Summer Fun at Agua Caliente

Summer is upon us and that leaves us open for all kinds of fun in the sun—responsibly, of course, with adequate hydration and plenty of sunscreen! The pools are the perfect temperature and there are plenty of locals and visitors who love the Palm Springs Valley to party with.

Many of my friends come out from the coast to play at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in the summer, and I’m always game to join them. The rooms are great. The pool is beautiful. And there’s so much to do at this hot-n-happening Rancho Mirage resort that it’s often hard for them to fit it all in. Starting the weekend off with a bang, we always make our way to the Caliente Nights poolside party on Friday evening from 9:00 until…? Some swim, many just watch those in the pool, but we all have a great time with ample drink specials and the super spinning music of DJ Aaron C.

And when we want to take a break for a quiet chat, we head to Rendezvous, where there’s conversation-friendly live piano music on Fridays and Saturdays. For the rest of the weekend it’s easy just to relax, hang by the pool, and eat in the many on-site restaurants or quick food options. (The Steakhouse is my fave, and you can’t beat the quality or variety of the Grand Palms Buffet.)   And then there’s the “gaming.” Yes, this is a full-service casino with tons of fun slots and a huge choice of table games, including the best Blackjack to be found in Southern California, plus Pai Gow, Three Card Poker, Mini-Baccarat, and more. And don’t forget to join Agua’s Paradise Rewards Club. I did, and it really pays dividends!   www.hotwatercasino.com

Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage