A Visit to Rancho Mirage in the California Desert

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Another Visit to Rancho Mirage in the California Desert


We took a couple of days to escape the cooler temps (60 and rainy when we left) and the May Gray in Carlsbad and had a quick getaway in Rancho Mirage, one of the 10 desert cities about 2 hours from the coast. It's not summer yet so the temps in the desert are pretty comfortable (it was 93 this morning when we left to drive home, and mid 80s yesterday) as opposed to 100 - 120 in the summertime.


We always take the drive through Temecula and then the 2-lane road (74 to Aguanga, then 371 [Cahuilla Road] through the Anza Valley, then 74) through the mountains since it's much prettier, and about the same time as driving the freeway.


View down to the Big Horn area of Palm Desert

California desert view


The latter part of the drive through the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Forest is particularly pretty, with some amazing distant vistas, especially when you get to the edge of the mountains and head down into the desert on the Pines to Palms Highway, with about 20 switchbacks on the 7 miles or so down the mountain.


Ocotillo in the desert


The desert is dramatically different from where we live by the coast, and while the cities themselves are pretty dense, you can drive for miles through the mountains and hardly see any houses. The desert cities (my faves are Palm Desert, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, and Palm Springs) make for a great getaway, with a ton of activities and things to see and do year-round, indoors and out (obviously more indoors or in your air conditioned car when it's 117 degrees outside!).


Rancho Mirage views

Westin Resort in Mission Hills Rancho Mirage


Be aware that high season is the winter when you get most of the crowds; summer is quieter but some restaurants and retailers are not open.


Relaxing by the pool at the Westin Mission Hills


Our time was limited but gave us the opportunity to relax, sit by the pool for a hour or so (we stayed at the West Resort Villas in Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage), take walks, enjoy some great dining, have fun with my camera, and take in the weekly Art Walk in Palm Springs - about 6 blocks long - that takes place every Thursday night from 6 - 10 pm.


Torsoise and rabbit at the Westin

Rabiit at the Westin

night heron

Jacarandas at the Westin Rancho Mirage


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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Great pictures Jeff Dowler, CRS . The 60's are pretty popular here but I myself could take the 90's a lot more often then when we do see them.

May 04, 2018 06:39 PM #1
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It is beautiful there and sounds like you picked the perfect time to get away and relax. Spring has sprung there.

May 04, 2018 07:45 PM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jeff. Your photos are magnificent and I enjoyed reading your post a great deal.

May 05, 2018 04:17 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Jeff... you were so lucky to get away to such a beautiful spot to relax and to enjoy such wonderful views on the way there.

May 05, 2018 04:54 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Jeff - I have been on some of those roads when I was with the restaurant company.  What is great about Southern California and the southwest in general is how the topography and weather are so varied.  It really is a treat to experience.

May 05, 2018 09:03 AM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bob "RealMan" Timm  I like the mid 80s the best, and it's rare to get hotter here except with the Santa Ana winds. We were in the desert one weekend a couple of summers ago and it was 117 - WAAAY to hot for me. I don't care that they say it's a dry heat. It still feels like an oven!


May 05, 2018 10:58 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Lovely tour of Rancho Mirage.  When we lived in Los Angeles, we would often head to the area.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  A

May 05, 2018 01:47 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Jeff, for sharing your experience and your photographs.

May 06, 2018 11:20 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Jeff Dowler, CRS  Great pics! I recall that drive and have taken it both ways.  One of the great things about California is the beaches and the deserts. 

May 06, 2018 06:54 PM #9
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, what a wonderful get-away, Jeff! I love that you stopped and took time to enjoy some photography...and, of course, time by the pool without the crowds!

I've never heard of May Gray - interesting and it does seem like a great time to venture off to the desert. I have been to Palm Desert & Palm Springs and could call either of those home if I wasn't so in love with Charlotte!

Have a great week ahead!

May 06, 2018 08:11 PM #10
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

By your shared photos, I can see why you love visiting this area Jeff Dowler, CRS ... I'm especially lovin' those golf course pics!  Hope you're all rejuvenated ...


May 07, 2018 01:04 PM #11
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