La Quinta is a resort city in Riverside County, California specifically in the Coachella Valley between Indian Wells and Indio. The population was at 37,467 at the 2010 census, up from 23,694 at the 2000 census. The Robb Report credits La Quinta as the nation’s leading golf destination.
The words “la quinta’ are Spanish, translating to “the fifth”. More specifically, the word “quinta” is know in Mexico as a type of hacienda.
In 1927, Walter Morgan established the La Quinta Resort at the northern section of Marshall Cove as a type of secluded hideaway for nearby Hollywood’s celebrities and socialites. The resort was the site for the Coachella Valley’s first golf course, coinciding with the construction and pavement of State Route 111 in the 1930s.
Three restaurants in La Quinta are owned by notable residents including professional golfer Arnold Palmer, The Arnold Palmer Restaurant, one co-owned by actor Clint Eastwood, The Hog’s Breath Inn and Devane’s Old Town, owned and operated by actor William Devane.