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California Nudist Resorts and Beaches Part 1: Terra Cotta Inn

Friday, January 26, 2007

California provides an eclectic mix of nudist resorts, inns, campgrounds and nude beaches. Through a series of posts, we'll look at some of the nude recreation options.

A good place to start is with a cozy but reputable nudist inn, Terra Cotta Inn in Southern California.

The Terra Cotta Inn Clothing Optional Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, California provides guests a quiet sanctuary with poolside breakfast and spa services. Think of Terra Cotta Inn as a friendly nudist hotel ideal for couples.

The 17 single-story guest rooms form a rectangle around the pool area, hot tub area and landscaped grounds. From within this private area, visitors have a view of the mountains surrounding Palm Springs - a tourist destination in its own right.

The atmosphere is laid-back and visitors go to Terra Cotta Inn with relaxation in mind.

Terra Cotta's coziness makes it an ideal first-time experience. Tom Mulhall, who owns the inn with his wife, says that Terra Cotta Inn is "perfect for couples trying nude sunbathing for the first time" (while commenting on a previous post here). Being clothing optional also helps first timers feel comfortable.

Tom also says "there is no sunnier, warmer location for nude sunbathing in the world than Palm Springs." Who can argue with average daytime highs of 72 degrees in January?

Tom is one of the only resort owners to have an active blog about all kinds of nudist topics. The blog shows his commitment to nude recreation. Check it out at:

From reading many forum posts and nudist trip reports (example), it is clear that first-time and experienced nudists have been happy visiting the inn.

The inn has received high ratings from several media outlets as well and is a place to book in advance.

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At 5:38 PM, Blogger Tom Mulhall said...

Hi John,
This is Tom Mulhall the owner of The Terra Cotta inn. Thank you very much for writing such a nice commentary about us.

I enjoy reading your travel blog. I hope to meet you someday. Tom


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