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Cool Treats for Warm Desert Days

Written by Jeff Shotwell
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While enjoying your Palm Springs vacation rental during summer, the sun might eventually send you in search of ways to cool off. There are few better ways to chill out than a stop at one of Palm Springs' many ice cream and frozen treat shops. Though there are quite a few in town, including several national chains, there are a number of smaller, local shops worth a visit.

Lappert's is well-known for its unique flavors. Originally begun in Hawaii, the mainland Lappert's was brought first to Northern California and slowly spread south. This West Coast chain boasts over 260 flavors on rotation and the selection changes weekly, but expect to find flavors like Date Casablanca and Caramel Coco Macadamia. In addition, Lappert's offers a famous pineapple Dole®️ Soft-Serve made of blended, frozen pineapple that makes an especially refreshing treat on a hot day. Lappert's also has sundaes, splits, smoothies, and shave ice, a popular Hawaiian version of the snow cone. Lappert's is located at 130 North Palm Canyon Drive.

The family-owned and operated Great Shakes is also worth a visit. Choose a premium shake base, with options that include dairy-free and no-sugar-added, and then pick your flavor from among 28 variations. The menu includes conventional shakes like chocolate and strawberry, but the adventurous might enjoy their more inventive flavors like rich Date Walnut, or the "French Blend," made with coffee, honey, and lavender. Each shake comes adorned with a homemade mini doughnut on the straw, making these treats even more decadent. Great Shakes can be found at 160 South Palm Canyon Drive.

A slightly different twist awaits at Vinny's Italian Ice and Frozen Custard. Distinct from a snow cone, Italian ice is made by blending ice together with syrup instead of pouring the syrup over the top. The result is a smooth creation that's a bit grainier than a sorbet. Vinny's offers ices in many fruit flavors including cherry, lemon, and mango, and sweet flavors like chocolate and bubblegum. Frozen custard, which is richer and creamier than ice cream, is available in chocolate and vanilla with options for mixing in fruits and candies or sandwiching between cookies for a delicious custard "Coaster." Vinny's Italian Ice and Frozen Custard is located at 190 North Palm Canyon Drive.

While these spots are definitely not the only frozen treat shops you'll find along Palm Canyon Drive, they are certainly among the more unique. Check one out the next time the desert sun has you craving something cold. Give us a call at (760) 209-4311 to book your Palm Springs vacation rental and benefit from some great summer rates!

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