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Graceland West - Elvis in Palm Springs

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Elvis spent a lot of time in Palm Springs back in his heyday. There was the Honeymoon Hideaway that Elvis rented and where he and Priscilla spent their honeymoon.

The house pictured above, though, is the only one that he actually owned in Palm Springs, and he owned it up until he died in 1977. I found a fairly recent article with lots of good information about the house:

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All of this information is to give you a little background because in honor of Elvis's birthday yesterday, I visited the Elvis Presley Palm Springs Estate (aka Graceland West) today!

I had to be in Palm Springs for a memorial service, and I decided to stop by the Elvis house on my way home. In all of the years I lived in Palm Springs or lived closeby, I had never taken either of the house tours. This was my chance!

I arrived at the house late in the afternoon, just when they were ready to close. But there was one more small group ready to start their tour, so I joined them. Reno Fontana and his wife Laura are the current owners of the house, and the story about how they acquired the property is a story by itself. Laura was the one who took us around the house, and she was so hospitable, even poured us each a glass of wine!

Here are a few photos of the house, which is being restored to its Elvis-era glory:

The view high over Palm Springs from the pool area:
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Here I am in front of the fireplace in the living room. It has been documented that Elvis recorded a number of songs in this very living room:
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This is the bar area with photos of Elvis' visit with President Nixon in the White House:
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Party room decor:
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I am sitting in the sauna that Elvis himself sat in:
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This is the view from the master bedroom (it was getting dark when I took this):
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And a final farewell to Elvis and Graceland West:
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Comments (2)

Wow, I didn't know that you could visit that house too! Love your photos.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Nancy,

This sounds like such a fun visit. I'm also a big fan and I to this day still love listening to his songs. I had no idea that he had a home here on the west coast and that it was open to the public.

Thanks so much for sharing your trip photos. I've enjoyed catching up with all of your posts.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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