Destination I Do

Palm Springs Destination Weddings

Words by Shana Kinnerup
Photos courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

A drive through the California desert will most likely lead you through the seemingly barren highway exits for Palm Desert and Palm Springs. Like a true hidden gem, the hustle and bustle of a flourishing community is tucked back toward the hills. Palm Springs has been experiencing a rebirth in recent years. Once Hollywood’s playground, the lavish luxury still exists today. However, more youthful draws (think the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival) have begun to transform the area into a trendy destination for younger generations.

If you can romanticize the era of the Rat Pack, Marilyn and our “Camelot” presidency, you will fall in love with the Mid-Century vibe turned modern day escape of Rancho Mirage. With a literal bird’s eye view of Palm Springs, Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is the peak-echelon for a luxury experience. For the destination couple, The Ritz-Carlton provides an opulent escape in one of the most upcoming communities. Sitting on top of a bluff, there are ample indoor and outdoor backdrop options with views limited only by your imagination. High above the desert floor, The Ritz-Carlton is home to the best steak and seafood fare in the area (coupled with the most spectacular view) at The Edge Steakhouse. 

His-and-hers activities are abundant in the area. The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton combines a full suite of services with an unforgettable experience. Palm Springs is also famous for its shopping options, making for an easy girl’s day out. A short drive from the property, the boys can let loose with an appointment at the BMW Performance Center. Their expert instructors lead drivers through a number of track and experience options, all of which involve high speeds, high performance vehicles and high levels of adrenaline!

Just a three-hour drive from Los Angeles, don’t be afraid to take that highway exit and experience extravagance for your destination wedding or honeymoon.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2016 issue. You can order a copy here.

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