For Annual Desert Holidays Program and the Gingerbread Village Development

Community invited to participate in building gingerbread houses and Holiday toy/gift drive to support women and children in domestic violence shelter

Miramonte Resort & Spa will kick off its festive Desert Holidays program on November 1 with the availability of gingerbread lots for sale for Miramonte’s Annual Gingerbread Village. Gingerbread “home builders” are invited to use their imagination to create confectionary structures for display and entry into a contest. Gingerbread houses will be judged in five categories – from professionals to kids – with prizes for each and an overall grand prize of a three-night stay at the luxurious Mediterranean-style resort. Winners will be announced at the Gingerbread Village Grand Opening on Friday, November 23.

Gingerbread Village lot prices range from $20 to $50. All proceeds from gingerbread lot sales are provided to Shelter From The Storm, the Valley’s only dedicated provider of services to victims of domestic violence. Gingerbread houses must be submitted by November 19th for the final construction of the village, which will remain on display through the Holidays. Entry forms will be available on November 1 at www.miramonteresort.com.

In addition to purchasing a Gingerbread Village lot, opportunities at Miramonte to support Shelter From The Storm include two toy and gift drives in conjunction with Desert Holiday events. At Miramonte’s “Spa La La La La” party at THE WELL on December 6, and at the “Desert’s Largest Holiday Extravaganza” on December 13, guests are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child or a personal gift for a woman in the shelter.

Miarmonte’s five-week Desert Holidays celebration encourages our local community to embrace the Season and enjoy the Holiday cheer and Mediterranean atmosphere of the resort. Engaging activities specifically for adults include “Cooking Classes” on Saturdays and “Raclette and Wine” tasting along with “Smooth Sounds of the Season” on Fridays. Numerous complimentary activities are offered throughout the period including “Story Time with Mrs. Claus,” “Letters to Santa,” “Roasting Chestnuts” and “S’mores Toasting.” The entire family can enjoy cultural dining experiences at the Grove Artisan Kitchen at the resort, with special international holiday dishes from Italy, France, Germany and Mexico.

To learn more about “Desert Holidays” and the Gingerbread Village, please call the resort at (760) 341-2200 or visit www.miramonteresort.com.  The resort is located at 45000 Indian Wells Lane in Indian Wells.

About Miramonte Resort & Spa

Miramonte Resort & Spa brings the spirit of the Mediterranean to the California desert community of Indian Wells, just minutes from Palm Springs. The intimate village features THE WELL® Spa, which has been consistently named in the Top 100 Resort Spas in North America by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Additionally, the acclaimed Mediterranean-inspired Grove Artisan Kitchen, offers guests an unforgettable farm-to-table culinary experience.

Miramonte Resort & Spa is managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,600 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Aspen, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, Denver, Austin and San Diego. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises and the Lowe Hospitality Group. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.