Let’s Get Fresh! Local Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s markets in communities all across the fruited plain are one of the best developments that we’ve seen over the last decade or so. Being able to buy produce at their peak freshness has been a real boon to home chefs – and to our nutrition.

Most areas have growing seasons that are fairly short, so farmer’s markets come and go pretty quickly. Due to its climate, California is better off than many states and in California, no place is better than the Coachella Valley. In fact, we have excellent farmer’s markets every month of the year.Farmers Market

We’re right next door to the Imperial Valley which is a major agricultural area that’s able to get two full growing seasons in each year! If you live further north, those beautiful domestically grown vegetables you get during the colder months are probably from the Imperial Valley.

Three valley farmer’s markets
La Quinta, Palm Desert and Palm Springs each has its own certified organic farmer’s market. You can shop these markets for everything from standard produce to dates, herbs, nuts, cheeses and much more. Generally the farmers are in Palm Springs on Saturdays, La Quinta on Sundays and Palm Desert on Wednesdays, which makes shopping convenient, even when an unexpected need arises.

After spending an afternoon out on one of our golf courses what could be better than enjoying a home-cooked meal in the evening that features fresh, organic and locally grown produce? The only thing that might improve this picture is being able to enjoy the meal out on your back patio or deck – and that’s something you can do here almost all year long.

A bounty of golf courses
And as proud as I am of our bounty of farmer’s markets, the golf course options – and golf course living options – you have in La Quinta, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and the general Palm Springs area are far greater. Also, It’s interesting to note that the same thing that makes this area suitable for enjoying fresh produce virtually year round, is the same thing that makes it perfect for playing golf all year – the climate.

PGA West Golf Course
PGA West

Here in La Quinta, they’ve been holding the farmer’s market in Old Town La Quinta and that’s just minutes away from several great courses, including the Tradition, Rancho La Quinta and PGA West. It’s not difficult to imagine playing a round of golf, stopping by the farmer’s market on the way home and enjoying a great dinner with your family and friends.

Explore properties online
If you want to get a mental picture of what it would be like to enjoy an evening of outdoor dining and entertaining, explore some the golf course community links above and take a short online tour of a few homes in our area. Then to get the larger perspective of courses and communities, download our free guide to Palm Springs area golf clubs. It has all the courses plotted out on a detailed map and also includes a wealth of pricing information, both for real estate and country club memberships.

After that, the only thing left to do is give us a call so we can fill you in on more details about La Quinta real estate, Indian wells real estate and Palm Springs real estate. We can answer all your questions and get some showings set up for you.

One final question: How should I end this article: bon appétit or fore?

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Old Town La Quinta: A Unique Desert Oasis

Southern California is famous for a lot of things, but something that is in short supply here is the unique and cute downtown area, especially in smaller communities. I’m not sure, but I think maybe the concept of the “strip mall” was invented in California.

Old Town La Quinta
Old Town La Quinta

This is one attribute that makes La Quinta stand out from many of the neighboring communities. Visitors are always impressed by Old Town La Quinta and local residents are grateful to have such a diverse group of shops, restaurants and services all centered in one picturesque setting.

Fittingly, Main Street runs through the heart of Old Town La Quinta. Brick sidewalks, palm trees, the Spanish architecture and bougainvillea create an “Old California” feel. And with the mountains framing the entire scene, it’s really a drop-dead gorgeous setting.

Great shopping, fine dining
But it’s probably the boutiques, restaurants, salons and spas that are really the draw. It seems more difficult than ever to find one-of-a-kind items when you’re out shopping today. That’s not the case in Old Town La Quinta. You’ll discover things here that you’ll never see in the big mall stores.

In a similar way, the restaurants all do something a little different. There are none of those homogenized national brands where you get the same menu if you’re in Tampa or Toledo.

Proximity to golf
If you’re a golfer, whether you’re playing the Tradition, Rancho La Quinta, PGA West or virtually any of the others in the area, you’re only about five to 10 minutes from Old Town La Quinta.

PGA West Golf Course
PGA West

The La Quinta Resort has three of its own courses, the Mountain and Dunes which are public, and the Citrus which is private. Home shoppers have 10 gated residential communities to explore and compare there as well as several communities and courses that basically surround the La Quinta Resort.

If you’re like many of the folks who settle in our area, you’re looking for a lifestyle that doesn’t put you behind the wheel of your car for hours each day. That’s why having your home, your recreation and a prime commercial district such as Old Town La Quinta all nestled in with each other makes such a positive impact on the lifestyle here.

With not having to drive miles between home, golf and shopping, people suddenly find that there are more hours in the day to do the things they want to do.

You can’t put a price tag on that. However, we have put a price tag on our area golf guide: it’s free. Hit the button below and download it today so you can have your own copy.

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A Mixed-Use Development for La Quinta?

Desert living, and the communities here, have always been a fascinating microcosm of the United States. Over the years, people have come here from everywhere—from as close by as the glitzy Hollywood hills to as far away as the snowy Northeast and beyond.

Old Town La Quinta
Old Town La Quinta

A development recently proposed for Old Town La Quinta might bring another dimension to life in this area—a mixed-use “live and work” project (click here for more information).

Many US urban centers have been revitalized in recent years by an influx of affluent home buyers who want to live in the city core for the sake of convenience and being “close to the action.” This has led to developments with retail on the ground floor and condos up above. It has been successful in a number of cities.

Bringing new retail
It will be interesting to see how this project proceeds. It would certainly be a good addition to all the other great options home buyers have in La Quinta and the surrounding communities. Further, we think everyone would enjoy the kind of retail stores and restaurants that typically come with these kinds of projects.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells Tennis Garden

People have been doing interesting projects in our area for generations and one name that has been prominent is Indian Wells. The Indian Wells Country Club has been host to avid golfers since 1956. Everyone from retirees working to lower their handicaps, to celebrities, to the world’s greatest professionals have played the club’s two courses.

Homebuyers who want to locate near these renowned 36 holes have a lot of options today. And if tennis is your game, you probably recognize Indian Wells as the home of the BNP Paribas Open, often called the “Grand Slam of the West.”

Golf courses in Indian Wells
If you take a look at our free Palm Springs area Golf Resource Guide, you’ll find Indian Wells Country Club just a short distance from the La Quinta Resort. You’ll see that the area is very well situated for shopping and restaurants as well. You’ll also notice that the number of courses in this corner of the desert is truly impressive. Avid golfers don’t need to drive far when they want to test their skills away from their “home course.”

Toscana Country Club
Toscana Country Club

Folks looking for property in the area will discover a wide range of homes in communities such as The Reserve, Toscana Country Club, El Dorado Country Club, Vintage Country Club, Monte Sereno Estates and the Indian Wells Country Club itself, among others. With everything from condos to 8,000-plus square foot homes available, there is really something for everyone in and around Indian Wells.

A great place to start your adventure is with the search feature on our website and be sure to have our Golf Resource Guide handy as well so you can get an overview as you explore properties and communities.

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Five Must-Visit Restaurants in South La Quinta

After a great round of golf in La Quinta, you can relax and enjoy cocktails or fine dining at one of many establishments in the beautiful desert area. While you’re here, you should take advantage of being able to eat at one of these five must-visit restaurants in South La Quinta. Each one offers you a unique experience, excellent cuisine, and relaxation.

Lavender Bistro La Quinta
Lavender Bistro

1. Lavender Bistro

You can enjoy cocktails and a light meal or an elegant, romantic dinner at the Lavender Bistro. The outdoor patio is surrounded by trees and beautiful desert flowers for the ultimate in relaxing dining. The Lavender Bistro is located at 78-073 Calle Barcelona, and conveniently close to shopping and all the activities of Old Town La Quinta.

2. Solano’s Bistro

Solano’s Bistro is right in Old Town La Quinta, located at 78075 Main Street. The Bistro is owned and operated by Executive Chef Francisco Solano. You can enjoy superior Contemporary American cuisine inside or on the outdoor patio.

Arnold Palmer's Restaurant La Quinta
Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant

3. Morgan’s

Morgan’s is located at the La Quinta Resort, and Chef Jimmy Schmidt will ensure you are treated to the finest in traditional cooking. A specialty of Morgan’s is his use of locally grown ingredients. And Wednesday through Sunday evenings, you can enjoy live piano music with your meal. The La Quinta Resort is located at 49-299 Eisenhower Drive.

4. Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant

Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant offers country club style fine dining. Three menus are available, so you can select from appetizers menu, the full dinner menu, or pub menus. If you did not get enough golf in for the day, you can take advantage of the outdoor putting green, too. Count on being treated like a king at 78164 Avenue 52 in La Quinta.

Stuft Pizza La Quinta
Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill

5. Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill

While the Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill does offer some of the valley’s finest pizza baked in the best rated ovens, you can also savor their pasta entrees, burgers, and more. Appetizers, soups, and salads also make excellent choices. Dining is available indoors or on the shaded outdoor patio. Check out Stuft Pizza at 78015 Main Street.

If you are looking for property in the La Quinta area, we have you covered. Contact us  for more information about the many home and condominium choices that are available. We also offer a downloadable Golf Resource Guide to help you find the best golfing opportunities in the greater Palm Springs area.



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Old Town La Quinta Had Some Special Visitors

Old Town, La Quinta (which is actually new) is a great destination to visit while in the La Quinta area. It is composed of several streets of small and unique shops as well as gourmet restaurants and offices all built using Spanish architecture. Old Town is yet another example of how La Quinta is trying to be relavant.  The Village of La Quinta, located between Washington Street and Eisenhower and Calle Tampico and Avenue 52, has several restaurants, with everything from casual dining to gourmet, Mexican to French to American to Seafood, Banks, a Hardware, Old Town Celler & Wine Bar, a village park with playing fields, a Post Office, Police Station and a lot of nice people – a little bit of everything you might need.

On April 24, 2010, some special visitors, who were in town for the annual “Stage Coach” country music festival held at the Empire Polo Grounds that weekend decide to pay Old Town a visit.

New Restaurant in Old Town

According to the Desert Sun, mydesert.com , Jan. 8, 2009, the owner, Josh Devane is not new to the restaurant business.  Mr. Devane, who is the son of the actor William Devane, has been in the restaurant business for 20 years and currently also owns the successful Devane’s Italian Restaurant in Rancho Mirage.  The La Quinta Restaurant is going to be a bit different than the one in Rancho Mirage, in that the Italian cuisine is going to be expanded to include Western American food.  A few of the menu choices will be items such as filet mignon quesadilla, wedge salad, oysters on the half shell and New York strip steak.  The interior of Devane’s in La Quinta has been renovated to give a lush, comfortable and inviting feeling, and it will feature a full bar, extended bar menu and happy hour.  I can’t wait to try it!  It sounds perfect for La Quinta!

In addition to Devane’s, Josh Devane is also planning on opening another restaurant in Old Town. VIVA! Cantina & Grill is scheduled to open in March 2009.  VIVA! will feature contemporary Mexican cuisine, and Mr. Devane is just as confident about this restaurant being a total success as he is about Devane’s.

This is all very exciting news for La Quinta, and definitely issues the statement that regardless of the slow economy, La Quinta is a happening spot where people want to be to enjoy life!  The growth doesn’t seem to be slowing!