Fresh air, sunshine, outdoor recreation and small-town charm—La Quinta is the desert destination with it all. The Agency Palm Desert’s Loran Arvizu recently shared her ideas for making the most of a weekend escape to La Quinta, a popular destination situated a short drive east from the iconic Palm Springs.

STAY HERE → “Built in the 1920s, La Quinta Resort & Club ​is a tranquil retreat, rich in style and history,” Loran explains. “The grand resort, which has long served as a luxury hideaway for the Hollywood elite, is now a haven for golf aficionados and guests looking for the ultimate desert oasis. The hotel features a luxury spa, fitness center and several restaurants to choose from onsite, including Adobe Grill, which serves fantastic margaritas and guacamole, with seating offered inside and out. Twenty 6 offers casual dining and cocktails, while Morgan’s in the Desert is the resort’s fine dining experience.”

OR HERE → “The Chateau at Lake La Quinta​ is a hidden gem. The 24-room boutique hotel features a gorgeous lakeside view, picturesque surroundings and well-appointed rooms. Dining beside the lake can also be enjoyed at their onsite restaurant, Mélange, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Loran says.

EXPLORE HERE → “If stepping out from your resort for a little shopping or a bite, visit Old Town La Quinta. ​Nestled at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Old Town is La Quinta’s gathering place and Main Street,” says Loran. “Here, you’ll discover more than 30 cafés, shops, boutiques, salons, and services in a setting treasured for its architectural charm and village atmosphere.”

TAKE TO THE LINKS HERE → La Quinta offers a range of outdoor activities, including exceptional golf courses. "Take to the fairways of one of the public courses, which include PGA WEST, the only Greg Norman-designed course in the Coachella Valley, the Arnold Palmer Classic Course at SilverRock Resort, and the Pete Dye-designed Dunes Golf Course at La Quinta Resort & Club.”

HIT THE HIKING TRAILS HERE → “La Quinta is renowned for its hiking trails, once named by as one of the “Can’t-Miss Hikes of the West,” Loran says. “Some fantastic trails include the 8.3 mile Bear Creek Canyon Trail, the 6.6-mile La Quinta Cove to Lake Cahuilla trail and the 12.8-mile Boo Hoff Trail, all featuring gorgeous views of the Santa Rosa Mountains.”