La Quinta~

La Quinta Resort was built-in 1926.

It is located in the town of La Quinta, which is in the northwestern portion of The Sonoran Desert, in Southern California’s Coachella Valley.

The resort is adobe, made of over 100,000 handmade adobe bricks. The roofing contains over 60,000 handmade terracotta tiles.

Hand painted Talavera tiles are everywhere.

The resort is famous for it’s extensive floral gardens and fountains.

It is especially beautiful when the cactus are blooming!

Cheers to you from hot, but lovely La Quinta California~

262 thoughts on “La Quinta~

    • La Quinta is actually the town that was built around the resort. Only a few decades ago, the connected cities of La Quinta, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and even Palm Springs, were sleepy desert retreats. Now they are joined up in a suburban sprawl that is disheartening to me, but there are still beautiful oases like La Quinta Resort. We don’t live in the desert, but I have traveled to it several times a year all my life. If you want to visit, a optimal trip would be La Quinta Resort for a few nights, and then Borrego Springs which is in the state park and is untouched and unspoiled, and the same now as it was when I was a kid. Borrego Springs is quiet has nice places to stay like La Casa Del Zorro, and good places to eat. We eat at Carlees several times a year! Wonderful old fashioned home cooked food simple great food. Visit in spring, fall or winter, unless you can tolerate extreme heat.

  1. I’ve never been there, Cindy, but I felt such déjà vu looking at these photos. They sprang to life in my mind’s eye and possibly took me back to another lifetime. The definition in your photos is astounding ❤️

  2. Really gorgeous! Is it very hot there Cindy? The gardens are so interesting and full of texture. So different than the plants we incorporate here of course. What’s their source of water there in the desert? I always wonder about that. I visited Alys a couple of times during the CA drought and tried to take the speediest showers possible, turning water on and off between sudsing and rinsing. Do you think these desert communities are sustainable in this century? Those blooming cacti are really something! xk

    • La Quinta is a puzzle. It is this verdant green, tropical appearing oasis, in the middle of the desert, in a state beset by continuing drought and water restrictions. The Coachella Valley continues to operate under water restrictions for public landscaping, yet the entire town is a green paradise. Signs say they use recycled water for public grounds irrigation, so maybe this provides them with a loophole, since statutes restrict irrigation of public grounds. I honestly don’t know how they maintain this. If someone does know, I wish they would add their input. And yes, it is hot in La Quinta.Some businesses shut down starting July 1, and some residents go to their summer homes. It is lovely in fall, winter and spring though, but I prefer Borrego Springs as it is undeveloped and unspoiled. Check out the Coachella Valley Water policies:

      • Gah, I guess I’ve missed your message until today. Sorry dear! I read some of the link and found it interesting. Since I visited Alys a few times during the drought, I’ve learned a bit about the restrictions and by-laws regarding water useage. It can get pretty scary ! I mean, you can’t live in an area with no water. House values would plummet. Here on the northern prairies, warm weather generally includes thunder storms and rain. I don’t know if it’s because of the mountains? There’s just been a relentless heat wave out east though.
        Weather freaks me out these days :/

    • Thank you! And yes La Quinta feels like a refuge and one definitely feels the pull to return. The desert in general feels this way. It slows you down and forces you to relax.

  3. What a lovely place to stay, Cindy. We’ve stayed at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ but have never made it to Southern California. This looks wonderful.

  4. Those handmade tiles are amazing! Many years ago I drove from Las Vegas through One Palm, Two Palms, Three Palms and finally Palm Springs before I reached LA. What a pity I missed this beauty. Thank you for the tour, dear Cindy! x

    • Oh my gosh, you did the circuit!
      Most native Californians don’t.
      It is interesting, isn’t it, how tourists sometimes see more of a place, than lifelong locals.
      You know this. You have an observant eye.

      • What a lovely thing to say, thank you. 😊 So do you❣️You also have a great gift for communicating with all the wonderful birds and animals you capture. 😍
        Back in the eighties I spent five weeks on the west coast. I was very young and rented the first car in my life in San Francisco and returned in LA after having driven through five states and three National Parks. Pure magic! I fell with in love with California on the first day. ❤️

        • You clearly know very well, why I love California. What a beautiful experience you had, and you survived San Francisco and LA traffic, which is truly remarkable! 😉 ❤ Hugs to you Dina.

    • You are paying attention.
      Spain, you see, is the reason.
      There were lots of prior, indigenous people living throughout north, south and central america, before Spain arrived.
      The Incas, Mayas, Aztecs, more whose names I don’t know.
      They had their own languages, religions, names, for the places they lived.
      Spain’s amazing explorers came all this way in rickety boats, so all of California, where I was born, and most of the other places in north, central and south america, got Spanish names.

    • There is some limiting algorithm in WP, possibly due to the number of people I follow, that kicks people out of my WP reader, like you. People whose posts I miss without knowing.
      It makes me sad to miss your posts.

  5. Wow, went over to Rob’s blog before coming here and lo and behold I was intrigued by the beautiful images and landed here where I would have visited anyway! Stunning! 🙂 ❤

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