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outlet stores in Gilroy, Calif.

Gilroy Premium Outlets in Gilroy, Calif., caters to savvy shoppers.

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SHOP In a refurbished lumber mill along the Deschutes River, the Old Mill District houses 49 retailers, including REI, Coldwater Creek, and Orvis. (541) 312-0131, theoldmill.com.

EAT Behind the rows of gleaming kitchen gadgets at Allyson's, you'll find a gourmet deli offering creamy roasted tomato soup and an arugula and prosciutto sandwich, all for $7. (541) 749-9974, allysonskitchen.com.

STAY Book a room at McMenamins Old St. Francis School and enjoy a fireside bar, movie theater, and 100-degree soaking pool. From $114. (877) 661-4228, mcmenamins.com.

LOS ANGELES

SHOP Throngs of pedestrians crowd Santee Alley's three narrow downtown blocks in search of designer knockoffs (sunglasses, bags, clothing, jewelry) before the originals even hit the shelves.

EAT Lunch on a bacon-wrapped Alley Dog, and when your day is done, walk six blocks to Colori Kitchen for an Italian dinner of handmade tagliolini ($16). (213) 622-5950, colorikitchen.wordpress.com.

STAY Relieve street-bargaining stress with a deep sleep on organic cotton linens at O Hotel, a short walk from the Fashion District's highlights. From $126.* (213) 623-9904, ohotelgroup.com.

GILROY, CALIF.

SHOP Browse Gilroy Premium Outlets' 150 stores for high fashion (Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess, DKNY Jeans) and fine cookware (Le Creuset, Calphalon). (408) 842-3729, premiumoutlets.com.

EAT About two miles south at Carnitas Michoacan, mountains of mouthwatering pork are paired with an array of salsas caseras. The house taco plate with rice and beans goes for $9.50 at lunch. (408) 847-8812.

STAY Shopped till you dropped? Drive 10 minutes south to San Juan Bautista. A whirlpool bath awaits at Posada de San Juan. From $88.* (831) 623-4030.

This article was first published in November 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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