No matter which of the four deluxe Rancho Mirage resorts you choose as your home away from home—Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa (www.hotwatercasino.com), Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (www.rancholaspalmas.com), The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage (www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage) or The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa (www.westinmissionhills.com)—once you check in, you never have to leave. Not even at mealtime!

That’s because each of these world-class hotels has multiple dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Of course, for a longer stay, you may want to venture outside the property’s walls. The good news is that more than 70 restaurants and other food & beverage establishments await to serve and sate you no matter the time of day.

For breakfast, try the waffles and other delicacies at Si Bon Belgian Bistro (www.sibon-sogood.com), or the extended weekend breakfast menu at Cello’s Pantry (www.cellospantry.com). For an amazing Sunday champagne brunch, you can’t go wrong with Las Casuelas Nuevas (www.lascasuelasnuevas.com), which also happens to be great for Mexican lunch any day of the week. Other hot lunch spots include Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse at The River (www.babesbbqandbrewhouse.com) and The Slice – NY Style Pizzeria (www.theslicepizza.com).

If you have enough nights on your itinerary, you can go around the world—at least gastronomically—in our fair city come the dinner hour. For Japanese teppanyaki or sushi, visit Kope Japanese Steakhouse (www.koberanchomirage.com). Hawaiian fusion on your mind? That’s what Roy’s is for (www.roysrestaurant.com). For classic American dishes the way Sinatra and his Rat Pack used to enjoy them, there are Shame on the Moon (www.shameonthemoon.com) or Wally’s Desert Turtle (www.wallysdesertturtle.com). Is Italian more your speed? Then you’ll find happiness at Gioia Italian Bistro (www.gioiaitalianbistro.com) or The Old Spaghetti Factory (www.osf.com).

Now, remember: If you find a few extra pounds on your home scale when you return from these many culinary excursions, don’t blame me. You can always lose them next time you’re in town by enjoying all the many outdoor activities Rancho Mirage has to offer, including hiking, golfing, tennis, and swimming. But that’s for another blog. Until again, dear readers…