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~

268 thoughts on “La Quinta~

  1. When I saw the title I thought you were speaking of all the La Quinta motels I stayed in over the years. They have very much the same exterior look but not nearly as beautiful gardens. Gorgeous. A whole town with that name. 🙂

    1. Yes you certainly can. It is especially nice in spring, fall and winter, although early June is empty and the prices drop, although it is a bit warm, it is not scorching yet and quite a good deal.

  2. Anonymous

    The floral gardens brings out the beauty of the resort. The adobe bricks make it unique. A nice retreat.

  3. maryplumbago

    Lovely looking place. The tiles on the stairs look so similar to ones I see here at Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Fla.

  4. Such a gorgeous place to stay, Cindy! I love the flowers, the adobe, and those hand-painted tiles on the stairway. You always find the prettiest things to post about!

  5. What a beautiful, special resort! Truly enjoyed the tour through your lens. Incredible tile works and roof.
    Thank you so much for sharing, Cindy! 🙂

  6. Hi Cindy,
    Lawn in the desert means costly water. Do you see any artificial turf there when you wander the town? Those tiles are nice. I always enjoy looking at your pictures. Thank you.

    1. My husband and I wondered the same thing. La Quinta is a verdant, tropical looking oasis, smack in the middle of the SoCal desert, in a state beset by drought. I saw no artificial lawns and many golf courses. There are signs throughout the city saying the landscaping is “watered by recycled water.” Still, how do they get this much water, in a water ravaged state….

    1. Yes do add La Quinta. The town is adjacent to Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and Borrego Springs. My favorite by far is Borrego which is in a state park, is not developed, and is still in it’s natural state. There are some truly lovely lodging options in Borrego too.

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  8. Another blogger I am friends with lives in La Quinta! She and her hubby are staying at the beach for 2 months! Looks like a fabulous resort from your beautiful photos! Hope you are enjoying your stay!

    1. La Quinta sort of shuts down on July 1. Lots of the businesses close for the season. It is during the summer that the prices drop precipitously, but of course the heat rises equally!

    1. 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.

  9. 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 ❤️

    1. You must visit. I have experienced deja vu, and it is a powerful experience. Mine occurred in the north rim of The Grand Canyon, in a park cabin, when I was around 7.

  10. 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

    1. 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:

      1. 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 :/

  11. This enticingly photographed resort is aptly named.  I can imagine the proud owners of such a beautiful country villa finding many excuses to stay there rather than in their town house.

    1. 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.

  12. 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.

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  13. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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. ❤️

        1. 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! 😉 <3 Hugs to you Dina.

    1. 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.

      1. You got your history wrong, we initiated the Crusades, so we got rid of all the Incas, Mayas, and Aztecs, just the the spanish crusades, later we discovered America with Chris Columbus, andl later I became the new world order

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    1. 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.
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  14. 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! 🙂 <3

  15. Cindy, I think you have been kicked out of my reader, as you mentioned happens to someone above. I haven’t seen a post from you for a long time and didn’t know I was missing them! Just came across you again as a reblog on someone else’s site. I changed my settings to notify me every time you post, as I love your photos and hearing about the holler and your travels!

    1. Yes, this happens to me all the time. People I follow do not show up in my reader. It is quite frustrating because I use the reader to keep up with blogs and lose touch just as you mention. Thank you for trying and hope it works. I will check to make sure I am still following you too!

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