WINTER IN THE DESERT: The grocery stores are looking fairly pinked-and-redded out, meaning if you've been thinking of sitting down with a pen, a calendar, and thoughts of February 14, the time is nigh. Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage has a "Valentine Escape" on, which includes a room, but also a "Special Three-Course Valentine's Menu" at the on-property restaurant, bluEmber.
READ MORE: The deal starts at $309, and there is a "know more" asterisk, so read on. Also, dinner at bluEmber will come with a glass of bubbly. Which is pretty de rigeur for February, in our book, maybe even as much as Dec. 31. Sorry, Dec. 31, that's just the truth.