This is a sponsored post with Carlsbad Premium Outlets all opinions and words are 100% my own
This past week was one for the books! My mom, sisters, niece, and my mom’s best friend, who is basically my aunt, came to San Diego to visit for a 5 day vacation! Not too long ago my sister and her family drove out to see us for a week and it gave me an opportunity to finally get out and explore San Diego and the surrounding areas for the first time. So this time around I had a pretty good idea as to what we definitely needed to see and what we could hold off on and maybe squeeze in if we had extra time.
One thing I wanted to do was take my family out to Carlsbad to see the Carlsbad Alkaline Water Historic Site, its been declared “Most Healthful Water” and it is hands down my favorite drinking water. It’s a must visit in Carlsbad along with the Flower Fields. Unfortunately the fields were closed for the season but it is BEAUTIFUL! Right next to the Flower Fields is the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, another must visit in Carlsbad. This outdoor outlet center is gorgeous and carries some of the top retailers!
We had the opportunity to spend the afternoon exploring the Carlsbad Premium Outlets on Saturday. It was a beautiful day for it too! The outlet is a Simon Center. We actually have a couple of Simon Malls and Centers back home in Texas that I absolutely LOVE so its a treat to have one near my new home here in California!
This month has been Military Appreciation Month at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets and we were visiting during one of the events put together by the mall to share their appreciation for all military members and their families. The event was set up to give military veterans, active, reserve, and family the opportunity to receive discounts using their military issued I.D. at participating stores and to recognize and show support to the military community. California has a very large military community and events like this help remind those who have served or those actively serving how much they mean to our country and our local communities.
It was nice to see small brand stores and more well known stores come together to share their appreciation for the military community. It might seem like a small event or gesture to some but to the ones that served/and are currently serving it means a little more and it is much appreciated.
The outlets had a giveaway for members with a valid military I.D. to enter an hourly drawing for a $100 gift card and each hour there was a chance to win!! I definitely entered into the drawings. There was also a selfie both and on a previous weekend they had the Army and Navy Academy Band out to perform. I think the best part was the designated parking spots!! That was so helpful. They did an amazing job putting together this event and I am so glad we had the chance to take part in it.
I had no idea how many of the stores at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets offer year-round discounts for military members. The stores that offer discounts have a red, white, and blue sticker on the front window to help shoppers identify that they proudly offer military discounts.
Here is a list of a stores at the outlets that currently offer a military discount:
(* marked for restaurants )
Ann Taylor Factory Store
Banana Republic Factory Store
Barneys New York Warehouse
Brooks Brothers Factory Store
Cole Haan Outlet
Crate & Barrel
Destination Maternity (Pea in the Pod & Motherhood Maternity)
Disney Store Outlet
Dooney & Bourke
kate spade new york
Levi’s Outlet Store
Lucky Brand Jeans
*Mot’to Japanese Grill
NIKE Factory Store
Old Navy Kids & Baby
Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
Solstice Sunglass Outlet
True Religion Outlet
Van Heusen | IZOD Golf
After a full day of shopping we grabbed a bite to eat at Ruby’s Diner.
Carlsbad has such a suburban feel to it, to me it feels more like home so all the more reasons to make the quick drive out to spend the day visiting the clean, stylish, and beautiful Premium Outlets for shopping, walking around outside in the fresh air and of course some good food.
I want to thank Carlsbad Premium Outlets for a wonderful experience….looking forward to my next shopping trip!