Holiday shopping
This year, make it a coastal getaway
With the holidays upon us, you may be feeling the pressure to find those perfect , gifts for the ones you love. No need to panic. Just about every type of gift, in all price ranges, can be discovered in VenturaCountyWest -- from outlet store deals, to high-end splurges to antique finds.

With 160 stores featuring exceptional holiday  1saving, the Camarillo Premium Outlets is the place to pick up name brands at discount prices. Just off the 101 Freeway in Camarillo, the Outlets include such stores as Armani, Banana Republic Factory Store, Barneys New York, Coach, Cole Haan, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lucky Brand, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger and Tory Burch.

Since shopping at the Outlets can easily extend into a two-day experience,“Shop & Stay” packages are available at close-by hotels: Bella Capri Inn & Suites, Best Western Oxnard, Courtyard Marriott Camarillo, Courtyard Marriott Oxnard Ventura, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Camarillo.

"Camarillo Premium Outlets has long been a great resource for savvy shoppers looking for value, as well as some of the finest brands in the world,” says Linda Smith Frost, general manager of Camarillo Premium Outlets. “In addition to extra festive extended holiday hours to accommodate shoppers' busy lifestyles, we're offering even more savings throughout the season, as well as gift wrap stations and valet parking to make checking off your gift list easy and enjoyable."

Five minutes from the outlets by car (or take the free trolley) is Old Town Camarillo with more shopping and eating venues to uncover. Stop by Ana Marie Designs for one-of-a-kind women’s clothing and accessories and the Studio Channel Islands Art Center where more than 40 artists have created jewelry, paintings, weavings, sculptures and other artwork.

Another 10 minutes north on the 101 is The Collection in Oxnard. This new outdoor shopping experience not only includes such notable retailers as Chico’s and H&M, but also the California Welcome Center Oxnard where shoppers can sample local wines and pick up wine-tasting cards (perfect stocking stuffers) and customized wine gift baskets featuring selections from Ventura County Wine Trail wineries.

For a different kind of shopping experience, browse through some of the over 20 antique shops in downtown Ventura. You will find great treasures from years past -- all without paying high prices. Not to be missed is Rose Lee Imports with its teas, biscuits, sweets and collectibles from owner and English native Susan Malloy and Sea Things with handmade jewelry and gifts inspired by the sea. The latest installment of the German specialty shop Vom Fass is also in downtown. Sample gourmet fruit vinegars, oils, liqueurs and rare spirits before picking out a gift box or basket.

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