La Quinta 2015

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NOV. 1 Hot Fudge Sunday Band at Pappy & Harriet’s


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Take a Private Shuttle Through the Robust Landscape at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Hot Wheels BMW’s New Desert Racetrack Will Have You Raring to Go

Weather or Not You Should Go


The Hottest Guide to La Quinta’s Temperatures


Par for the Course



Up in the Air Learn About All the Best Pieces of Air History at the Palm Springs Air Museum




Discover the Best Places to Travel for a Day Vacation

Mad for Modern Get to Know Midcentury Architecture and Design Straight from the Source

Messy Hands, Giving Hearts

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Morning Glory


Put a Fork in It


Who Lets the Dogs Eat?

Stay and Play Visit Coachella Valley’s Desert Escapes for a Rejuvenating Getaway

Legendary Playground For 90 Years, La Quinta Resort & Club Has Been Providing Luxury Refuge to Vacationers and Staycationers Alike



Copper Mining The Moscow Mule is the Perfect Beverage to Drink While Cooling Down in the Desert

Mother-Daughter Team Delivers Great Wine & Food to Share at Cork & Fork

Pools, Patios & Palms Our Favorite Patios and Poolsides in Coachella Valley


Desert Diamond


Step It Up


Heat Beaters


Eats, Treats and Front Row Seats

Electric Avenue Exercising and Exploring La Quinta By Way of Pedego Electric Bikes

From Bed to Breakfast, the Best Morning Meals in the La Quinta Area

Dog-Friendly Places Around La Quinta For You & Your Furry Pal to Visit

King of the Castle With a Recent Makeover and a New Restaurant, The Chateau at Lake La Quinta is Primed to be the Next Desert Hot Spot

A Closeup with SilverRock Resort’s General Manager and Golf Expert


Hiking Trails in La Quinta For a Great Workout and Even Better Instagram Shots


The Eagle Has Landed

Day Tripper

Take a Hike

La Quinta’s Old Town Artisan Studio Provides Space for Art & Healing

Break Out Your Clubs and Visit These AwardWinning Desert Golf Courses


Jaguars, Lizards & Wolves, Oh My!

Danny Matz of Legacy Jewelry Co. is the Man to See About Jewels

La Quinta Wellness Center Expert Christina Calderon

These Spas & Salons Have Everything You Need to Brave the Weather

All the Stops for a Perfect Desert Day




BMW Performance Center West The Thermal Club 96030 62nd Ave Thermal, CA 92274 888.345.4269

“These skills can be applied to the real world as well.” — A D A M S E A M A N





he BMW Performance Driving School West opened last year but the racetrack hasn’t cooled down yet. BMW’s West Coast school shares a driving course with The Thermal Club, which is like a country club for cars. Adam Seaman, an instructor at the school, discusses how to get a handle on driving well and drifting fast.

Q: How is it taking drivers out on the Thermal track? Adam Seaman: On a day-to-day basis it’s nothing for us to see Ferraris and Lamborghinis and McLarens pull through the parking lot. And then something else that’s very different from the East Coast facility is we have access to real, true racetracks. It’s the difference between going to a go-kart track, Frankie’s Fun Park, and going to a real racetrack. Q: So what sets the BMW driving performance school apart from other driving schools? AS: First of all, we have— and I’m a firm believer in

this—the best instructors in the world. Our instructors go through extensive training before they’re ever allowed to instruct. Our cars are 100 percent factory; we make no changes to our cars. It’s just like you would get from a BMW dealer off the showroom floor. It’s a testament to the durability of the car. Q: What’s the driving course like? AS: We have our own personal facility with a track. It’s got 1.3 miles of actual track and then it has a large 15-acre black lake. And then we have a 350 foot in diameter polished concrete skid pad over there. For our larger programs, we have access

THE PRICE IS RIGHT One in eight BMW driving school visitors buys a new BMW within a year, while 30 percent of all participants buy a new BMW within three years of visiting a BMW performance center. Talk about customer satisfaction.


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to the large racetrack, the Thermal track, which is almost four miles of track as of now. Q: How would someone benefit from enrolling in a driving school program to learn performance driving? AS: It’s fun, first of all. When you come out, you get to drive somebody else’s BMW hard. But also, these skills can be applied to the real world. Say you have people coming in from the north where it snows a lot, well, we’re gonna take you out on the skid pad so when you lose grip in the snow you know how to recover from that. We also have basic car control schools called car control clinics.

That’s where we do a lot of real world skills like emergency lane changes and emergency braking. We do it on a closed course so that you know once you get out there in the real world how the car is going to react. Q: What are the most popular driving packages? AS: One of our best sellers is going to be the one- and two-day M school. The two-day school is much more in depth. Our teen school is probably the most important school we do. It isn’t maybe the school the instructors like to do the most because the students can be a handful, but it is the most important school we

AUTO ARMADA With a fleet of 80 on-site vehicles ready at all times, primarily M cars, the BMW Performance Center West is the largest gathering of BMW sports cars on the West Coast.

NOV. 6 Hunter & The Dirty Jacks at Pappy & Harriet’s Train at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino


OR NOT YOU SHOULD GO The Hottest Guide to La Quinta’s Temperatures WRITTEN BY: ELYSSE JAMES


High of 72, low of 45


High of 75, low of 48


High of 81, low of 55


High of 87, low of 61


High of 96, low of 68


“It’s the difference between going to a go-kart track, Frankie’s Fun Park, and going to a real racetrack.” — A D A M S E A M A N do because automobile accidents are the No. 1 killer of teenagers today. Teens need some sort of extra instruction behind the wheel besides the Auto Club driving school where they teach you how to back up in a straight line and do a three-point turn. Q: What’s the hardest lesson for drivers to learn from the program? AS: You need to look farther ahead; you need to look past the car ahead of you. I still have to remind myself to look where I want the car to go, not where it’s going. And then

the second thing after that, everybody wants to learn how to drift. That’s what my background’s in, so when I introduce myself and say, “Hey, I’m a drifter,” they say, “I wanna learn how to drift.” And everybody struggles with it because drifting is about 90 percent where you’re looking. Q: How did you get into drifting? AS: I started the wrong way when I was a teenager, doing it on the streets. And I realized pretty quickly as tickets added up and I wrecked

cars that it became very expensive doing it on the streets. So I began doing it the correct way: going to competitions and competing. I picked up a sponsor, I kept that sponsor for almost nine years and I earned my professional license. So I have my professional license as a performance drift driver. Q: How would you define drifting? AS: It’s like watching the last lap of the best race you’ve ever seen in your entire life. It is all about car control, keeping a

NUMBERS GAME Last year, 15,000 participants went through the East Coast driving school. This year, including the Thermal driving school, the BMW performance driving school will instruct close to 17,000 total participants.

car sideways, lots of tire smoke, lots of excitement. Q: What do you think is the most important thing to take away from a BMW performance driving lesson? AS: Look where you want the car to go and look as far ahead as possible. That is the No. 1 thing. And that BMWs are awesome. Q: What’s your favorite aspect of being a performance driving instructor? AS: I get paid to drive some of the best cars in the world and I’m around people all day long that are as enthusiastic about driving, motor sports and cars as I am.

High of 103, low of 74


High of 107, low of 80


High of 107, low of 80


High of 102, low of 74


High of 92, low of 64


High of 80, low of 52


High of 71, low of 44

*All temperatures are averages. The yearly average high is 89.5 degrees and low is 62.1 degrees.

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NOV. 7

Break Out Your Clubs and Visit These Award-Winning Desert Golf Courses WRITTEN BY: ANGELA HATCHER


hat do Tiger Woods, Joe Pesci and Roger Clemens have in common? You guessed it: They’ve all played golf at one of the most beautiful spots and top golfing destinations in America—La Quinta. The Coachella Valley is home to several outstanding golf courses, and some of the most famous golf resorts worldwide. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a die-hard enthusiast, you will find that no matter your ability, it is always tee time in the desert. What are some advantages to playing golf? It’s great exercise, the course is an excellent place to connect with friends or conduct business, you’re out in the fresh air and enjoying the warm sunshine. Here are a few breathtaking desert golf resorts and courses you’ll be dying to try. Indian Wells Golf Resort

BY THE NUMBERS The Evolution of La Quinta from Desert to Town


Darlingside and Patty Griffin at Pappy & Harriet’s Art Garfunkel at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

SilverRock Resort and Club

SilverRock Resort and Club 78-179 Ahmanson Ln La Quinta, CA 92253 888.600.7272

Ò Nestled against the backdrop of the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains is La Quinta’s SilverRock Resort and Club, which has been honored with Zagat America’s Top Golf Courses Award, recognition from Golf magazine, and awards from Golfweek magazine. As a former home course of the Bob Hope PGA Classic, SilverRock boasts a challenging 7,578-yard Arnold Palmer classic course sprawling over 200 glorious acres. The scenery in SilverRock, with water features, palm trees and natural rock formations, is spectacular from every vantage point. Take lessons from the professional staff members who are always available to book your appointment. You can make advance bookings for groups, 1876 - Trains begin traveling from Los Angeles to Indio.

get recommendations on format, competitions and course set-up, use practice warm-up balls, personalized scorecards and event scoring. The La Quinta-owned course is breaking ground in 2016 on a new development that will include a 140room luxurious hotel and spa, a 200-room four-star hotel, a 71,000-squarefoot conference center, 40,000-square-foot retail space and recreation areas, 35 luxury and 60 residential homes, and a renovation of the Ahmanson Ranch House that will be used as an event center, along with 5,000 square feet of temperature-controlled space, including lawn and outdoor patios. Interview with Randy Duncan, Director of Golf/General Manager at SilverRock Resort

PG. 8 1926 - The La Quinta Hotel is built in the area known then as Marshall’s Cove.

Mountain View Country Club at La Quinta 80-375 Pomelo La Quinta, CA 92253 760.771.4311

Ò Amid a backdrop of Spanish Colonial architecture, and featuring a magnificent clubhouse, an 18-hole Arnold Palmer signature golf course, a high-tech fitness center, tennis and swimming plus a tranquil spa, Mountain View Country Club is dedicated to bringing world-class amenities to its members and offering endless opportunities for fun. Mountain View is called “the jewel of the desert,” and offers several membership options. The fitness center has massages, facials and fitness packages, and the spa provides over 30 treatments. The Arnold Palmer signaturedesigned 18-hole, par 72 golf course layout offers five sets of tees ranging from 5,300 yards

1934 - Construction begins on the Desert Club, a private clubhouse with pools, bathhouse and outdoor dining. WRITTEN BY: ELYSSE JAMES

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to over 7,400 yards. There are family tees for the younger set as well. The beautiful course has waterfalls, lakes, streams and bunkers, and the professional staff not only offer private lessons, but also Get Golf Ready clinics for newer and intermediate golfers. The golf shop carries the highest quality and most up-to-date golf apparel, gifts and golfing equipment on the market. The Mountain View Country Club’s breathtaking dining experience features a beautiful restaurant and cantina, and a snack bar for lighter fare. Indian Wells Golf Resort 44-500 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.346.4653

Ò The award-winning Indian Wells Golf Resort offers 36 holes that are minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport. This course is walking distance from four luxury hotels: the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa, Miramonte Resort and Spa, Indian Wells Resort Hotel and Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa. Indian Wells Golf Resort allows public access to championship courses without the fees of a private club. The optimal courses have verdant fairways, dynamic water features and mature trees to add shade on hot, sunny days. All golf carts are equipped with GPS, and the coolers and complimentary wooden tees are an added bonus. There is a spacious lighted all-grass putting course for evening practice, and if you want a tournament, their team of experts will coordinate your tournament. Indian Wells Golf Resort’s PGA professionals offer private instruction ranging from half-hour lessons to two- or three-day clinics. Swing by the golf shop for

some excellent new equipment, including complimentary rental putters. When you’re hungry, the Vue Grille and Bar presents Chef Joseph Canlas’ award-winning cuisine featuring fresh sushi, an extensive wine and spirits selection, craft beer and welcoming service.

Monday-Sunday play, South course anytime play, free use of the driving range and practice Native Knowledge: facilities, and Stop by the 10 percent off Bob Hope regular-priced Gallery to items in the gift view a lifetime shop. Regardless collection of group size, of Bob the Golf Club Hope’s golf at Terra Lago’s memorabilia. staff works hard to ensure every golf experience is a memorable and pleasing experience for all.

The Golf Club at Terra Lago 84000 Terra Lago Pkwy Indio, CA 92203 760.775.2000

Ò Home to a magnificent 36 holes and excellent amenities, the Golf Club at Terra Lago has two outstanding 18-hole courses, the North and the South. The North features dazzling views, dramatic changes in elevation and a challenging island green par 3 hole. At 7,060 yards, there are four sets of tees so players of all skill levels are able to play on one of the most beautiful courses around. The 5,067-yard South course is the most distinctive with a fourth hole that runs along an open canal. With a bridge recycled from an old railroad car, this tricky hole has been dubbed the “box car” hole. A full-service practice facility includes a full driving range, multiple practice putting greens and practice bunkers. Professional PGA instructors are on hand, and the golf club has a pro shop and practice facility open to the public that offers a driving range, two practice greens and a practice hole. The club also has an enclosed tournament pavilion, along with a clubhouse and two seasonal menus in an elegant restaurant. Advantages to membership include

1959 - The La Quinta Country Club, clubhouse and golf course opens to members.

Classic Club 75-200 Classic Club Blvd Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.601.3600

Ò Nationally recognized and designed by Arnold Palmer, Classic Club in Palm Desert is an awardwinning championship golf course and has achieved designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Classic Club’s course features 30 acres of water features, 14 bridges and five sets of tees on each hole. The landscaping has an abundance of pine trees and pine straw ground cover. You can also rent private rooms or the Tuscan villageinspired clubhouse for an indoor or under-the-stars banquet for 10 people to 400 people. Classic Club’s beautiful restaurant Bellatrix is open for lunch and dinner and features Mediterranean, French and Asian cuisine along with a fully stocked bar. Outdoor seating at Bellatrix wraps around the restaurant. And if you need a little extra help on the green, custom and group instruction is available upon request, and one-day clinics will be added soon.

1960 - ABC TV’s All Star Golf held at the La Quinta Country Club; President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicates the club.


THE AIR Learn About All the Best Pieces of Air History at the Palm Springs Air Museum


Don’t miss the beautiful Tuskegee Airmen mural celebrating the achievements of the African-American unit that became one of the most respected squadrons during World War II, protecting Boeing B-17 bombers, Palm Springs Air Museum PR & Advertising Liaison Ann Greer says.


Look for Tuskegee Airmen signatures on the top of a wing of the Red Tail plane. Tuskegee Airmen also signed a letter on display at the museum.


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There are no ropes in this museum, so you can get up close and personal with the planes.

Five 3- to 6-foot-long ship models give visitors a peek inside an airplane carrier, including cots, kitchens and more, all built to scale. The Air Museum’s flight simulators give you a feel for the controls. You can learn to take off and land an airplane using a joystick and computer simulator.


The museum’s upstairs reference library houses over 9,500 volumes about airplanes and World War II, with one of the largest collections on the China Burma India Theater.


The reference library also has a complete Life magazine collection from 1936-1960. A museum membership costs $55 a year, gets you free access to the museum and allows you to check out library materials.


More than 200 people volunteer as docents, many of whom have flown the types of World War II-era planes on exhibit. On any given day, 20-30 docents are on site.


The museum has a large collection of World War II warbirds, including a Bell P-63 Kingcobra aircraft. The P-63 is one of a handful in existence that still fly.


Five of the museum’s aircraft are licensed to fly. Flight exhibitions are held Saturdays from November-May.


Each Memorial Day the museum holds a flower drop from a vintage plane. Multiple planes fly on Veterans Day as well. Look for the drip pans under the planes that are stocked with engine oil.


Native Knowledge: Find the B-17 Flying Fortress and explore inside the plane.

Palm Springs Air Museum 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs CA 92262 760.778.6262 |

1964 - La Quinta joins the Palm Springs Golf Classic.

1980S - The Desert Club closes and the land becomes a community park.

1982 - The City of La Quinta is incorporated in Riverside County; the nonprofit La Quinta Arts Foundation is formed. LOCALE MAGAZINE La Quinta 2015 - Go/Do





NOV. 12 Lucky Bones and Blessed Feathers at Pappy & Harriet’s



Merv Griffin Tyler Hilton Aubrey O’Day Dorothy Hamill Jack Jones Tony Robbins Clint Eastwood SilverRock Resort and Club

Q: What makes playing golf in La Quinta different from anywhere else? Randy Duncan: Near perfect weather and pristine course conditions along with the local Santa Rosa Mountains create a unique and very picturesque background for golf. When you play golf in La Quinta, you are usually following in the footsteps of PGA tour players since many of the golf courses here have been part or are currently part of the PGA Tour schedule. Q: What advice would you give the novice golfer? RD: Take lessons early. Most beginners begin playing golf without learning the proper technique and basic fundamentals and eventually get frustrated and quit because they’re not having fun. Most golf

1982 - Construction begins on St. Francis of Assisi Parish, a La Quinta replica of the church in Assisi, Italy.


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courses offer Get Golf Ready programs that are geared toward beginners and are usually done in group formats that are very affordable. Q: Business and golfing have been linked together for many years. What is it about the game that makes it the perfect setting for doing business? RD: Many business deals are done while playing a round of golf. Golf typically takes 4-5 hours to play so it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with a client or potential customer in a nonformal environment. There is a bonding that happens when you golf together and that is why golf has been so popular for doing business. Q: What is the most challenging part of the game? RD: Seems like an easy game—just hit a little white golf ball that isn’t even moving. The longer you play golf you quickly

1983 - La Quinta Inaugural Celebration of the Arts festival is held.

understand that you are usually your worst enemy while playing and it’s easy to fall in love with this internal challenge. All it takes is hitting one good shot and experiencing the feeling of hitting it square or flush, and you will spend countless attempts trying to recreate this feeling. Q: What is your favorite set of golf clubs and why? RD: All the golf clubs today are great. You can’t go wrong with any of the big club manufacturers. Equipment has come a long way and it comes down to personal preference. I would say that if you do buy clubs, spend a little extra money to get properly fit. Just like buying an expensive suit, you need to get fitted properly to ensure that the clubs will work for your build and ability. Q: In the game of golf, what is more important: confidence or competence? RD: I would say

1984 - First mass held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, a La Quinta replica of the church in Assisi, Italy.

competence when you are starting out. You need to learn the basic fundamentals first. As you become an experienced golfer, confidence will take your game to another level. Q: Describe a perfect day of golf. RD: A perfect day of golf for me would include playing with people you enjoy being around. Playing in ideal weather conditions. Playing a golf course that is well-designed. Playing a golf course with wellmanicured playing surfaces (greens, fairways, roughs, etc.). A course where the customer service is high and it has all the amenities (GPS golf carts, grass driving range, restaurant, etc.). Pace of play is fast and on time. Good beverage cart service while playing your round. Good 19th hole or grill room to go to after your round to commiserate about your round.

1986 - Faire a la Quinta, a town fair, attracts thousands its first year.

Gov. Edmund P. Brown Former President Gerald Ford Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower Frank Capra Earl “Red” Blaik Greta Garbo Ginger Rogers William Powell Joan Crawford Marlene Dietrich Katherine Hepburn Errol Flynn Clark Gable Bette Davis Carole Lombard Jack Nicklaus Arnold Palmer Joe Montana Johnny Carson Cheryl Tiegs Charles Bronson Pat Benatar Elizabeth Taylor George Lucas Harrison Ford Rita Hayworth – Information Provided By The La Quinta Historical Society

2008-2011 - Bob Hope Chrysler Classic PGA tournament held at the SilverRock Resort’s Arnold Palmer Classic Course.

Information Provided By The La Quinta Historical Society, La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta City Website

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Discover the Best Places to Travel to for A Day Vacation


When you get tired of tanning by the pool and sipping margs, there are plenty of day trip destinations in the Coachella Valley waiting for you. Whether it’s Instagramming the colorful boulders of Salvation Mountain or expanding your mind inside the Integratron, the Coachella Valley offers no shortage of spots to visit, all within driving distance of your stay in La Quinta. Don’t be deceived, there’s much more to the Southern California desert than sandy tumbleweeds. So hop in your car, turn on the AC and get ready to explore.

Salvation Mountain E Beal Rd Niland, CA 92257 Driving Distance: 65 miles

Ò For a dose of the spiritual, Salvation Mountain is the place to go. Lovingly constructed and cared for by Leonard Knight until he passed away in 2014, Salvation Mountain is 50 feet of adobe, straw and donated paint along with some found objects. The painted mounds and grottoes of Salvation Mountain are Leonard’s reminder to visitors that “God is Love” and beauty is best found through simple devotion. Now, Salvation Mountain Inc. preserves and displays Leonard’s masterpiece, so visitors can continue their pilgrimage to the beloved murals. Be sure to bring some paint in Leonard’s honor. Love Is All You Need: Leonard Knight originally envisioned Salvation Mountain as a patchwork hot air balloon to spread his message of love.


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Godsmack with Red Sun Rising at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino


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NOV. 13 Dead Rock West, and David Alvin and Phil Alvin and the Guilty Ones at Pappy & Harriet’s



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Joshua Tree National Park 74485 National Park Dr Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 760.367.5500 Driving Distance: 36 miles

Integratron 2477 Belfield Blvd Landers, CA 92285 760.364.3126 Driving Distance: 64 miles

Ò Declared a national park in 1994, Joshua Tree has 12 nature trails, five day hikes and two riding and hiking trails. Park rangers lead “I Speak for the Trees” walks, where visitors can learn about the park’s iconic (and namesake) trees. You can also explore the backcountry roads by mountain bike or 4-wheel drive vehicle. This time of the year, the sun sets early in the park, around 5 p.m., giving you a better chance to observe the desert’s nocturnal wildlife: bighorn sheep, kangaroo rats, coyotes, snakes and black-tailed jackrabbits. At night, you’ll also have a chance to view the Milky Way without the interference of city lights.

Ò Follow the good vibrations toward the white desert dome and you might think you’ve stumbled upon a second Griffith Observatory, but actually this is the Integratron. Nowadays, the Integratron is primarily used for 60-minute sound bath sessions, in which crystal bowls and music provide sonic healing. Musicians, astronomers, yoga and meditation groups, scientists and sound therapists all flock to the Integratron. George Van Tassel, engineer and UFOlogist, was partly inspired to build the Integratron by telepathic communication with Venusian extraterrestrials.

Winter Is Coming: Tuesday, Dec. 22 is the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. Use this chance to view the Orion constellation and nebula, which is best seen in December.

Washed Out: Sound baths from the Integratron are available by appointment only, Wednesdays through Mondays. The Integratron is closed Tuesdays. There are no tours.

Death Valley National Park Death Valley, CA 92328 760.786.3200 Driving Distance: 321 miles

Ò Don’t be fooled by the name—you’ll feel more alive than you have in years after a visit to Death Valley. During the winter months, the Panamint Mountains are often snowcapped and spring and summer paint the valley in droves of wildflowers. A trip to Death Valley calls for being extra bad: driving along Badwater Road, checking out the salt flats of Badwater Basin (which is the lowest point in North America) and exploring the badlands. Zabriskie Point is the perfect sunset spot, and at night you can explore the sand dunes under a full moon or go star watching during the new moon. Dead Man Walking: Feeling spooky? Venture out to Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, Nev., where late Belgian artist Albert Szukalski constructed “The Last Supper,” a group of ghostly statues that are open to the public 24/7, if you dare.

Salton Sea Visitor Center 100-225 State Park Rd North Shore, CA 760.393.3052 Driving Distance: 40 miles

Ò Sometimes an accident can lead to a good thing, like in 1905 when a leak in the Imperial County irrigation system created the Salton Sea. Nearly two decades later, the Salton Sea has become known as a hotspot for speed boat races and other aquatic sports. Each year, 1 million travelers visit the Salton Sea, which is California’s largest lake and the third largest saline lake in the nation. The Varner Harbor jetty lets fishermen catch unlimited amounts of tilapia and the Salton Sea is also a major destination for migrating birds. A Dash of Salt: Around 600 tons of salt are deposited into the Salton Sea each year by irrigation water from the Colorado River.


Mad for Modern Get to Know Midcentury Architecture and Design Straight from the Source




alf an hour from La Quinta there’s a time capsule waiting to be unearthed: Palm Springs. While cities outside Coachella Valley have adopted generic tract homes over the years, Palm Springs has retained its trademark technicolor palette that attracts artists and visionaries from far and wide. Every year around President’s Day weekend, Modernism Week, an 11-day festival, celebrates the architects and designers behind the midcentury modernism movement that defines Palm Springs style. Modernism Week kicks off with an opening night party and gives visitors an insider look at the stories and families behind every building. Lisa Smith, executive director of Modernism Week, shares what to expect from this year’s festival (Feb. 11-21) and how best to enjoy the two-weekend excursion that’s worth taking a few extra days off work. (Hey, it’s educational!) Q: What’s your favorite part of Modernism Week? Lisa Smith: That’s a really loaded question, I hope you know! We have about 250 events, so it’s really hard to pick a favorite. I think the thing that I enjoy the most is the double-decker architectural bus tours. We bring in the big red buses from Los Angeles so people get to ride in this lovely open-air setting and they get a full city tour of the architecture of Palm Springs. And you get this unique bird’s eye view because you can peek over the high hedge walls in some of the more exclusive neighborhoods.

Q: How would you define midcentury modern? LS: Midcentury modern really has to do with architecture and design in that immediate post-World War II era that spans from the late ’40s into the late ’60s and it’s everything from architecture, industrial design, fashion, cars and vintage music— everything having to do with that period of design and lifestyle. Q: Why do you think midcentury modern design and architecture is such an iconic part of the Palm Springs area? LS: I think Palm Springs has a really special archive of authentic

Native Knowledge: Check the website often because new events are released the first of each month all the way up to Feb. 1, as programs are developed. All events are priced separately and you can buy individual tickets for what appeals to you.

midcentury modern architecture. These homes were built in the period as primarily weekend retreats for people living in Hollywood and Los Angeles. We have this wonderful treasure trove of architecture that has been protected and preserved over the years. So I think that’s what’s different than in a lot of communities where the buildings were torn down. Ours have been largely celebrated and restored. Q: What’s new in February for Modernism Week? LS: This year we will be taking tours to some other outlying communities and we’re

STAR ATTRACTION: Palm Springs isn’t known as a celebrity getaway for nothin’. Modernism Week’s bus tours feature Elvis Presley’s estate, along with those of Liberace, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra. This December is Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, so get your tickets fast.


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calling that our Outer Limits series. We’re going all the way to the Salton Sea and we’re also going a bit west to the Museum of Pinballs, which is in Banning and not open to the public. It’s an amazing private collection of over 900 restored and fully functional pinball machines. We’re looking at really expanding the boundaries of modernism in Palm Springs this year. Q: What are you most excited for during this year’s Modernism Week? LS: We’ll be giving a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars honoring an architect named Richard Harrison. He

was the business partner of Donald Wexler and their projects are very well known throughout the valley. So we’ll be honoring Richard Harrison as well as a midcentury modern architect who is still living, William Krisel. He is probably most known for his beautiful Twin Palms neighborhood, which he designed. We’re working with the neighborhood group to create a street naming dedication for him. It’s a great honor to acknowledge the work of these midcentury modern architects and to have their participation during the festival.

RETRO MARTINI A-GO-GO: Every year the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation throws a retro martini party at an exclusive private residence in Palm Springs. No two parties are alike and insider sources say you won’t want to miss out on this year’s selection.

The Shadow Mountain Band and 5th and Birmingham at Pappy & Harriet’s La Quinta Arts Foundation’s Arts Under the Umbrellas featuring over 80 artists in Old Town La Quinta

Exercising and Exploring La Quinta By Way of Pedego Electric Bikes


There’s no better way to explore the magnificent, sprawling La Quinta desert than by renting a bike from a favorite neighborhood shop, Pedego La Quinta Electric Bikes. You’ll really get a sense of the neighborhood and surrounding areas as you pedal your way through the beauty and culture all around you. Bryan Newman and his team will be more than happy to assist you in choosing the right bike and helping you get started. If you’re new to the world of electric bikes, you may have a few questions and concerns before getting started. Newman is kind enough to answer any questions and help you get on track for your journey. Pedego La Quinta Electric Bikes offers guided tours, themed group rides and progressive dinner rides that can be scheduled or set up as a private event. Here’s what you need to know and why you should be excited about your next adventure.

Q: How do electric bikes work? BN: Pedego bikes run on a 500watt rear hub motor with lithiumion batteries to give you the best performance. Throttle assist bicycles are simply pedal bikes, but can be ridden like a scooter, cutting the use of the chains, which makes it a great safety feature in case of any problem. Pedal assist bikes are activated with an LCD screen and sensors in between both pedals.

“We’re looking at really expanding the boundaries of modernism in Palm Springs this year.”

Q: Are you still getting exercise with these bikes, though? BN: This system promotes exercise. All you do is turn the screen up or down, letting it know you need help, and as you pedal it will help you slightly or abundantly.


Q: Which parts of Modernism Week are the most popular? LS: Definitely the bus tours are the most popular; they sell out pretty quickly. There’s the tours of the Sunnylands centers and gardens, which is the Annenberg estate and property in Rancho Mirage. We’ll have probably close to 30 neighborhood tours and the guests actually get to go inside these private residences, which is a wonderful thing, to get to meet the homeowners. And the nighttime parties are always one of the things that sell out pretty quickly as well.

Q: What’s the trickiest part of putting together Modernism Week? LS: Probably not blowing it into a month-long event. That’s the temptation because there’s so many wonderful events and tour opportunities. I think the trickiest part is the scheduling so that we’ll have multiple tours, lectures, events and programs going on throughout the day. We really want to give people the opportunity to do everything that they want to. We’ve maxed out every hour that we can and yet people come back for more. We haven’t reached that limit yet.

Q: What are the benefits of an electric bike over a traditional ride? BN: The benefits of a Pedego versus a regular bike are its stability, along with being able to ride much further than you would on a regular bicycle. Q: What are some of the best places to ride the bikes to in the area? BN: La Quinta is by far the best place to ride a Pedego, from Old Town La Quinta to Bear Creek Trail. The area is beautiful and safe for beginners and experienced riders. Q: Are any specials available at the shop? BN: During summer season we have rent one, get the second free, weekly/ monthly rental deals, free delivery and pick-up for rentals and service, and year round, free promotional items are given with the purchase of any bike. Tours are also available during cooler months.

Q: What are the best times to rent bikes? BN: The best time to rent a Pedego is from October to May, although they do make it enjoyable to ride in the hotter months as well. Q: Can anyone rent a bike? BN: You must be at least 16 years of age to ride a Pedego, but there are options like the Cargo Stretch and the Tandem to fit your little ones with you. Q: What made you want to start this business? BN: The reason I decided to get into this business was because the quality of Pedego is amazing, and the support the headquarters has to offer is as good as its bikes! Also, being a local, I wanted people to enjoy the desert in a different way, see things they wouldn’t see if it was on a regular bike, explore and go further. Q: How did it all come together? BN: I was introduced to the product in January 2015 and simply knew it was the type of business I wanted to get into. Everything took off from there. Q: What made you open your shop in La Quinta? BN: I chose to open my store in La Quinta because I am a resident and absolutely love the area. The rapid speed the city is growing and the fact that people come here to spend half of their time lets me know how valuable La Quinta is. Q: What is your favorite thing about your neighborhood? BN: My favorite thing about the neighborhood is the people. There is such a sense of community here; you feel safe and welcome.

Pedego La Quinta Electric Bikes 78-075 Main St Ste 104, La Quinta, CA 92253 | 760.972.4017 |

Q: What kinds of bikes are available for rent at your shop? Bryan Newman: Well, we actually have three different bikes available for rental: pedal bikes, throttle assist bikes and throttle/pedal assist bikes. They come with different battery options to accommodate the needs of any rider.


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Safari in Style at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens WRITTEN BY: ELIZABETH NUTT

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 47900 Portola Ave Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.5694


he nonprofit Living Desert Zoo & Gardens promotes desert conservation through education, preservation and appreciation. It’s easy to appreciate all this impressive attraction has to offer, from gardens that represent over 1,400 different species of plants, to hiking trails, to an authentic replica of a Northeast African village, or the Living Desert’s live, lifelike dinosaur show. The Living Desert has something for everyone. Even if you’re not an aspiring botanist, zookeeper or paleontologist, you’ll walk away having learned something cool—and who doesn’t love unleashing their inner kid every once in a while? Due to the expansiveness of the park, we recommend you treat yourself and your friends to a shuttle ride with a private driver. The shuttle will take you to the exhibits and attractions faster, and the driver has insider knowledge when it comes to what’s new and exciting or what events are happening at the park when you visit. The Private Safari and Boxed Lunch package—complete with a private guide—is also a great way to take in the park. No matter how you do it, you’ll love exploring this Palm Desert gem, and you’ll feel good about the fact that your $19.95 general admission fee is going right back to nature.

Book an animal encounter. The Safari Tour, which includes park admission, a guide and personal tram, and a tour of the zoo’s exhibitions—including the state-of-the-art animal hospital—is a mustdo. But the highlight is undoubtedly the tour’s animal encounter, which grants you 30 minutes of up-close-and-personal time with an animal of your choosing and its keeper. Feedings and trainings are available on select tours and only during select times.



Take in the zoo’s plein air art collection. The zoo boasts an impressive collection of 49 paintings by 22 artists, some of whom are world-renowned California artists.

The collection reflects the popular French Impressionist style of painting en plein air, which many Californian artists adopted at the beginning of the 20th century to capture the picturesque California coastline. The exhibition includes works from the 1900s to the late 1930s—14 of which depict the Coachella Valley—and it’s located in the Stephen B. Chase Administration Building.

constructed entirely from redwood and assembled using glue and staples. The train operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October through May, and the cars are driven to a workshop each night where they are checked, cleaned and readied for the following day. Current train displays include historic scenes such as Mount Rushmore, a California logging and mining town and the Grand Canyon.

Check out the Living Desert’s model trains. There are currently more than 3,300 feet of track laid for the Living Desert’s awe-inspiring model train display. A team of Living Desert volunteers built the entire railroad, along with the world’s longest G-scale trestle, which is

Be a trailblazer. The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens boasts 1,200 acres, 1,080 of which are open Sonoran Desert land. Within this preserve you’ll find multiple nature trails, including three fit for an eager hiker interested in exploring a real, undisturbed desert landscape. Trails range


NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: Find yourself attached to that baby giraffe you saw, or need to take in some pleasant nature sounds during a break at work? The Living Desert maintains a YouTube channel where you can observe the zoo’s happenings from afar. Watching a video of piglets or jaguar cubs is the best way to procrastinate. Ever.


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HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 to May 31; 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the summer.

from easy (a quarter of a mile long), to mediumhard (1 mile long), to difficult (5 miles from the parking lot). Pack your sneakers and a bottle of water and get some exercise before you take in the exhibits. The view makes it worth the effort. Visit the Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center. This state-of-the-art facility was built in 2002 to provide top-notch medical care for the zoo’s animals and an educational opportunity for the zoo’s guests. Here, you can do everything from watching an animal’s medical procedure or examination and learning about the zoo’s animal care practices, to viewing snake skins, antlers and horns, to taking in interactive exhibits. The building also includes a beautiful enclosed garden where you can relax peacefully on a bench while you ponder your latest scientific discoveries.


Catch a showing of Zoorassic Park. This recently opened attraction offers a 25-minute live stage show that features what the zoo calls a “trio of Hollywood-caliber dinosaur characters.” The life-like dinosaurs were designed by the Chiodo Bros., a Hollywood creature-making company whose works have also been featured in films like Elf, Critters and Gremlins. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the enormous tyrannosaurus rex, which growls, stomps and blinks, and is an impressive 15.5 feet long from nose to tail.


Take a ride on the endangered species carousel, Marilyn’s Merry-Go-Round. Another excellent selfie opportunity exists at this attraction, which features 30 of the animals represented at the Living Desert. Take a spin on one of the carousel’s two chariots or snap a photo with one of your favorite species, such as a zebra, giraffe, lion or gazelle.


Catch a glimpse of the elusive roaring cat at the Monarch of the Desert jaguar exhibit. Visit the largest cat native to the Americas: the jaguar. Jaguars are rarely seen in the wild, and this exhibit provides an opportunity for up-close viewing of this mysterious creature. You’ll be led along a subtropical forested trail as you journey through this themed exhibit into an abandoned silver mine, past rusty trucks and an empty miner’s cabin. This exhibit is fascinating because it parallels the jaguar’s native habitat, where the desert meets the tropical deciduous forest of southern Sonora.


Take a safari at the Village WaTuTu. Ever dream of going on safari in Africa? Well, you don’t have to go far to experience the thrill and beauty of safari while you’re visiting the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. At Village WaTuTu, you can observe an impressive selection of animals such as hyenas, leopards, tortoises and camels. Village WaTuTu is also a perfect place to taste African regional cuisine or grab an ice cold beer, or even shop—the Kumbu Kumbu Marketplace offers an exotic array of handcrafted African goods, such as beads, hand-painted fabrics and jewelry.


A HIKE Hiking Trails in La Quinta For a Great Workout and Even Better Instagram Shots WRITTEN BY: MARIE SPADA


Do you fancy yourself a hiking connoisseur? A master of moraine? A seeker of the summit? If so, La Quinta is where you need to be for your perfect hike. La Quinta boasts some of the best trails in the Southwest, and we’ve broken down the best of the best so you know exactly which trail to hit next. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or new to hiking and looking for a great beginner’s trail, La Quinta has it all. With beautiful scenery, gorgeous skies and an endless array of sights found only in the desert, be prepared to find your hiking heaven in La Quinta.


Attend a Keeper Chat. Satiate your curiosity about the wild by listening to a Keeper Chat. These chats will provide you with the inside scoop on the Living Desert’s animals from the people who know them best: their keepers. Keepers share their knowledge and favorite stories during these informative presentations. Check the Welcome Center during your visit for the Keeper Chat’s daily location and more information.


LA QUINTA COVE TO LAKE CAHUILLA TRAIL Distance: 2.9 miles Experience Level: moderate Elevation change: 548 feet Ò This hike is perfect for early risers, as the trail is very exposed and offers little shade, making it one hot hike in the afternoon! This beautiful but fairly short hike offers spectacular views, giving you a little bit of everything to look at on the trail: Mountain views, a peek at the Quarry Golf Course and the picturesque sight of Lake Cahuilla. Don’t be tempted to sneak onto the green for a quick nine, though; accessing the golf course from the hiking trail is strictly prohibited! With amazing views of the Coral Reef Mountains and Santa Rosas, we’re sure you will want to stay the course from La Quinta Cove to Lake Cahuilla Trail. BEAR CREEK OASIS TRAIL: Bear Creek Canyon Trail and Bear Creek Trail (aka Cave to Palm Oasis) Distance: 4.5 miles Experience Level: Bear Creek Canyon Trail, advanced; Bear Creek Trail, beginner/intermediate Elevation change: 1,989 feet Ò The Bear Creek Canyon Trail is one serious hike and definitely not for the faint of heart. Only do this trail if you are an experienced hiker looking for a challenge. While this trail is one you’ll want to share with everyone, you’ll have to leave your four-legged companions at home; no dogs are allowed. At the end of the hike lies a palm tree oasis that is worth the trip—and no, it is not a mirage. There are two trails in the Bear Canyon Oasis: the Bear Creek Canyon Trail on the south end, and the northwestern Bear Creek Trail. The Bear Creek Canyon Trail is the more difficult of the two, and Bear Creek Trail is more suitable for those looking

for a leisurely experience. On Bear Creek Trail you will come across joggers, families with children and those taking a pleasant walk with stunning scenery. As Bear Creek Canyon Trail is a longer, more difficult hike, we recommend starting early to avoid the heat and providing yourself ample time to finish the hike.

BOO HOFF TRAIL Distance: 8.8 miles Experience Level: advanced Elevation change: 1,916 feet Ò The Boo Hoff Trail trail takes you deep into the wilderness, and is a great hike if you’re looking to escape technology—there’s no Wi-Fi or cell phone reception. This trail should only be tackled by experienced hikers. An equestrian group called the Desert Riders—the trail is named after the group’s founder—improved the historic trail to make it suitable for those looking for a great hike. The best time to hit this trail is a few days after rain, as the ocotillo desert plant comes to life with vibrant green leaves that brighten up the trail. And you’re in luck if you hope to glimpse wildlife: Bighorn sheep roam the area, which are great to post on your Instagram account, but please keep your distance! You will also see a plethora of barrel cacti and have incredible views of the Salton Sea, San Jacinto and San Gorgonio. If you are an experienced hiker looking for an even more difficult hike, continue to the Guadalupe Trail, but take plenty of supplies. If that’s not for you, stay on the Boo Huff trail and head toward Lake Cahuilla. Shuttles can be arranged for pickup at the end of the trail, or you can loop around Lake Cahuilla for a total roundtrip distance of 12 miles.

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Messy Hands, Giving Hearts La Quinta’s Old Town Artisan Studio Provides Space for Art & Healing



ant to play in the clay? Or make your own glass jewelry? Or volunteer your time to a worthy cause and have fun doing it?

The Old Town Artisan Studio is serious about shaping hearts and minds through art. Founded on the premise that everyone benefits from the creation of art, the La Quintabased clay and glass studio, a nonprofit organization, strives to bring positive and enriching art experiences to the Coachella Valley community. Focusing on at-risk youth, seniors of limited means, and other underserved segments of the Coachella Valley community, the program brings art to those who need it most, and who are trapped by lack of transportation, financial ability or opportunity to experience the healing power of art. Old Town Artisan Studio offers an impressive selection of in-studio classes. For children and youth, there’s a free introductory class, a beginning level as well as an advanced youth ceramics class and a youth drawing class. Adult artists may explore mediums in popular classes that range from wheel throwing and hand building to sculpture, glass art and jewelry. There’s something creative for everyone. In 2014, the Old Town Artisan Studio provided almost 5,000 art experiences in the community and is on track to do more of the same this year. In July, the studio opened its new location at 78-134 Calle Tampico, Ste 160. The new space in the shopping center with the new Jules Market has increased visibility and lots of foot traffic. Beyond the classes in ceramics and glass at the La Quinta studio, the studio delivers classes off site at its partner facilities and other locations, including



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Old Town Artisan Studio 78134 Calle Tampico Ste 160 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.1444

numerous nonprofit organizations across the valley. The Old Town Artisan Studio serves the eastern Valley through Father’s Heart Ranch, Fred Young Labor Camp, the Ophelia Project, Coachella Valley Unified School District projects, Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella, Mecca, Indio, Palm Springs and La Quinta, DACE and Raices Cultura and more. The studio serves Desert ARC, AngelView and SafeHouse of the Desert, all resident populations with special needs or issues. The list of groups served is lengthy and includes aspects of every part of the desert community. New programming with the YMCA includes delivering classes to five public schools and two affordable housing EVERY SATURDAY: Old Artisan Studio hosts themed workshops.

projects, as well as a special needs class from La Quinta High School, and the studio is partnering with the Girl Scouts to provide outreach to several schools focused on girls at risk. For many of these people, accessing the Studio offerings is difficult. They might be unable to drive, too young to drive, or simply have no access to transportation. Public transportation in the eastern Coachella Valley (one of the key constituencies) is almost nonexistent, and most of its residents cannot afford private transportation. In order to reach those clients, the studio created an innovative studioon-wheels program that could take the experience

NOVEMBER 7 4-6 P.M. Adult Drawing Workshop

of ceramics and glass art making to them. Through the generosity of two families, the studio purchased a new service van equipped with six potters’ wheels and all necessary supplies to offer classes off site. The studio on wheels will reach those most in need, those who have the least resources and those who are most at risk. Old Town Artisan Studio relies heavily on volunteers and donors for funding, but it’s clear when speaking with Art Director Stefania Ford that it’s a pretty incredible gig. “We have volunteers that come from National Charity League, mothers and daughters who volunteer together, roll out slabs of clay and create bisque pieces to

NOVEMBER 14 4-6 P.M. Raku Workshop

NOVEMBER 21 4-6 P.M. Glass Workshop

NOV. 21 The Shadow Mountain Band and Moonsville Collective at Pappy & Harriet’s Terry Fator at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

“In 2014, the Old Town Artisan Studio provided almost 5,000 art experiences in the community and is on track to do more of the same this year.”

be painted by children. The volunteers definitely don’t have to know what they’re doing when they first start, but they learn quickly, and then they love the work, knowing it helps kids and seniors. We have an 83-year-old volunteer who comes in and wedges clay, makes birdhouses, and it gives her purpose and a sense of accomplishment. She’s an amazing artist and a very giving person. Working with clay has been one of the highlights of her life since she was a young woman. We also love when teachers volunteer, or anyone with teaching experience. It’s an amazing place, really a community,” Ford said. When asked how people can get involved with the Studio, Ford replied: “Take our art classes!

We are also always looking for people who are willing to go out in the van and volunteer with our various outreach programs. And there are classes and events and fundraisers happening all year round. Call us or come see us!” The studio hosts themed holiday workshops around almost every holiday, and workshops that are specific to the season. For Halloween, the studio has an event at The Living Desert; for Christmas, it’ll cut out hundreds of clay gingerbread men and try to reach every single nonprofit it works with to give everyone the opportunity to paint a Christmas ornament. Alison Hunt Ballard is the operations manager

NOVEMBER 28 3:30-5 P.M. Nativity Workshop

and helps organize many of the events. “We’ll be at the City of La Quinta tree lighting ceremony helping kids make ornaments, and at Easter we provide egg painting opportunities at many events and through studio outreach. We also have monthly lecture series and events, like our Soup and Ceramics fundraiser coming up in November with guest artist Tony Soares. It’s a great event to have right around Thanksgiving because you have the opportunity to see a demonstration from one of the most renowned Native American pottery artists and you get to take home a one-of-akind ceramic bowl made by an Old Town Artisan Studio artist.”

around the healing power of clay, as she calls it. She had experienced how art can help calm the mind and soothe the spirit in troubled times, and she knew art opportunities were becoming more limited for children. She’s very passionate about the subject. “The kiln-based arts— ceramics and glass—are becoming lost arts in our modern culture. School administrators beset with budget cuts have stripped art education from the curriculum. Worried about potential liability issues, they’ve also removed kilns or shut them away to prevent problems because they don’t have teachers experienced in the art and science of kiln firing and management.

The studio’s founder is Victory Grund, who with her husband, Richard, lives in La Quinta part of the year. In 2009, Grund launched the effort to build an art community

“The creative and therapeutic process students experience in this ancient tactile art form is truly inspiring and fulfilling. From a 3-year-old with a ducky

DECEMBER 5 4-6 P.M. Adult Painting Workshop

DECEMBER 26 3:30-5 P.M. Holiday Kids’ Class

JANUARY 23 4:308 P.M. Golden Circle Gratitude Reception

she shaped from a lump of clay and then painted, to a beaming 90-year-old with a handbuilt replica of her favorite cat, to a 30-year-old throwing a huge platter on the wheel, working with clay delights and transports students of all ages and abilities to a calm state and a sense of accomplishment. When they open a kiln and reveal the mug, or the glass lotus bowl to the student, their sense of wonder and pride is palpable. Anything is possible at that moment!” The studio also encourages artists of all ages who are becoming more advanced in their work and wish to grow. Three instructors offer workshops from beginning to advanced in various clay and glass disciplines. But they always come back to, “it’s all about the kids.”

JANUARY 30 2-4 P.M. Couples’ Wheel Throwing

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KING OF THE CASTLE With a Recent Makeover and a New Restaurant, The Chateau at Lake La Quinta is Primed To Be the Next Desert Hot Spot

NOV. 27 & 28 Sara Petite and The Sugar Daddies at Pappy & Harriet’s


The Chateau at Lake La Quinta 78120 Caleo Bay Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.7332


his luxurious all-suite boutique resort has your cure for the summer doldrums. Each of the 24 suites offers a private patio with lakeside views perfect for a romantic escape and the inspiring grounds covered in blossoming gardens and rolling green lawns make a perfect backdrop for any special occasion. The on-site fine dining restaurant, Melange, plates classic dishes with contemporary ingenuity, while the outdoor wood-burning oven makes a chef of any interested guest. Prepare to be pampered by an outstanding staff while you unwind in the natural desert beauty of The Chateau at Lake La Quinta.


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Q: How has The Chateau at Lake La Quinta branded itself as an essential Coachella Valley resort? Chris Chmielak: The Chateau has brought a unique element to the valley. There’s a sense of seclusion and privacy; it’s almost residential. The Chateau has a very upscale home feeling. We’re professionally designed. The design is known to be called chic or New French, very contemporary. We have a very comfortable but avant-garde feeling. One of the key features of The Chateau—really, compared to any other property throughout the entire Coachella Valley— is we are situated right on a 26-acre, man-made lake. All guest rooms have direct lake views, private patios or balconies. We have two bungalows that are slightly located off the main building that have balconies directly over the lake edge. We have a

24-hour pool and jacuzzi, which guests really enjoy. Q: How does The Chateau at Lake La Quinta cater to the diverse interests of its guests? CC: We are only 24 rooms, so we’re very boutique. With limited amenities, I think what we really do well to embrace people from all walks of life are the little details you’ll find throughout the property. When it comes to the linens in the rooms, we have spent many hours selecting the proper linens for the guest beds. The product amenities in the rooms are very special. We’re currently featuring Bvlgari White Tea. When you come in, there’s a lot of energy put into the vibe, the lighting, the music, the smell of the property. Q: When’s the best time to visit The Chateau at Lake La Quinta? CC: Our peak business times are November

through May 1, because the weather is so perfect in the desert. But again, in April, May, June, September and October our weekends are very busy. We have a lot of European travelers who like the heat. And people from San Diego or LA in the June gloom tend to gravitate toward the desert for some sunshine. Q: How is The Chateau’s history incorporated into the present? CC: The Chateau was built in about 1998. It was known to be a 13room bed and breakfast operated by an individual proprietor offering limited service. There was a little hot breakfast provided in the morning for a couple of hours and that was it. If you wanted lunch or a can of Coke you’d have to get in your car and drive down the 111. So, after renovations, we are now 24 rooms. The existing rooms were completely refreshed, and bathrooms and showers

totally redone. Now we’re a luxury boutique hotel, and with the transition in classification entitles you to a lot more service and food and beverage. Q: What sets The Chateau at Lake La Quinta apart? CC: The Chateau is a little bit of old and new. Our clientele is very eclectic. Now we’re getting younger people and older clientele in their 50s and 60s who are still feeling young. When the guests get here and check in, they say, “Chris, it’s beautiful online and we read the reviews and everything sounds really nice, but when you get here you have not fully understood how special The Chateau is.” We’re seeing a lot of repeat guests that are coming up every other weekend or once a month and telling their friends. Q: What’s new that we can expect to see at The Chateau at Lake La Quinta? CC: We’re opening


Stay and Play Visit Coachella Valley’s Desert Escapes for a Rejuvenating Getaway WRITTEN BY: ROB HOLBROOK

a restaurant called Melange. Melange is a concept that is very unique. It’s fresh, it’s approachable. The definition is “a little bit of everything.” We use very special proteins, Wagyu hamburger, and in all our chicken dishes we use Mary’s Organic Chicken, which is a chicken farm in central California. Our beef is all specially selected. We have Creekstone Farms, where we source our filet. We also have installed 10 citrus trees throughout the property, from Meyer lemon to blood orange to ruby red grapefruit. All these fruits will be incorporated in all the craft cocktails that will be assembled at the bar in Melange. We also have a self-serve wine dispenser. Our sommelier on property has handselected very special wines—wines that either have a special story or have a special rating—so the hotel guests have the opportunity to dispense wine at their leisure throughout their stay at The Chateau. The majority of the Melange seating is outside on our paver patio, which is right on the lake. We have a wood burning pizza oven on our lakeside patio where the chef crafts artisan flatbread in the afternoons and into the evenings. What we’ve done is created a very unique vibe.

NOV. 28 La Quinta Arts Foundation’s Arts Under the Umbrellas featuring over 80 artists in Old Town La Quinta


Everyone knows the Coachella Valley is beyond hot. In the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, however, cool resort towns like La Quinta and hip midcentury modern favorites Palm Springs and Palm Desert await. Widely known as golf destinations, these growing cities are home to world-renowned courses including PGA West. The many lodging options offer respite in opulent environs, so you don’t have to be a Hollywood star to escape the every day.

Bella Cristia Bed & Breakfast 78705 Avenida La Torres La Quinta, CA 92253 760.275.2119 |

Ò The bed and breakfast of the bunch, Bella Cristia offers the comforts of home in a relaxing, cozy vacation environment. The two suites give the feeling of a rustic European getaway, complete with en-suite bathrooms, king beds and fine Turkish linens. The amenities available to guests are on par with high-end hotels in the area, and then some. The daily gourmet breakfast devised by innkeepers Patrick and Leah Swarthout is reason enough to skip the resort and head for this tranquil La Quinta gem. Sparrows Lodge 1330 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.327.2300 |

Ò Established in 1952 as a quiet reprieve for the Hollywood elite, the since-restored modern rustic Sparrows Lodge offers a tranquil environment for the bohemian in all of us. The 20 guest rooms provide pastoral simplicity upon first glance while pampering guests in luxurious comforts often reserved for the sprawling resorts. The charming grounds, complete with fire pit, encourage guest interaction at the communal dining tables while providing zen-like solitude for the stressed-out visitor. With a plethora of outdoor activities nearby, Sparrows Lodge has a stable of bicycles available to guests hoping to explore the South Palm Springs area. If “chill” is the name of the game, Sparrows Lodge will not disappoint. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 74-855 Country Club Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.341.2211 |

Ò You can’t go wrong with a stay at a JW Marriott, and the Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert is no exception. The archetypal luxury resort brand boasts championship golf courses, a multitude of swimming pools, six scrumptious restaurants, palm-lined pathways, gondola rides in the lagoon and a massive spa facility with all the best services and amenities. Offering stellar deals on golf, spa experiences and romantic couple’s escapes, an excursion to Coachella Valley would not be complete without a visit to the JW Marriott. LOCALE MAGAZINE La Quinta 2015 - Home/Away



Legendary Playground For 90 Years, La Quinta Resort & Club Has Been Providing Luxury Refuge to Vacationers and Staycationers Alike E X P E R T: THOMAS SOULE C R E D E N T I A L S : LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB MARKETING MANAGER WRITTEN BY: ROB HOLBROOK


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Q: How has La Quinta Resort & Club branded itself as an essential Coachella Valley resort? Thomas Soule: The legendary La Quinta Resort & Club is the longest-running resort in the Palm Springs area. The resort is one of just two in the nation that informed the name of a city. La Quinta Resort & Club spans 45 acres, with grounds accented by flower beds, citrus trees, cypress trees, cacti, sparkling pools and waterfalls and picturesque courtyards framed by towering palm trees. A member of Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, the historic property offers 620 guestrooms, 98 villas, 535 fireplaces and 41 swimming pools. A 2014 multi-million dollar restoration gives the resort a new, modern look reflecting the

property’s storied history. La Quinta Resort & Club features championshipcaliber golf and tennis facilities, award-winning dining, spa and fitness facilities, shopping and meeting spaces. Q: How does La Quinta Resort & Club cater to the diverse interests of its guests? TS: A world-renowned golf destination, La Quinta Resort & Club is home to five award-winning golf courses designed by legends Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye and Greg Norman. PGA West Golf Academy offers advanced instruction for players of any skill level, stateof-the-art technology for maximizing player improvement and custom club-fitting. La Quinta Resort’s state-of-the-art tennis facilities include 23 courts with hard and clay surfaces and USPTAcertified staff. With a sunken center court for tournament play, La

Quinta is consistently ranked among the top 20 tennis resorts by Tennis magazine. Guests can also enjoy the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta, which features 38 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor massage space. Adjacent to the spa, guests will find the 4,000-square-foot fitness center, equipped with top-of-the-line Precor fitness equipment. Guests can also make a splash in 41 pools throughout the property. Guests can also explore the expansive grounds on rental bicycles or stroll along the many winding pathways. A putting green and children’s playground are also available. Additionally, the resort is near miles of hiking trails including the seven-mile Bear Creek Canyon Trail. Q: When is the best time of year to visit La Quinta Resort & Club? TS: La Quinta Resort & Club offers year-

Thomas Soule Headshot: Photo by Adam Gentry


a Quinta Resort & Club has provided refuge to Hollywood legends and city-weary travelers since 1926. The 45-acre resort offers an assortment of distinct casitas, suites and villas, and houses 41 pools on the vibrant-colored and lush grounds. Originally designed by renowned architect Gordon Kaufmann, a recent multi-million dollar restoration updates this classic destination with contemporary furnishings, while staying true to the traditional Spanish-style elements that have made it famous. A playground for championship golf, worldclass tennis, fine dining and blissful spa experiences, the Waldorf Astoria-member La Quinta Resort & Club continues to solidify its place as the quintessential Coachella Valley getaway.

La Quinta Resort & Club 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.4111

DEC. 4 Mariachi Vargas & Yolanda Del Rio at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

“La Quinta Resort & Club is the original desert hideaway at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains and has been a refuge for Hollywood luminaries and travelers since 1926.” — T H O M A S S O U L E round enjoyment and relaxation to guests from around the world. For tennis fans, the best time might be during the BNP Paribas tournament that takes place just up the road from the resort. Music lovers might prefer to visit during the Coachella music festival, a short ride from the resort’s doors. Simply put, the best time to visit La Quinta Resort & Club is now! Q: How do you incorporate the storied history of La Quinta Resort & Club? TS: In the early 1920s, San Francisco businessman Walter H. Morgan was drawn to the region—a place natives referred to as the Land of Eternal Sun. He envisioned a tranquil retreat that captured the essence of quiet hacienda-style living. He purchased 1,400 acres from the native Cahuilla Indians, enlisted the renowned architect Gordon Kaufmann and scores of artisan craftsmen to make his dream a reality. Quaint casitas and a cozy dining room sprung up from more than 100,000 hand-formed adobe bricks and 60,000 roof tiles. Morgan called this place La Quinta. The brightest Hollywood stars came, seeking the solitude of La Quinta. Greta Garbo wanted to be left alone. Clark Gable came to party with friends. Frank Capra found inspiration here and returned to his Shangri-La of screenwriting again and again, eventually making it his home. Q: What sets La Quinta Resort & Club apart? TS: La Quinta Resort & Club is the original desert hideaway at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains and has been a refuge for Hollywood luminaries and travelers since 1926. While you could easily spend a week lounging beside one of 41 pools that sit steps from your door, the lush 45-acre resort offers so much more. La Quinta Resort & Club invites you to play the five championship courses, indulge in an afternoon at Spa La Quinta, savor creations of top chefs in one of seven restaurants, shop, play tennis or simply relish the luxury of doing nothing at all. LOCALE MAGAZINE La Quinta 2015 - Home/Away


DEC. 5 Anthony D’Amato at Pappy & Harriet’s Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino


Morning Glory

From Bed to Breakfast, the Best Morning Meals in the La Quinta Area WRITTEN BY: NICOLE FERA


It’s true what they say, ya know: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and fuels your body for the rest of the day. This meal also awakens your taste buds to something pretty special if you’re dining at these favorites spots around La Quinta. We’ve compiled a list of the best spots to kick off your day along with our favorite things on their menus. From the classics such as pancakes and waffles to crêpes and short rib benedicts, we’ve got something for everyone at places you’ll instantly love. Let’s remind ourselves why breakfast is the absolute best way to start another glorious day in the sun.

Louise’s Pantry

Louise’s Pantry 47-150 Washington St La Quinta, CA 92253 760.771.3330


Ò Louise’s Pantry is the place to visit when you’re longing for a home-cooked meal and friendly faces. This place is as historic as it is charming and has been serving amazing dishes to the community since its opening in 1946. Back then it was a simple lunch counter in Palm Springs, but has now grown into a family favorite in La Quinta. Though the location has changed, Louise’s is still as beloved as the day it opened. If there’s one thing you need to try while visiting this cozy establishment, it’s their pancakes. The pancakes are served light and fluffy

EGG CAFÉ Egg Café has pretty large portions, so the best way to take this place on is to order a few favorite dishes and share the love with the table.


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with creative twists, and they range from classic buttermilk to strawberry, blueberry, banana or buckwheat. Make sure to order a stack or try one of their other delicious dishes and add a pancake on the side. Who says you can’t have your pancake and eat it, too? FARM 6 La Plaza Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.2724


Ò If there’s one thing the French have given us, it’s some pretty amazing food—and Americans can’t get enough. Between French fries, French toast and French bread, it’s easy to fall in love with any foods with French in the title. And we can get a taste of France in Palm

Springs without having to jet to Europe (although we wouldn’t mind that plan, either). One of our favorite French dishes is a classic: the thin, tasty, mouthwatering crêpe. The French version of a pancake has never tasted as good as the ones being served at the adorable FARM restaurant in Palm Springs. From sweet to savory this place has got all your crêpe needs covered. Try one of their Jambon Fromage Crêpes, known to us as ham and cheese, or their Nutella & Fraises (strawberries) for something to brighten your day. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, order a savory crêpe as your meal and share a sweet one for a decadent dessert to end your meal just right. One bite and you’ll know you’ve struck gold at this quaint Palm Springs gem.

LOUISE’S PANTRY Feeling adventurous? Order the pancake sandwich, which comes with two pancakes, two eggs of any style and your choice between bacon and sausage. Breakfast overload complete.

Egg Cafe & Louise’s Pantry: Photos by Adam Gentry | Norma’s: Photos by Michael Wesley

Egg Café


Egg Café 50855 Washington St Ste 2H La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.3223


Ò There are few things more appetizing for breakfast than a classic burrito. The burrito is all the best parts of a morning meal rolled into one easy handheld dish. Eggs, bacon, veggies, cheese, hash browns, you name it, and you can load it into a burrito that is not only satisfying but perfect for those of us who might need a hand in the early hours. Egg Café in La Quinta has one of the best burritos around to fuel you for the long desert day ahead. This place also has your health in mind, serving organic eggs and local fresh greens and fruit to accompany your meal. Another Egg Café favorite is the Avocado Surprise, which includes grilled avocado and basted egg. Egg Café is the place to visit when you want to grab something that’s going to fill you up without the guilt or the weighed-down feeling a great brunch can often bring. Twenty6 La Quinta Resort & Club 49-499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.5720 twenty6


Ò Twenty6 is a restaurant you can find

inside the La Quinta Resort & Club with an impressive atmosphere. This beautiful restaurant has plenty of seating both inside and outside with a welcoming seat waiting no matter when you choose to dine. Although all the items on their menu are delicious, first-time diners need to feast on something special, known as Everything But The Kitchen Sink. This is the perfect meal to kick off a day of hiking and other outdoor activities. The Everything But The Kitchen Sink can also be your saving grace if you had a few too many the night before and are craving everything on the menu that you can fit inside your stomach. Be honest, we all know the feeling. This Twenty6 classic comes with corned beef, potatoes, peppers, onions, cheddar cheese and over easy eggs, and probably has your mouth watering just thinking about it. Wilma and Frieda 73575 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.773.2807

reminds us why we love breakfast and brunch so much. On the top floor of the El Paseo shopping center, this place has a great funky vibe that makes you feel at home the second you walk in. The good vibes will draw you in, but the amazing food will keep you coming back for more. This place is only open for breakfast and brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, so you know they have their dishes down to perfection. They focus on delicious dishes, and they nail it in every category. Since you can’t possibly have everything on the menu (although it doesn’t hurt to try), we suggest ordering Mark’s Short Rib Eggs Benedict and getting a taste of the good life. This morning treat comes with two eggs on a housemade English muffin, short rib, housemade hollandaise and topped with sautéed arugula. Pair this baby with potatoes and you’ll have a meal that will keep you smiling for hours.


Ò Wilma and Frieda’s is the kind of place that

NORMA’S Not only is Norma’s known for its amazing views and outstanding waffles, but this place also makes a mean Bloody Mary. Some say it’s the best hangover cure in Palm Springs, but either way you’ll be pleased with this decision.

Norma’s The Parker Palm Springs 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.770.5000


Ò Although it’s hard to pinpoint our favorite thing about Norma’s, the fact that you can order breakfast any time might take top prize. Norma’s is at The Parker Palm Springs, a beautiful resort that boasts amazing views both on and around the property. Norma’s has outdoor seating so you can begin or end your day with a cool breeze or some serious sun, depending on when you choose to visit. While you’re there, order their waffles, particularly the PB & C Waffle ’Wich. It’s a chocolate waffle that comes topped with peanut butter and toffee crunch filling. However, if you don’t possess a sweet tooth, you can get something simpler with their classic crispy Belgian waffle, which is equally as delicious. LOCALE MAGAZINE La Quinta 2015 - Eat/Drink



Copper Mining The Moscow Mule is the Perfect Beverage to Drink While Cooling Down in the Desert WRITTEN BY: NICOLE FERA


In recent years, an abundance of Moscow Mules have turned up in dive bars, restaurants, lounges and anywhere else locals visit for a happy hour drink. Moscow Mules are easy to spot because they’re usually served in copper mugs that make as much of a statement as the gingery, minty, lime-infused cocktail. Bartenders often have a love/hate relationship with this tasty drink because it requires a bit of TLC each and every time. This libation is light and refreshing, and has a pretty funky name we cannot get enough of, so it’s only right that we searched high and low for the best of the best Moscow Mules in La Quinta. The Edge Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton

Purple Room Restaurant & Stage 1900 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.322.4422 purpleroompalmsprings. com

Ò For anyone who loves great food, tasty cocktails and live music, this is the perfect spot to visit in Palm Springs. The Purple Room Restaurant and Stage offers an eclectic combination of dining and entertainment along with, of course, an amazing Moscow Mule to enhance the entire experience. Their version is called the Ole Blue Mule and is made with Skyy vodka, Cock’n Bull ginger beer and fresh lime. You’ll find yourself sipping on one of these flavorful drinks while listening to some amazing local acts or big name performers on the purple stage. After dining, drinking and listening here you’ll wonder why more restaurants don’t put on a show like this spot!


Starlite Lounge Riviera Palm Springs 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.8311

Ò The Riviera is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Palm Springs, and it’s one of the oldest hotels in the area with a whole lot of history. Staying here will allow you to experience all that this destination has to offer, including some of the best Moscow Mules you can find in the desert. The Starlite Lounge is inside the Riviera Palm Springs. This little restaurant and bar is perfect for grabbing drinks and small plates right where you’re staying. They have an amazing happy hour from 4 p.m. to closing, Monday to Thursday, where they offer 25 percent off food and a great list of discounted beverages. The Starlite is also a great place to pop into for a few drinks and explore the beauty of the hotel even if you are not a guest. Just keep in mind that Starlite


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is closed on Sundays so you’ll have to enjoy your mule every other day of the week. The Edge Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.321.8282

Ò The Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage needs no introduction as it is one of the most esteemed and elegant resorts in the country. This resort is tucked away near the Santa Rosa Mountain range, which offers amazing views of both desert palm trees and snow-capped mountains. Everything here is pure bliss, from the rooms with private balconies and patios to the luxurious spa treatments to the amazing restaurants. What better way to enjoy all of this luxury than with a refreshing cocktail at The Ritz-Carlton’s restaurant, The Edge Steakhouse? This place has great food and views for days, and they have one of the best Moscow Mules around. They’re

serving their version with Tru vodka and Fever Tree Ginger Beer. Cheers! Cliffhouse 78250 CA-111 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.360.5991

Ò The Cliffhouse is not only one of the most amazing places where you can dine or drink in La Quinta, but it’s part of the area’s history. From the second you walk through the doorway you’ll be blown away by the amazing views and welcoming atmosphere, where La Quinta patrons have been coming for years. As you make your way to an outdoor patio table, you’ll discover Cliffhouse’s peaceful waterfall and warming fire pit for those chilly desert evenings. While you enjoy the views, order a Moscow Mule, which is handcrafted and just as spectacular as the rest of this place.

Eureka! 74985 CA-111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.834.7700

Ò Eureka! is a restaurant group that combines amazing food— especially burgers—great cocktails, craft beer and rock ’n’ roll. The Palm Desert restaurant has a fun atmosphere and great vibes your whole group will be sure to enjoy. Grab a seat at the bar on a hot desert day and let them serve you their take on the classic Moscow Mule. You won’t be disappointed. They make their mule with Ascendant Spirits American Star Vodka, housemade ginger syrup and citrus. Pair the drink with a burger and the company of friends and family and you’ll be set up for a great experience. Keep this spot in mind for when you want to watch all your favorite sporting events, too.


Mother-Daughter Team Delivers Great Wine & Food to Share at Cork & Fork WRITTEN BY: SUSAN KRUPA

Ò Cork & Fork is La Quinta’s only small plates kitchen and wine bar. Started by a mother-daughter team, Cork & Fork serves locally sourced, organic, sustainable ingredients in a casual setting. Executive Chef Andie Hubka is a classically trained chef and together with her mother and proprietor Jane Angwin, she opened this wine bar as an accompaniment to their existing cooking school. With an everchanging menu, Cork & Fork offers items that vary from exotic fusion to comfort food, so there is something for everyone’s craving (including vegans). As all plates are made to share, it’s a perfect place to bring friends. A wide variety of wines—plus craft beer and house cocktails—are available by the glass and bottle with the staff happy to provide recommendations of accompanying small plates. This is the place to learn and enjoy wine through tastings and food pairings in a friendly, easy-going environment. Hours: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday Cork & Fork 47875 Caleo Bay Dr Ste A106 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7555 corkandforkwinebar. com

DEC. 11 Quel Bordel at Pappy & Harriet’s

PHOTO BY: Aeschleah DeMartino


Who Lets the Dogs EAT? Dog-Friendly Places Around La Quinta For You & Your Furry Pal to Visit WRITTEN BY: NICOLE FERA


Avalon Hotel Palm Springs

hether you’re visiting La Quinta for a desert getaway or find yourself lucky enough to call this area home, you might need recommendations on where to bring one of your best friends. I’m not talking about your gal pal who loves to catch up over drinks or your buddies who are looking for a spot to watch the game. I’m talking about the one who is the first to greet you in the morning, always shows you unconditional love and is probably walking around your house right now cleaning up the crumbs from this morning’s breakfast. Yes, I’m talking about your No. 1 pal, your dog. More and more places have become pet-friendly over the years in La Quinta, and we want to share some of the best spots around with you. Here are the places you need to know about that are just as excited to have your dog visiting as they are you.

The Grill on Main 78065 Main St La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7773

Ò The Grill on Main opened in 2010 and has been wowing locals and visitors since with its amazing food, specialty cocktails and, of course, dog-friendly outdoor dining area. This is the kind of place where you can bring your whole family, including your pooch, and spend an evening outside. The restaurant serves American cuisine with fresh twists on each dish. The Grill also has killer burgers your little pal will happily help you devour (or patiently wait for wayward bites to fall). Order a microbrew for you and a water bowl for your furry friend and you’ve got yourself a perfect La Quinta night. Spencer’s Restaurant 701 W Baristo Rd Palm Springs, CA92262 760.327.3446

The Grill on Main


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Ò Spencer’s Restaurant is one of the nicer places

in Palm Springs that will allow you to bring your dog on the patio if you don’t want to leave them home on date night. Maybe it’s the fact that the restaurant was named after the owner’s Siberian husky or simply the fact that they recognize that any experience can be enhanced with a best pal by your side. Dine on the patio under whimsical ficus trees and moodsetting, intimately strung lights and enjoy some of their French, Pacific Rim-influenced cuisine on your visit. After just one meal, you’ll see why it’s one of the local favorites.

Cheeky’s 622 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.7595

Ò We’re not sure who’s going to be more excited about this next Palm Springs hot spot, you

or your pup. Cheeky’s in Palm Springs is constantly changing its menu, with updates happening weekly. However, Cheeky’s always has its bacon flight, which comes with five different pieces of bacon. It’s the perfect place for you and your dog to dine outside on the patio for an amazing breakfast or lunch. Just make sure you split the bacon evenly between the two of you, or you’ll be heading home with one sour pal. Avalon Hotel Palm Springs 415 S Belardo Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262 844.328.2566

Ò Formerly known as the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs, this establishment underwent management changes and has emerged as The Avalon Hotel. Don’t worry, though; it’s just as petfriendly as before. Not only are pets welcome at this hotel, but they’ll also enjoy their own relaxing stay, complete with amazing amenities. The fee is $175 per day, per


DEC. 12 Jennifer Nettles at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

pet, and the fee includes dog-walking and sitting services during your stay, lounging outside for your pet, feeding (you must provide your dog’s food) and a complimentary take-home dish as a souvenir. After a stay at The Avalon, you and Fido will come home feeling relaxed and ready for another hard work week. Copley’s on Palm Canyon 621 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.9555

Ò If you’re looking for a place to bring your family to be treated like family, look no further than Copley’s. This amazing restaurant was built on the property that was once a piece of actor Cary Grant’s Palm Springs estate. The food is amazing and is only outdone by the charming atmosphere. While you are dining there, you and your pooch will feel like you’re having a meal at an old friend’s beautiful home. You will want to sit outside on their patio anyway, so you might as well bring your dog along for the ride so you can enjoy the fresh air together. Jake’s Palm Springs 664 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.4400

Ò Not only are dogs allowed at this favorite Palm Springs restaurant, but they’re warmly welcomed. The restaurant was named after the owner’s beloved Westie, so you can rest assured that any and all dogs

are going to be adored at this joint. Jake’s serves classic American food in a casual, laid-back setting you and your pal will certainly enjoy. While sitting outside in the courtyard, your pooch will be treated with biscuits and a water bowl of their very own while they dine. Not only is the courtyard dog-friendly, but it’s also stunningly beautiful. You’ll be dining among lush greenery that you will both appreciate. The Riviera Palm Springs 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.8311

Ò The Riviera Palm Springs is committed to ensuring that all the members of your family have a pleasant stay—even your fourlegged friends. If you’re traveling with your pets, this is one of the most welcoming places you can take them so they can enjoy the getaway, too. Your furry friend can expect a bed and bowl of their own waiting for them and plenty of treats to enjoy over their stay. It’s the perfect spot to bring your pal without any worry, and have them welcomed with open paws—I mean, arms. Ace Hotel & Swim Club 701 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.325.9900

Ò Anyone who’s ever been to or heard of Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs could

probably figure that their dog would be more than welcome. This bohemian hotel paradise in the middle of the desert is more than accommodating and extremely friendly and open. There is even an on-site dog park where pooches can run around and get some exercise during their stay. They just ask that at all other times your pal remain on a leash when walking around the grounds. This is one of our favorite Palm Springs spots and now your entire family can experience what it’s all about without leaving anyone behind. The Parker Palm Springs 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA, US 92264 877.411.3436

Ò For the dog in your life, there are not many nicer places to take them than The Parker in Palm Springs. This beautiful resort opens its doors to pets of all sizes, and pets are welcome to stay in any room, including the suites and patio rooms. A fee of $150 a night per pet will be charged for their attendance, but they will be treated like royalty on the stunning grounds. Their own bed, bowl, treats and chew toys will be provided to ensure they feel right at home. Just a heads up, two pets in each room is the maximum allowed at this spot.



DEC. 19 Brian Setzer at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Our Favorite Patios and Poolsides in Coachella Valley WRITTEN BY: NICOLE FERA


It’s no secret Southern California has some of the best weather in the country, so locals and visitors alike love to take every opportunity to soak up the sun. The same rules apply when you’re spending time in Palm Springs and La Quinta, two desert cities best known for their resorts and getaway atmosphere. What says getaway better than lounging poolside with a couple of drinks or grabbing a bite to eat on a fabulous patio? Not much. That’s why we wanted to share our top picks for places to unwind and enjoy the sun in style on your desert holiday. Solano’s Bistro 78075 Main St La Quinta, CA 92253 760.771.6655

Ò Solano’s Bistro was born out of the friendship of Chef Francisco “Paco” Solano and Alex Lee Wipf, a golf professional. The two of them came together in 2009 to open their own place, and it has been thriving ever since. The restaurant has a gorgeous patio where you can sit outside and enjoy something tasty off their menu for dinner. They have a variety of dishes, including fresh seafood and even a fullyloaded vegan vegetable pasta, giving everyone a chance to order what they like. Just keep in mind they only serve food from 4 to 9 p.m. MondaySaturday, but the bar keeps the drinks coming all night long! Ace Hotel Palm Springs 701 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.325.9900

Ò The Ace Hotel and Swim Club is one of the coolest hotels to stay at in Palm Springs, whether you’re looking to turn up at a pool party or just lounge in luxury. This hipster haven is famous

for summer shindigs and the high volume of people coming and going lends a vibrant atmosphere. No matter what time of year it is you can be sure it’s going to be a great day at the Ace. They also have a poolside patio bar where you can order tasty cocktails and food without ever having to leave the sun. The patio has a reputation as party central, so check it out if you’re looking to make some new friends. Excellent food, drinks and vibes plus cold, refreshing pool? Count us in. Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club 1555 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.778.8954

Ò The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club is the first of its kind in Palm Springs—all of the things we love about vacation in one place without being an actual hotel. Let me explain: This place has got you covered with food, drinks, entertainment and swimming, minus rooms to stay in. People from all over the area come to enjoy a day of fun at Hacienda. Meet up with friends, lounge poolside and experience

Make sure to ask for the happy hour menu at Solano’s Bistro to create the perfect desert night out. Happy hour items are discounted so it’s a great opportunity to order many plates and share each delicious bite.


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all of the amazing food and drinks the Hacienda serves every weekend. They have a special menu for poolside diners which features light, refreshing dishes that are perfect for a day of laying out and splashing around. The cuisine is a fresh take on Mexican dishes including tacos, salads and small plates to share. Wash it all down with one of their Moscow Mules or a Hacienda margarita and you’ve got yourself the perfect weekend. The Beach Club opens at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays and closes at 6 p.m., leaving you plenty of time to head home, shower and get ready for a night on the town.

The Parker Palm Springs 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.770.5000

Ò One of the best things about heading to The Parker for a day of sunbathing and outdoor dining is the amazing pools on the grounds, and the

scenery you’ll be gazing upon when you enter this resort. The mountain views are absolutely breathtaking in every direction. Take it all in as you lay out at one of their two outdoor pools or as you nosh at Norma’s, the hotel restaurant. Grab a seat on Norma’s patio and order delicious amazing breakfast or lunch dishes, or join them later for dinner. They are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. every day, making it an ideal stop no matter what time you finish working on your tan. La Quinta Resort & Club 49-499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.4111

Ò At the La Quinta Resort & Club, there are more than a few ways to dine outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery. If you’re in the mood for elevated classic American fare, check out Morgan’s in the Desert or Twenty6. Have a craving for Mexican food? Adobe Grill has everything you need. Feel like grabbing a bite and something to sip on at the pool? They have plenty of pools to choose from; we suggest visiting the 21 and over pool to

Not only does Stuft Pizza have amazing food and an awesome selection of beers and cocktails, but you can enjoy it all on their spacious outdoor patio.

enjoy a frozen cocktail and truly experience what vacation is all about, even if it’s just for the day.

Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill 78015 Main St Ste 100 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.9989

Ò Pizza. Beer. Outdoor seating. Need I say more? Check out Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill and see why it was voted La Quinta’s best business of the year. They’ve been serving sweet pie since 1976 when they opened as a simple takeaway joint and slowly began to grow into the business they are today. The other nice thing about Stuft is that pizza isn’t the only great thing they’re serving. There’s also a large variety of pasta, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and more. There’s a lot of hype in La Quinta about this place and after one visit you’ll understand why.

Really want to get away? La Quinta Resort & Club has private pools available for booking that will grant you the secluded luxury you’ve only dreamed about.


Desert Diamond


Legacy Jewelry Co. 78-010 Main St Ste 110 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.4900

fter moving to California from Chicago in 2010, 28-year-old Daniel Matz opened his ideal jewelry concept in La Quinta in early October 2013. Legacy Jewelry Company is a highly customer-oriented jewelry store that takes pride in providing each client with unique fashion jewelry from all over the world and quality customer service. Matz’s expertise comes from growing up in the jewelry industry as well as being a Gemological Institute of America graduate. He believes the success of a jewelry store is based on trust and loyal relationships with his clients. An unbreakable positive attitude enabled him to make his dream jewelry company a reality. His extensive experience in the jewelry business is what makes Legacy Jewelry Company a legacy of its own by being one of the desert’s premier jewelry destinations.

“I try to make the jewelry industry simple and approachable for people.” – D A N N Y M AT Z


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Q: What has been your biggest strength when it comes to your role as the owner of Legacy? Daniel Matz: Connecting with people at the most basic level of what they need. I have a full-service store here, and that’s for a very, very important reason. I want to be able to do anything and everything that I can for any customer that walks in the door. Being that go-to guy is my biggest accomplishment for any customer that I can become that person for. I try to make the jewelry industry simple and approachable for people; this is not something they deal with or think about on a regular basis. Every time a customer comes in and walks out the door they should feel like, “I trust this person.” That’s what has kept me in the business. Call it some deep-seated, psychological need to please people, but that’s really what it’s all about. The best feeling I get is when somebody leaves my store happy. For me, that is the biggest accomplishment.

had a chain of jewelry stores in Chicago for about 30 years. I was raised in it and around it, so it has always been a part of my life. I went off to college and became a gemologist in Carlsbad and then everything fell into place. This was always the dream to have my own store.

Q: How did you get into the jewelry business? DM: I was pretty much born into it. My father

Q: What lead you to open Legacy Jewelry Company? DM: I envied what my

Q: What makes Legacy Jewelry Company different from other jewelry companies? DM: When you come in here, you’re going to get me. You’re not going to get one of my sales people, you’re going to get a chance to talk to me. If you’re not talking to me, you’re talking to somebody I trust implicitly. I think people appreciate that because they know that I am here to answer their questions. In any business like that, it is good to know a guy and when you know a guy in the jewelry industry it could mean saving a lot of money and headache. I like to imagine that when jewelry comes up in a conversation that my customers can say, “Hey listen, I know a guy that can take care of you.” My goal is to be “the guy.”

father built from the time I was old enough to understand it. I always felt like if I could create something even half as impactful on people’s lives, I would be a happy man. So even as a teenager and a very young adult, The Legacy Jewelry Co. was something that I was building in my mind even before it had a name, a storefront, anything at all. It was an idea, a compilation of ideas that I garnered from every customer I helped, every store I had the good fortune of working in. By the time I had the wherewithal to actually create this dream, I had a lifetime’s worth of ideas to pour into it. This isn’t a store, it’s the fruition of a young man’s dream to deliver the perfect jewelry concept. Q: What does your company thrive on? DM: I want to be your go-to for everything from repairs and custom jewelry, to the guy you come see before those big occasions throughout the year. So I thrive on the fact that my customer can sleep at night knowing they’ve got me, and I sleep knowing I can depend on them. Q: How do you fuel your drive to run Legacy day in and day out? DM: What inspires me

DEC. 30 & 31 Murder by Death at Pappy & Harriet’s

and keeps me and we can thrive going are my on each other’s customers. The success. I have to reason I love be very picky with doing what I do who I work with is because I love because quality Family working with and price point is Heirloom: the people and so important. Matz’s family owned a customers here Q: What is the small chain of in La Quinta and key to creating jewelry stores the desert. For a and maintaining in Chicago jeweler, that is the a strong clientele for almost 30 drive. You have as well as years. to want to please long-lasting people. I wanted to relationships with be in a place where there jewelry designers? was a hole that needed to DM: Trust is the biggest be filled and here in this thing, especially when it town they were missing a comes to a customer. A jeweler like me. I am the customer is only going only full-service and fine to be with you as long jeweler in La Quinta that as they trust you. In my sells reasonably priced head, I assume that the unique fine jewelry. person I am quoting a Q: What are the piece of jewelry for knows signature pieces at just as much about it as Legacy? I do, although they might DM: Every year I bring in not. So when you give new signature pieces, ones people that kind of credit, that previous customers you are giving them the haven’t seen. This year I fairest response you can. have also added a couple The key to maintaining of new designers in the that trust is to act as store such as Davani and though you are dealing Luca by Lecil. For the first with yourself on the other time since I’ve opened, I side of the counter. have some amazing opal Q: How were you able to jewelry with 18 karat gold make your dream jewelry and diamond features company a reality? around them. I specialize DM: Make friends, value in fashion rings, pendants those friendships and and bracelets. Every time relationships and take someone walks in my store advice and take guidance. they are going to be getting The biggest thing I can something that is unique. say is that I’m a young Q: How are you able man, and I’ve got a to provide your clients young, successful retail with the finest jewelry at store, and I attribute that great prices? to hard work and people DM: Relationships with in my life. But more than vendors and designers. I anything I attribute that have the same mentality to having a dream and toward my designers and just believing in it. For manufacturers as I do for me, you can never be too my clients. It is all about optimistic. If I would have relationships. I partner doubted this journey, I with designers that I don’t think I would be know I can grow with here. Blind optimism,

faith and taking guidance from people around you is the key. You’ve got to have people around you that you can lean on; you have to. I still need it every day. Q: What is the meaning behind the name of your company? Any significance or history behind it being called “legacy”? DM: Legacy is an homage to my family. Legacy to me has become a very loaded word over the last few years. This store is a legacy of my family and is the legacy of the previous generation. You also realize that people’s jewelry is often a symbol of their legacy. It is what they pass down and keep for their entire life. Jewelry should be a lifelong purchase. Everyone wants to have a legacy, and jewelry is just one way to do that. Everything we do in my store is attribute to that. It is all in the name of Legacy. Q: What are your future goals and aspirations for Legacy Jewelry Company? DM: The goal of this store is to support a family and a town. That is a small business at its core. The goal is to be reputable, successful and to make a mark and become a hallmark in this town. It’s something I saw my family do back home in Chicago. By the time my dad retired, he had become a staple for the town, and that is where I see Legacy Jewelry Company in the future in La Quinta. I want to be “the guy” and the goal is to be a staple.

STEP IT UP La Quinta Wellness Center Expert Christina Calderon WRITTEN BY: MARIE SPADA

Looking for a little activity to keep you healthy while visiting La Quinta? Try these 10 tips from La Quinta Wellness Center Expert Christina Calderon.


Hit the hiking trails at the top of the Cove.


Rent a bike to take advantage of the cycling lanes throughout La Quinta.


Get your sweat on at the Wellness Center’s state-of-theart fitness center.


Game, set, match! Have your try at tennis at the courts at Fritz Burns Park.


No bricks here! Work on your jump shot at the basketball courts at La Quinta Community Park.


Try out yoga, taekwondo, Pilates or tai chi at the Wellness Center.


Take a stroll on one of the walking pathways at La Quinta Park and Civic Center Campus.


Batter up! Grab your friends and head to the baseball fields at La Quinta Park and the Sports Complex.


Fore! Make a tee time at one of La Quinta’s many prestigious golf courses.


Relax with a massage or stretching session at the Wellness Center.

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These Spas & Salons Have Everything You Need to Brave the Weather

La Quinta Arts Foundation’s Arts Under the Umbrellas featuring over 80 artists in Old Town La Quinta



When it comes to beauty, there are few things that destroy all of our hard work faster than the harsh elements of the weather: brutal heat and sticky humidity. Fortunately, La Quinta is full of experts who can help combat the heat so you look your best all year long. Whether your skin needs a pick-me-up, your hair needs damage control, or your nails are crying for a makeover, there is a spot that can keep you looking your best. Here’s where to go and the services to try at our favorite La Quinta spots for all of your beautifying needs.

Alankara Aveda Salon 78100 Main St La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.8188

Ò When looking at a photograph, what’s the fastest way to tell if it was hot that day? No, it’s not the sun or the clothes. It’s the hair—the frizzy, uncontrollable, horrific hair. At Alankara Salon, you have access to the best services and products available to keep your locks tamed and your selfie game on point. Alankara Salon offers an array of facials and hair treatments to help keep you looking your best when the temperatures are high and dry. For your hair, try their Damage Remedy Botanical Treatment. The treatment takes about 30 minutes, and they process and spray your hair, then wrap it in a hot towel with the treatment sealed inside. This treatment repairs any damage caused by overexposure, sun damage or chemical damage. When it comes to fighting the daily fight against humidity, try their Smooth Infusion Line of styling products aimed at combating frizz. The Smooth Infusion Style Prep protects your hair from the heat of the blow dryer and other styling tools, and provides 12hour humidity defense. If

you like to straighten your hair, try their Smooth Infusion Natural Straight product, which coats the cuticle of the hair to smooth down strands and prevent frizz and flyaways. If you need a lighter product, try the Smooth Infusion Nourishing Style Cream, which provides smoothness without extra weight. To keep your style in place, finish your look with the Smooth Infusion Control Force, which is a strong hold hairspray that allows you to brush your hair without it flaking. The spray also provides 12hour humidity defense. All Tressed Up Blow Dry & Beauty Bar 73-655 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.568.4526

Ò The experts at All Tressed Up Blow Dry & Beauty Bar provide both makeup and hair services (but not cut or color—this is strictly a styling salon) to keep you looking your best all day and night. To keep damage to a minimum, these blow dry stylists do as much styling as possible with a brush and dryer, rather than relying heavily on other hot tools, such as a curling iron or straightener. For a popular style that is heat-proof and humidity proof, try their braids. Popular for Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, braids are a great way to keep you cool by keeping your hair off your neck, and they hold

ALL TRESSED UP BLOW DRY & BEAUTY BAR : All Tressed Up is a great option for bachelorette parties, ladies’ nights out, a hot date, bridal parties and more.


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up well in the elements. If braids aren’t your thing, try beach waves for the perfect “I woke up like this” look that will last. All of their Kenra and Moroccan Oil products offer heat defense as well, so there’s minimal damage during styling, and the great outdoors will meet its match. Prestige Nails and Spa 79835 CA-111 Ste 104 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.863.5215

Ò With so many nail muses (Vanessa Hudgens, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, to name a few), it’s hard to know what the next nail trend is going to be. Round? Square? Almond? Oval? Coffin-shaped? (Yes, that’s a thing!) Prestige can do it all. For winter, the ladies at Prestige recommend going with orange-reds, silver, neutral colors or blush pink. Stuck on black? Put it away— black is so two years ago. For young clients, they are seeing an increase in the hot new coffin shape and flat stiletto nails (these nails are not pointed, so there’s no unintentional eye-gouging here, folks!). For more mature ladies, a rounded and more oval shape is the way to go. Acrylic and gel nails are still popular, but they don’t recommend going with the matte finish. Matte nails don’t come out as evenly as they do in photoshopped magazines, and if they add a third coat of polish, it gets too thick, so just give it a hard pass.

Spa La Quinta 49-499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.4800

Ò Spa La Quinta has an array of services sure to keep you looking your best in the hot, dry weather. With state-of-the-art amenities and services, consider Spa La Quinta your personal oasis. Hydration is key, and Spa La Quinta can keep you and your skin hydrated to keep your glow. For the whole body, try the Spa La Quinta Quench Ritual, a service that hydrates from head to toe with hand-harvested shea butter. The service begins with a hydrating scrub followed by a body wrap, then a hot oil scalp ritual and finally a massage. This treatment is the ultimate luxury; talk about heaven in a spa! For your face, try their HydraFacial Treatment. Impurities are extracted and dead skin cells are removed to reveal your most polished self. A variety of serums are used to cleanse, hydrate and moisturize the skin. This service is offered in 30-minute, 50-minute, or 90-minute treatments. Don’t forget to show your feet some love! The La Quinta Signature Pedicure soaks your feet in an aromatic cleansing bath, and then they scrub away dead skin cells with an exfoliating sugar scrub. Relax with a shea butter foot massage followed by a mask of hot towels and paraffin treatments. Top off your twinkly toes with nail polish and put your best foot forward!

ALANKARA AVEDA SALON : For a weekly or biweekly treatment you can do at home, try the Smooth Infusion Deep Conditioning Mask to keep your hair looking its best all year.

Native Knowledge: If you’re looking to cool off, try the Cold Plunge Fountain in the tranquil spa courtyard. Soothing fountains cascade around you, making for the ultimate in relaxation. PRESTIGE NAILS AND SPA: If you aren’t sure which style is for you, the ladies at Prestige are experts on all things related to nail trends, and they’ll get you all squared away (see what I did there?).


Eats, Treats and Front Row Seats Ò All the Stops for a Perfect Desert Day With so many places to visit, stay, dine and explore in La Quinta, it can be difficult to plan the perfect day and get it just right. That’s why we’ve taken the liberty of doing the dirty work for you. The following itinerary highlights the best of the best in the desert. From where to stay to the perfect meal and some fun activities to enjoy, we’ve got it all mapped out. After what we have in store, you’ll be falling in love with La Quinta. La Quinta Resort & Club

La Quinta Resort & Club 49-499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.4111

Ò La Quinta and the surrounding areas are beyond popular for weekend (or midweek!) getaways because of the beauty, exclusiveness and the genuine feel of escape that comes along with a trip here. There are more than a few places to stay when visiting the desert, but if you want to live in luxury, then you need to book a room at La Quinta Resort & Club. Not only is this place known for its style and grace, but the views, decor and ambiance are unbeatable. The resort has several types of pools for laying out, seven restaurants right on the property, golf and other activities to keep you entertained and rooms that will have you wishing you could permanently move in. Book yourself a day at the spa and unwind before a big day of exploring. Just be careful, because it can be hard to leave this resort once you’ve checked in. Perhaps it’s smartest to check in, enjoy a full day at the resort and then get a good night’s sleep for your first big day of adventure out in La Quinta. It all starts with a trip for coffee bright and early!


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JAN. 23 La Quinta Arts Foundation’s Arts Under the Umbrellas featuring over 80 artists in Old Town La Quinta


Old Town Coffee 78-100 Main St Ste 102 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.5233

Ò Although most people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I would have to disagree and say that coffee comes first. Always. That’s why the first stop on your La Quinta journey is going to be Old Town Coffee, where you can enjoy more than just a great cup of java. The old town section of La Quinta is awesome because it is truly a picturesque little village area where you will feel right at home and take in all of the neighborhood’s beauty. You can enjoy some fresh organic caffeinated drinks, smoothies, bagels, quiches and other great breakfast snacks either inside or outdoors on their lovely patio. This is a spot where locals love to gather, and all are welcome, including your furry friends. Old Town Coffee opens bright and early at 6 a.m. so head over and let’s get this day started. Wilma and Frieda 73575 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.773.2807

Ò So you’ve had your morning cup of coffee in an adorable café, maybe


you’ve taken your dog for a nice, long walk or spent an hour enjoying the views around you. Now that you’re awake and ready, it’s time for breakfast. When you’re looking for a hearty, delicious meal in the morning, there’s only one place to visit and that’s Wilma and Frieda’s. This cozy little hot spot is a go-to for locals and visitors alike, which the food and atmosphere instantly confirm. You’re going to want to fuel up for a day of fun so make sure to get your fill. We suggest their short rib benedict, building your own fully loaded omelet or indulging in something sweet like thin-cut French toast. You’ll feel right at home in this welcoming favorite restaurant, and after the meal’s over you’ll be ready for one of my favorite activities no matter where I am: shopping! Desert Hills Premium Outlets 48400 Seminole Dr Cabazon, CA 92230 951.849.6641

Ò The Cabazon Outlets are 65,000 square feet of retail heaven, tucked in the desert between the San Rosa and San Gorgonio Mountains. Shopping with a view! The outlets are also set up in an open, outdoor space, which is one of the things I love about shopping in California: You can soak up the sun no matter where you are,

even on a shopping spree. The outlets have some of the biggest names that we all know and love, with prices you’d never imagine. Aside from having great deals, Cabazon Outlets also offers special packages for its loyal shoppers. I don’t know any other place where you can shop at discounted prices and enjoy additional savings with a Savings Card or Shop & Play Package. Both of these are available, along with additional information, at the customer service station. It’s definitely a wise investment to pick one up before heading into any of the stores because you never know what kind of coupons you might get and souvenirs you can find for those you left at home. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 74-855 Country Club Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.341.2211

Ò Although I could easily spend an entire day shopping, make sure you put a time limit on that portion of the day because we still have a lot to conquer! Your next stop is the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. Here you’re going to spend some time out by the gorgeous pool and relaxing after your rough morning of swiping that credit card and stuffing yourself with pancakes. Hey, it’s vacation—I never

Check what time the sun sets early on so you can plan your activities around it. A sunset here definitely earns the main focus of your La Quinta journey.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

said it was going to be easy. Chances are, if you’re like me, you could use a snack at this point, plus a cocktail, stat. The Oasis Poolside Bar and Grill has got you covered for both as you work on your tan and prepare for the rest of the day. The resort allows you to rent a daybed at its pool or a cabana if you want to step it up a notch and go all out. Either way, the views and amenities at this pool will have you feeling grateful you stopped by to see what all the hype is about.

La Quinta Museum 77-885 Avenida Moctezuma La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7170

Ò In between all the food and fun, make room for a little culture! The La Quinta Museum has a permanent local history exhibit featuring a replica of a Cahuilla Indian village and a diorama of desert wildlife. Other fascinating and educational exhibits rotate through and the museum also hosts

Brown Bag TED Talks and First Friday Concerts. Plus, an impressive mural by former resident Andre Blanche depicts La Quinta’s history throughout the decades in colorful detail. Burgers & Beer Komar Desert Center 79-815 Highway 111 Ste 101 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.775.6494

Ò After a relaxing day at the pool, it’s time to find a sweet happy hour and get this night going. Keep in mind that a hike is in your future so don’t drink yourself into a sleepy state, there’s lots more to come on this adventure! That’s why Burgers & Beer’s lively atmosphere and awesome happy hour menu are just what you need right now. Happy hour starts early, too, which is perfect for keeping today’s itinerary right on schedule. Happy hour is 3-7 p.m. here and includes food. Burgers & Beer provides drinks, a bite to eat (I’m always thinking of food) and a chill, laidback atmosphere where you can meet up with friends. However, this is your chance to gather everyone together for a refreshing Moscow Mule and get a hike planned so you will be enjoying the unforgettable desert sunset while you get your workout on.

PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAM: You can purchase tickets online for both the ride and dining experience to ensure a spot at the time you desire.

Hike From La Quinta Cove to Lake Cahuilla

Ò There are lots of great hikes in this area, but one of the most beautiful and best choices for a quick day hike begins at La Quinta Cove Oasis. If you follow the hiking trail to Lake Cahuilla, you will be hiking about five miles in total, a solid way to work off the food and drinks you’ve been enjoying all day. You will hike along the Santa Rosa Mountains as you make your way to the lake. This hike and others in the surrounding area are fairly easy, making them ideal to walk or bike and perfect for whomever would like to come along and take in the great outdoors. You can even bring your dogs if you’d like to make it a family affair. Just make sure to bring lots of water and your camera because you’re going to want to capture the moments as the sun sets along this awesome hike. Palm Springs Aerial Tram 1 Tram Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.1449

Ò Now that you’ve worked up an appetite,

it’s time to keep the day going and head over to the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. This is the world’s largest rotating tramcar and that fact alone is enough reason to stop and check it out. I’m all about the best of the best and the views of the Chino Canyon at the top are definitely worth seeing. The ride up is only about 10 minutes, and you’ll be blown away once you get there. Plus, it’s another opportunity for a great meal. If you’ve had an opportunity to clean up after the hike, then you might want to take this time to dine at Peaks restaurant. This is a fine dining restaurant at the top of the tram that has delectable food and, of course, views for days. If you aren’t looking for something fancy, there is also the Coachella Valley Pines Café for a quick bite at the top or a drink at The Lookout Lounge. It’s nice to know there are options for how you want your evening to go. Either way, the views are what bring the people in and it’ll truly make you appreciate just how beautiful this desert valley is.

Cinemark 46660 Washington St La Quinta, CA 92253

Ò If you find yourself in the mood for a movie, drinks, snacks and a relaxing place to enjoy all of this, look no further than La Quinta’s new movie theater, Cinemark. This brand new entertainment venue is in the Washington Park shopping center right in the center of all the action. This establishment holds 12 different theaters inside, providing plenty of opportunities to find a movie everyone in your

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party wants to see. It’s been a long day and it’s time to get comfortable as you settle in for your entertainment pleasure. Each theater has large reclining chairs, making it ideal after your long, hikefilled day. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Nitroinfusions 78010 Main St Ste 108 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.771.0700

Ò No perfect day is complete if it doesn’t end on a sweet note, and that’s where Nitroinfusions comes in. Nitroinfusions is an ice cream spot, but not just any ice cream place. Organic, nitrogeninfused ice cream might be something you’re not familiar with, but you’re about to fall in love. No preservatives and no additives make this the freshest ice cream you’ll probably ever have. Nitroinfusions employees freeze the ice cream right in front of you with liquid nitrogen, and there’s an abundance of flavors to choose from. Not an ice cream person? Aside from possibly making a grave mistake, fear not. Nitroinfusions has lots of other desserts including a brownie sundae and amazing crêpes. Grab something sweet, recap the laughs and adventures you had on today’s amazing trip and head back to your resort for a well-deserved night of rest. You earned it.

HIKE FROM LA QUINTA COVE TO LAKE CAHUILLA: Although you want to enjoy the sun setting, make sure to time it out so that it’s happening as you are heading back to where you started. The hike isn’t strenuous, but you don’t want to be caught in the dark in unfamiliar territory. A flashlight is always a great idea in case you do find yourself wandering back after sunset. LOCALE MAGAZINE La Quinta 2015 - Style/Beauty