Friday, January 16, 2015

La Quinta Resort - Hollywood Haven

While in Palm Springs I spent a few days outside of the 'city' at a newly renovated resort from the golden age of Hollywood, La Quinta.
Built in 1926 it was said to be as far from Hollywood as an actor in the studio system could travel while on call. And they did come; Garbo was a regular as was Gable.
Frank Capra spent many summers at the resort with his wife, writing scripts for many of his award winning movies including It happened one night (one of my favorites), Mr. Smith goes to Washington, and It's a Wonderful Life (which I can't stand).
While the Hollywood history is interesting, one comes for the weather and mountain views.
The rooms are all individual casitas interwoven through beautiful gardens and interesting public spaces.
41 swimming pools and 53 hot tubs make sure that everyone gets their own personal space with mountain views and plenty of sunshine.
I loved this pergola with climbing roses right outside of my casita. I'll have to go back to see it in full bloom!
Even though roses weren't in season, there were still plenty of fragrant hangers on to admire.
Beautiful architecture, luxurious gardens, swimming pools, and Palm Springs weather; the La Quinta Resort is wintertime heaven on earth to this weary Washingtonian!


The Swan said...

Love La Quinta...the Casitas, though newer than the 1926 cottages...are really homes...fully furnished down to pots and pans. We love staying there with our little puppy boy who enjoys all the walks and gardens as much. The history that flows still to this day is amazing, did you go to Sunnylands? Even if you cannot book tickets for the Main House, see the Visitor Center...AMAZING GARDENS AND BUILDING..interior by Michael Smith with new William Haines pieces...but is the gardens as viewed they the Pavilion...painterly in Vision!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Swan, I'm home now but I missed Sunnylands. I figured I'd save it for my next visit when I can see inside the house as well. It is booked MONTHS in advance!!!
My casita WAS home -so comfortable!

Stephilius said...

Looks heavenly! Even though I'm native to the Northwest, I spent most of my life in California. And twenty years away from it now, I - so - miss the "Spanish" architecture, the dry heat, the sunny skies.... [sigh]

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Stephilius -so lucky!!! So nice in the winter

Karena Albert said...

Hi Stefan this sounds like such a haven, 41 swimming pools, and I love the pergola with climbing roses!

Enjoy the long weekend!
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Mark Ruffner said...

It's so good to see a place like this renovated rather than "modernized!" It looks quite utopian.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Looks like truly heaven on earth. Palm Springs in is our plans for 2015 and I sure would love to stay at La Quinta.