Dining, spa treatments and hotel specials await

Hoping to impress your honey this year? Plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Heart of the Palm Springs Valley. Whether you and your significant other are seeking something simple or an out-of-the-ordinary event, Rancho Mirage offers up a wide range of romantic options. Find the perfect way to spend time with your Valentine on a desert getaway.

Tables for two

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for dining out. Rancho Mirage eateries serve up special menus for the occasion. (Diners are advised to make reservations early.)

Acqua California Bistro: Enjoy a beautiful Valentine’s Day decor and a superb four-course dinner during the “Love is all there is” event. Dine on your choice of six delicious soups and salads, 11 savory entrees and a choice of four decadent desserts with a champagne toast. $49.99 adults, $19.99 under 12. Feb. 14, 4 – 10 p.m.

Babe’s Bar-Be-Que & Brewery: Bring your babe to Babe’s for a special 3-course meal of Caesar salad, 6-ounce filet and grilled shrimp, and a heart-shaped chocolate lava cake. $85 for two, tax and tip not included. Feb. 14.

bluEmber:  It’s a culinary celebration of love featuring locally sourced and fresh ingredients hand chosen by bluEmber chefs. Dine on a three-course meal and enjoy the Cupid’s Arrow drink special, a mixture of Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka, Campari, grapefruit juice and Sprite. Feb. 14, 5 – 10 p.m.

Peaks Restaurant, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Take a ride up for a fantastic view and wonderful menu. Choose carrot ginger soup or maple duck salad to start. Choice of entrees includes gnocchi, miso sea bass or petit filet of beef. Depending on your mood, select angel food cake or devil’s food cake for dessert. $65 (tram fare not included). Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m.

Wally’s Desert Turtle: Expect mood lighting and music by Michael Bolivar to enhance your three-course dinner by Executive Chef Pascal Lallemand. Select from a variety of soups or salads, numerous entrées and a selection of decadent desserts. $78 – $90 per person. Feb. 14, 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Make some memories

If your special someone enjoys classic R&B, this is night to celebrate with Art Laboe Valentine’s Super Love Jam, a night packed with classic acts that include the Delfonics, ZAPP, Midnight Star, GQ and the Jets.

Love mid-century modern? Don’t miss Modernism Week and share in everything that is uniquely Southern Californian. There are more than 100 events over 10 days. Everything kicks off February 14.

Stroll the grounds of The Living Desert, a 1,200-acre park with desert animals and plant life from around the world. Viewing the giraffes silhouetted against the Santa Rosa Mountains is an unforgettable experience. Ride the carousel or enjoy the butterfly enclosure.

Find serenity at Sunnylands where generations of high-level national and world leaders seeking the privacy, the peace, and “the pause” needed to address the most pressing issues of the day have come to relax. Sunnylands offers a wide variety of activities, many free to the public.

Head to The Palm Springs Art Museum and see works by famed painting and sculpture by artists such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Helen Frankenthaler and Anthony Gormley, studio art glass by Dale Chihuly, Mesoamerican artifacts and much more.

Thinking about popping the question on Valentine’s Day? Perhaps The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, with picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor 8,516 feet below, could make the moment extra special.

Seeking the perfect gift? Check out the boutiques at The River or the elegant shops at El Paseo. From jewelry to wine and luxury labels to eclectic artworks, you can find something special for your Valentine.


Make it a great getaway

Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year. Why not enjoy all that Rancho Mirage has to offer and make it a weekend of full week or romance with a stay at a local hotel or resort?

Take advantage of specials such as the Westin’s Start Your Day Sunny Side Up package that includes breakfast for two. Or indulge at Omni Hotels & Resorts where the Love and Luxury package includes two mini bottles of Moet & Chandon Rosé Champagne with chocolate covered strawberries, late check-out and more, all specially arranged by the concierge.

At The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, the Soul Mates Massage special is available Feb. 5-28. Treat yourselves with 80 minutes of a side-by-side massage with warm chocolate massage oil, chocolate truffles, a glass of sparkling wine and a 10 percent savings on retail purchases at the Spa Boutique.