Whether you’re a single working gal, a stay-at-home mom, a retired grandmother, or any one of the other infinite varieties of 21st century woman, you know that as we approach Thanksgiving and the holidays, life is going to get seriously busy and stressful until we ring in the New Year.
That’s why every November, once the Halloween costumes have been put away, my gal pals and I arrange for a few days of “us-time.” And what better place for a girlfriend getaway weekend than my home town of Rancho Mirage? I hear all of you dear readers asking, “Don’t you mind that you never get to travel to some exotic locale, Diana?” My answer is an unabashed “No!” I know how lucky I am to be living in this pristine slice of desert. I know how envious my soul sisters are. So, come one, come all, and let’s party down!
When we decide to get together, some make the barely-two-hour drive from San Diego or Los Angeles, while others based in the Pacific Northwest, the Bay Area, or even Western Canada fly down and land at Palm Springs International Airport, a mere 20 minutes from my house in Rancho Mirage. We’ve usually mapped out the entire weekend well in advance, so all that’s left to do is to activate the plan.
As much as I’d love to lodge all my buds, my bachelorette pad can only hold so many. So most elect to stay at one of our four award-winning, world-class Rancho Mirage resorts. They rotate their stays, taking turns at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa (home of stellar performance venue The Show), Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (which was just named one of the top Southern California resorts by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards), The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage (whose The Edge is the very best place for steak in the Valley), or The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa (hands down the most pet-friendly accommodations, what with no extra nightly charge for my pals with pooches).
And no matter where the group ends up staying, between tempting Lady Luck, engaging in recreation such as tennis, golf, or hiking, or indulging in spa days, we visit every property anyway. When we get thirsty, it’s time to hit the bars at the resorts’ signature restaurants—or at any other of the excellent establishments one finds on www.dineranchomirage.com. My motto is “the more meals the merrier,” so when we get hungry, our biggest problem is deciding which eatery to choose from of the plethora of diverse dining options—casual to finer than fine—available within city limits. We usually even figure out a way to get a head start on our holiday shopping at Rancho Mirage’s primo retail-entertaining-dining complex The River or the ever-growing Las Palmas Shopping Center. (Make sure you stop in to see Brandini Toffee’s new factory and showroom, and to sample some sweet stuff, when at the latter.)
All this to say that if you and your chums need a little respite before the end-of-year calendar gets crazy, come visit me in Rancho Mirage. Pre-holiday travel deals abound (especially the first two weeks of December) and well, you really can’t beat the weather. Just ask any of your friends on the East Coast!