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Dining Out — Diner Guider

 One who Dines Out has a Family Event

Dining Out is Often a Family Event

We introduced “DineR – GuideR” just before Thanksgiving to help families find holiday meals. Since then we’ve decided to share other good dining experiences that you can find in the High Desert.

We’ll add to and update this list as a general guide for restaurants that have a standard American cuisine. As the list grows we’ll define other categories in foreign-themed cuisine.

The Coffee Bean Cafe features “The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf ” inside the roomy Green Tree Inn. Their recent remodeling has given the landmark Inn a facelift. The menu as well as the restaurant have changed. Find it at the corner of Palmdale Road and Greentree. 14173 Green Tree Blvd, Victorville,  760-245-3461 x 414

Marie Callender’s traditionally is known for its Americana flavors. Their specialty has always been a variety of homemade pies. Their Victorville location is: 12180 Mariposa Rd., Victorville, CA 92392, phone 760-241-6973. Don’t be surprised to wait in line to get a table. The dinner is very popular. While you’re waiting you can always buy a delectable  Marie Callender’s pie-to-go.

 The cozy cottage restaurant of Mimi’s in Victorville is open daily. Their signature  cranberry muffins can even make your own muffin tops — the one over your belt-line — look tiny in comparison. You can call in to Mimi’s at (760) 244-6888 and their address is 12032 Amargosa Road, on restaurant row in Victorville.


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New Basket Give-Away at Cadillac Antiques in Lucerne Valley

We just heard the news! Cadillac Antiques is gearing up for their first year anniversary with a Blog Basket Give-Away in July. It’s been nearly a year since the shop first opened in the Pueblo Building in Lucerne Valley. To celebrate, owners Patty, Ralph, Charlene and Dave have decided to fill a huge basket with everything donated from the store, its consignment vendors, and High Desert Blogging members.

Cadillac Antiques has Car-lectibles and furniture, glassware, and paintings and great gifts

Cadillac Antiques has Car-lectibles and furniture, glassware, and paintings and great gifts

Watch here for the latest news as the basket begins to fill with collectible goodies, new and used gifts of all sorts, plus a few re-purposed “car-lectibles” — auto parts with a new lease on life as chromed gadgets, and what-nots. We don’t know what surprises are inside. READ MORE »

Last Blog Basket of the Season Draw at Suger Shack

As we sneak up on the last days of December, I represented High Desert Blogging com’s Basket Give-Away drawing Saturday, Dec. 20, at Sugar Shack. This shop is always festive and the owners — mother -daughter team — Debbie and Tonya, always have the coffee brewing.

Tonya and Debbie Got the Sweet Treats at Sugar Shack

Tonya and Debbie Got the Sweet Treats at Sugar Shack

One of the largest baskets of our seven-week drawing, Sugar Shack was so enthusiastic to try the basket give-away that they barely had time to get sign-ins. As people began coming in to get out of the blast of wind at Oro Grande’s new face lifted vintage shops in Old Town, they shopped and sipped and warmed up. Everyone was in such a cheery mood.




I placed all of the Basket Give-Away names in a bag and drew Joel Esparza! Congratulations!!

And the Winner Is...

And the Winner Is…

He only gave an email address so we are hoping to hear from him soon.

In the meantime, I hope shoppers remember that if you’ve stuck for a gift for a teen or a gentleman, candy is always a great selection.



Sugar Shack Antiques, Collectibles, and Candies will have modified  hours for the holidays so be sure to call (760) 646-0562 or check their Facebook page for updates.


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Our winner, Joel, picked up his basket and enjoyed a great and very sweet collection of goodies from Sugar Shack.

Keep watching for our next basket give-away for Valentine’s Day!








 Happy Holidays!

From Angie and Rusty












High Desert Holiday Vintage Shopping

Gypsies with basket give-away Dec. 6th

Gypsies with basket give-away Dec. 6th

Like vintage? If you’re near the High Desert in So Cal this Saturday, December 6th, several vintage shops are hosting giveaway holiday/vintage baskets. The baskets are co-hosted by the shops and the High Desert Bloggers ( Residents of the High Desert can enter to win a basket. There’s more…

A new antique and sweet shop is coming to Oro Grande on Route 66. Don’t miss their grand opening December 6th! It’s near Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures, Silver Trails Vintage and Antiques, Antique Station and Cross Eyed Cow Pizza.

Oro Grande, CA Pizza

Cross Eyed Cow Pizza

Shop early so you can get in on the chance to win a basket. Shop, eat pizza, and top off your day with dessert at the sweet shop’s grand opening. There’s more…

Let us not leave out the High Desert vintage shops that are in on the basket giveaway fun. These shops participating are:

  •  Mind Your P’s and Q’s (7th Street, Victorville)
  • Vintage Gypsies (Across from Mollie’s Restaurant Hwy. 18, Apple Valley)
  • The Desert Cottage (Bear Valley Rd., Hesperia – next door to American Tire Depot)
  • Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures
  • Silver Trails Vintage and Antiques

Readers of this blog post who don’t live in the High Desert but want a chance at winning one of High Desert Bloggers’ holiday baskets, you can enter to win the’s  holiday basket:

Holiday Basket Giveaway

Metal Basket Giveaway

You can enter to win it by emailing us at and including your name and email address in the body of the email. The winner of this basket will be announced Saturday, December 6, 2014.

High Desert vintage shoppers, hope to see you Saturday!


Candy Store Christmas Shopping

McCool's Sweet Shop

Candy Sticks

Kids, young and old, like eating candy – especially all the Christmas chocolates, peppermint, and specialty candies during this holiday season.

High Desert has a family-owned candy shop, McCool’s Sweet Spot in Apple Valley, that has just about every candy imaginable. They even have the oldies that I grew up with like Chick-O-Stick, Peanut Butter Bars,

McCool's Sweet Shop

Old-Fashioned Candy

and old-fashioned candy sticks.

I left feeling like a kid again! In fact, I got so carried away talking with Manager Lilly that I almost forgot to pay for my candy. We both had a good laugh about that.

Bring your young children with you to McCool’s. They have an activity area perfect for taking pictures.

Candy store

Kids Corner at McCool’s Sweet Spot

They’ll have fun picking out candy, and so will you.

Visit McCool’s Sweet Spot to find specialty, old-fashioned, and popular candies for stocking stuffers. The sweet shop is located in the Stater Bros and Big Lots shopping center. Don’t forget to ask for a rewards card so you can earn reward stars for a 25% discount on your next purchase.


Vintage Gypsies Join “Autumn Basket Give-away”


A stunning Oriental Cabinet displays shop's odds & ends

A stunning Oriental Cabinet displays shop’s odds & ends


Gypsies now carry their own line of handmade soaps and scented lotions

Gypsies now carry their own line of handmade soaps and scented lotions

Historically, gypsies have been known to travel, so when Vintage Gypsies moved into Old Town district of Apple Valley, the move was well worth it. Reopening last month, Vintage Gypsies displays antiques and collectibles, outdoor décor, and their own line of scented lotions and handmade soaps. Antiques above all else, shoppers stop and gaze up, around, and down to take it all in. “We really do like the extra attention we’re getting. Old Town location is great,” said Becky, during the Grand Opening. She and her partners, Kathy and Kevin, all seem so


much happier with their new digs.   Their shop is now in a row of antique shop storefronts facing across from Mollie’s Country Kitchen, on Happy Trails Highway, Hwy 18, Apple Valley at the east end of town. The shop hours are 10-5 Wednesday through Saturday, with Sunday through Tuesday closed. Find them on Facebook, too. Those extra days off  will help them buy, repair, and refresh their inventory of eclectic goodies each week.

Gypsies with basket give-away Dec. 6th    Gypsies with basket give-away Dec. 6th

We’re proud to announce that Vintage Gypsies is also sponsoring our High Desert Blogging’s, first-ever, “Autumn Basket Give-away.” Their basket is full of useable and collectible items, coffee gift card and mug, and samples of their house brand of scented soap and lotion — too many to list here. Stop by when you shop and sign-in to win. No purchase necessary. No tickets to buy. Overall, three baskets will be given-away Nov. 15th and two more on Dec. 6th.

And why is all this happening? Because High Desert and their network of guest bloggers, have grown and helped advance the word of blogging into our local High Desert communities for the past three years. We’re giving back to the communities that supported our efforts.

Just sign up at any of the five vintage businesses listed below, and you could win one of five baskets brimming with antiques and collectibles, comfort foods, and office supplies, and other personal lotions and potions from  many donors.

See Vintage Gypsies listed below, or call (760) 552-5851 or contact them on Facebook.

High Desert Blogging  “Autumn Basket Give-away” Victor Valley area sponsored shops:

  1.  Vintage Gypsies, 21880 Hwy. 18 (across from Molly’s Country Kitchen in Old Town), Apple Valley, CA
  2.  Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures, 19222 National Trails Hwy., Oro Grande, CA
  3. Salvaged & Tattered, 19248 National Trails Hwy., Oro Grande, CA
  4. Find Your Ps and Qs Antiques, 15080 7th Street, Suite 11, (near Gridiron Pizza) Victorville, CA
  5. The Desert Cottage, 15451 Bear Valley Road, Hesperia, CA

 Our first three baskets will be given away this Saturday, Nov. 15th between 10:30 and noon at stores #2, 3 & 5. Winners do not need to be present to win.


More news to come…


So Cal Vintage Shopping in the High Desert

Flowers in Sinks

Sink Gardening

Love vintage shopping? Consider taking a trip to the High Desert if you live or are visiting in Southern California.

High Desert vintage shops include a variety of styles from Route 66 and early-to-mid 1900’s finds to classy and elegant antiques. Make it an all-day shopping trip and start out with breakfast at Molly’s on National Trails Highway in Helendale. High Desert Bloggers went there for breakfast, and I ordered a veggie omelet without the eggs. It was the first time Molly’s had made the egg-less omelet. This makes a perfect breakfast for vegetarians or anyone limiting the carbs.

High Desert Bloggers, Route 66 Molly Brown's

High Desert Bloggers at Molly Brown’s on National Trails Highway











Start your shopping in Oro Grande at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures and Antique Station. This little cottage antique shop and outdoor vintage village is a must to visit. It’s on Route 66 and next to Antique Station which you’ll not want to miss. Just at these two shops alone can take half a day. That’s why I recommend starting out very early on a Saturday morning or plan a two-day vintage trip.

Turn right on 7th Street (Santa Fe Trading Company is an absolute must to stop by if you like Southwestern decor!! Though not an antique shop, I wouldn’t want you to go past it without at least spending a little time there. It’s on the right soon after you turn onto 7th.)

Linda Marie's









The next antique shop is P’s and Q’s on 7th, a fun place to shop. When you get through shopping here, you may be ready for lunch. A cute little Caribbean restaurant with the best spicy chicken with Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and delicious desserts is located on 7th.

Now for the second part of your vintage shopping day, visit The Desert Cottage








The Desert Cottage is a delightful shop for purchasing a gift item for a friend with elegant style. Recently, my husband and I went by and enjoyed browsing through this lovely shop and meeting the friendly owners.

Saturday, June 28, The Desert Cottage is having a special Summer Outdoor Marketplace that starts at 8:00 am.






























Carriage House Antiques, a beautiful and classy place to enjoy with a mini tea sitting area, is located on Hesperia Road in Hesperia.

Vintage shopping at Carriage House Antiques

Carriage House Antiques, Hesperia, CA










One can easily forget the time when strolling through any of these antique stores.

There are two more fun places to shop, Vintage Gypsies on Highway 18 in Apple Valley (though they will be closed on June 28 and July 4, 2014) and Smoketree Junction Antiques in Pinon Hills. Smoketree Junction has a lovely outdoor garden area, occasional evening dinner events, and Saturday flea markets on the first Saturday of the month and a Sunday barter market to haggle with the vendors.

Garden Antiques

Smoketree Junction Garden

vintage bench

Vintage Gypsies Upcycled Bench



















Need more time for visiting these shops? Make a two-day trip out of it. The High Desert has much to choose from when it comes to shopping vintage.

If you plan your trip on the weekend, most of these shops mentioned are open on Sundays except for The Desert Cottage. Carriage House Antiques is open on Sundays but not until 11:00 am.

Enjoy your High Desert vintage shopping trip!


Vintage Shopping in the High Desert

Summer Flowers at Linda Marie's

Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures

Looking for places to go vintage shopping in the High Desert? I know just the place – Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures in Oro Grande is like a little village of vintage. Located at 19222 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, California, it’s about an hour and a half from LA and three hours from Las Vegas.

Lovely Linda Marie or her assistants will greet you with a friendly welcome. Browse through the vintage cottage then make your way outdoors to the village of vendors’ vintage finds. You’ll enjoy this quaint fun place.






A recent trip to Linda Marie’s inspired me as always with the cute sinks and baskets of flowers. Such inspiration from previous trips there had me itching to start my own sink gardens.


Herb Sink Gardening

My Sink Garden














Flowers in Sinks

Sink Gardening at Linda Marie’s














Oh there’s more. Buckets and baskets and kitchen finds. Walk inside the 1950’s style RV of kitchen pretties in the little outside village.

RV Vintage Shopping

1950’s RV Kitchen Shopping










Water bucket…

Vintage bucket waterfall

Bucket Waterfall












You’ll find a village full of finds at Linda Marie’s, and next door is another vintage place you’ll want to include on your shopping trip – Antique Station. Come back again soon to read a post on Antique Station.



Los Angeles to Las Vegas – Vintage Shopping on Route 66

Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures, Oro Grande, CA

Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures, Oro Grande, CA

Schedule half of a day to do some vintage shopping on Route 66 the next time you take a trip from LA to Las Vegas. After you go through the Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga area on the I-15 North, look for the Kenwood exit just after the 15 and 215 merges. Turn left at the stop sign, go under the 15, and take the old Route 66. One side of the road is not used for the main traffic. Notice the Route 66 signs on the pavement (makes fun photos for a trip). Continue driving on the Kenwood route until you get back on the 15 North toward Las Vegas. When you reach Victorville, exit on Hwy. 18 toward Oro Grande where there are vintage shops and more to see.




Things to see and do in Oro Grande

  • Shop at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures – a cottage with vintage and antique finds indoors and outdoors. The outdoors is like a mini village. Lovely Linda Marie will welcome you.
  • Shop at Antique Station next to Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. You need an hour or two to browse through this shop of antiques, curios and memorabilia.
  • Cross Eyed Cow Pizza, 19242 National Trails Hwy., Oro Grande, CA ( a great pizza place – they even have a special pizza in honor of Ms. Linda Marie next door)
  • Bottle Tree Ranch

Linda Marie's Holiday Cheer Night









Outside Vintage Gifts

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Things to do in Victorville near the 15

  • When you come back toward the 15, if you have time, stop by the Route 66 Museum. It’s a fun place to visit.
  • One more awesome little shop on 7th Street close to the museum is Santa Fe Trading Company with a unique southwest style. It’s definitely worth the visit.

California’s Old West Route 66 Antique Shopping

Source: via Angela on Pinterest


Antique shopping in So Cal’s High Desert should definitely be added to the things-to-do list for visitors to southern California. There are antique and vintage shops to keep one busy for a day or two at least. When a road trip between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is on a traveler’s vacation agenda, shopping in the Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley area will be worth the stop.

Owner Linda Marie of Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures often meets visitors from all over the world that travel the famous Route 66 who stop by her quaint vintage shop. Her shop is not far from I15, and Antique Station is next door. P’s & Q’s Antiques is not far from these two shops, and Vintage Gypsies vintage shop is on Highway 18 in Apple Valley located in the Historic Roy Rogers Apple Valley Inn. Carriage House Antiques in Hesperia only takes minutes to get to from these other shops and definitely is worth seeing.

High Desert Blogging’s featured antique shop this week is Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. Last weekend one of her new vendors held a grand opening, the Deadwood Mercantile. Browsing the vendor shops outside is what one could imagine taking a shopping trip back to the Old West or to the 1950’s would be like.

A visit to Linda Marie’s shop on Facebook makes it easy to keep up with current vintage finds. The photo collage below captures vintage variety finds the day of March 16, 2013 Deadwood Mercantile grand opening. Guests signed up for giveaway prizes near the gate entry where Nerium Oleander anti-aging treatment cream was displayed by Brand Partner Angela Horn.


Vintage Shopping at Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures

Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures, Oro Grande, CA

High Desert Antique and Vintage Shops:
Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures
19222 National Trails Hwy
Oro Grande, California 92368
(760) 484-6300
Antique Station
19176 National Trails Hwy
Oro Grande, CA 92368
(760) 951-2421
P’s & Q’s Antiques
15080 7th St, STE 11
Victorville, CA 92395
Carriage House Antiques
11370 Hesperia Rd
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 948-5577
Vintage Gypsies
20601 Hwy. 18 Cottage 302
(Located in the Historic Roy Rogers
Apple Valley Inn)
Apple Valley, CA (760) 221-4600

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