Dig into Thanksgiving deals in Rancho Mirage

Dine and unwind in the desert this holiday

Thanksgiving is a great time to gather with friends and family. But all that planning, cooking and clean up? No thanks! Fortunately, there are a number of great Thanksgiving deals throughout Rancho Mirage featuring holiday food favorites and opportunities to make memories.

Acqua California Bistro

Dine on your choice of three different soups, three different salads and an entrée. Among the offerings: turkey, ham, chicken, prime rib, Atlantic salmon, pork chops and more. Of course, you finish up with pumpkin pie or your choice of five other desserts. 1 – 9 p.m., Nov. 22. $39.99 per person, $19.99 for children 12 and under.

Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa

The Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet features turkey and a variety of sides, as well as a bountiful seafood bar, champagne and live entertainment. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., $55.95 per person.

Enjoy a pre-fixe menu at The Steakhouse. Three courses include a slow-roasted herb Tom Turkey with all the trimmings, soup or salad and dessert. 4 p.m. – close, per person.

Grand Palms Buffet features traditional favorites and flavorful dishes from around the world, including Asian, Mexican and Italian options. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., $25.99 per person

Looking for a casual way to celebrate? Waters Café offers three courses with turkey, soup or salad and pumpkin pie.  11 a.m. – close, $26 per person

Take it all home with Thanksgiving To-Go. A premium whole roasted Tom Turkey and nine side dishes feed six to eight people. It all comes conveniently packaged and ready to serve. Order by Nov. 19 and get curbside pick-up on Thanksgiving Day.  $185

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

This feast includes classics such as the mixed herb roasted turkey breast or sliced beef tenderloin. There’s also a special three-course menu for the kids ($19). 11 a.m. – close.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

The Thanksgiving Buffet is a festive culinary experience with traditional holiday favorites and many other items, including soups, salads, cheeses, seafood, carving station and numerous desserts.  2 p.m. – close,  $69 adults, $29 children 6 – 12 (plus tax and service charge). Complimentary for children age 5 and under.

Enjoy three courses at bluEmber with main course choices that include turkey, crab crusted salmon, prime rib, braised short ribs, Japanese pumpkin ravioli, seafood pot pie or filet mignon. 2 – 9 p.m. – close.  Prices vary based on selections.

The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage

Reserve your space in the ballroom for a holiday experience of dining, live entertainment and activities for the kids. Receive complimentary valet parking, two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine per adult and a buffet menu that includes breakfast items, fruits, cheeses, salad, seafood, traditional sides, turkey and much more. 12 – 5 p.m. – close, $120 per person, $35 for children 12 and under. Complimentary for children age 2 and under.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The world’s largest rotating tramcar operates a special schedule during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend (Thursday, November 22 through Sunday, November 25, 8 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.) and on Thanksgiving Day, enjoy admission and dinner at Pines Café with Ride ’n’ Dine tickets. Dinner service is 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. $36 for adults and seniors, $23.50 children ages 3-10.

Or take the tram to the top and feast at Peaks Restaurant, serving their regular menu along with traditional holiday favorites beginning at 11 a.m. Reservations are recommended.

Wally’s Desert Turtle

Start with broiled filet of Alaska cod and soup or salad. Then select from a number of entrees, including Diestel Farm turkey rotie entriere, duck breast, Scottish salmon, pork tenderloin, filet mignon or grilled Portobello mushroom. Finish your festive feast with classic pumpkin pie topped with churned homemade honey lavender whipped cream. Nov. 22. $59 per person, $28 for children 12 and under.

Take time to unwind

Jazz up the holiday with live music at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. For nearly 20 years, Chieli Minucci has led the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group, recognized as one of smooth jazz’s elite groups. The Special EFX All-stars with Minucci, Elliott Yamin, Nelson Rangell and Lao Tizer take the stage on November 24 at Grooves.

You can also slow things down and pamper yourself with a holiday treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Uplift your senses with a locally-made Date Scrub, treat your skin to the new Coconut Body Polish, and improve elasticity and radiance with the Coconut Facial. Available November 1 through January 1, these treatments also make great gifts.