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Palm Springs Arrive Hotel Announces Free Poolside Movies

The fun and lively Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs will be hosting free monthly outdoor movie nights every last Friday of the month at dusk. The pool is heated and they have an outdoor bar that sells drinks and nibbles. Movie candy is free. Since there is alcohol, this is only for adults 21+.

The Arrive is welcomes the general public to come and enjoy the pool, so wear a suit if you want. Or if you would rather, just hang out in one of the poolside cabanas.

The next movie will be Groundhog Day on February 22. The movie starts at dusk, but show up early to grab a cabana or float in the pool.

You can make a night of it by grabbing a bite before the movie at Wexler’s Deli which is next to the pool area.

Here is full lineup of movies:

January 25 – Labyrith
February 22 – Groundhog Day
March 29 – Dirty Dancing
April 26 – Blazing Saddles
May 31 – Hairspray
June 28 – Cool Runnings
July 26 – Spaceballs
August 30 – The Goonies
September 27 – Clueless
October 25 – The Craft

ARRIVE HOTEL • 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs Picks Spencer’s As Its Favorite Restaurant

It’s hard to pick a favorite restaurant, but year after year, Spencer’s Restaurant makes the top five. This year, the locals-only Palm Springs Eats facebook group chose Spencer’s as their hands-down favorite. 

So, what is so great about it? For starters, the restaurant is located at the base of the San Jacinto mountain, in a romantic setting with a gorgeous tree-shaded patio and modern romantic interiors. 

The food is described as “American with French-Pacific Rim Influence” which is a fancy way to say you will find a good array of dishes with tastes for everyone.  The food and service are always impeccable, and while it’s a little more pricey than most, the quality is worth the price and it’s always a memorable experience.  We especially like sitting out on the patio when the weather is nice, which is most of the year.

If you want to try it out and spend less money, make a reservation for breakfast or brunch. Their prices are very reasonable at that time, with some items priced comparably to any diner in town. 

Regardless of when you go, definitely make a reservation. Spencer’s is very popular with locals and tourists alike and fills up every night. 

Spencer’s Restaurant • 701 West Baristo Road • Website

Tommy Bahama Opens New Casual “Marlin Bar” in Downtown Palm Springs

We’ve been to Tommy Bahama’s restaurants in Hawaii and Palm Desert. Now we have one in Palm Springs, but it’s a different concept than the full restaurant. The Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar is more of a fast casual concept that is perfect for lunch or a simple dinner.

What makes it different is that you order at the counter and grab a seat. Food and drinks are brought out to you. We ordered a Thai Shrimp Bowl, a Mahi Mahi Reuben, and a couple drinks, then sat out on the patio on Palm Canyon Drive. The food and drinks came out quickly, and we were really pleased with how delicious it all was. The bowls didn’t look all that big, but we were full and satisfied after having them.

Whether you sit inside or out, you get an open and airy feeling. The inside has high ceilings and more windows than walls. Out on the patio, there is a lot of seating that can accommodate groups of any size. There are umbrellas with built in misters and heaters, so they are ready for guests to sit outside any time of the year.

There isn’t really any other kind of patio like this downtown, and it’s a welcome addition. If you like the food and want to experience the full Tommy Bahama menu, you can take the 20 minute drive to Palm Desert.  For fast casual, the Marlin Bar is a hit.

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar • 111 N. Palm Canyon • 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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Palm Springs Restaurant Week runs June 1 – 17, 2018

Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a 17-day dining event taking place at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. The event showcases a wide variety of culinary experiences, and participating restaurants offer special menus at set prices with lunches available for $15, $20 or $25 and dinners for $29, $39 or $49.

Some restaurants offer items only available for Restaurant Week, while others offer regular menu items at a discounted three-course price. This is a great time to try some new places. We recommend Jake’s, Rio Azul, and Justin for the best deals. And if you are looking for something different, try the dinner and performance show “Sitcom” offered by PS Underground.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and menus, go to www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/dinegps/restaurant-week/