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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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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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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.

Palm Springs Downtown Renewal Continues

Downtown Palm Springs, once the site of the long-defunct Fashion Plaza, is now coming to life with a new hotel, and several new shops.

The six story Rowan hotel is welcoming the public to it’s rooftop deck every day after 5pm to take in the views. They are quite stunning. You can also have dinner at the 4 Saints restaurant or enjoy a cocktail poolside.

Also open is the new Starbucks Reserva, a larger version of the coffee shop giant’s location featuring gourmet coffee blends and preparations alongside the usual offerings.