James F. Mills
If hospitality is what you’re looking for in a Palm Springs clothing-optional gay resort, the Triangle Inn is the place to go. Co-owner Michael Green, a North Carolina native, and his partner, Stephen Boyd, know how to make people feel welcomed and at home.
“We have a real sense of Southern hospitality,” says Green, who lives with Boyd on the property. “We treat everyone like they are guests in our backyard. When people come here, they are going to hang out and chat with people, so it’s a very social experience. You’re not going to come here if you just want to go in your room and be anonymous.”
With nine individually decorated suites, each complete with a kitchen or kitchenette, the Triangle Inn is just the right size for meeting new people and making friends poolside.
“You’re always going to find a friend here, you’re always going to have someone to talk to, you’re always going to have a great time here,” says Green, who bought the property 12 years ago.
Because it is a small hotel, they do not offer day passes. “A lot of our folks like to go to the pool and leave their room door unlocked,” says Green, who reports the bulk of their business is repeat visitors. “They don’t want to worry about leaving their wallet or laptop in their room. We keep a really secure property.”
The name Triangle Inn has a double meaning. It comes from both the pink triangle gay symbol and the fact the main building is a giant triangle-shaped building. The mid-Century-modern property, designed by prolific Palm Springs architect Hugh Kapture, opened in 1958 as the Impala Lodge. By the 1970s, it had been converted into apartments, but was transformed into a gay resort in 1989.
Adjacent to the hotel compound is a four-bedroom, two-bath house with its own pool, typically rented by larger groups. “We’ve got groups who come each year, or several times a year, and rent the house,” says Green, explaining that house guests have access to the hotel property or can separate the house from the hotel if desired.
Four times a year, Triangle Inn hosts a naked yoga retreat that is especially popular with guests. They bring yoga instructors from all over the country in to do three, four or five-day sessions. The next yoga retreats are in June, August, October and December.