Desert Trip is Coming
I’m embarrassed to even admit this, but I can’t seem to remember the last time I visited Palm Springs. It’s just a quick car ride away, but living in a state this great I always seem to come up with an excuse to venture somewhere else. I wish I had a valid reason why I’ve been avoiding it, but I think it must have something to do with the fact I’ve come to terms in my mind that in a few short years I’ll be designated “Coachella mom.” Trust me, that’s not a complaint — I’m actually looking forward to being a Coachella chaperone. But until then, I’ve been filing visiting Palm Springs under “something I’ll get to.”
Thank goodness, for upcoming Desert Trip, right? The Stones, Sir Paul, Dylan, if only Led Zeppelin would grace us with their presence. Could you imagine celebrating Outside In The Field while listening to “Stairway to Heaven”?
Then I got the itch I didn’t wait to wait for another festival, I found myself longing for picturesque views, painted skies, hot days and cool nights, surrounded by the healing powers of the desert. I wanted Kiddo to feel the magic of this amazing place first hand, so we hopped in the car and took a mini road trip far beyond the Pee Wee Dinosaurs with one goal in mind. Our mission? To get lost and hide out for the week.
It was time to put some Eagles of Death Metal on heavy rotation and headed east.
As the in-dash GPS showed us getting closer and closer to The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, I quickly fell in love all over again with the scenery of Palm Springs. I felt calm and so alive. I found myself questioning why it’s taken me so long to get back, and I’m even caught myself daydreaming about heading to Oldchella after all.
From the moment we checked-in, Kiddo ran about as if she owned the joint. This could partially have to do with the fact the Concierge lays out a candy buffet each day for everyone to enjoy. It’s truly an impressive spread, but trying to keep up with her sugar high while being completely in awe of the landscape, I tried so badly to take snapshots in my mind so I’d never forget the view.
Always trailing a few paces behind her, I followed Kiddo as she toured the property dressed head-to-toe in her Coachella finest complete with wide brim hat. Born in the wrong decade, I swear sometimes I feel as though I gave birth to Rachel Zoe’s spirit animal.
S’mores and Namaste
Our room opened up to what Kiddo referred to as our “backyard” complete with garden games and panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, and the patio was complete with our own fire pit for optimal s’more making once the sun went down. It also gave us prime access for the sun rise yoga Kiddo was determined to practice. So much for blackout curtains, right?!
Our days were spent mostly lounging by the pool and just being together. I realize I only have 9 more summers with Kiddo and I’m planning on soaking up every getaway possible before I turn her loose into the great wide open. I know she’s going to do big things. What? I’m not sure yet, but whatever “IT” is, she will make a big difference.
The Club Lounge
During our stay, we took full advantage of our Club Level access visiting for snacks and small bites. Tucker took wonderful care of us, boxing snacks up for us to take on our way, and sharing tips on how to best navigate the property and Palm Springs. Kiddo and I liked spending time up there recounting our day, or sneaking in a quick board game. As a parent, having access to the Executive Club is such a huge advantage. All day long, healthy snacks and small bites are made available for you to enjoy at your leisure. When traveling with small kids, it is a nice way to take a break, enjoy a few moments of downtime, and tame your “hangry” little people with something other than junk food. Upgrading to Club Level status is worth every penny.
During our stay we also made sure to check out State Fare Bar and Kitchen inside the hotel. Not only was the meal delicious, but I was very surprised to see that it was a very family friendly environment. Everywhere I turned there were young children occupying each and every table in the restaurant, and a few even flew by on scooters. Truth! Besides the food, the view and the amazing service, I was grateful for the playlist. But stay tuned because I promise to tell you more about State Fare Bar and Kitchen in an upcoming designated post featured under our Food + Wine category.
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Based on my personal experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, I would label it as a true luxury family travel destination. However, it must be noted that we visited during the peak of spring break season so children gliding around the property on Razor scooters isn’t really the norm. I’d still say with or without the family, it’s a great dessert retreat and one of my favorite Ritz-Carlton properties. I have every intention to return and might even declare this my home base for Oldchella!
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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