All Quiet at La Quinta
While the OC may have the beach, the IE has the mountains and deserts, which basically means the best winter vacation spots. Vacation areas like Big Bear, Arrowhead and Palm Springs are a given, but if you’re not much of a snow play and winter sports type and you’re tired of downtown Palm Springs, head to the desert to La Quinta Resort & Club. Famous for the golfing—La Quinta is the golf resort for the PGA West—this resort also offers great tennis facilities equipped with 20 courts, five of those being clay. Spanning about 45 acres, the Spanish-themed resort isn’t just about the country club experience; it is also a nice quiet place to get away to. Between its casitas, suites and villas, there’s a room for any type of group from company gatherings, golfers, families, couples and singles looking for relaxation. Aside from golfing and tennis, the resort offers a myriad of other activities. The manicured lawns and gardens that light up after dark offer great night and day walks and with pools and hot tubs close to almost every room, there’s always something to do. The resort also has a spa, shops and great dining on its grounds. If you’re looking for a dressy spot to eat, Morgan’s in the Desert offers fine dining at its best. The friendly service is always on hand to assist you from your initial seating to refilling your drinks and steering you towards the restroom. And using fresh ingredients, Morgan’s dishes put the fine in fine dining at this resort. Whether you’re into golf and tennis or just looking for nice getaway not too far from home, La Quinta Resort and Club might just be what you need. (Lynn Lieu)
La Quinta Resort & Club, 49499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, (760) 564-4111; www.laquintaresort.com.
Now Entering Bare Country
The bulge over your waistline hasn’t had time to shrink, your cellulite is showing and you are in total danger of exclusion from Mr. Blackwell’s best dressed list. No problem! Beat the winter blues and dare to go Full Monty at the Terra Cotta Inn, where the sun shines 354 days of the year and 24/7 on your derriere. Relax where nobody will judge your pear-shaped curves (or lack of), sagging boobs, or the happy trail that stretches from here to eternity. Besides, studies have shown that a return to au naturale can spice up the marital bed. Of course it would be wise to bring decent set of Ts, shorts and flip flops, especially if you plan to kick about town where birthday attire isn’t exactly kosher. However, as far as fashion statement is concerned at the inn itself—clothing is optional. (Nancy Powell)
Terra Cotta Inn, 2388 E. Racquet Club Rd., Palm Springs, (800) 786-6938; www.sunnyfun.com.