Outdoor Resort Indio - The Ultimate Motor Coach Resort
Wouldn't you love to live in Canada's Butchart Gardens? Well, you
can't! It's a flower garden, not an RV resort.
But you can live in ORI - Outdoor Resort Indio. From the moment you
enter the office and rental center, you are surrounded by lovely
flowers, grass, trees and beautiful landscaping.
After checking in for your stay, the staff will escort you into the
resort. You first see the Club House, the center of activity.
All lots at ORI are purchased by the lot owners, but you can rent
and you can still find lot resales. Only Class A motorhomes with a
minimum length of 34 foot are permitted. Incorporated in 1992, the
original lots were empty concrete pads with utilities, surrounded by
grass and separated by hedges. As you will see most every lot had
been enhanced, most frequently with outdoor kitchens and living
space. 1) Ellen relaxes in our 3-day rental lot No. 198, a golf lot.
Utilities include 50 amp power, water, sewer and cable TV. The daily
rental is $110.00 (as of 3-2014). Seems like a lot doesn't it? But
compare this to a hotel of the quality of ORI and you will see that
it is a great deal. Beautiful grounds, your own bed, your own patio
and more free activities than you find at any hotel. 2) Most lots
are on the 18-hole par 3 golf course. Some lots are on the perimeter
of the resort and the rental fees are a little less.
Let's head over to the Club House and see what there is to do.
First you can stare at the beauty. But after you acclimate to this,
you'll probably be ready to get involved.
The breezeway brings you through the Club House. On your right is
the Ball Room and on the left is a private Owners Lounge.
The Ball Room is well suited for the many events that take place at
ORI. It is equipped with dining room seating, a stage, dance floor
and fireplace. In the corner are all the facilities you need for
your meals and refreshments.
The Owner's Lounge is not for us but we did happen to get a peek.
While everyone at the resort is nice including the renters, it does
give the owners a relaxed living room setting to enjoy their time
with each other.
Passing through the Club House you see the the largest of the five
pools and four spas.
Before you get started for the day you can head over to the Cafe'
Outdoor seating is available under the eaves or the umbrella. Meals
range from $4 to $11 (as of 3-2014).
While you are having your meal you can watch the water aerobics
while your wife works out!
There are plenty of sports here. Two tennis courts ...
a putting practice green, beautifully manicured croquet lawn, 18
holes of par 3 golf and ...
Pickleball! This year ORI transformed its PB courts from four to
six fully fenced courts with a nicely shaded observation area.
There is plenty of PB play all day long with mens, womens, shootouts
and open play. Ah, the wonderful of sound of pickleball bringing joy
to so many!
Suppose you don't play golf or tennis or croquet or pickleball or
work out or swim! Really? That's okay, just talk to Pam, the
Activities Director. ORI is loaded with others things to do.
Head over the Activities Office on the East side of the Club House
and sign up. Today there were signups for the Mexican Fiesta, Ice
Cream Social, Transwest Spring Party, Computer Fix-it and Golf Club
of La Quinta. Every year there are New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day
and St. Patrick's Day events. These may include dinner, dancing,
music and the appropriate celebratory hoopla! Check around and you
will find even more events organized by lot owners, such as Jeep
Trip, Motorcycle Rides and Topless Events (ahem, we're talking about
convertible cars here!).
With 41 special events for January to March, we can't list them all
here. A sample from these three months includes Burgers on the
Patio, Blood Drive, Learn to Play Poker, Renter's Wine and Cheese,
Johnny Cash Tribute band and dance, Golf, Pickleball and Tennis
Tournaments, Art Show and dozens more. The repeating daily/weekly
events takes five pages to list just one month: Golf lessons, Tennis
lessons, water aerobics, line dancing, Bocce ball, Zumba, Movie
Night, Bridge, Quilting, Free Donuts, Bingo . . .
you get the idea. If you are bored here, you had better check your
pulse (and there is probably a course for that too!).
Okay, time to relax. Let's scout out the whole resort. Wow, is it
beautiful.! Every golf hole has water features: ponds, streams and
waterfalls. While we do not play golf, it makes you want to, just
to be out there enjoying the beauty.
This bridge is between holes 12 and 13. Like the rest of the resort
it is jam packed with flowers, water, rocks, palm trees and shrubs;
As we cruised by the motorhomes, who did we find but Sam and
Virginia? We met them last August at the Modesto, CA Elks Lodge.
Like so many, their patio view is of the golf course.
Get lost and before you know it, you looking at the back end of your
own lot, gorgeous from any angle.
Most full time motorhome travelers live that way because they follow
the nice weather. And that allows them to stay outside their rigs
and enjoy nature as God created it. At the end of an action-packed
day of activities, folks gather together for refreshment and meals.
So we head over to Gordon and Karen's, our close RV friends. Their
lot is situated on the golf course. Like many others they have a
nice outdoor kitchen used to prepare the food for the evening
Karen and Ellen are joined by our other Palm-Springs-area close
friend Jackie. Gordon takes pictures of us taking pictures of him!
Back at our "house" we climbed on the roof to get a good view of the
golf course at our back, and homes on our street side.
Night falls and the day is coming to an end. But the scenery is
still great. With accent lighting and lighted palm trees, walking
in the evening is a pleasure.
Outdoor Resort Indio is home to hundreds of motorhome owners. Many
arrive in November and might be gone for Christmas only to return
for the remainder of the season. For most that means to the end of
March, but others might stay until it gets a little too warm.
Regardless of whether you visit during the day or night, stay for a
week or the season, ORI is a wonderful place to call "Home". Get
your motorhome, come on over and enjoy a little piece of the garden.
Love, Pete, Ellen, Mandy and Sam (for a little while longer).
Next week we'll show a sampling of lots for purchase at ORI; save
your money! For information about this fabulous resort, link to http://orindio.com/
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