Desert Escape: La Quinta, California

Travel Guide: La Quinta, California #laquinta #laquintaresort

Pack your bags, today we’re headed to La Quinta, California! While you’ve likely heard much about Palm Springs (especially from me), you may be less familiar with — but should definitely know about — the desert resort town of La Quinta, California. I myself didn’t know that much about the under-the-radar desert oasis of La Quinta, even though it’s just a quick 30-minute jaunt from Palm Springs. So when I was recently invited by the City of La Quinta to #experiencelaquinta and see what this hush-hush hidden desert escape that’s been the hideaway of stars since the 1920s was all about, I couldn’t pack my bags fast enough. And I’m excited to share it with you today. Let’s go and discover where to stay and play in La Quinta, California!

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La Quinta Resort & Club – Surrounded by the breathtaking Santa Rosa mountains, La Quinta is anchored by the sprawling La Quinta Resort & Club. With Old Hollywood history dating back to the 1920s, this Waldorf Astoria Resort has been a hideaway for stars from Garbo to Gable, and is the oldest continuously running resort in the desert. Fun fact: Frank Capra wrote his screenplays here! Along with the iconic history, I was instantly charmed by the Spanish Colonial architecture and brilliant pops of blue. The resort boasts over 40 pools, each grouping of hacienda-style villas sharing a pool, which gives the feeling of a smaller boutique hotel but with the amenities of a large resort such as a world-class spa, five championship golf courses and seven restaurants.

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Iconic doors at La Quinta Resort & Club

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Charming pops of blue

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One of 41 pools at La Quinta Resort & Club

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Tiles for miles

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Brekkie poolside

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Cactus gardens 

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Par for the course 

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Tennis, anyone?

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Strolling the 45+ acres of La Quinta Resort

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Old Town La Quinta – An enchanting and intimate enclave of shops and cafes, a stroll around charming Old Town is a must.

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Pedego Electric Bikes – When you’re not swimming, hitting the tennis courts or on the green at the resort, the Santa Rosa mountains make for excellent hiking, biking and photo ops. And, if you’re maybe not in the best shape, say like moi, electric bikes are the way to go. No pedaling required and you get to take in the majestic scenery all the same. You’re welcome!

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Elizabeth & Prince – I learned about this hip desert boutique when I did my shoot with Beek, and I’ve since fallen for their perfectly curated collection of fashionable desert wares in Old Town La Quinta.

Best Restaurants in La Quinta #kellygolightly


Morgan’s in the Desert – I still dream about the succulent brisket and baby kale and pomegranate salad I had at Morgan’s, helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Jimmy Schmidt.

La Quinta Cliffhouse & Bar – Jutting from the side of a rock, the views at sunset were spectacular.

TWENTY6 – Located on the La Quinta Resort property, this was a nice spot to grab a casual bite.

La Quinta Baking Company – While I couldn’t indulge in the baked goods this spot in known for (gluten be damned), and which smelled incredible, this was a lovely spot for fresh salads.

Solano’s – After seeing the sites on our electric bikes, we refueled with clean and delicious salads on the patio of this quaint Old Town La Quinta spot.

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Have you been to La Quinta?

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Have any favorite spots?

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Trina Turk dress | Hats by Olivia hat | Kate Spade sunglasses | Splendid wedges (old but similar) | Persifor dress (no longer available but love this one + more options below) | Ashley Pittman necklace | Beek sandals | Lilly Pulitzer tote | Lilly Pulitzer top | Lilly Pulitzer shorts


Thank you to the lovely City of La Quinta for partnering on this trip!

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9 thoughts on “Desert Escape: La Quinta, California

  1. elf

    Stunning !! I just returned from La Quinta and you enriched my knowledge and inspired me to return promptly. Everything – photos, clothes, setting, spice, suggestions, FABULOUS.

  2. Elena

    Love your pics! We go to La Quinta Resort every year! We are going on Sunday. My happy place!❤️


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