I recently spent a few days in Greater Palm Springs for #Drive2Learn where I stayed at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort, drove on the tracks at the BMW Performance Center and enjoyed exploring the Greater Palm Springs area with a fabulous group of women from a Girls Guide to Cars.
My experience was courtesy of A Girls Guide to Cars, Miramonte Resort, Greater Palm Springs and the Drive2Learn event partners. All opinions and images are my own.
Drive2Learn at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort
One of my favorite things about now living in California, is how many different kinds of adventures I can have in my own home state. This trip to Greater Palm Springs felt like a mini Mediterranean getaway. With so many olive trees and a bit of Spanish or perhaps even Italianate architecture, Miramonte had me reminiscing about past trips to Europe and longing for the next one.
From our home base at the resort, we did test drives in the brand new Lexus UX 200 which I was blown away by…
the Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet convertible which is such a perfect car for California road tripping…
and the VW Passat GT V6. There were classroom sessions with women who absolutely blew me away in their savvy ability to make a living doing something most people only dream of. I’ve known the founder of A Girls Guide to Cars, Scotty Reiss, for a while now and it was amazing to get to spend quality time with her exploring a subject she’s so passionate about. That is helping women be a larger and more informed part of the car buying, and car driving, conversation.
I loved getting to know Jessica Doll of Hejdoll, Tomika of Life In Pumps & Stacie Connerty of Divine Lifestyle who I drove to Palm Springs with from Los Angeles. Joanne Pham aka GoRiceGirl and I had the most life changing conversation driving back to Los Angeles from Palm Springs… and there were so many more incredible moments reconnecting with Kim-Marie of LuxuryTravelMom who has also recently moved to California from the East Coast and seeing my friend Kymri of Mira Terra Images.
Reviewing the Passat for Drive2Learn
VW has been a part of my life as long as I’ve been alive starting when my mother brought me home from the hospital in an orange Beetle. So I was glad to be assigned the 2018 Passat GT V6 to review. It’s an emotional connection that draws me to Volkswagen vehicles and I have a deep affection for VW in every aspect be it their graphic design and branding to the look of the vehicles and the colors they come in.
I admit I’m not exactly an unbiased opinion! So perhaps it’s no surprise, I give this special edition Passat two thumbs up. From the red GT detail on the front grille & exterior trim to the technology package to the heated seats and the way it handled as I accelerated on a fully open road — this car felt GREAT to drive. It behaved less like a four door sedan and more like a larger sports car; playing nicely into my need for speed that I’m always trying to balance with safety. And safety features it does have in abundance.
I also loved how easily it, like other VW models, connected to Apple CarPlay. Though the one thing I would have improved upon if it were my vehicle to own, would be a slightly bigger monitor so the system is easier to read at a glance while driving. Luckily I didn’t have to worry about that this time around because I had Joanne as my co-pilot driving from Palm Springs back home to Los Angeles.
At less than $30,000 MSRP, I’d walk in and buy this tomorrow if I was serious about owning a car right now. It certainly would be a nice thing to have here in California with so many open roads I’m longing to explore!! Then again, there’s also the last ever Beetle calling my name… either way, this conference proved that though I might flirt with other car brands, it’s VW that I always come home to.
Drive2Learn at BMW Performance Center
What’s a more natural high than even the best cup of coffee and a bigger boost to self esteem than any award or compliment from another person? Confidence, that comes from within!!
Real talk: It’s not something that comes easy to me. I’ve dealt with a poor self esteem for my whole life. There are solid causes for it that make it something I’ll always struggle with. I also know that the times I can work through it positively, finding ways to overcome from a place within myself — those are the good days.
Few things help that happen more than being able to do something I LOVE that I’m also good at. #Drive2Learn included the opportunity to spend a day at the BMW Performance Driving School on the test tracks, living out my fantasy of being a race car driver for a few hours. Something I’m not too shabby at. (Good enough to earn a spot in the top 3 at the end!) Something I truly love because it feeds a part of my soul which longs to be free or for even just a second, to experience no limits. At the very least to push the speed limit and cross 100, 120 miles per hour. I can’t put into words how exhilarating it is and even more so when you know how to handle a car well enough to do it without fear.
If you’re like me, especially my fellow ladies, I urge you to give this a try here at the track in California or at one of their others. The instructors are superb, their safety standards are top notch. So whether it’s your first time racing or you’ve had experience before like me, with their setup, it’s an experience that will have you feeling 100 percent more empowered than you did when you walked in. Learn More!
You can also read posts from some of my fellow attendees to get their take:
- Jill Robbins of Ripped Jeans & Bifocals
- Suzanne Chan at Mom Confessionals
- Donna at Dangerous Cupcake Lifestyle
Now it’s your turn to win a trip similar to mine where you will:
- stay at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort,
- get your own chance to live out racing fantasies at the BMW Performance Driving School and,
- explore Greater Palm Springs.
Enter To Win:
Contest rules: Entries must be completed by 11:59PM Pacific December 31st, 2018. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents 18 years old or older and subject to the laws of the state of California. Winner will be chosen by random drawing from qualified entires and verified by A Girls Guide to Cars; winner will be notified by email no later than January 7th, 2019. Prize will be delivered by USPS to a valid US address; prizes cannot be shipped to a P.O. box. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize valued at $1,200, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Prize is limited to one (1) night accommodations at Miramonte Resort, Indian Wells, CA with date of accommodation subject to approval by Miramonte management; one (1) breakfast for two at Miramonte Resort; one (1) half day driving instruction and hot lap package for one person at BMW Performance Center West, Thermal, CA. Travel and additional accommodations are the responsibility of the winner. Contest is administered by and prizes awarded by A Girls Guide to Cars, which assumes no liability for the administration of this contest. Miramonte Indian Wells Resort, BMW Performance Center, Visit Greater Palm Springs Area, and all other event partners assume no responsibility or liability for the administration of this contest. A total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.