Ristorante Mamma Gina transports the tastes of northern Italy, where its parent restaurant stands in Florence, to the stomachs of eager diners. During dinner, the zuppa papa al pomodoro swathes palates in the warmth of herbal tomato flavors ($8.25), and the lemon-vinaigrette-marinated, thin-sliced artichokes of the carciofi empolese gently rouse taste buds to attention ($11.90). Over the crisply baked eggplant of the melanzane al forno, families can bask in conversation or arm-wrestle their grandparents ($23.90). Meanwhile, lunch-goers enjoy a menu of treats such as the grilled panino filetto, a combination of filet mignon and avocado slathered in light mustard dressing ($13.90).
Mingling Mexican, Greek, and American recipes, Goody's Cafe's skilled chefs grill hearty entrees of steak, grilled seafood, and zesty fajitas to sate awaiting appetites. An array of breads bundles deli-style sandwiches and hefty charbroiled burgers, and breakfasts of sweet waffles and savory omelets deck plates at all hours of the day. Convenient counter service allows for effortless dish delivery, letting diners savor old-fashioned dinners without the hassle of rubbing two frozen meals together.
Located a few minutes from the hotel, Old Town La Quinta is a cluster of boutiques, restaurants, and cafés in Spanish-style buildings. An organic farmers' market is held here on Sunday mornings. Just outside of town, Joshua Tree National Park spreads across some 790,000 acres of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. A haven for rock climbers, the park features thousands of named climbing routes, and several hiking trails wind throughout the area. Be advised that most of the park’s roads are unpaved and require vehicles with high ground clearance and four-wheel drive. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Housing three restaurants under one roof, The Flame invites guests to enjoy traditionally prepared Brazilian and Japanese dishes along with American bar-and-grill fare. With this Groupon, valid for either Brazilian barbecue or Japanese hibachi, guests can summon meat carvers toting rotisserie-roasted goods, such as slow-roasted pork loin or picanha-style top sirloin, to tables to shave fresh slivers onto naked plates for Brazilian churrascaria ($29.95). This all-you-can-eat feast comes with access to a hot, cold, and antipasto bar, so you can stock up on sides to complement meaty selections in a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Diners can also step into the hibachi grill to enjoy a multicourse Japanese meal with appetizers, soup, salad, vegetables, and the meats of your choice, such as baby lobster and filet mignon ($44) or salmon and teriyaki chicken ($26), prepared before your eyes.