Top 5 Outlet Malls to Check Out During Your Visit to California
Ah, retail therapy. What more is there to say? The reward, and sometimes remorse, that is felt by throwing caution to the wind and going on a spending spree is a thrill that the majority of us have engaged in at one point or another. We know you love your spontaneously bought new hand bag or your spur of the moment addition to your shoe collection, but those hasty, not to mention expensive decisions can weigh heavy on your bank account once your sanity and rationality has been restored. That’s where outlet malls come in. Shop til you drop and pay half (sometimes much less) than what you would have spent at a retail store. Check out our picks for the top 5 outlet malls in California. If you’re not local, we swear the drive will be worth it!
1. Desert Hills Premium Outlets – Cabazon, CA
At this southern California outlet mall, you can expect to find the crème de la crème of high-end shopping. Jimmy Choo, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, and the famous Salvatore Ferragamo are just a few of the 130 brands that this location has to offer. With that kind of variety, you are guaranteed to find a store that speaks to everyone’s desires. Conveniently built just minutes from the desert oasis of Palm Springs, traveling to this gem caters to the spur of the moment girl’s weekend getaway. The area is home to some of the best casinos, hotels, resorts and spas – which you can TOTALLY afford now that you’ve saved so much on your new threads.
2. Outlets at Tejon – Arvin, CA
Grab the girls - or grab the whole family – and make a day of it at the Outlets at Tejon. This inviting outlet mall has a family-friendly, small-town vibe, that will meet all of your shopping needs from footwear to baby gear. Generously littered with jewelry outlets, popular names like Kay’s and Kevin Jewelers can help you find the perfect watch to accompany the new handbag you just bought at 50% off. Don’t rush home to cook, and don’t bother sitting in sluggish Cali traffic trying to get to a restaurant. The Outlets at Tejon have several options to curb your appetite. Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican cuisine at Don Perico’s or just want to grab a quick snack at Auntie Anne’s, they’ve got you covered.
3. Viejas Outlet Center – Alpine, CA
The Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, CA boasts claiming it is the premier San Diego shopping experience. With all that this outlet has to offer, we can see why - and we concur. You will never have another shopping experience this grand. Ever. Not only does the Viejas Outlet Center deliver countless high-end stores with merchandise discounted 30%-70% off of retail, they house many fresh eateries, and wait for it…they will entertain you too! Gone are the days of simply shopping and returning home. When you visit the Viejas Outlet Center, you are going to want to make a day – or two – of it. Break up your shopping frenzy with a trip to the bowling alley, ice rink, arcade, or if you’re feeling lucky, play your hand at the slots in the casino. That’s right- a casino. You’re welcome.
4. San Fransisco Premium Outlets – Livermore, CA
San Fransisco is a great destination in and of itself for so many reasons. There is so much to do and see in the golden city – dining, history, nightlife. If you’re visiting the area and want to do some shopping, don’t head home without visiting the San Fransisco Premium Outlets in the suburb of Livermore. I mean, the Golden Gate Bridge is beautiful and all, but is it going to dress you, feed you, and send you home with a new stash of boots, bags, and shades at deep discount? Probably not. Stock up on new wardrobe for the kids and teens at the Abercrombie outlets (YES there are TWO), American Eagle shops, and grab some new kicks at Adidas. Not only will you get them the brand names they really want, but you will pay about half for it. While you’re “in the area”, there is absolutely NO harm in treating yourself to a new pair of boots from Aldo or a new shade of eyeshadow or lip pigment from The Cosmetics Store Co. Of course, you’re going to work up an appetite after all of that hard work, but not to worry. San Fransisco Premium Outlets has several popular dining options (pssst – Chipotle!). Go visit this outlet location, you’ll be glad you did.
5. Camarillo Premium Outlets – Camarillo, CA
Last but certainly not least is the Camarillo Premium Outlets in, you guessed it, Camarillo, CA. This outlet mall has three large clusters of stores to navigate. If you didn’t find what you needed in the choices listed above, you are absolutely certain to find it here. Head on over and have lunch at the classic Johnny Rockets and grab a smoothie at Bananas to fuel up for your shopping adventure. Here you’ll find your favorite popular stores like American Eagle, J.Crew, and Lacoste – but you will also be pleased to find less common outlet mall stores like Janie and Jack, Kate Spade, and Lucky Brand. Finish your day with a well-deserved trip to the chocolate lover’s paradise at Godiva or The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company and find your way home relaxed, renewed, and reeling with excitement over your new merchandise and great finds.