Summer Fun in Rancho Mirage: The Heart of the Palm Springs Valley

While the days are getting longer and the temperatures climb, there are plenty of ways to continue enjoying the beauty and tranquility of our beautiful desert oasis.  Sure, there are times you might want to avoid the triple digits and just stay inside to savor the coolness of your home or resort’s air conditioning, but don’t do that at the expense of having a grand ol’ time at some of our treasured attractions—all of which are within a short distance from the heart of the Palm Springs Valley.

Pools and cocktails are the perfect adult combination.  And summer is the best time to indulge.  Take a dip in the pool of your favorite resort, and top it off with a tasty libation.  Of course, wet family fun is always in style, and guests of Rancho Mirage’s Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa have a distinct advantage with their super-fun Splashtopia water world—perfect for kids of all ages. www.RanchoLasPalmas.com

Hiking in the summer involves pre- and immediate post-sunrise treks to beat the heat.  But a ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offers hikers and sightseers temps that are 20 to 30 degrees cooler than that down on the valley floor—not to mention a great array of trails and beautiful scenic vistas.  Bring a picnic or graze at the snack bar or restaurant in the Mountain Station.  www.pstramway.com

As for golf and tennis, here also, the early bird will get the ball.  Start at sunrise and enjoy the summer coolness of the morning.  And don’t forget your water and sunscreen.

Looking for cool indoor fun?  Take a ride over to Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa and spend some time trying your luck at the tables and slots.  And while you’re there, indulge in a buffet (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) that will fill you up for hours!  www.hotwatercasino.com

And for those flora and fauna lovers out there, the Living Desert in Palm Desert is open year round. www.livingdesert.org

One of my favorite warm-weather combos is shopping and dining!  There are both indoor and outdoor malls located throughout the valley, and the one I gravitate toward is always The River in Rancho Mirage.  Offering some great shops, you’ll also find a plethora of wonderful restaurants like Acqua Pazza, Michael’s Pizzeria, Babe’s BBQ, and Cheesecake Factory, to name just a few.  And while you’re there, take in a flick at the luxurious Cinemark Century Theatres.  www.theriveratranchomirage.com

And few things beat a lazy summer day at the spa.  Our resorts cater to your every whim, so why not treat yourself to a Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, followed by a Decadence Facial, and finished off with the perfect mani-pedi, all available at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa?  I suspect you’re worth it!  And for locals, check out the Resident Recharge Card—a perfect stay-cation opportunity to use these wonderful spa facilities.   www.spaatmissionhills.com

And while you’re visiting the various communities of Greater Palm Springs, don’t forget to savor the marvelous mountain views, safely enjoy the abundant sunshine, and Facebook, tweet, and Instagram what a great time you’re having to all your friends and family back home!

Photo by: DavidALeePhotography.com

Photo by: DavidALeePhotography.com