Almost surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta serves as the backdrop for such world-class events as the Humana Challenge (formerly Bob Hope Classic) at SilverRock Resort’s Arnold Palmer Classic Course (1) , Concours d’Élegance, and La Quinta Arts Festival.
The city’s fairy tale started in the 1920s with the creation of La Quinta Resort & Club (2), which now includes restaurants, golf courses, tennis courts, a spa, and more.
Old Town La Quinta (3) , located within the La Quinta Village, is alive with sidewalk cafés, concerts, art shows, a weekly organic farmers market, and Moonlight Movies on the lawn.
La Quinta Museum (4) features traveling and historical exhibits, and La Quinta Public Library (5) boasts one of the top circulations in Riverside County. The city is known for arts and culture, natural beauty, and an Old World atmosphere with a distinctly 21st century focus on health and wellness.
Tips & Fun Facts
■ Frank Capra wrote the screenplay for Lost Horizon at La Quinta Resort & Club. www.laquintaresort.com
■ The home of the late Merv Griffin sits on 40 acres and is available for party and event rentals. www.griffinranchestate.com
■ The Palm Springs portion of the Soarin’ Over California attraction at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim was shot at the PGA
West golf complex in La Quinta.
■ La Quinta has more than 212 acres of parkland area.
Whether you live in the Coachella Valley full- or part-time, or just come a-calling now and then, you know this place is more than simply location, location, location. It’s a feeling, a lifestyle, and most definitely a privilege. It’s also one of the “greenest” deserts around, not only because of the profusion of golf courses and verdant botanical gardens, but also for its collective commitment to sustainability evident in exemplary conservation measures, including recycling programs and xeriscaping implemented by cities, resorts, and residents.
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