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Valentine’s Day Shopping Day Trip to So Cal’s High Desert

Valentine's Day Shopping at Sugar Shack

Do some retro shopping early for Valentine’s Day. Take a day trip from LA or Las Vegas to Oro Grande’s vintage shops on Route 66. It’s only 1-1/2 hours from LA and 3 hours from Las Vegas. Here are a few of the shops:

  • Silver Trails Antique Store, 19248 National Trails Hwy Suite C, Oro Grande, California
  • Sugar Shack, 19248 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, California
  • Salvaged & Tattered, 19248 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, California
  • Antique Station, 19176 National Trails Highway, Oro Grande, CA 92368

Silver Trails and Sugar Shack are hosting a Valentine’s Day basket giveaway. Enter to win when you visit their store (winners need to pick up the baskets).

Sugar Shack is a candy-antiques-vintage store. You can fill up a gift bag easily with all the goodies in this shop. Make time to sit and drink some coffee while you’re there – and treat yourself to some candy.

Sugar Shack, Oro Grande, CA

Sugar Shack Valentine’s Basket Giveaway

Vintage Aprons

Retro Apron at Sugar Shack

Hi Desert Book Oasis, Apple Valley, CA

Hi Desert Book Oasis,
Apple Valley Inn,
Apple Valley, CA

Down the road about 15 minutes from the Oro Grande vintage shops is a place that book lovers will enjoy – Hi Desert Book Oasis Book Store. The book store is located in the historic Apple Valley Inn. They have books galore and an adorable corner for kids to play.

You’re bound to get hungry on your day trip. A few doors away from Sugar Shack and Silver Trails is a pizza restaurant, Cross Eyed Cow Pizza. If you prefer something different than pizza, try Maxwell’s (burgers, salads) or Overland’s Meat Deli (the best) are on Hwy. 18 between Oro Grande, to Hi Desert Book Oasis.

If you run out of time on your Valentine’s Day shopping day trip, no need to worry. Plan another High Desert shopping trip. Vintage enthusiasts will love visiting the area’s antique shops.

Used book store in Apple Valley, CA

Hi Desert Book Oasis Open House 

Hi Desert Book Oasis makes the perfect place for meetup groups. groups, High Desert Bloggers and High Desert Entrepreneurs meet there monthly. Interested in meeting with your own group? Call and speak to owner Donna about scheduling a time for your group. Tell her you heard about her fun book shop from Angie at

Southern California Day Trips to Take from the High Desert

World's Tallest Thermometer - Baker, CA

New to the High Desert and looking for day trips to travel to and unique sites to see? Popular places like Knott’s Berry Farm or Disneyland are only one-and-a-half hours from the Victorville area. Try visiting off-the-beaten path, unique sites listed here.

Memorial of Will Herron, Builder of World's Tallest Thermometer

World’s Tallest Thermometer The thermometer is located in Baker, California, a small community for such a tall attraction. As of 2010 census, Baker’s population was 735. The builder of the thermometer was Will Herron whose memorial is near those of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Sunset Hills Memorial Park located in Apple Valley, California. Maybe as an entrepreneur Mr. Herron visioned that the thermometer would either help the little community grow or at least bring in extra revenue.




Memorials of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - Sunset Hills in Apple Valley, CA

Just down the road from Sunset Hills is another fascinating site, an old dinosaur park that was built with the intention of being a miniature golf park. The concrete dinosaurs are quite unusual, and they range from small to giant size. At the time of my visit bees were flying in and out of a giant dinosaur’s mouth. You can see the bee hive in one of the photos below.






Dinosaur Park with Bridge

Dinosaur with bee hive


Large Dinosaur

Old Dinosaur Miniature Golf Park

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