Puttin' on the Ritz

Can you believe it's the 40th anniversary of the release of Young Frankenstein? Mel Brooks celebrated in style last Tuesday at Mann's Chinese theater, proving he's still got it at age 88.

What does this have to do with a vacation rental in Rancho Mirage? Nothing, except that I can't think of the new Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage without thinking of the performance above. If Mel's not too old for a juvenile sense of humor, neither am I.

Luckily, they don't screen for mental age at the bar.

Open since May, the outdoor patio at the State Fare restaurant is a favorite of locals for sunset cocktails. We can verify that the cocktails are delicious, and with the property perched high on a hill, the views are spectacular. We can't wait to try dinner there, the burgers look delicious. If you beat us to it, be sure to leave a comment and tell us how it was.

Source: Ritz-Carlton

Source: Ritz-Carlton

We're also thrilled that they allow dogs on the patio, so we've added it to the list of dog-friendly restaurants (be sure to call and verify.)

Parking is valet-only, so be sure to get your ticket validated to waive the fee. If you've got a designated driver in the group, there's a special mocktail menu for them, and if everyone's in the mood to celebrate, leave the driving to a pro.

Oh, and don't worry if you can't stop humming the song while you're there. They're used to it.

Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage • 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr • Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

(760) 321-8282 • website