Hmmm… As I type the title of this blog, I wonder: Is Rancho Mirage really the Palm Springs Valley’s best-kept secret—or do most visitors and locals realize how perfect a city it is, how lucky they are? My guess would be the latter. Especially among my friends and family—or anyone who asks. My answer as to why my home town is the best of the best is always the same—and usually a long one. For those who may still be in the dark, let me shed light.

Firstly, of the nine communities that comprise our desert, Rancho Mirage is the most central—making it a breeze not only to get to it from Palm Springs International Airport but getting from it to events from one end of the valley to the other, be it Palm Springs Modernism Week or The Palm Springs International Film Festival, The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, or the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells. Not to mention such homegrown events and landmarks such as ANA Inspiration (the first LPGA major championship of the year, held annually on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at our very own Mission Hills Country Club), The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, Sunnylands Center and Gardens, shopping/dining/entertainment complex The River, and the Amphitheater in Rancho Mirage Community Park.

Getting a good night’s rest after experiencing each of these fabulous affairs or attractions is a breeze in Rancho Mirage, what with our city being home to the only four centrally located deluxe resorts in the desert. They are Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, and The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Each, of course, has its own personality and gamut of offerings and services, including sports activities, pools and full spas, and fine dining.

Not that I expect you to eat on property every night. Once you’ve sample the excellent cuisine at such signature resort restaurants as Agua’s The Steakhouse, Omni’s bluEmber, The Ritz-Carlton’s The Edge Steakhouse, or The Westin’s Pinzimini, there are more than 65 other restaurants on and beyond Restaurant Row just waiting to blow your culinary socks off.

Just a few other “only in Rancho Mirage” feathers in our cap: Eisenhower Medical Center and its acclaimed Betty Ford Center, Brandini Toffee, IndieGO Auto Group (a top seller of luxury cars), the Rancho Mirage Public Library, and two theatre companies: Coachella Valley Repertoy and The Desert Rose Playhouse (the latter of which is the only troupe in the valley dedicated to producing nothing but LGBT-themed works for audience of every persuasion).

If you want to know more about the place I love to call home, browse www.ranchomirageca.gov or www.dineranchomirage.com, visit the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce across from The River on Highway 111, or pick up a copy of the Chamber’s Annual City Guide (on stands now) or R/M Magazine (to be unveiled in January 2017).