Lou and Sherri Boyer and their two children, 8 year old Chance and 3 year old Cirrus won an all-expense-paid family get-away vacation in Rancho Mirage. The Boyers visited Rancho Mirage in the summer 2010 as a result of the City’s Family Fun Get-Away Promotion that thousands of Southern California families took advantage of in order to get away from the summer costal gloom and enjoy some fun in the sun. Through out the summer of 2010 Family Fun guests benefited from free kid’s breakfasts, free kids dining at 12 Rancho Mirage restaurants and free kids admissions to 3 of the regions top attractions. At the end of their visits the families were asked by participating resorts to fill out and leave behind a “how did you hear about us” survey. The surveys were gathered by the City to help plan for future marketing campaigns and one family was randomly selected from the thousands of left behind forms to comeback to Rancho Mirage for an all expenses paid adventure. The lucky winning family was the Boyers.

The Boyers fun-filled three day adventured started with Rancho Mirage Mayor Richard Kite formally presenting the Boyer children with Keys to the City. And then the family was off to check into their luxury accommodations at The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa. Afternoon pool fun was followed by a welcome dinner prepared by Executive Chef Joel Delmond at the resorts Bella Vista Restaurant.

Bright and early the next morning the family was off to The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway where they received VIP passes and a complimentary luncheon at Peaks Restaurant overlooking the entire Palm Springs Valley. That evening they dined at Acqua Pazza at The River where restaurant GM Willie Rhines greeted them just as he bid Lindsey Lohan good evening as she scooted out of the restaurant for an early evening beauty treatment next door at Loran Loran.

On Saturday morning the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert opened early so that Boyer family could explore and discover to their hearts content prior to moving on to The Living Desert where they checked out leopards, cheetahs, warthogs, giraffes and the reptiles; which were Chance’s favorite creatures. A guide toured the family around the Zoo and Botanical gardens in a VIP electric vehicle because at noon they were scheduled to enjoy luncheon at bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Seated on the patio at bluEmber overlooking the 18th green of the golf course Lou and Sherri and the children agreed that Rancho Mirage was a little bit of paradise on earth.

That night Andres Delgado, owner and manager of Las Casuelas Nuevas greeted the family for there final evening meal. Seated on the patio, thousands of twinkling lights sparkling in the trees overhead, Mariachis serenading nearby the Boyer family clicked  glasses, toasted their good fortune, and vowed to make Rancho Mirage their preferred Southern California family get-away destination for years to come.

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