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Palm Springs | New(ish) Kids on the Block

A round-up of the latest places to make their mark on Palm Springs

Yes, these places have now been around for months, but as far as Palm Springs businesses go, they’re fairly new on the list and have had the time to work out the kinks over the summer – be it while open or on vacation. Check ’em out – tell us your verdict.

New Eats Palm Springs

images c/o instagram: @seymoursps + @grecoffeehouse

1) Seymour’s – A dark, intimate corner of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse, deserving of its own moniker. The only room to fully preserve a piece of the original Lyons English Grille– get a taste of the old school whilst basking in the seedy glow of a refined speak easy, minus the secret handshake for admittance. Liquor lovers, revel in the carefully curated list of libations selected by veterans of the industry.

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2) Gré Coffeehouse & Art Gallery – Brings me back to the days of university essays fuelled by caffeine and interrupted by welcomed distractions of chatty baristas and hopeful singer songwriters. With a DIY, urban aesthetic, Gré is a reprieve from the slick, modernist likes of Koffi and the corporate bean slingers (Starbucks, Coffee Bean, et al.) of the desert. Having an aversion to the flavour of coffee itself, I may not be the best judge of this place, but their iced hot chocolate sure sounds nice.

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3) Frankinbun – There’s nothing like a quality frank between a freshly baked bun. Fingers crossed these guys make it. The desert is in need of high quality, casual options, and Frankinbun brings it to the table. Not a meat eater myself, I was appreciative of the homemade veggie option that didn’t consist of a rubbery tofu aberration of a meat substitute. They also serve CoolHaus ice cream, bringing a little LA flavour to the scene.  PS. They serve beer. YUM.

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A Step Back In Time

Our friend is a sales rep, and travels between San Diego and Arizona quite frequently. Upon his last trip, he happened upon these vintage postcards at an antique store and kindly gave them to my husband and I. It’s interesting to see the familiarity of Palm Springs and Joshua Tree in something shared over eight decades ago. The magic of the desert still lives on.

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“The Joshua Tree, noted for its grotesque shape, grows to an average height of 20 to 30 feet, sometimes spreads to 20 feet. Many desert birds nest in its spiny branches and Indians use the small red surface roots for weaving baskets. “


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“Six miles south of Palm Springs is found Palm Canyon, along the bottom and the sides of which grow the native California Fan Palm, (Washingtonia Filiferia). The Palms extend up the Canyon seven or eight miles.”




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“Nature has been wonderful to California Palm Canyon – contains a most varied assortment of Palms and Desert Plants.”


Yucca Valley | Desert Christ Park

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I don’t think I’ve ever headed up to the high desert (Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, et al.) for anything other than enjoyment, which is a nice thing to say about a place you frequent so often. It has become a welcome escape from Palm Springs, and so I find myself heading up there for some reason or another at least once a month, if not more. Along the way to whatever destination it may be that day there are always pitstops – be it lunching, thrifting, or exploring one of the many roadside attractions. One such attraction I think a worthwhile detour be made to is Desert Christ Park.

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Desert Christ Park is a 3.5 acre sculpture garden in Yucca Valley consisting of over 35 larger than life biblical characters. The park was sculpted and created by Antone Martin, a former engineer and aircraft worker. Martin started sculpting the concrete figures during the height of the Cold War atomic bomb scare of the mid-1940s, hoping that the sculptures would inspire global peace. They became permanently part of the Yucca Valley hillside in 1951 starting with the 10 foot, 5-ton ‘resurrected Christ.’

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Hello Again

I was gone, but now I’m back…

As you may have noticed, Desert Wanderlust has been on a bit of a hiatus the first half of this year. Things got busy, life happened (again), excuses, and more excuses. Some of my excuses you may find interesting, and perhaps beneficial to your life, so this post may not be about an amazing Palm Springs adventure, desert oddity, or hot new eatery, but instead a bit of shameless self-promotion. I don’t intend to make a habit of it, BUT just thought I’d share a few of the reasons there have been a lack of desert adventures.

Things that have been occupying my time, and things that have been occupying my partner in crime’s time, resulting in a lack of overall free time include:

The launch of our small line of goods under the moniker Peaks and Valleys.

Peaks + Valleys

‘Inspired by the coveted “free” time we all work so hard to obtain, to explore what’s around us and what’s afar.

Founded by a couple who grew up in very different areas of the world, yet found themselves surrounded by peaks and in valleys that would nurture a love for nature and travel.’

The start of a new business venture for my husband, Windmill City Screen Printing.


Having owned and operated a local retail store for over ten years in the valley Glen noticed a lack of reliable and quality printers. To fill this void he started his own boutique studio servicing the needs of the Palm Springs area and beyond. Interested in having something printed? Email him for a quote!

Lastly, about 8 months ago I obtained my Real Estate licence.
Ashley Coy Real Estate ACRE Palm Springs

There’s a lot more to it than what they taught us in school! Luckily I’ve had some amazingly patient clients who’ve helped me learn a lot thus far. If you or anyone you know are interested, or just plain curious about residential real estate in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, feel free to contact me (Ashley Coy). No questions are bad questions!

It hasn’t all been work …we’ve managed to get in some play. However, in the few spurts of time we’ve managed to spare in the past 6 months we’ve packed our bags and boarded planes elsewhere. View our travels at!



Salton Sea | International Banana Museum

Within the perimeters of our desert are numerous oddities and gems that contribute to the overall experience, making the area a truly unique destination. The International Banana Museum just happens to be one of those things you’re not going to find anywhere else in the world, and may be worth the 15 minute stop if you find yourself passing by.

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Located in North Shore, just past Mecca and north east of the Salton Sea, the museum plays host to over 20,000 pieces of banana paraphernalia and has been awarded by Guinness World Records for having the largest collection devoted to any one fruit. Plush toys, sculptures, carvings, lotions, candles, toys, harmonicas, planters, cookie jars, statues, ash trays, pipes, dolls, squirt guns, matches, cards, blow ups, glasses, mugs, socks, shirts, hats, pencil sharpeners, earrings, necklaces, key chains, records, videos, books …you name it, they’ve got it. In addition they have an array of edible banana products including banana Twinkies (apparently the original Twinkie flavour), banana soda (which was a little strong in flavour for our liking), banana toffee, banana cake, and fresh-in-house made banana shakes!

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