One of the greatest pleasures of traveling the world is being granted the opportunity to window shop in various unique, exclusive retail establishments.  It’s been said that if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.  But if you know you’re not going to buy it in the first place, you can daydream admiringly with impunity.

A favorite Palm Springs Valley spot in which to indulge in this favored pastime of mine is Rancho Mirage’s own Desert European Motorcars.  I initially encountered the dealership’s committed, expert staff when my beloved Audi required service.  Once that vehicle was replaced by a cherished vintage Jaguar, one of the switch’s perks was knowing I’d be back.

In addition to being factory-authorized to sell Audis and Jags, Desert European offers the following luxury brands: Aston Martin, Bentley, Land Rover, Lotus, Maserati, Porsche, Spyker, and Rolls-Royce.  Fun fact:  Executive manager Gary Whitaker, who has more than a quarter-century of experience in the car industry, was the number-one salesperson in the world for Rolls-Royce and Bentley for a number of years, and has helped Desert European Motorcars achieve the title of top Rolls-Royce and Bentley volume dealer worldwide.

So do as I do and do as I say:  Next time you’re zooming along Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage, stop by and take in the awesome sights at Desert European Motorcars, where for a mere half-mill you can slip into a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé—or at least dream about rolling off the lot with that breathtaking set of wheels.