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Last-minute summer getaways in La Quinta, CA

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California Cool isn’t just some trendy soundbite, it’s an actual way of life. This is especially evident in La Quinta,  a highly sought-after desert resort city in California’s  Coachella Valley.

Nestled between Indian Wells and Indio, La Quinta is known for its stellar attractions, impressive amenities, and  overall quality of life. In addition, this city of around 38,200 residents is also known for the numerous summertime activities. Here are a few of them:  

  1. Explore the desert

    Given its location in the desert, La Quinta is quite close to many of California’s incredible geological features, including the San Andreas Fault Zone. You can explore the area two ways. The first is by taking a jeep tour, and the second is by going on horseback. No matter which mode of transportation you take, you will be able to navigate the rocky terrain of the mountains, ride through the canyons, and learn about the area’s diverse ecology, which should fulfill everyone’s Indiana Jones fantasy.

  2. Go on a hot air balloon 

    The sky, quite literally, is the limit when it comes to summer activities in La Quinta because, soaring over the gorgeous Palm Springs desert in a hot-air balloon is one of the most popular activities in the city. Available in the early morning and at sunset, this activity will allow guests  to spot the desert wildlife, sail across unique rock formations, get awed by the stunning desert scenery, and admire the pristine golf courses. 

  3. Discover Old Town La Quinta

    Those who are into culture and history will find Old Town La Quinta a fantastic place to explore. Nestled at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Old Town La Quinta is home to over 30 cafes, shops, restaurants, boutiques, salons, and art galleries, many of which are housed in the community’s historic buildings.  In addition, Old Town La Quinta also has a good number of open spaces, including the La Quinta Civic Center Park, which is a great place to enjoy the beautiful desert landscape. 

  4. Play a round or two of golf at the local courses

    La Quinta has been frequently called the world’s golf capital, and for good reason. The city boasts spectacular courses such as SilverRock Resort, whose Arnold Palmer Classic Course is considered one of the top courses to play by golfing experts.

  5. Take an art class in La Quinta

    Also known as “The Gem of The Desert,” La Quinta is a place that’s overflowing with art and creativity. Tap into this by visiting Old Town Artisan Studios. The nonprofit offers classes on ceramics, glass blowing, pottery, and painting, making it a haven for those who want to take their first step at exploring the arts and unleashing their creative side. Want to do something more advanced?  The Coachella Valley Art Center has classes on metal sculpture and welding, as well as glass painting and fusing, among others.

Interested in making “The Gem of The Desert” your new home? Find your La Quinta property with me, Kathleen O’Keefe Galigher of La Quinta Realtors. As a local real estate agent, I provide access to the finest homes for sale in La Quinta, CA. Call me today at 760.567.7822 or message me here to set up a private consultation.