

1pm - Free afternoon

5pm - Palm Springs Preservation Foundation's annual Retro Martini Party at the Holden House
Sunnylands Estate


Saturday Feb 24

8am - Breakfast at the Hotel

It's a free day - morning, lunch, and afternoon on your own!  Some people go to Joshua Tree National Park (on their own), some stay by the pool, some go shopping!

7pm - Farewell dinner at Copley's on Palm Canyon, one of the top five restaurants in Palm Springs, with special guests. 

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Joshua Tree National Park


6am - Breakfast at the Hotel

7am - Leave for LAX

10am - Leave for RDU, arrive 7pm


How It Works:

Unlike our usual architecture tours, which are action-packed every nanosecond, this is more leisurely.  Typically each day there will be breakfast, a tour in the morning, and a party/reception/dinner in the evening. 

During the afternoons, choose from Modernism Week activities available through the Modernism Week website.  Or walk, shop, sleep, or eat your way through the magic that is Palm Springs during Modernism Week.

Because we're in one place the entire time, checked baggage is allowed. You'll pay baggage fees directly at the airport unless you have status with the airline.  One regulation carry-on bag is free, plus a personal item (purse or small backpack). 

Weather in Palm Springs is usually cool and sunny.  Many tours are on foot, so make sure to bring walking shoes.  Most parties involve dressing up, so make sure to bring your party shoes!

$3,399 General Public Double Occupancy
$3,999 General Public Single Occupancy
$3,299 Mod Squad Double Occupancy
$3,899 Mod Squad Single Occupancy

Questions? Contact NCMH Executive Director George Smart at 919.740.8407.  Proceeds benefit NCMH's ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects.  We are a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit.

The Fine Print:

Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for trip cancellation. However, you can transfer your place to another person with at least four weeks written notice to NCMH. 

Participants must sign a liability release before departing, as is standard with all NCMH trips.

There is NO SMOKING at the hotel.

Parking at RDU airport is not included. You're also responsible for incidental charges to your hotel room.

The itinerary and order of events are subject to change without notice or refund. Architects can get self-reported CEU hours if arranged in advance with the AIA.

There is a small but possible risk of overnight stay if flights are cancelled or delayed, in which case participants are responsible for any additional costs of meals, lodging, transportation, and incidental expenses.