Bay Area business tycoon Walter H. Morgan opened this resort in 1926. It became the stomping grounds for Hollywood’s elite, including Greta Garbo, Ginger Rogers, and Clark Gable. Located about 25 miles southeast of Palm Springs, the sprawling desert oasis inspired Frank Capra to pen the beloved holiday film It’s A Wonderful Life.
The resort will host a tree-lighting ceremony on Sunday, November 26, replete with caroling and complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. On Fridays and Saturdays, try your hand at roasting chestnuts (November 24 to December 23; $5 per bag).
Learn how to prepare a holiday feast with Executive Chef Andrew Cooper and his culinary team. They offer classes for making soup and easy holiday meals on Saturdays from November 25 through December 23 ($35 for resort guests and $45 for non-guests; reservations required).
You can also enjoy classic holiday movies like Home Alone on the lawn along with free popcorn and hot cocoa. Movies are shown at 7 p.m. on Saturdays from November 25 to December 23.
Room rates start at $255, plus a daily $35 resort fee; AAA discount available.