The Shirey Group
History of La Quinta
The History

La Quinta's history is legendary.  At the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains is the La Quinta Resort and Club, originally built as a neighborhood of adobe bungalows on acres of fruit trees .   La Quinta is home of the famed PGA West courses, including one of  the host courses of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic charity golf tournament, which was designed by Pete & Alice Dye.  La Quinta was expanded  in 1989.

An infamous  "hangout" for Hollywood celebrities from the beginning, La Quinta is know as the site in which film director and guest Frank Capra wrote the screenplay for Lost Horizon .  Regulars to the area included Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Katherine Hepburn, and Shirley Temple. 

 La Quinta Resort and Spa continue to be  managed as a member of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection.

The historic  Salton Sea, the Cahuilla Indian Tribe, the La Quinta Hotel, celebrities, the Desert Club, PGA West…are all part of La Quinta’s rich history. We invite you explore La Quinta and discover why it is  such a special place that continues to bring guests back every year and intrigue homeowners to choose this as their home forever.


Home to the nationally acclaimed Arnold Palmer Classic Course at SilverRock Resort, La Quinta is a perfect combination of  history, beauty, and opportunity.  La Quinta’s history is rich and its story a tale of success.   The Robb Report has named La Quinta as the “Best Place to Live for Golf,”  home to over 20 exceptional golf courses, including the famous PGA West.  The historic La Quinta Resort & Club is the largest resort in the Coachella Valley.


  The city embraces art and culture, offering the La Quinta Arts Festival, live theater by the La Quinta Playhouse, and a variety of beautiful public art pieces & museums.  Indulge yourself in the many choices of casinos such as Agua Caliente Casino, Spotlight 29 Casino, Fantasy Springs Casino, & Augustine Casino.
Get in touch with nature at the Oasis Garden & The Living Desert Zoo.  Keep the kids entertained at  Knott's Soak City Waterpark or take jeep tours through the ancient Cahuilla Indian trails.


Nestled along Main Street in the village of La Quinta, Old Town La Quinta offers a mosaic of unique shops, restaurants and art galleries in an early California setting. Old Town La Quinta will indulge all of your senses.

You’ll feel part of the community at Old Town due to its ability to offer a special experience – it’s the only shopping and dining destination where you can truly slip away and spend the day. La Quinta’s historic village area is like the cozy shopping districts of Europe – where folks take bicycles from home to work, and where shopkeepers and locals gather on Main Street for a morning coffee or an evening beer.

Make your next vacation spot the beautiful town of La Quinta and find out for yourself why it is known as the "Gem of the Desert."

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