Paula’s Post #2
Recently, I scheduled a business meeting for one of my very favourite spots here in the California Desert: The Old Town Coffee Company.
I love the coffee, I love the food, I love the cheery people who work behind the counter. I love the friendly small town vibe of Old Town La Quinta.
Just one little problem: somehow, I momentarily forgot that it is now officially ‘spring break’. Imagine my surprise when I arrived to find the line snaking out the door.
Still, the unexpected wait made me realize how much The Old Town Coffee Company is a tiny microcosm of the community as a whole, reflecting all the diverse groups that make our desert community such a dynamic and exciting place to live.
On any given morning you’ll find the usual and expected golfers and tennis players… the snowbirds and retirees who flock here to enjoy the areas legendary winter climate. But snowbirds aren’t the only ones attracted to La Quinta. In addition to the towns almost 40,000 permanent residents, the area in and around La Quinta increasingly appeals to:
From January to the end of March, you’ll find polo players and show riders, both looking ever so Ralph Lauren shabby chic in their boots and breeks. If you’d like to pack a picnic and tailgate, you can do so in style at both The Empire and Eldorado Polo Clubs in the neighbouring community of Indio.
March is tennis time in the desert, and the BNP Paribas Open, located in the neighbouring community of Indian Wells, set attendance records this year after the opening of a state of the art second stadium. I was one of the lucky fans on hand on Sunday March 16th when Roger Federer battled eventual champion Novak Djokovic for the men’s title.
The roads in the desert are flat, flat, flat, making the area a magnet for those seeking pleasant road-biking conditions. This year, my neighbors’ son chose our town as a base to train for the World Triathlon Championships. You don’t have to be a triathlete to enjoy desert cycling, however. Just check out the Old Town Coffee Company any weekend morning and you’ll find bevies of senior cyclists in spandex, greyhound svelte in their colourful livery, lounging about the patio, lingering over one last latte before embarking on their return trek to somewhere.
So, I started this post by mentioning that today we had whole families with their kids in tow. The woman in front of me, who appeared to be the mother of five young boys, rattled off a breakfast order that must have topped out at three figures. But her kids looked happy when the bagels started rolling out. And why wouldn’t they be? Proximity to Southern California’s theme parks, bike riding, tennis camp, abundant sunshine, and swimming pools with floatie toys make the California desert a fabulous spring break destination.
Maybe it is time you visited MY La Quinta?