Valentines Day RM

Here he comes again—that rosy-cheeked, red-winged cherub—slinging his amorous arrows in every direction. Yes, Valentine’s Day approaches. If you have no idea how you and your honey will spend at least part of the day, well, all I can say is, “Get cracking!”

If a meal with a room is what you’re in the market for, what better place than Rancho Mirage to celebrate—what with its four luxury resorts and their signature restaurants. A romantic dinner can be had at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa’s The Steakhouse (www.hotwatercasino.com), Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa’s bluEmber (www.rancholaspalmas.com), Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa’s Pinzimini (www.westinmissionhills.com), or either the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage’s State Fare Bar + Kitchen or the sublime The Edge Steakhouse (www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage). In addition to overnight accommodations, you and your special someone can bask in lavish spa treatments—alone, or à deux.

If dinner only is desired, there’s a wealth of options ripe for your picking. For my money, just some of the most romantic spots in Rancho Mirage include Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant (www.catalanrestaurant.com), Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (www.flemingssteakhouse.com), Las Casuelas Nuevas (www.lascasuelasnuevas.com), Lord Fletcher’s (www.lordfletcher.com), Shame on the Moon (www.shameonthemoon.com), and Wally’s Desert Turtle (www.wallusdesertturtle.com).

You’d prefer to just curl up at home for your têtê-à- têtê? That still doesn’t mean you have to cook. Stop off at Cello’s Pantry and get a multi-course dinner for two to go (www.cellospantry.com).

As for the tradition involving flowers and chocolate, my home town has got you covered even there. Pick out the perfect petals at Rancho Mirage Florist (www.ranchomirageflorist.com), then bring home some locally made confections from Brandini Toffee (www.brandinitoffee.com), which has a variety of Valentine’s Day-themed gift boxes available.

So, give in to love and romance, Rancho Mirage-style! Happy Valentine’s Day, all…