Things I Love


Janie's 65th
am one of three girls who are collectively known to many as the “Michaels Girls” — a reference to our maiden name and to many just how we are forever linked.  Three girls very close in age.  We celebrated Margie’s 65th in December 2015, and it was just so much fun we decided to revisit another night away with great food and shopping, of course, in celebration of Janie’s big day a few weeks ago.


Circa mid-’90’s


Booking a weekend night in September is a whole different deal than a midweek night in December; thus the options were a bit more limited.  Many resorts require a two-night stay in September, and a bunch of others had no openings.  So, in spite of knowing we could encounter very hot temps, the decision was made to head back to the desert for an overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells.   


Our private patio with pool.


Off we went early Saturday morning to be at the gorgeous resort in time for lunch.  The drive was easy (under two hours)!  And, as luck would have it, Amex Platinmum came through again with an upgrade to a one-bedroom villa (a hefty 1,200 square feet) with private plunge pool and (you had me at) butler, just a press of a button away.  Nirvana.  And I didn’t even mention the enormous bath!  Just beautiful. 
Lunch was delicious (and covered by the generous $100 resort credit) — birthday girl Janie was off to the spa; Margie swam and worked; and I just hung out.  You know — do nothing.  It was perfection.  
We enjoyed wine during a late-afternoon visit from cousins who reside nearby prior to heading off to dinner at  La Spiga Ristorante. The restaurant came highly recommended by a friend who makes his home in the area.  It was a perfect evening to dine outside on the patio — the temperature was not overly hot during the day and dropped a bit more to make for a very comfortable evening.  


From top:  wonderful fresh salad; thinly sliced pears with burrata and balsamic glaze; grilled branzino; and the birthday girl at right.  Not shown is a fabulous ragu pasta ….


After enjoying morning brunch (included in the rate), it was off to the  Premium Outlets.  I actually start getting a bit giddy with anticipation!  Oh, the (mystery) savings to be had … As to the outcome of said shopping trip (other than the farewell lunch at In ‘N Out), that shall remain safely within the sisters.  

After these two wonderful overnights, I look forward with anticipation to January 2019 — a sisters’ trifecta!