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Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

Snoqualmie, WA
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Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

We are 5 couples in our late 30's/early 40's. We normally meet in Vegas each year, but this year we are doing the Palm Springs area because of some travel for work.

Having never visited before we are trying to get an idea as to what the various areas offer. My first inclination is a rental home in the Movie Colony area. We like the idea of walking to restaurants/shopping and the character that area seems to have.

Another person in our group had mentioned Rancho Mirage having more to offer in the way of entertainment (casino, shopping) and dining.

Can someone give me a brief overview of the two areas or any others that might meet these needs of "light" partying, shopping, dining? Is there traffic and/or congestion in some areas and not in others? We are avoiding the suburban atmosphere since we live it daily. Just looking for some easy relaxing fun without strip malls and chain restaurants.

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1. Re: Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage offers more destination resorts,golf courses,shopping and some newer restaurant choices.

However,for the most part it's more of a surburban atmosphere with the large numbers of gated private communities.

Downtown Palm Springs has the old charm against the mountains. The downtown shopping is not very good and requires going out to RM and Palm Desert for decent shopping.

Both places have a casino owned by the same Indian tribe and both quite nice.

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2. Re: Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

We stayed in Rancho Mirage at the Westin, it was nice, we really loved Palm Desert, there is great shopping there on El Paseo. Indian Wells was also nice, the Esmeralda Resort is beautiful with a nice spa there.

We enjoyed meals at BluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas, Wally's Desert Turtle, Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe and the restaurant at The Westin for lunch and breakfast. Enjoy your time in Palm Springs! :0

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3. Re: Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

What month do you plan to visit? In the summer it is too hot to walk much of anywhere. Palm Springs has some good restaurants to walk to, but not shopping. They do have the Villagefest every Thursday evening located downtown, which ends this month and starts up again in Oct.

http://www.villagefest.org/

Will you be renting cars? It's easy to drive to all the other cities to visit Restaurant Row, The River Entertainment area, the shops along El Paseo and Westfield mall if you stay in the Movie Colony.

All the casino's are nice, but it's not like Vegas.

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4. Re: Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

"They do have the Villagefest every Thursday evening located downtown, which ends this month and starts up again in Oct."

Villagefest is year round, every Thursday , except Thanksgiving... it doesn't end in May...

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5. Re: Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage will definitley feel more suburban.

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6. Re: Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

My bad! The hours of Villagefest change in June.

October through May 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

June through September 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Snoqualmie, WA
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Thank you everyone. All info is appreciated. We'll be going the first week of October and we will rent a car.

I think it will just come down to a group vote. With a car we can go anywhere it's just nice being somewhere that you can walk to restaurants etc.

Thanks again....TripAdvisor is the best!!

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8. Re: Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

I'm partial to Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage and the JW Marriott in Palm Desert because I've stayed at both resorts multiple times.

RLP is beautiful with a great pool area and is located right across the street from The River shopping and dining complex (also has a great movie theater). This is a first class property that won't disappoint.

The other option is JW Marriott in Palm Desert which is very popular and has a bit more to offer in amenities I think, including a day spa that is top notch. But my real first choice would be to recommend you all get a couple of two bedroom villas at Desert Springs Villas, the t/s property connected with the JW resort. You get free daily access to the spa and fitness center as well as access to all the JW pools if you stay in DSV I. There is also a first class night club at the JW that you might enjoy. Please see my recent post under thread titled "looking for luxury resort to stay". Please PM if you have any questions on one of these properties.

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9. Re: Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

I vote for renting a home in the Village area...Movie Colony, Old Las Palmas, Tennis Club areas. We

always prefer downtown for it's charm and the

ability to walk to everything. It's also great

for early morning walks in GREAT neighborhoods.

Just be sure to ask how many blocks the home is from Palm Canyon. If you are looking for big luxury

resorts, go with Rancho Mirage but if you are looking

for a unique experience stick with the Village.

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10. Re: Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage

Last year we rented 2 homes right next door to each other in Palm Springs with a group like yours. 4 couples and 2 kids (teens).

It was in the Sunrise area and we had the best time EVER. We were close enough to town, but wound up spending most of the time at the houses. The Spa Casino was just a mile away and we walked there for the buffet regularly.

We grilled out nightly, spent plenty of time in the pool. Just the best and most relaxing vacation in a long time.