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Jul 16th, 2014, 07:55 PM
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Good advise. Will take a look but Petaluma has lass than a third of the shops than in Gilroy though. Is the extra miles worth the shops - which we hit about no more than once a year!
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Jul 16th, 2014, 09:51 PM
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>>Is the extra miles worth the shops -<<

Not IMO.

But re the outlet malls - You do realize that probably 75% of the "outlet stores" aren't overrun outlets, but sell lower quality goods manufactured specifically to be sold in the outlets . . . .
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Jul 16th, 2014, 10:00 PM
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Oh - just so you know I'm not an 'outlet snob' . . . I shop them as well. But I almost never make a special trip (or drive nearly as far as you would to Gilroy). If I'm traveling I-80 - I'll stop in Vacaville, or if I'm on 101 north of SF I may stop at Petaluma . . . but driving nearly 250 miles/5 hours from Mendocino to Gilroy . . . uh uh.
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Jul 24th, 2014, 12:44 AM
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Thanks for the advice. Will need to persuade the better and shopper half of trying another mall! I do my shopping about once a year or less and prefer the US as you get reasonable value for money. Hence variety and options ( ie number of stores ) attract! Any other ideas for retail therapy as we make our way back to SF?
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Jul 24th, 2014, 07:49 AM
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The outlet malls in the Bay Area are in: Petaluma, Vacaville, Livermore (brand new but smaller) , Napa, Milpitas, and Gilroy.
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Jul 24th, 2014, 01:08 PM
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We stayed recently at a little cottage just outside the town of Mendocino that we just loved: http://www.vrbo.com/449643

It's actually in Little River, about ten minutes from the village. We stayed there four nights after spending four nights in San Francisco.
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