One of my favorite holidays of the year has got to be Thanksgiving, chiefly due to the fact that it’s all about showing gratitude for the abundance of good things in our lives. And when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving in the Palm Springs Valley, Rancho Mirage’s four top-notch luxury resorts offer a veritable cornucopia of options for celebrating our appreciation for the bounty we enjoy.

Over at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage (www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage), signature dining room State Fare Bar & Kitchen has a Thanksgiving Buffet ($110 for adults, $55 for children 7-12, complimentary for those 6 and under) with all the trimmings that will be served from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. In addition, a non-holiday-inspired a la carte menu will be on offer in the lounge.

Four opportunities await those visiting Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa (www.hotwatercasino.com). Over at The Steakhouse, a dinner of deep fried turkey, including all the tempting sides and dessert, is $37. The Grand Palms Buffet smorgasbord will boast all the traditional items for $29.99 (including champagne), while the Poker Deli will offer a $10.95 traditional turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes. For those opting to dine at home—but who don’t wish to cook and clean up—Agua Caliente is offering a ready-made Turkey To Go dinner that feeds 10-12 for $250.

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa not only has good food and drink on Thanksgiving Day but an entire roster of related events being held on site between Wednesday, November 26 and Sunday, November 30th. Check out www.westinmissionhills.com for all the details. On the day itself, a Thanksgiving Feast will be served in the Oasis Ballroom from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. (adults $59, 6-12 $25, under 5 free). And by “feast,” we mean a generous display of cheeses, gravlox, patés and terrines; soup and salads; a seafood display; a pasta station; a carving station; turkey and all the sides; and dessert. For those who are not fans of traditional turkey, it’s Swordfish Night at signature restaurant Pinzimini, which will offer a plated dinner from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Omni Resorts’ Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa (www.rancholaspalmas.com), meanwhile, will present two delicious ways to celebrate. From 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the ballroom will be the traditional Thanksgiving Buffet ($75 for adults, $35 for children, 5 and under complimentary). To help amuse the wee ones, a Children’s Corner will feature face painting, a balloon artist, coloring, and cartoons. At signature restaurant BluEmber, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., a more formal three-course dinner will be available priced at $59 per adult and $20 per child. John Stanley King will provide live entertainment from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

With this profusion of possibilities, it’s pretty much unachievable to have an unhappy holiday. In fact, it seems the toughest part of Thanksgiving this year is deciding on just one direction! I’m pretty sure I’ve made up my mind, but I’m not telling. After all, I wouldn’t want to be one to exert undue influence…

Thanksgiving in Rancho Mirage