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a desert landmark

ingleside inn

A visit to the Ingleside Inn is like staying at a friend’s estate. Although totally secluded at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the Inn is steps from the very heart of downtown Palm Springs’ finest shopping, dining and nightlife.

Adjacent to the historic Ingleside Inn is one of Palm Springs most beloved dining and entertainment destinations, Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge. Melvyn’s was the brainchild of Mel Haber, who bought the Inn and the restaurant in 1975. The restaurant & lounge thrived and attracted the Hollywood set who came back regularly for the tableside dining, martinis and the dancing.

Entrance to Ingleside building

a true icon

melvyn haber

In 1975, New York businessman, Melvyn Haber, visited Palm Springs. He came upon the Inn while strolling downtown Palm Springs and fell in love with it on the spot. He bought it in April of 1975, completely renovated the entire property and created Melvyn’s Restaurant and the Casablanca Lounge. To this day, it continues to cater to industry leaders, show business personalities and political figures.

Sadly, Mel Haber passed away in October of 2016 of lung cancer at the age of 80. He will always be remembered as a true icon of the Coachella Valley.

about

The Inn is first built by the Humphrey Birge Family,
the family behind the Pierce Arrow Motor Company, once considered the American Rolls Royce.

1925
old car picture
1925

The matriarch of the Humphrey Birge family passes away and the Inn is sold to Ruth Hardy. Ruth runs the Inn as her own personal club. Staying there is by invitation only and all dinner guests had to be approved by Ruth. The who’s who of the era became regulars with everyone from Clark Gable to Salvador Dali to Elizabeth Taylor enjoying the desert oasis.

1935
timeline picture
1935

In 1965, Ruth Hardy passes away leaving behinda true legacy. The Inn is purchased by a regular froma San Francisco banking family. It is left neglectedand falls into disrepair.

1965
Old Picture of Pool
1965

Melvyn Haber finds himself at the Ingleside Inn and becomes enchanted. He buys the Inn in April and begins to restore the building a property. He also adds his namesake restaurant and the Casablanca Lounge. Within a year it is the only place to be seen in Palm Springs.

1975
timeline picture
1975

In October of 2016, Mel passes away. The Inn and restaurant are purchased by the San Francisco-based PlumpJack Group. They begin the process of restoring the property to its glory days.

2016
Poolside Ingleside
2016

In November of 2017, PlumpJack Group in partnership with Meriwether Companies, launched the newly restored Ingleside Inn and Melvyn’s Restaurant.

2017
Pool SIde
2017

the story continues

about plumpjack

PlumpJack Group is a hospitality management company dedicated to creating unique individual experiences for its guests. Its portfolio includes award-winning wineries, acclaimed restaurants and bars, retail stores, catering services, and boutique hotels. PlumpJack Group began in 1992 when partner, former San Francisco mayor and current Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom founded the first PlumpJack Wine Store on Fillmore Street with the goal of making the experience of wine discovery more fun and approachable for all customers – the connoisseur and the uninitiated alike. More than 25 years later, under the leadership of Hilary Newsom and Jeremy Scherer, PlumpJack Group has established itself as the signature Northern California lifestyle and hospitality brand.