My Stay at Terra Cotta Inn, A Clothing Optional Resort in Palm Springs

Review of Terra Cotta Inn:
UPDATE November 17, 2015
Terra Cotta Inn was sold to fresh owners and will become a textile resort starting December 1, 2015. Mary Clare and Tom Mulhall owned and operated Terra Cotta as a clothing-optional resort for just about 2 decades (they bought it in 1995). They have stated that they will be working at Terra Cotta until the end of November, and will be helping the fresh owners in this transition for the next 1 – . We are happy we could experience the resort on holiday two years ago and had a wonderful time with Tom and Mary Clare. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.
On our recent trip to California, Jordan and I had the pleasure of finally seeing Terra Cotta Clothing Discretionary Hostel. The resort is owned by Mary Clare and Tom Mulhall, who we’ve known for several years, since Tom is the PR Chair of AANR. He also writes about nudism for the Huffington Post.
Terra Cotta Inn can be found in the very nude-friendly (and very gay-friendly) desert town of Palm Springs. The weather is perfect for a fkk resort: dry, bright, and generally around 70 degrees, all year round.
Entrance to Terra Cotta Inn
They have 17 rooms, so it’s not a tremendous place. Since it is more like a vacation resort than it’s a normal naturist club, they’re active all year round on weekdays and weekends. Thanksgiving is a particularly active time, but we’d managed to snag the last accessible room for Thanksgiving Day a day or two before.
Our Big Room at Terra Cotta
Upon our coming, Tom gave us a brief tour, and we brought our bags into our ample room. There was a king-size bed, bureau, armchair, and and chairs. All rooms are equipped with a flat screen TV and DVD player, and I liked that they’ve a library of pictures you can borrow at any time. We also had a complete kitchen with a microwave and fridge. Near the bathroom was a tall closet where you could hang up clothes. The toilet was as big as it needed to be and furnished with the customary hotel mini toiletries shampoo, soap, conditioner, lotion.
We were also provided with plage towels and shower towels. There was outdoor furniture right outside our door, and a heater mounted above! So you could sit outside nude and stay somewhat warm. The desert can get very cold at night. (No sauna here though, sadly.)
Hot Tub at Terra Cotta Inn
After settling in, we made our way into the sunshine. The other guests were elderly (the normal naturist-resort demographic) and all couples from what I could see. This resort is adults-only and caters to couples (but it is still 100% naturist, no hot items!). The layout is a lot like a small resort or motel. The rooms encircle the grounds, which are dominated by a heated swimming pool and hot tub. Away to the side of the pool is a small shady cove with a tiny waterfall that’ll help you cool down on hot summer days. The rocks around it are adorned with graffiti painted by past guests, who signed their names. Nearby is another inlet with seating and a barbecue grill for anyone to use, which likewise serves as a massage room.
Pool at Terra Cotta Inn
At around 2pm, we were called for Thanksgiving dinner! The food was all homemade by Mary Clare, and it was delicious. She even made special sides for me since I’m a vegetarian! They’d set up big tables outside decorated for the holiday, so people could sit together. Everyone was friendly and sociable. And also naked. As its full name says, Terra Cotta is clothing-optional, but I don’t believe I saw anyone in a bathing suit around the pool (not that you should not see if you are still nudie-shy).
Rock Graffiti At Terra Cotta Inn