Rancho Mirage Happenings


Rancho Mirage Breaks Ground on Park Expansion

A week or so ago, I penned a blog extolling the many virtues of the beautifully serene parks we have within the City of Rancho Mirage’s borders. Well, I’m back with some exciting news! The eagerly anticipated expansion and upgrading of Rancho Mirage Community Park (formerly known as Whitewater Park) … [Read More...]

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Fine Dining


bluEmber Kicks Off its Wine Dinner Series in Style

The only thing better than dining at bluEmber—the signature restaurant of Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage—is dining at bluEmber on one of the evenings it’s hosting one of its spectacular wine dinners. This season’s series is titled “bluEmber Uncorked,” and I was one of … [Read More...]

Catalan Restaurant Rancho Mirage

Revisiting Rancho Mirage’s Catalan

Chef Drew Davis may have created delectable dishes for the likes of President Bill Clinton, rock star Billy Joel, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg, and rap and pop royalty duo Jay Z and Beyoncé, but since the spring of 2012, there’s no place this culinary wunderkind would rather be … [Read More...]

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Top Attractions

Palm Springs Tramways

Mural by Local Artist Unveiled at the Palm Springs Tramway

On Thursday, August 7 at 1:00 in the afternoon, I was happy and honored to join journalists from the Palm Springs Valley and varied other invited guests at the unveiling of a very special mural by local artist Keith Blum—who was named “Best Artist of the Year” for 2014 by desert publication the … [Read More...]


Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert Hosts Kids Camp

With so many families needing a break from the cloudy coasts of San Diego and Los Angeles, and heading for the ever-sunny and warm Palm Springs Valley this time of year, it’s no surprise that the City of Rancho Mirage pays particular attention and offers special summer programs for children and … [Read More...]

Sunnylands 2014

Sunnylands Takes a Summer Break

If you’ve been promising yourself a long overdue visit to Rancho Mirage’s Sunnylands—the 200-acre, beautifully designed and decorated midcentury modern estate of the late media titan Walter Annenberg and his wife, Leonore—you’ve got just a matter of days to do so before the legendary landmark … [Read More...]

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Rancho Mirage Magazine

Rancho Mirage Magazine

There are few things I like better than a good read, whether it’s a tantalizing novel, a juicy periodical, my newspapers, an informative blog, or even a sentimental greeting card—I just love words!  But add a party to the potential for a good publication and I get even more excited.  And that’s what … [Read More...]

Oct4 AmerCup Ellison DALP

Rancho Mirage’s Larry Ellison’s Team is a Winner!

One of our local Rancho Mirage residents has been in the news even more than usual recently. Larry Ellison, the mega-billionaire and founder/CEO of Oracle Corporation, who owns the 249-acre property known as Porcupine Creek Ranch, was the sponsor of the winning yacht in the 2013 America’s Cup race, … [Read More...]



Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Unveils High-end Retail Space

One of the most exciting aspects of watching a new resort flourish is discovering its varied amenities, services, and distinct venues within the property as they’re unveiled. The latest big news from the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is that unique Palm Springs retailer Raymond | Lawrence is opening … [Read More...]

Outlet Mall Food

A Full Day of Fun at the Outlet Mall (Part Two)

As you read in “A Full Day of Fun at the Outlet Mall (Part One),” one of my very favorite pastimes is indulging in a bit of retail therapy at the twin outlet malls located just west of Rancho Mirage and the Palm Springs Valley known as the Cabazon Outlets (www.cabazonoutlets.com) and the Desert … [Read More...]

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Tamale Fest

Indio’s International Tamale Festival

For the vast majority of Latino families—and all those who love them—the holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without the traditional making of Christmas tamales. For those who can’t wait until the 25th of December, there’s the Indio International Tamale Festival, held every first full weekend in … [Read More...]

Festival of Lights

The 23rd Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

For more than two decades, the first weekend in December has been synonymous with a brilliant Palm Springs Valley holiday affair—the Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Palm Springs. Marching bands and other live entertainment, the Budweiser Clydesdales, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Snoopy and the … [Read More...]

Palm Springs Moderism Week

2015 Modernism Week

This is one date you won’t want to forget, so just in case, put it on your calendar: High Noon PST, Saturday, November 1, 2014. That’s the time the tickets for the 10th Annual Greater Palm Springs Modernism Week will go on sale. Yes, even though this event doesn’t take place until February 12 – 22, … [Read More...]

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Brandini Toffee

Rancho Mirage’s Brandini Toffee Expands to Palm Springs

Anyone who’s compiling a complete list of the Top Young Turks of Rancho Mirage has got to place twentysomething pals Brandon Weimer and Leah Post at the very tippy top. The story of how, in 2006, the then-14-year-old high schoolers proved their entrepreneurial mettle is best told in their own voice, … [Read More...]

Rancho Mirage Library Plan

What’s in store for the Rancho Mirage Library?

It’s no big secret that I’m a huge fan of the Rancho Mirage Public Library.  I’ve been frequenting this amazing resource in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley since the day it opened its doors.  But even a mature matron of a certain age like me knows that few things stay the same forever, and that … [Read More...]

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