Big cities get all the buzz as shopping destinations, but there's a hidden shopping mecca in Walnut Creek loaded with opportunities to blow that tax return. With the arrival of big names such as Neiman Marcus and a newly renovated shopping plaza, complete with fire pits and lounge areas where you can sip on your gourmet coffee, Walnut Creek is totally worth the drive past the Caldecott Tunnel.
The first of its kind, this Anthro lover's dream destination is stocked with all things amazing: custom furniture for your dream home, Art Deco melamine plates to liven up your take out, limited-edition collections of clothing you won't find on Shopbop, body oils that will have you greeting the day with a fresh face, stunning wedding dresses, and succulent terrariums for your indoor gardens. Get lost roaming the staged rooms and galleries of clothes, and don't leave without sprucing up your spring wardrobe. With the warmer weather, it's time to bust out the sleeveless dresses and cropped pants—we love the silky-soft Mila Joggers ($88) for post-bootcamp brunch with your gal pals. // 1149 South Main St. (Walnut Creek), anthropologie.com