Of the many, many things for which I am truly thankful year-round, one of blessings I count as my biggest is living in Rancho Mirage at the heart of the Palm Springs Valley. And come November 24, I—like you—will be expressing this gratitude by indulging in a wonderful meal.

As is so often the case in our great city, options abound and choices are hard to make. I will not sway you, dear reader, by letting you in on what decision I have made as to how I spend the holiday. Rather, I will attempt to illustrate what possibilities are open to you.

If you would like to dine in the comfort of your own home—but have no interest in cooking and cleaning up yourself—please note that both Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant (www.catalanrestaurant.com) and Cello’s Pantry (www.cellospantry.com) are offering delicious full meals to-go. Call ahead—and early—to reserve your turkey dinners.

Some of the high-end eateries that are open on Thanksgiving include Wally’s Desert Turtle (www.wallysdesertturtle.com), Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (www.flemingssteakhouse.com), Si Bon Belgian Bistro (www.sibon-sogood.com), and Roy’s (www.roysrestaurant.com). All of them will be serving up their regular menus as well as traditional fare.

Finally, don’t forget our four deluxe resorts: 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/en/hotels/california/rancho-mirage/hotel-overview/holidays/thanksgiving), and The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa (www.westinmissionhills.com), which are not only offering Thanksgiving-themed ballroom buffets but holiday experiences at their respective signature restaurants as well.

Now, say it with me: Aren’t we all so grateful to be living in—or to be able to visit—such a vibrant, beautiful desert with friends and family members whom we love? I thank you, dear readers, for making my work so fulfilling.

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