Guide to Help Plan Your Holiday 

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Rancho Mirage? You’ll find local restaurants that make turkey day delicious with dine-in or takeout options. Beyond your feast, find ways to relax with the family and go local for Black Friday.

Someone say turkey?

Save your spot at Willie’s Modern Fare (1-9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day) for a four-course dinner. Start with a shrimp en crout and then a roast beet salad, fall pair salad, or Caesar salad, or butternut squash soup. For your main course, select from eggplant turrine, Chilean sea bass, beef filet, rack of lamb, or a hormone-free California roast turkey breast. Of course, there’s dessert. Select from baked winter pear, pumpkin squares, or mousse cake. ($75 plus tax per person/ $36 for kids 12 and under).

Make a reservation at Wally’s Desert Turtle and start your feast with a lovely goat cheese and leek tart, and choice of soup or salad. Then select from Diestel Farm turkey rôtie entière, Chilean sea bass, or Hercules Ranch sliced filet mignon. There’s also a grilled portobello vegetarian option. Whatever your choice, leave room for classic pumpkin pie with churned homemade honey whipped cream. ($80 per person/ $32 for kids 12 and under).

On Thursday, Nov. 24, celebrate the holiday your way at Si Bon Belgian Bistro with several selections on the menu and limited Thanksgiving specials. Prefer dining at home? Place a take-out dinner order by Tuesday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving pick up of mixed green or Caesar salad, butternut squash soup, sliced roasted turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce, yam soufflé, pecan and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, autumn vegetables, cranberry walnut rolls, and pumpkin pie. Serve six ($320) or 12 ($610).

Don’t forget dessert!

Strawberry swirl cheesecake, Pie Hole salted caramel pecan pie, apple crumble pie, and pumpkin pie are just some of the many Thanksgiving offerings at Gelson’s Rancho Mirage. (You can also find wine and table decorations, too.)

Pastry Swan Bakery has a variety of items to finish off any holiday meal, including cupcakes, cookies, and specialty cakes.

Relax with the family

Winter getaways warm the heart at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Select the Winter Warm Up package (stay dates: Nov. 1, 2022 through Feb. 26, 2023) and save up to 15% on a cozy retreat, plus enjoy a $15 dining credit and complimentary late checkout. 

Work up an appetite when you stay at Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa. Hit the links on the Pete Dye and Gary Player designed 18-hole championship golf courses or enjoy a game on one of the many tennis or pickleball courts.

Shop ‘til you drop

Start local with your Black Friday purchases. Head to The Desert Art Festival at The River. Select from original work in all mediums of fine art and fine craft by artists from across the country. Admission is free. (10 a.m. -5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26.; 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27)

Find unique gifts at Rancho Relaxo, select cool clothes with a Bohemian vibe at Coco & Lulu, grab a gift certificate for services at Agapé Salon & Spa, or a box of premium cigars at Mirage Cigar Lounge.

Wondering how to pay for the gifts this year? Then you pop over to Agua Caliente Casino and try your luck at the $50,000 Shopaway! Black Friday Giveaway. Qualify for the Black Friday Drawings on Nov. 25 by earning 3,000 Slot Points. (5 – 9 p.m.) One winner will take home a $25,000 grand prize. There will be three winners of $5,000 in cash and 12 winners of $1,000 Visa gift cards.