July13 Ritz summer DALP

Something great awaits you up the hill on Frank Sinatra Drive in Rancho Mirage. Due to the recent success of its participation in Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage has decided to bring back its Sunset Supper menu to signature restaurant State Fare Bar + Kitchen.

Now through at least the end of August, guests dining inside or al fresco can enjoy a first course of the Chef’s Soup of the Day or a Caesar Salad with herb croutons and shaved parmesan, followed by a main course of Ale Braised Short Ribs (with white cheddar grits, roasted carrots, crispy onions, and horseradish), Tagliatelle Pomodoro (with house-smoked tomato fondue, basil, and shaved asiago—add chicken, shrimp, or beef short ribs for a small premium), or the State Fare Prime Burger (served with Hopscotch cheddar, Chef Bruno’s famous onion-bacon jam, aioli, and arugula all between a split pretzel bun). For dessert, you may ask? How about State Fare’s version of a Pina Colada: pineapple gelee, coconut pannacotta, Malibu Rum cream, fresh pineapple, and coconut lime sorbet? As delicious as it is refreshing! The best news is that all this can be yours—with tea, coffee, or a soft beverage included, but not including tax or gratuity— for $38 per person from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Now, I’m going to ask you to trust me. When you make your way up the hill and drop your car and keys off with one of the Ritz-Carlton’s courtesy valets, do not make a beeline for State Fare. Rather, take time to peruse the sumptuous lobby, stroll down the corridor through the property’s retail outposts to pick up a little something for yourself or for a friend, or have a cocktail in the lounge—or better yet, outside on the promenade, where one of the best views of the entire Palm Springs Valley below beckons. Sunset is especially spectacular here.

And if you really want to get ready for dinner in style, why not make an appointment at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, where you can indulge in a massage, scrub, facial, and more. This is home to the only José Eber Salon in the Valley, after all. So going under the scissors or blow-dryer here puts you in the esteemed company of patrons of the Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Dallas, Short Hills, and Dubai shops. If that’s not an elite club, I don’t know what is.

Which reminds me: It’s high time I enjoyed a deluxe cut and color. Come now, you didn’t think Diana Dodge’s beauty came entirely naturally, did you? A glamour girl always needs friends in high places. And what could be higher than The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage?

Find it all at www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage