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By Nicole Cormier

south coast plaza entrance Visit South Coast Plaza For A Whole Family Experience

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At least once a year, a major shopping trip is in order. The whole family needs something, be it clothes, shoes, school supplies or a special home décor item you’ve been yearning for. Whatever the reason, gather the family and make a trip to South Coast Plaza to tackle the whole list all at once. It’s easy to make an otherwise boring shopping trip a fun family day out at South Coast Plaza due to the diverse selection of stores, which range from upscale to everyday. The fabulous dining options help, too.

With major anchors like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks, you’ll have no problems finding something to satisfy every shopper in the family. South Coast Plaza also caters to more refined tastes with Rolex, Harry Winston, Gucci, Room & Board and other high-end shops. If you have kids in tow, stop by Baby Gap, the Disney Store, Gymboree, the Lego store and Puzzle Zoo.

After you shop till you drop, grab a quick bite at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House or enjoy a casual sit-down meal at Maggiano’s, Pizza Ortica, Corner Bakery or Claim Jumper restaurant (don’t leave without ordering a piece of their infamously huge Chocolate Motherlode Cake — one piece is enough for the whole family to share!) If you’re in the mood for fine dining after a day of browsing the plaza’s shops, stop into Antonello Ristorante for exquisite Northern Italian cuisine or Pinot Provence for delicious Mediterranean fare.

The plaza also hosts events like restaurant weeks and special sales and promotions, so be sure to keep an eye on the event’s page to take advantage of any upcoming deals.

The drive to Costa Mesa is well worth it for a day that will appeal to the whole family. To make the 40-mile trek that much easier, be sure to drive in the roomy luxury of a 2013 ML350 SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. The comfortable vehicle will still have room left over when you pack in all of your purchases.

Nicole Cormier has a large and diverse family that lives all over the country, and has had the opportunity to see every state in the union while visiting them. As a freelance writer and editor she has the freedom to experience the world and partake in her beloved passions all while writing about it.

This is a “sponsored post,” meaning the company who sponsored the article compensated me for writing the article. The opinions I have expressed, however, are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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