By Aphrodite Syrengelas
The cities of Rancho Mirage and La Quinta are truly an oasis in the desert. They are conveniently located in the greater Palm Springs area of Southern California. Rancho Mirage is nestled near the beautiful San Jacinto Mountain Range with stunning views of desert landscape as far as the eye can see. La Quinta is almost completely surrounded by the rose colored Santa Rosa Mountains. These unique cities are known for their world class resorts, dining, tennis facilities and golf courses. The fabulous spas and shopping shouldn’t be missed either. Once thought of as a retreat for celebrities, the desert offers activities for anyone looking to relax and get away from it all. Visitors are drawn to the warmth and sunshine that can be enjoyed year-round.
For those who enjoy professional golf or tennis tournaments, these desert cities and their surrounding area offer a top selection of popular events. The PGA Tour, ANA Inspiration and BNP Paribas Open are some of the main events that can be enjoyed here. The Empire Polo Club has Sunday matches from January through the beginning of April. If you are a music lover, you can enjoy the spectacular Coachella or Stagecoach Music Festivals. All are much sought after events.
The desert is unique in its architecture and peaceful lifestyle. Upon arriving, you can feel the warm breeze and hear the soothing desert sounds that beckon you to unwind. Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa’s villas are perfect accommodations for your stay in Rancho Mirage. The property offers amazing amenities such as the Pete Dye and Gary Player designed championship golf courses. Enjoy the beautiful views of the impeccably maintained golf courses and San Jacinto Mountains while sitting on your villa patio. Choose from a 1 or 2 bedroom villa which offer the comforts of home in a luxury setting. When you are ready to get moving, bicycle rentals are available to explore the stunning desert landscape. Go on a private horseback ride or take a guided tour. Cool off in one of the resort’s 3 outdoor pools. The largest pool, the Las Brisas offers a 75 foot water slide, cabanas and spas. After a day at the pool, or having enjoyed one of the many activities, it is time to relax at the spa. The spa’s calming surroundings and treatments are a guaranteed way to rejuvenate.
If you are looking for a private retreat, PGA West Condo on the Greens is for you. Located on the golf course, in a fabulous master-planned gated community, this 3 bedroom residence is a great way to enjoy desert life. The views of the golf course and Santa Rosa Mountains are breathtaking. It offers luxury amenities and world-class golf courses designed by golf legends Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskoff. Guests have access to two clubhouses and restaurants which are located in PGA West. Take a leisurely stroll or drive your golf cart through this spectacular community.
Rancho Mirage and La Quinta are home to several popular attractions. Historic Sunnylands Center and Gardens is considered the “Camp David of the West”. Its architecture, artwork, gardens and history are a must see. Try your luck at Agua Caliente casino, resort and spa located in Rancho Mirage. The Rancho Mirage Community Park is an outdoor amphitheater that hosts the city’s annual Art Affaire event. A fun day for the kids can be spent at the Children’s Discovery Museum. To get an amazing view of this desert area and have an unforgettable experience, ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It is the world’s largest rotating tramcar. Once you reach the top, there are outdoor activities and even restaurants with picture perfect views.
If you are ready for some serious shopping, walk along The Shops on El Paseo. The stores and boutiques have often been compared to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Another shopping and dining area is The River at Rancho Mirage. Enjoy the shops, restaurants and entertainment this center has to offer. This area is known for its large selection of fine dining restaurants. If you are looking for a favorite breakfast spot, casual lunch or elegant dining, there is a restaurant for every craving, taste and ambiance.
Visit Rancho Mirage and La Quinta to enjoy a unique desert experience. Where luxury and relaxation surround you like the warm desert breeze.