Desert Roots: Plan Your Winter Oasis Getaway
Marathon owners know when they’re on a grand adventure, every day’s a celebration. And there are many ways and many places to celebrate the motorcoaching lifestyle, including must-visit luxury RV resorts nestled in hubs of food, fun and recreational mainstays. Although many of our favorite resorts scattered across North America offer their own flavor of opulence, one particular area combines an exquisite resort trifecta with remarkable surroundings.
In the Coachella Valley, toasting the good life has been the business at hand for decades. Many of our clients have joined the ranks of Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe in celebrating sun-drenched days and glittering nights, basking in the beauty of Indio and Palm Springs, California. With more than 100 golf courses in the neighborhood, stunning canyons and world-class resorts, the area’s appeal is understandable. Plus, with average high temperatures in the 70s and 80s November through April, food served al fresco, dips in the pool and quick cruises off the dock, fascinating day trips are available all winter long.
In 1998, California natives Alan and Barbara McClure took a week’s vacation in the valley to search for a house. “We’d never had a motorhome,” explained Alan. “We had some good friends who were at Outdoor Resorts on a corner lot. Each day after our search, we had cocktails and dinner at the resort with them. By Friday, we found a house we were going to buy in Indian Wells – a nearby community; the same day our friend bought a brand new Marathon. So I asked him, ‘Ted, what are you going to do with your old one?’ He said, ‘I’m going to sell it.’ Well, we didn’t have a motorhome because Barbara’s idea of camping was the Ritz Carlton. Yet about 15 minutes later, she taps me on the shoulder and says, ‘Why don’t we buy Ted’s motorhome instead of the house?’ Her thinking, since she grew up in the Mojave Desert, was that when the wind blew, we could just leave. So we bought his motorhome and the lot next to him: That’s how we started motorhoming.”
A world away, yet in the thick of it all, this area of the desert offers diverse recreational opportunities. Alan recommends the Palm Springs Aviation Museum for those enamored with planes or history. He also suggests a trip to The Street Fair at College of the Desert for those looking for something different. Barbara proposes a visit to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert whenever children or grandchildren are ready for a day out and about.
People from North America and abroad flood the area for well-known world class festivals such as the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals. Darren Smith, broker for Desert Shores Motorcoach Resort, recommends visiting the Greater Palm Springs website at www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com when planning a trip, sharing that other signature events also have a lot to offer: the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament, USA Pickleball National Championships, PGA Golf Tournament, Palm Springs Film Festival, El Paseo Fashion Week, Modernism Week, La Quinta Arts Festival, Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival, and Riverside County Fair. In addition to these exciting festivals are ongoing winter activities such as polo, the HITS horse show and BMW Driving Academy.
For those with an appetite, Marathon Marketing Manager Pete Sutton advocates a trip to Old Town La Quinta: Nestled in the Santa Rosa Mountains, Old Town La Quinta offers dining and eclectic shopping, including two of Pete’s favorites – Old Town Coffee Company and Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill. Luxury Coach Salesperson Jim Cogley, who spends about six months of the year in Indio, endorses Shield’s Date Garden, an excellent stop for breakfast or lunch, followed by a date shake and a walk through the picturesque grounds. Diverse day trips provide a change of pace: One popular destination is Joshua Tree National Park, where two distinct deserts collide.
Despite Coachella Valley being less than 29 square miles, the area is a snowbird haven. “We now have friends from all over the United States, from New York to Florida, Montana, Texas and throughout the Midwest,” said Alan. “As we travel, we stop to visit them, so it makes our trips even more special. That’s what we really like about this area – the camaraderie. The camaraderie’s where it’s at for us.”
After many fantastic years at ORI, Alan and Barbara eventually purchased a lot across the way at Desert Shores. So how does one choose where to call home? “Look at every one of the RV resorts to see which is the best fit for you,” Darren advised. “Each of the Indio resorts offers its own unique lifestyles and amenities, so check them all out, and compare pricing and privacy of each resort to see which one is the best fit for you. Naturally, we hope you choose Desert Shores, but you really can’t lose regardless of which resort you pick.” Darren first visited the area during spring break when he was 20. He immediately returned to his home state of Montana, packed his bags and moved to the desert for good. He has learned a thing or two about the Coachella Valley and even more about luxury resorts.
Recommended resorts for those seeking a sun-filled adventure:
Motorcoach Country Club
With miles of interior lakefront, it’s easy to pull to shore for a cocktail party with the local wildlife.
80-501 Avenue 48, Indio, CA 92201
Phone: 760-342-4215 or 888-277-0789
Email: [email protected]
Those seeking a truly stunning desert oasis revving with life and adventure need look no further than Motorcoach Country Club (MCC). Located in the posh Palm Springs resort area, nestled squarely in Indio, California, this sun-filled resort provides majestic views while paying homage to the best of luxury living.
Whether new to the luxury motorcoach lifestyle or a snow bird veteran, you’ll find plenty to do at MCC. From dancing and cocktail parties to swimming, tennis and golf, to the Yacht Club with a private lounge, billiards and card room to the clubhouse featuring 5-star dining, there’s something for everyone. Plus, with more than two miles of navigable interior waterways, it’s a perfect fit for landlocked sailors.
Desert Shores Motorcoach Resort
This quiet, sunny sanctuary provides the ideal balance of privacy and community.
48-170 Hjorth St., Indio, CA 92201
Contact Form: http://www.desertshoresresort.com/contact
Located in Indio, just outside Palm Springs, this Southern California Class A-only resort offers a luxurious reprieve from the everyday. Whether you’re looking for a lakeside lot adorned with your own private pool and spa, a 1,200 square foot villa including great room, gourmet kitchen, garage and bonus room, and lush landscaping with a flair for the dramatic, or something simpler, Desert Shores has it.
With a community calendar overflowing with dinners, dancing, exercise classes, poker, cocktail parties, hiking, biking and more, something interesting is always afoot. Club amenities include a stunning 10,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, stage with dance floor, kitchen, community pool and spa, fitness center, tennis court, dog park, guard-gated entrance and perimeter wall security system.
Outdoor Resort Indio
A great place to be active, Outdoor Resort Indio offers more than just an eye-catching backdrop and wonderful neighbors.
80-394 Avenue 48, Indio, CA 92201
Phone: 760-775-7255 or 800-892-2992
Contact Form: https://orindio.com/contact-us/
Outdoor Resort Indio (ORI) is more than its stunning mountain vista views – it’s community. Sometimes referred to as a “summer camp for adults,” those staying at ORI stay as busy or as relaxed as they choose. From organized pickleball games and socials, tennis socials, Zumba, 18-hole golf course, water aerobics, water volleyball, lawn bowling, dance lessons, motorcycle riding club, knitting clubs, bingo, movie night, organized card games, group trips and more, this retreat was created for living life to the fullest.
A romantic color palette of eye-catching desert scenery spanning 40 acres and 419 perfectly manicured luxury RV lots, there are four pools, a fitness facility, an owner’s lounge, outdoor cafe, golf leagues and a dedicated activity director.