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The Best Bakeries in Palm Springs

Here is a quartet of small locally owned bakeries that carry an excellent assortment of delicious baked goods, from breads and bagels, to cupcakes and fine French pastries:

Townie Bagels   650 E Sunny Dunes Road   website

Pastry Chef Andy Wysocki had a dream of turning his passion for baking into a business. He started by delivering bagels out of his home, and then at local farmers markets. In 2016, he and his partner Bill opened a store-front bakery/cafe selling bagels and other baked goods, as well as sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. It was an instant hit, and is big favorite of locals and tourists. They carry the usual assortment of bagels and cream cheese along with some surprises. If you want to try something sweet, how about a french toast bagel and maple syrup cream cheese. Or for a filling savory breakfast sandwich, try your favorite bagel with sausage, egg, and cheese. They also brew up beverages using Joshua Tree Coffee, another local favorite. If you want to take something home, try the chocolate or cinnamon babka, or choose from a number of specialty breads.

Peninsula Pastries   611 S Palm Canyon Drive (in the Sun Center)   website

The owner of Peninsula came here from France to share her amazing pastries with us. The flour she uses is also from France, which gives them that extra something. The offerings are beautiful and go quickly, so try to go in early in the day. The croissants and baguettes can’t be beat, and the assortment of desserts are fantastic. For a special treat, try the Kouign-Amann pastry, with is like a sweet sticky buttery croissant – like a French version of baklava. It’s a bit of heaven.

Carousel Bakery   440 El Cielo Road   website

This family owned bakery makes the best Tres Leches Cake! I could stop there, but the cakes and pastries are all so gorgeous and delicious. There is a case of traditional Mexican pastries, including a cream filled empanada that is fantastic. They also serve sandwiches and coffee, so it’s a great place to stop by for a bite and a sit-down, or to pick up some treats to take home. The owners are especially friendly and welcoming, so Carousel is always a happy place to stop in.

Over The Rainbow Desserts   1775 E Palm Canyon Dr #150   website

Over The Rainbow is the home base of chef Roman Blas, who made his name making cupcakes and has since become the man to go to for event cakes all kinds of treats. Roman has appeared on numerous shows on the Food Network with his creations. But back to the cupcakes. They are definitely the best in town, and you can get them in an assortment of flavors from predictable to surprising. The salted caramel peanut cupcake is my favorite, and if you are feeling adventurous there is a chocolate dipped potato chip cupcake, or a maple bacon, or green apple with brie. You will want to go back multiple times to try the different flavors.

The Best Small Coffee Houses in Palm Springs

We have a great variety of coffee houses in Palm Springs, each with its own personality. Some will want to check out the gorgeous new Starbucks Reserva downtown, but for something a little more unique, try one of these local favorites:

 

Koffi     3 locations in Palm Springs, but the best for sitting outside is Koffi North, 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive  website

Koffi has become a local hangout because of they roast their own coffee and serve a great selection of baked goods and breakfast sandwiches. The courtyard out back has plenty of relaxed seating in a garden setting with beautiful views of the mountain. The courtyard is also dog-friendly and a great place for people watching

 

Gré Coffeehouse & Art Gallery     278-C Palm Canyon Drive (across the street from the Hyatt – Hidden in the Henry Frank Arcade)   website

Definitely the coolest and most artistic of the local coffee houses, Gré features the usual coffee choices as well as their frozen hot chocolate, and unique breakfast options like a toast and bagels with tons of topping choices. They also have some fun choices like breakfast cereals that will take you back to Saturday mornings as a kid. In the evenings, they host open mic poetry and music, bands, and game nights. While you are there, you can check out the latest art photography while listening to music you choose from their extensive vinyl collection. 

 

Ernest Coffee    245 S Palm Canyon Drive     website

Ernest Coffee is located in the Uptown Design District in the location that was formerly Don the Beachcomber’s. Catering to a more trendy crowd, they serve Stumptown coffee and an assortment baked goods and small plates. They also have beer and wine, and if you are ready to get the party started, there is a small tiki bar tucked in the back.

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Artist David Cerny’s “Crawling Babies” are coming to downtown Palm Springs

This is sure to get people talking. Artist David Cerny’s “Crawling Babies” are coming to downtown Palm Springs for a temporary exhibit. The artist is known for controversial sculptures, and these should definitely get some attention.

The exhibit is part of the ongoing downtown renovation and drive to get more public art throughout the city.

The Crawling Babies were previously part of an installation on the Zizkov TV Tower in the Czech Republic. They were so well received there that they tried to make them a permanent installation.

What do you think?

 

(Photos courtesy of Palm Springs Public Art)

Book Direct and Save Some Green!

February 7th is “Book Direct” Day, highlighting the benefits of booking direct with vacation rental owners and skipping the high fees that are being charged by listing sites like VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb.

Those sites now add almost 10% to the total cost of your stay at Colin’s Palm Springs Getaway just for booking through them. You don’t get anything more – you just pay more. And those sites also block much of the communication between you and the home owner prior to booking.

So, book direct when possible, and use sites like VacationSoup.com that make it easy to find your perfect vacation rental without the extra expense.

Have You Ever Had A Sound Bath Inside A UFO?

It’s not exactly a UFO, but the Integratron, located in the high desert outside of Palm Springs was built by UFO-logist George van Tassel based on instructions he got from some visitors from Venus.

Perhaps a silly conception, but the building itself is very cool and available for you to go inside and enjoy a “sound bath” meditation where you lay on a mat and get serenaded by the ethereal sound of crystal bowls.

If you like things a little offbeat, this is something for you. The website for Colin’s Palm Springs Getaway has been updated with many activities, from mainstream to madcap. Something for everyone!