Unusual Times Call for Unique Celebrations

Days, weeks and months have blurred together and now Father’s Day (June 21) is just around the corner. COVID-19 may have put a crimp into normalcy, but it’s still possible to celebrate while exercising caution. Find some great options available in Rancho Mirage. Let this guide you.

Get outside (yes, really)

With stay-at-home orders now relaxed, getting outdoors, hiking and enjoying nature may be a bigger treat than ever before. Head over to one of the five parks in Rancho Mirage. They are great for families and leashed pets are also welcome. Enjoy the parks from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Remember to practice social distancing with others, and most importantly, remember to get an early start before the desert heat kicks in!

  • Blixseth Mountain Park
  • Michael S. Wolfson Park
  • Rancho Mirage Community Park
  • Rancho Mirage Dog Park
  • Richard & Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park

Or take a hike together along one of the many trails. They include:

  • Butler-Abrams Trail
  • Bighorn Overlook Trail 
  • Chuckwalla Trail 
  • Clancy Lane Trail  
  • Jack Rabbit Trail 
  • Roadrunner Trail 

Additionally, Indian Canyons, the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, has also reopened for hiking. The area features more than 60 miles of hiking and walking trails. Be aware of minimum water requirements that will be strictly enforced. Due to COVID-19, hikers are asked to maintain social distance and wear masks or other face coverings when interacting with others.

Play a round or two

Book a tee time for Dad on the Pete Dye or Gary Player Course at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Or head to one of the three layouts at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.

The links have reopened with some coronavirus guidelines: face coverings are required in the pro shop and players are encouraged to wear them on the course. Social distancing should be practiced, allowing for six feet between players. No caddies are permitted. Per the Health Officer for the County of Riverside, groups can only be four or fewer players.

Gaming and more

Due to their sovereign nation status and with unanimous approval from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is now open. In addition to gaming, The Steakhouse Rancho Mirage, Waters Café and 360 Sports provide indoor dining options. Buffets remain closed.

The Pivat Cigar Lounge is also open Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Knowledgeable cigar servers can help pair premium cigars with single malt Scotch and other top shelf drinks.

Guests can expect the following stringent guidelines in accordance with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians tribe’s “Play it Safe” plan:

  • Temperature checks upon entry.
  • A 50% occupancy limit.
  • Face covering and social distancing requirements for employees and guests.
  • No smoking allowed inside the properties.
  • Reduction of seats at table games and on the casino floors.
  • Hand-sanitizer stations throughout the casino.
  •  Intense cleaning efforts using antimicrobial products throughout the properties and teams to sanitize slot machines, countertops and bathrooms

Rooms are also available for overnight stays, but the pool and fitness center remain closed due to COVID-19.

Feast for a king

Homemade meals are great, but when you’ve been eating at home for months, a special dinner is a great gift.

Babe’s Bar-b-que & Brewhouse: While following all county guidelines for COVID-19 compliance, dine-in options are now available from 12 – 8 p.m. On Father’s Day, dads receive a gift bag of BBQ sauce and a bottle of craft beer with the purchase of lunch or dinner. To be sure to save your space, make reservations on Open Table. Take-out orders may be placed by calling the restaurant directly. Complementary delivery is available on orders over $150 with a 24-hour notice. Check the take-out beer and wine lists as well. 71800 Highway 111, Suite A, (760) 346-8738.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse: The restaurant is now open for in-house dining at 50% capacity (Sunday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.) Additionally, curbside, pick-up and delivery services continue. Enjoy a number of Father’s Day specials from June 19-22. The three-course bone in ribeye and lobster is available in-house or take out for $100. In-house diners can take advantage of the bourbon experience for $20. Or carry out the Old Fashioned cocktail kit for $45. Large format side dishes and desserts to go must be ordered by June 18.71800 Highway 111, Suite C, (760) 776-6685.

Wally’s Desert Turtle: The large dining room is now open and staff is following recommendations and guidelines for in-house dining Thursday – Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. For Father’s Day, take advantage of “A Taste of Wally’s 3-Course Menu.” It includes a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts diners can select for $36. Pick up and delivery options are still available. Choose from the $45 or $80 3-Course Prix Fixe To-Go Menu. Bottles of wine or beer are also available for 50% off. 71775 Highway 111, (760) 568-9321.

Tasty treats

Does Dad have a sweet tooth? You’ll get a free gift with every ice cream cake you order from Ben & Jerrys. Provide them with a 48-hour notice for any custom creation.

Order online from Brandini Toffee to ship sweet indulgences handcrafted with simple ingredients. All orders of $75 or more can be shipped to California addresses for free. Send anywhere in the United States for the $20 UPS flat rate. 

Check out Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory  and select the Rocky Pop Caramel Popcorn for Pop or other decadent Father’s Day gifts like the hearty covered apples or fudge. There’s even a gluten-free chocolate truffle bar among the offerings.