Colin's Palm Springs Getaway Vacation Rental Condo

Palm Springs Is Very International In Summer: All Are Welcome!

We get lots of friendly Canadians that come for extended stays during winter and spring, but summer is when the town plays host to many Europeans and guests from farther out.

The summertime guests that stay at my Colin’s Palm Springs Getaway condo often have extended vacations (by U.S. standards) of up to six weeks. Many have included Palm Springs as a stop on a tour of the western United States that also included Las Vegas, the Utah national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches), the Grand Canyon, and Los Angeles. Some even make it Sedona and Yosemite.

Arches Park, Utah

While staying in Palm Springs, they have quick access to Joshua Tree National Park, hiking via the tram at the top of Mount San Jacinto, and a day at Disneyland! Many will also take a day trip to San Diego, which is about two hours away. 

Joshua Tree Park

The rates in summer are a bargain since it is our low season. A group of four people can stay for about $20 per person per day. That leaves a lot of money for having a nice meal or buying a souvenir. 

Here’s a partial list of where my guests have come from to experience Palm Springs: Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, France, Mexico, Australia, Romania, Switzerland, South Korea. I can’t wait to see where else!

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Palm Springs Has a New Ice Cream Shop You Must Try

Summer is here, and on hot days we love our ice cream. Oh, who are we kidding… we enjoy ice cream any time of year. And now we have a great new ice cream shop called Kreem to indulge our cravings, with a rotating selection of flavors that is going to keep us coming back regularly.

We enjoy interesting flavor combinations, so we were intrigued by Lavender Coffee and Turmeric Ginger. The employees at the shop were very friendly and happy to let us try some samples. It was a hard choice, but we opted for some Coffee Granita + Vanilla Bean ice cream, and a cup of Lemon Meringue Pie and Ube ice cream. I can hear you ask, “What is Ube?”. I had the same question, and it turns out it is a purple yam that they mix with some toasted marshmallows and coconut milk to make a creamy delicious ice cream that is also vegan. We’re not vegans, but we would order the vegan selections any day. They are rich and really delicious.

Small batch ice cream costs a little more, but ice cream lovers will find it is well worth it. The shop also sells coffee a nice selection of coffee drinks.

 

Kreem Ice Cream + Coffee • 170 E Palm Canyon Drive • Website

 

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We had the Best French Breakfast in Palm Springs

While visiting Palm Springs, why not take a side trip to Paris?

That’s what we did this morning as we chose to go down to the historic La Plaza center in downtown Palm Springs and visit L’Atelier Cafe. This cute and casual cafe serves up some authentic and delicious crepes, quiches, croques, and desserts. I usually get the Croque Madame since it is so tasty. But today I went off the specials menu and had the Waffle Henri, a sweet crispy waffle topped with béchamel sauce, ham, brie, and an egg. It was so delicious with all the sweet and savory flavors. Amazing!

The couple that run the place, Charlotte and Raphael, are very nice and have an obvious love for Palm Springs and for preparing simple delicious food. It’s the perfect place for a casual breakfast or lunch, or for relaxing with a cup of coffee and a pastry.

Recommendation: Try to get there a little early since by 10am there is likely to be a line.

L’Atelier Cafe • 129 La Plaza * Website

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Hiking Safely in Palm Springs During Summer

Hiking in Palm Springs

Palm Springs offers some of the most amazing hiking, and most of it is just minutes from the center of town. Whether you choose to just park roadside and take in the Lykken or Rimrock trails, or pay to visit the oases at Tahquitz Canyon or Indian Canyon, it’s important to be prepared as the temperatures get over 100 degrees. Travelers around the world love our “dry heat” but they also sometimes find themselves in trouble. Many have had to be airlifted to safety (or worse) after getting lost or running out of water. When the temperatures are over 100 degrees, consider shorter hikes and make sure to:

  • Go out early, and be aware that heat stroke and dehydration can happen even at less then 100 degrees.
  • Drink water an hour before hiking and bring lots of water with you. Take sips often and stay hydrated. Thirst is a sign of dehydration. Gatorade and other sports drinks are good as well.
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and good hiking boots or shoes. Apply sunscreen on any skin that isn’t covered. Wear a wide brimmed hat.
  • Always stay on the trail. Hikers that get into serious trouble are almost always off-trail.
  • Bring energizing snacks like trail mix or energy bars.
  • Carry a well-charged cell phone with you.
  •  Hike with a buddy, and let someone know where you will be hiking and what time you expect to return.

Finally, if you are an inexperienced hiker, or hiking with the family, the best bet is to take the Aerial Tramway up the mountain where it is much cooler at 8500 ft elevation. Safety rules apply there as well, but you are much less likely to run into trouble.

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.