La Quinta Resort & Club, a member of Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, offers a dazzling menu of tasty ways for guests to get frostbitten in the most pleasant way possible.
Nestled in Southern California's Coachella Valley against a breathtaking mountainous backdrop near Palm Springs, La Quinta is the perfect oasis where guests can cool down and refresh with fruity frozen cocktails, frosty pints of craft beer and chilled glasses of wine.
With more than a half dozen restaurants and bars to choose from on site, La Quinta guests might have trouble deciding where to go and what to order first. Determining your beverage of preference is a good place to start.
Stocked with only the freshest seasonal ingredients, Morgan's in the desert pulls out all the stops when it comes to shaking up spectacular cocktails to complement, precede or follow innovative plates of farm-to-table fare. Tried-and-true classics like the Dark ’n Stormy, the Old-Fashioned and the French 75 comfortably share menu space here with drinkable treats like Key Lime Pies and Thin Mints that can easily stand in for dessert. Also noteworthy, the thoughtfully vetted West Coast-heavy wine list has earned the restaurant a prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
The casual bar that adjoins TWENTY6 American bistro is the place to find brunch or midday refreshment in the form of Bloody Marys, Bellinis, sparkling wines and handcrafted concoctions like the Bourbon Caprese made with strawberries, basil and balsamic; or perhaps a Melted Mango laced with Seagram’s sweet tea vodka, lemonade and a dash of Tapatio hot sauce. The La Quinta Signature Orange Blossom — this is California, after all — wows with a tangy-sweet blend of Hangar 1 citrus vodka, orange liqueur and freshly squeezed juice.
If your tastes lean toward tequila, cut a path to Adobe Grill, where traditional and modern margaritas are a must-order, all available by the glass or the pitcher. Experienced bartenders help guests zero in on one of the more than 100 tequilas in stock, if the selection gets to be too overwhelming.
Sporty types have several options for post-activity refreshment — casual American fare, cold pints of artisanal craft beer and creative cocktails like watermelon and coconut mojitos at Centre Court Café; the Adult Root Beer Float, which packs a punch alongside post-links club grub at the MD Grill within the Mountain & Dunes Clubhouse; or Ernie's midday gastropub fare washed down with a Bloody Maria laced with fresh jalapeno, or perhaps a Hair of the Tiger garnished with hickory-smoked bacon.
Keeping the golf vibe going, Wallaby's West at the PGA West's Greg Norman Clubhouse puts a Down Under spin on food and drinks with patio dining capped off with signature Bloody Marys, Greyhounds and Tequila Sunrises.
If that's not enough to make you thirsty, keep in mind: Poolside service makes it possible to order up and enjoy your favorite sippers and snacks without ever having to leave your lounge chair.
For more information about stays at La Quinta Resort & Club, visit laquintaresort.com.
— Amy Lynch for La Quinta Resort &Club