As you read in “A Full Day of Fun at the Outlet Mall (Part One),” one of my very favorite pastimes is indulging in a bit of retail therapy at the twin outlet malls located just west of Rancho Mirage and the Palm Springs Valley known as the Cabazon Outlets (www.cabazonoutlets.com) and the Desert Hills Premium Outlets (www.premiumoutlets.com/deserthills).
Being the outlet mall addict that I am, I can easily spend an entire day here. Especially since there’s so much more to do in the area than just pay homage to the retail gods and goddesses. Every time I travel to get my outlets fix, I start by stopping off at Hadley Fruit Orchards (www.hadleyfruitorchards.com), located just east of the Cabazon Outlets. This date and dried fruit emporium has been in business since 1931, and is still going strong with its diverse stock of baked goods, cereals, nuts, honeys, jellies, preserves, and gift packs galore.
And when I’ve done about as much damage as I dare do stocking up on designer duds and accessories at both Cabazon Outlets and Desert Hills Premium Outlets, I choose to bypass the food courts and head on over to Crazy Coyotes Tacos just west of DHPO. Sweet, soulful sisters Helen and Sabrina—members of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians—rock it at this roadside stand that delivers what they call “Hispanic-inspired Native American food” based on their ancestral recipes. For my money, Helen and Sabrina make the best fish tacos and chicken quesadillas for miles around. Make it a point to drive up, and stay a while. Most importantly, tell them that Potter sent you.
When the sisters are closed—or when I’m in the mood for more mainstream fare—I have been known to visit one of the other fast fooderies in the vicinity. The newly opened In-N-Out Burger (www.in-n-out.com) is a Southern California classic, but there’s also A&W (www.awrestaurants.com) and Ruby’s Diner (www.rubys.com) nearby.
Any way you slice it, between all the bargains to be had at the outlets plus the delicious food and beverage offerings to take care of your hunger, a day at the outlets is full and fun indeed.