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7 Places to Stay for June’s Unique Holidays

International Mud Day? There’s a place to stay in Greater Palm Springs to get your mud on

Karen Graninger Hotels & Resorts

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Certainly you’ve heard of National Splurge Day? Since the folks at holidayinsights.com have taken the time to create a list of bizarre, unique, and special holidays, we’ve decided to tell you the best Palm Springs hotels or resorts around the Coachella Valley to celebrate them at.

Whether you’re planning a staycation or coming into town looking for the place to headquarter your trip, we’ve matched eight unique days in June to its corresponding place to stay.

A Palms Bloody Mary may just be your poison.

JUNE 8: NAME YOUR POISON DAY. Poison is a cover for what you truly want. It’s not going to harm you. The whole point is to enhance your day with a cool libation that makes you forget the thermometer has surpassed 100 degrees.

The Colony Palms Hotel has an evolving drink menu that let’s you pick your poison and feel good about it. There are new drinks like the Palms Bloody Mary and the Federale, and original classics like The Purple Gang, Honey Badger, and Velvet Hammer. Choose wisely.

Colony Palms Hotel, 572 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-969-1800, www.colonypalmshotel.com

Tailor made for Monkey Around Day at this picturesque hotel.

June 14: MONKEY AROUND DAY. This is the day to “Go Ape!” Be a little wild, a little whimsy. Throw bananas at your stress as you swing on the proverbial vines of untamed fun.

The Monkey Tree Hotel provides the perfect setting to monkey around with amenities in place to help you recover and rejuvenate after an active hike, cycling, running, swim workout, or throwing elbows trying to shop for that extra bargain. The hotel even has stuffed monkeys inside some of the rooms! They will also make you a banana smoothie if you ask…

The Monkey Tree Hotel, 2388 E Racquet Club Road, Palm Springs, 760-322-6059; www.themonkeytreehotel.com

With views like this, you will feel spoiled at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage.

JUNE 18: NATIONAL SPLURGE DAY. Treat yourself to excess today. You know you want to. Yes you do. You deserve it. A whirlwind of ostentation and extravagance. Where dreams meet reality in a short, sweet time of luxurious consequence.

The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage’s “Where the Desert Meets the Sky” offer is the ultimate splurge. Costs just $20,000 per night with a two-night minimum and includes amenities like a convertible Bentley at your disposal during your stay; a personal, private butler; dining on your own private suite terrace and in the Edge Steakhouse; a night of stargazing; a couples’ spa treatment, and a Jeep tour and picnic at the San Andreas fault.

The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, 760-321-8282; http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/rancho-mirage/offers/where-the-desert-meets-the-sky

What a sweet way to celebrate a chocolate fix with a nearby stay at the Hard Rock Hotel.

JUNE 22: NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ÉCLAIR DAY. Éclair derives from a French word for flash of lightning. Some say it received that name because of the sparkle it releases when coated with confectioner’s glaze. Others point to the lightness of the cream puff and its soft filling. But do you really need a reason to abscond with this most sensational of delights?

A popular stash of the valley’s best éclair is Sherman’s Deli. If so, you must fortify your position nearby at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. Customize your stay with your own music. Have a Fender guitar delivered to your room. Work out at the Rock Spa. Then it’s a six-minute walk to Sherman’s Deli for a head banging chocolate éclair fix. Then return to a “Face The Music” treatment. After all, what better way to clean the chocolate evidence from your face?

Hard Rock Hotel, 150 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760-325-9676; www.hrhpalmsprings.com

Mudville is as close as Two Bunch Palms.

JUNE 29: INTERNATIONAL MUD DAY. Remember those summer days, bare foot in the sprinkler, dirt in your toes, and the inevitable mud! And mud pie making! Mud felt good then and can again now that you’re all grown up.

Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa understands the power of mud, moss, and minerals. Channel the 1992 movie The Player with Tim Robbins, and immerse yourself in a regenerative mud bath. Then bake on the sun deck, enjoy an herb poultice or arnica flower wrap.

Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, 760-329-8791. www.twobunchpalms.com/spa-menu

Room 12 becomes your own personal version of a log cabin at Hotel California.

JUNE 25: LOG CABIN DAY. This is a day to appreciate the brilliance of the rustic and simple. Imagine waking up in the strong, enveloping branches of a tree, looking out over sparkling water, and breathing in the fresh air?

Room 12 at Hotel California is literally a “treehouse” enveloped by a giant rubber tree that dominates the gorgeous property. It overlooks the pool and spa, and opening the windows gives a gentle cross breeze at night. A cocktail at the fire pit or a cigar in the secluded outdoor cigar lounge completes the raw, solid pleasure of this Valley gem.

Hotel California, 424 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-322-8855; www.palmspringshotelcalifornia.com

Just like James Taylor wrote: “I’ll climb way up to the top of the stairs and all my cares just drift right into space.“

JUNE 30: METEOR DAY. The desert skies are perfect for spotting meteors. There’s a chance to see meteors every night, not just during the showers. Think of this. Scientists estimate up to 10,000 tons of meteoritic material falls on the Earth everyday. Worry not. Most is dust and can’t hurt you.

Los Arboles Hotel has a perfect spot for meteor and star gazing. It sits in the heart of the Movie Colony and offers a unique roof deck for star gazing. El Mirasol restaurant can fix you delicious margaritas and corn chips with salsa. Trivia: Stars, meteor showers, and spring constellations signaled to cultures like the Mayans, Aztecs, and Aborigines that the time to plant and then harvest the corn had come.

Los Arboles Hotel, 266 Via Altamira, Palm Springs, 760-459-3605; www.losarboleshotel.com