I’m a very proud “year-rounder” here in Rancho Mirage. Leaving the Palm Springs Valley—even when we are experiencing summer’s triple-digit temps—is reserved for a getaway or two. But for me, summer is just as gorgeous as the rest of the year. Apparently, I’m not alone, as many of my neighbors and friends remain, and we all get visitors from around the world to luxuriate in our hotels, frolic in our pools, and eat, drink, and shop the days away!
Of course, all our resorts continue to offer spa services to fit every pampered person’s needs (www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage, www.omnirancholaspalmas.com, www.hotwatercasino.com, www.westinmissionhills.com). And there’s still a full roster of restaurants to tickle your taste buds (www.dineranchomirage.com).
If you happen to be watching over the kids or grandkids, be sure to check out the programs at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert (www.cdmod.org). And with or without the little ones, there’s always something new and interesting to see at the Living Desert in Palm Desert (www.livingdesert.org). Arrive daily as early as 8:00 a.m. and plan to beat the afternoon heat by the 1:30 p.m. summer closing hour.
The Rancho Mirage Public Library (www.ranchomiragelibrary.org) is open all summer with a range of programs for every age—and ample air conditioning!
Cool down in the mountain climes by heading up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (with its 360-degree revolving cars), where you’ll find temps 20-30 degrees cooler than the desert floor (www.pstramway.com). Ditto for a delightful day trip “around the mountain” up to Idyllwild, a refreshing alpine oasis of good grub, fun shopping, and magnificent mountain hiking (www.idyllwild.com).
As always in our desert environment, be sure to stay plenty hydrated (and not just with cocktails!), use lots of sunscreen, and when in doubt, get out of the sun!