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Day Trip Fun on April Fool’s in the High Desert

Day Trip to the High Desert

Wondering what you can do for a day trip on April Fool’s Day in Southern California’s high desert this year? Consider a visit to the California Institute of Earth Architecture in Hesperia. Attend a SuperAdobe open house.  READ MORE »

High Desert Areas of the United States

High Desert Joshua Tree

Mohave High Desert Joshua Tree

There are four main high desert areas (at least 2,000 feet above sea level) of the United States. Bloggers who publish posts on High Desert Blogging generally write about the Victor Valley vicinity of San Bernardino County in Southern California (So Cal).

One of the topics of this blog is high desert gardening. If you have learned the tricks to growing a successful garden in So Cal’s dry, hot, and windy summers, high desert gardeners from any of the four high deserts (listed below) of the U.S. can benefit from your garden tips.

4 Most Popular High Deserts of the U. S.

  • High Desert in California (mostly Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County)
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Oregon (central & eastern)
  • Colorado Plateau

The more populated high desert California areas are in Los Angeles County cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, San Bernardino County cities of Victor Valley (Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville), and Barstow. Other high desert cities include Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bend, Burns, Lakeview, and Prineville in Oregon.

Interests such as the following commonalities can be found in most or all of these high deserts:

  1. Old and/or historic touristic area of town
  2. Coffee shops
  3. Cafes & cuisine
  4. Vintage shopping
  5. High desert gardening
  6. Art & culture
  7. Writer events
  8. Wagon trail history
  9. Surrounding mountains

Old and/or historic touristic area of town

Albuquerque, Oregon, and California high deserts offer a wide variety of things to do and places for tourists to visit. Old town and historic shopping venues are available in each of these high desert areas. Albuquerque has its Old Town, Victorville Old Town is known for its National Old Trails Highway, Route 66, and Bend, Oregon has the Old Mills District.

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Rowena Point Columbia Gorge, By johninportland

Tour the Old Mills District in Bend on a Segway. High Desert Museum has high reviews, so include it in your list of places to see. Learn more about Oregon’s things to do in the high desert at TravelOregon.com.

Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque Old Town

Albuquerque’s Old Town Adobe Historic Church

Old Town Albuquerque has the best little coffee shop, Velvet Coffeehouse with specialty coffee and tea and the best berry scone ever.

Albuquerque Old Town Coffee

Velvet Coffeehouse, Albuquerque Old Town

Coffee in Old Town Albuquerque

Velvet Coffeehouse, Old Town Albuquerque

A short distance from Velvet’s is Wild Hare Studio.

Albuquerque Shopping

Wild Hare Studio Art, Albuquerque

Art Studio, Albuquerque Old Town

Wild Hare Art, Albuquerque Old Town

Another shop worth visiting is the Old Town Basket & Rug Shop with a large collection of Southwestern home decor. Take time to tour the church built in 1793, San Felipe de Neri Parish.

Victorville’s Route 66

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA

See the Route 66 Museum in Victorville, shop at Santa Fe Trading Company for Southwestern home decor. If you like vintage shopping, it’s worthwhile to travel down Route 66 to Oro Grande.

antique shopping at Antique Station, Oro Grande, CA

Antique Station vintage shopping, Oro Grande, CA

Albuquerque, Oregon, and California high deserts’ are packed with Southwest, wagon trail, and Route 66 history for the writer. In fact, there are several writers’ events held annually in each of these areas including conferences, contests, retreats, and workshops.

Interested in guest blogging about your high desert? Contact us at hdblogging@gmail.com

 

Only 6 Days Left for Sugar Shack’s Basket Give-Away

With only 11 days before Christmas, shopping ideas might be just what you’re looking for. A gift of a bygone era — as in collectibles and small antiques —  can brighten anyone’s holiday. We have so many vintage and antiques in the High Desert to choose from.

 

Vintage, Antiques, and Candy

Sugar Shack

What if you are searching for a gift for children or teens and venturing into an electronics store is a bit overwhelming? Why not try candies and confections instead? I don’t know of anyone who would turn down candy!

Right now Sugar Shack, one of the newest candy shops  on Route 66 in Oro Grande, is stocking its shelves with the scent of peppermint and chocolate. There’s more, of course, but those are my favorite flavors. They offer sugar-free candies, too.

Even better is the Autumn Blog Basket Give-Away continuing with the latest entry basket at Sugar Shack. It’s crammed with everything: some candy, a number of collectibles, handmade and crafty items, and I think I saw an antique, too. Their basket drawing is set for Dec. 20th. Nothing to buy. No tickets. No charge at all. Just stop by and sign up. Winner will be notified by phone and email. Winner doesn’t need to be present. it’s High Desert Blogging’s way of thanking our High Desert community for supporting our efforts for the past 3 years.

Some of their regular shoppers at Sugar Shack come in just for their morning coffee and a pastry. The shop also offers a collection of antiques and handmade crafts, and collectibles — I saw “Betty Boop” collection looking at me from the shelf. As Sugar Shack grows, mother and daughter owners, Debbie Justice and Tonya Edwards, will expand their line of goodies. They currently house three vendors who offer the handmade goods.

Betty Boop is alive and well and living at Sugar Shack

Betty Boop is alive and well and living at Sugar Shack

Sugar Shack collectibles, candies, and antiques open early 6 am Monday through Friday and close by 5 pm. On weekends they open 10 am until 5 pm. Their new store number is (760) 646-0562.

You can find out more about them and some daily specials on Facebook. Go To: www.Facebook.com/sugarshackHD

Stop in and say “hi” to Debbie and Tonya, get a hot mug of coffee, and let your sweet tooth do the shopping.

 

Rusty LaGrange

 

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 (http://highdesertblogging.com). 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 http://highdesertblogging.com’s  holiday basket:

Holiday Basket Giveaway

Metal Basket Giveaway

You can enter to win it by emailing us at hdblogging@gmail.com 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!

 

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.

Old West Vintage Shopping at Linda Marie’s on Route 66

High Desert Blogging Editor, Angie

Angie, NeriumAD Brand Partner

The High Desert has charmed me with its variety of antique shopping venues. I’m captivated by the personalities of the shop owners, vendors, and visitors from near and far. Browsing through vintage nooks and crannies of the individually designed spaces creates an aura of nostalgia.

Shopping at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures on Route 66 in the High Desert’s Oro Grande is like going back in time to an old western village. Step inside the front gate into a yard of garden art, antique finds, and all kinds of vintage goodies. The latest addition, Deadwood Mercantile, celebrated a grand opening last Saturday, March 16th. Y’all have to come by this fun place where you’ll chuckle at the comical signs. You’ll leave wantin’ to go saddle up your horse just so you can go sportin’ the vintage western gear you found at the mercantile.

Deadwood Mercantile vendor space at Linda Marie's

Jesse and Marie's Deadwood Mercantile at Linda Marie's

Deadwood Mercantile

Jesse and Marie, Deadwood Mercantile vendors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owners Jesse and Marie are mighty delightful, so much you want to sit down for a visit over a cup of lemonade or iced tea. These are the kind of folks that make the blogging life fun.

Saturday was a day of sunshine, fun, and snacking while celebrating with Jesse and Marie. Cookies and water were offered to all who attended the grand opening. An anti aging NeriumAD cream display was also featured in the front yard. Two names were drawn for giveaway prizes, an adorable floral basket planter and rooster hanger, rocking chair planter and plant. Festivities on a sun-shiny day with beautiful people made the day a memorable one.

You’re invited back to view the photo collage later Tuesday and to meet another vendor, Vee. The collage includes photos taken by Angie at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures on Saturday, March 16th, 2013,

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