Guide to Rancho Mirage, CA
Rancho Mirage is hard to resist. Everyone from presidents and celebrities to vacationing families and shopaholics make this classy city their destination for a desert escape, and it’s easy to see why.
One of Rancho Mirage’s most beloved attractions is The River, an outdoor plaza filled with boutiques, restaurants and entertainment. Here, you can dine on the water, catch a free performance in the mini amphitheater or catch the latest blockbuster movie at the Century Theatres at The River.
For a look at the Coachella Valley’s importance in the realms of politics and international affairs, you can spend a morning checking out Sunnylands, a historic midcentury modern residence that has hosted a long list of notable guests, such as Queen Elizabeth II, President Eisenhower, Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart, as well as numerous summits between U.S. and international leaders. The estate is also home to a lushly landscaped garden where you can easily spend a sunny afternoon strolling through nine acres of walking paths and greenery.
Families traveling to the desert will enjoy a visit to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage, where the little ones can let their imaginations run wild as they get hands-on with exhibits like replica grocery stores, an archeological dig site and rope mazes.
If you decide to make Rancho Mirage your home base for your visit to the Coachella Valley, you can rest your head at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, as well as the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa. Both resorts offer a long list of perks that appeal to all types of visitors, from the Splashtopia water park at Rancho Las Palmas to more family fun at the Westin Mission Hills with impressive golf courses at both resorts. The recently opened Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is a luxury retreat with panoramic views of Greater Palm Springs from its hilltop perch 650 feet above the desert floor.
Or you could stay at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, where the fun continues after dark both on the gaming room floor and by the outdoor pool, which hosts DJ-fueled parties every weekend. Agua Caliente’s state-of-the-art concert theater, The Show, is also one of the desert’s best, having hosted the likes of Jay Leno, Matchbox Twenty and Penn and Teller, to name a few.
When it comes to dining, Rancho Mirage boasts some of the desert’s finest restaurant experiences, including five-star picks like Wally’s Desert Turtle and Shame on the Moon. You’ll also find familiar chains like The Cheesecake Factory, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Roy’s Restaurant, P.F. Chang’s and The Old Spaghetti Factory, offering plenty of dining options during your stay.
If your travels bring you to Rancho Mirage in November, you can immerse yourself in creative works by award-winning artists and the soothing sounds of live jazz at the annual Rancho Mirage Art Affaire.
But no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find the posh city of Rancho Mirage offers the makings of a lavishly relaxing desert escape all year-round.
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