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Las Americas Premium

Las Americas is the county's newest outlet center and it is an impres-sive one indeed. Latin themed in architecture, this sprawling complex next to the Mexico border offers well over 125 stores to fill every designer addict's need. Find impres-sive savings at Adidas, 2b bebe, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Neiman Marcus
Last Call, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Sony and more. Take the last U.S exit to Camino de la Plaza. Las Americas Premium Outlets 4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Diego, CA 92173, (619) 934-8400.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Carlsbad Premium Outlets is another sprawling com-plex serving the north county. With 90 stores in an attractive setting, next to the Carlsbad Flower Fields, this outlet center is heavy on the designer names. Find impressive savings at Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Crate and Barrel, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Carlsbad Premium Outlets, 5620 Paseo del Norte, Suite 100, Carlsbad, CA 92008, (760)

Viejas Outlet Center

Viejas Outlet Center, located across from the Viejas Casino, is the county's first of the dressed up outlet centers. And it still is the best in terms of ambience. The
Native American theme and meandering walk-ways and gardens lend to a more serene shopping experience, if that's at all possible. But it works. The shops are your usual assortment of outlet standbys (Hilfiger, Gap, Nike), but it's worth the drive to Alpine. Plus, don't miss the special water shows, Power of Nightfire during summer and Legend of the Ice Princess show during the holidays. Also during the holidays, Viejas Outlet Center also has a large outdoor skating rink. Oh yeah, and you can hit the casino if you still have dough after shopping. 5000 Willows Rd. Alpine, CA 91901.

San Diego Factory Outlet

The first of San Diego's outlet centers, the Factory Outlet has fallen some-what on hard times with the opening of the flashier Las Americas right across the street. Mainly because most of the original tenants abandoned this strip mall for the swankier Las Americas digs. But there are still a few shops where you can find bargains. 4498-B Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173.

Lake Elsinore Outlets

Lake Elsinore Outlets is situated in the heart of the Inland Empire, conven-iently located off Interstate 15 less than an hour orth of inland San Diego. Located in Lake Elsinore just north of Temecula, the Lake Elsinore Outlets isn't as flashy as the
newer outlet malls like Carlsbad and Las Americas in San Diego County. In fact, it's more like the old school outlet centers - a glorified strip mall just off the freeway. But it still has your name brand stores, over 75 of them including Gap, Guess, Liz Claiborn, Nike and Old Navy. 17600 Collier Avenue, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530,


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Fashion Valley Center

Fashion Valley has the best of the upscale stores. Nordstrom, JC Penney, Macy's, Nieman Marcus and San Diego's only Bloomingdale's. Good restaurants and an AMC multiplex H&M, Burberry, Lily Pulitzer, Gucci, Ruehl, Apple and Sony Style store reflect the mall's cool factor. Parking is easy and plentiful.

Otay Ranch Town Center

Not your traditional mall, upscale shops and department stores like Macy's, Apple, REI, H&M, Ann Taylor. The "main street" allows parking in front of many stores, and a dog park, too. For entertainment, an AMC multiplex and lots of dining including PF Changs,
California Pizza Kitchen, Nico's Chop House and Cheesecake Factory.

Westfield Horton Plaza

Horton Plaza's Its multi-level with whimsical architecture is a must-see for any San Diego visitor. Nordstrom, Macy's and a wide array of shops and eateries make this the noontime stop for downtown workers. Validate your parking ticket (with any purchase) for 3 free hours (4 hours with movie or restaurant purchase).

Westfield Plaza Bonita

Plaza Bonita is a two-level mall with a Target, Borders Books, H&M fashions, and 14-screen AMC Cinema, expansive food court and sit down restaurants. The mall has a new, sleek, upscale sheen - very nice. Plaza Bonita has been upgraded and boasts an H&M fashion retail store.

Westfield University Town Center

UTC is a pleasant outdoor mall. Located in the Golden Triangle. Nordstrom, Sears, and Macy's are the majors, with your usual array of mall retailers. During Christmas, the ice rink adds to the holiday flavor. The new Crate & Barrel is a freestanding store at the mall's perimeter.

Grossmont Center

Located in La Mesa It's a outdoor mall anchored by a two-story Target, a smallish Macy's, and has a nice Pacific Cinema, and a two-level Wal-Mart. Good choice of sitdown restaurants, including the Casa de Pico, BJ's Brewhouse, Panera, Claim Jumper, Fuddrucker's, Olive Garden and Shakey's Pizza for families.

Westfield Parkway Plaza

Parkway Plaza is the regional mall serving East County. This indoor, single level mall serves young adult shops, a Regal Cinema and a food court. Anchor's are Sears, JC Penney, Macy's and a two-story Wal-Mart. There's a good sized carousel in the middle of the mall, as well as a play area on another end.

Westfield North County

North County (Fair) is large, two-level indoor mall with your usual allotment of department stores and shops (JC Penney, Macy's, Sears, Nordstrom an Apple store and a new H&M. Parking is plentiful, but the food court is small, and the sit-down restaurant food choices are limited (Red Robin, Macaroni Grill, On the Border)

Chula Vista Center

Chula Vista Center is located in downtown Chula Vista, it has the only Sears store in the South Bay are. It's also anchored by Macy's and JC Penney and an ULTRAStar Cinema. BJ's Brewhouse, Carrow's and Olive Garden are the sit down dining choices.The mall in the South Bay, an outdoor mall with the higher end shops.

Westfield Plaza Camino Real

Plaza Camino Real is a two-level, with the usual assortment of over 170 stores, Plaza Camino is as undistinguished as North County Fair, except they have a MovieMax Theatre Plaza. JC Penney, Macy's and Sears are the anchors.

Westfield Mission Valley

The selection of shops and the gigantic AMC multiplex suggest a catering to the teen and young adult crowd. It does have a two-level Target (always good to have), Macy's, Nordstrom Rack, and a 24-Hour Fitness gym. Home furnishing store West Elm is in the mall's West Annex, along with Gordon Biersch, Border's, Old Navy and DSW Shoes. New restaurants built adjacent to the Target parking lot include Corner Bakery and Pei Wei.




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