Downtown was never so much fun. The River is Rancho Mirage’s town square…but square it’s not. Designed by John Jerde of City Walk fame this life-style destination draws the crowds and celebrities. Go for a bite, to shop, enjoy a flick, to groove to live concerts in the amphitheater on weekends or just hang out by the fountains and cascading waterfalls that meander through-out the complex.

Check out the Bobby Chan shop where the latest in resort wear can be found. Don’t miss BLONDE for women’s, men’s and children’s hottest fashion looks. Both shops have the perfect duds for the many terrific Palm Spring Valley mega events such as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival or the Stagecoach Country Music Festival. For swimwear and poolside accessories Diane’s Beachwear can’t be beat. Don’t forget shades. Get them at OPTICA. And to keep the sun off the old pate, grab a hat at Hats Unlimited. If your loved one needs a little seduction drop in at Robann’s Jewelers for some bling. Fine wines and sipping accessories can be procured at Tulip Hill Winery. And just in case you crave a stogie they’ve got all you can smoke at Cohiba Cigar Lounge. Out of town newspapers are always available at Borders Books & Music. Just got your bonus? Glide into Bang & Olufsen and consider a 21st century music system or peruse a custom golf cart at CaddyShack where art and carts collide in the coolest way.

Your body beautiful can be pampered and preened at Bath & Body Works, Health Spectrum, Loran Loran Color Group and Medical Spa, M.A.C Cosmetics, River Nails and Spa and Ulta Cosmetics. Emerge buffed and polished, dressed in the latest and take in a movie at Cinemark Century Theaters where first run mega hits are screened in a luxurious multiplex.

Time to eat and drink! What a selection. Casual quick bites can be grabbed at Baja Fresh, Starbucks and Papa Mario’s Pizzeria. Take your selections and camp at one of the many cafe tables under the acacia trees and watch the world parade by as you enjoy your meal. Full service restaurants cover the spectrum from P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, the Yard House, The Cheesecake Factory, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Piero’s Acqua Pazza – California Bistro. A little sweet-finish can be had at Ben & Jerry’s or the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Verizon Wireless will fix your phone or sell you a new one and the Valet will park and watch your car while you cruise The River in Rancho Mirage. And if by now you have fallen in love with Rancho Mirage take the elevator to The River’s second floor, pop into Tarbell Realtors where one of their agents will help you find your own nest in paradise!

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