Cabazon, Morongo Spa and Resort
By Jeremy Zachary
Why You Must Go: A towering 300 rooms and icon of the I-10 Palm Springs corridor Morongo has grown from its humble roots of a tented bingo hall in the ’80s to a monstrosity in the desert. On the 17th floor looking outward into the canyon, this towering behemoth offers spectacular views. The flat screen television, fluffy comforter and expansive views are all great—but nothing in comparison to the shower. A frosted glass window separates the bedroom and a shower area large enough to fit at least two (let your imagination run wild). Morongo gaming claims high returns and with more one-armed bandits (thanks to recent California voting) to tug, the excitement of play nearly rivals Vegas, sans bar ladies. Above all, Sage Spa is the true oasis in the desert. Vertically spiraling catacombs of treatment rooms and a private outdoor lounge area Sage Spa offers the best of everything. And when you go, ask for Laurel, she’ll rub you right.
Where to eat:Potrero Canyon Buffet, A large selection of worldly dishes to satisfy just about any culinary urge. While the main dining was at best average, the dessert bar alone is worth the trip. Macaroons that would rival any Italian sidewalk cafe and a selection other confectionaries that is sure to satisfy that sweet spot!
What else to check out: A definite must is Hadley’s, selling their famous dates along with other fruits and nuts. Located next to Morongo, Hadley’s is an easy walk to burn away the buffet bulge. If shopping is your forte, the outlet center at Cabazon offers 147 various stores to spend your hard earned dough.
– Jeremy Zachary