Come enjoy the good life along with year-round warm weather, world-class golf courses, and plenty of excitement in lovely La Quinta. La Quinta is a friendly, vibrant city and, like our other Coachella Valley vacation rentals, it has easy access to the natural beauty of the desert and mountains that surround this area and combines with a wonderful oasis-like setting to form the perfect vacation destination.
Where is La Quinta, CA?
This resort city in beautiful, sunny California sits nestled in the low desert, bordered by the gorgeous Santa Rosa Mountains. Nearby cities include the desert oasis town of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Coachella, and snowbird destination, Palm Desert. Located about 130 miles inland from both Los Angeles and San Diego, one of California's most popular beach cities, La Quinta is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny, warm Southern California getaway.
Golf & Shopping in La Quinta
If you're a serious golfer, you'll surely want to visit this robust desert community. Ranked as the top golf destination in the U.S., La Quinta offers more than 20 golf courses, including world-class facilities such as the Arnold Palmer Golf Course, SilverRock Resort, and the historic La Quinta Resort, which inspired the name of the entire city.
One of the most charming and frequented locations in the area, Main Street in Old Town La Quinta is the place to go if you want to embrace the spirit of this eclectic, lively town. Home to artisans and entrepreneurs, creativity and individuality are the cornerstone of this thriving section of town. Wander the palm tree-dotted street, which boasts old Spanish-style architecture loaded with upscale boutiques featuring carefully selected clothing, designer jewelry, salons, and eateries. Experience wine tastings, art shows, and live musical events, as well as Old Town's flourishing nightlife, and spend some time with fellow travelers and locals alike.
Where to Eat in La Quinta
If you're in the mood for fine dining, plan an evening at Lavender Bistro for some New American Cuisine. Savor a luscious dinner on the patio, surrounded by fresh flowers, sweet-sounding music, and sparkling white lights, or come for happy hour and bar bites. For those who prefer locally sourced ingredients, Morgan's in the Desert is an excellent choice for an upscale night on the town. Whether you choose from their small plates, their pasta dishes, or their larger plates featuring everything from seafood and steak to duck and lamb, as well as quality signature cocktails, you're sure to leave satisfied.
For the budget minded or those who want a quick pit stop in the middle of a busy day of exploring, consider Egg Cafe, a friendly neighborhood cafe featuring classic and unique organic breakfast and lunch options. Or give Bobby's Detroit Coney Island a try for a delicious, quality breakfast or lunch at a reasonable price.
Check out Casa Mendoza Restaurant and enjoy an affordable, filling meal selected from their extensive menu, which features plenty of options for kids, as well as tasty margaritas and domestic beers. La Casita Nueva Mexican Grill is another excellent choice for quality, authentic Mexican food in generous portions - a Southern California specialty!
Things to Do in La Quinta
La Quinta boasts opportunities for fun, outdoor activities as well as art, culture, and history to travelers who visit the area. Situated at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, just six miles from Old Town, Lake Cahuilla park offers travelers a break from the hustle and bustle of traveling. Come take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, work in a hike or a horseback ride on the nearby trails, or drop your line in the 135-acre lake and reel in a nice trout. Or bring a picnic, and lounge at the open grass area, which has picnic tables and barbecues for grilling.
When you want a quiet, low-key, and free family activity, visit La Quinta Museum. View photos portraying La Quinta's early history, dioramas depicting a Cahuilla Indian village and native animals, and the 32-foot mural of the town's highlights.
Take a hot air balloon tour when you're feeling adventurous and want to experience seeing the sun rise or set as you float through the clear desert sky. View breathtaking vistas and picturesque California landscapes, as well as beautifully manicured golf courses and unique orchards.
Arts & Festivals in La Quinta
La Quinta is no stranger to fun and well-known festivals that draw visitors from far and wide. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio is one such festival, held annually at Empire Polo Club, less than 10 miles from La Quinta. Come experience the magic of Coachella, one of the most famous and profitable festivals in the U.S., for shows featuring both well-known and emerging musical acts, along with distinctive art installations and sculptures.
For country music lovers, Stagecoach Country Music Festival is a must. Also held in Indio, this renowned festival showcases folk, mainstream country, roots rock, alternative country, and bluegrass, and is the highest grossing country music festival in the world.
Art lovers will want to carve out some time for the annual La Quinta Arts Festival, which features this artistic community's massive body of work. From wood, jewelry, glass, and mixed media artists to painters, photographers, and sculptors, as well as fiber and ceramic artists, this festival not only offers visitors the opportunity to experience the work of the many creatives who reside in La Quinta, but also provides musical acts and other activities to create a memorable stay for everyone who attends.
Relax and unwind, shop for gifts, and enjoy the culture of this dynamic and creative community. Treat yourself to a getaway filled with sunshine, relaxation, and fun, and keep La Quinta and our convenient, comfortable vacation homes in mind for your next California vacation!