With all that San Bernardino has to offer–excellent skiing and snowboarding, hiking and biking trails, stargazing and camping, intimate wine bars and brewpubs–it’s best to dress the part.  The right jacket for exploring Joshua Tree can be both functional and fashion-forward, not to mention a great accessory for a viral Instagram post.

San Bernardino County has some great winter locations that pair well with some cool weather wardrobe essentials, all of which can be purchased en route to your dream destination at Ontario Mills. Touted as the region’s largest outlet mall housing more than 200 shops and a cache of well-known brands, Ontario Mills is freeway close and a great place to kick-off your San Bernardino adventure.

Puffer Jacket Meets Mt. Baldy

It’s not really about how well you ski, but how great you look doing it.  Imagine jumping moguls at warped speed as you ascend the slopes of Mt. Baldy, then arriving at the lodge in a cozy puffer jacket dusted with snow.

From classic black and hues of metallic to lightweight designs, the puffer jacket is equal parts fashion and function with water-resistant fabrics that take up little room in your weekender bag.  Check out Tommy Hilfiger’s design or the sporty offering from The North Face at Ontario Mills.

Wrap Yourself in the Wild, Wild West 

If you plan on heading to Pioneertown, founded by Hollywood heavyweights Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, just to name a few,  you’ll want to be sure to steal the spotlight.  Designed as a movie set for filming westerns, these days you’re more likely to find lights, smartphone cameras and plenty of action inside Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, which hosts live acts and big-name artists.  Stand out among the entourage in a stylish wrap while cocooned in a layered look.  Suitcase-friendly and easy to pair with any outfit, wraps are a wardrobe staple going from cool to cold, day to night, with very little effort.  Find a variety of options at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at Ontario Mills.

Faux Leather Leggings for Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village, in the alpine village of Crestline, offers a reimagined North Pole with ice skating, shopping, and dining.  A favorite family destination, there are plenty of activities for every generation, from archery to mining for gold.  Sit on Santa’s lap wearing a pair of fashionable faux leather leggings, dressed up or dressed down and vegan-friendly, they’re both affordable and comfortable.  Nordstrom Rack at Ontario Mills offers an array of styles and sizes.

 Spirited Jewel-Tones at Calico Ghost Town

A former mining town hailing from 1881, stake your claim at Calico Ghost Town.  Once a thriving town with more than 500 mines,  these days it’s a State Historical Landmark and part of the San Bernadino County Regional Parks with shops and restaurants for day trips or camping facilities for those who want to explore overnight.  Pay homage to Calico’s mining days with some dazzling jewel tones, on point for this season’s look. The richly saturated hues are a welcome splash of color against the muted desert tones. J. Crew Factory at Ontario Mills is known for its playful, bright clothing and year-round accessories.

Statement Sneakers

Who says you have to forego style for comfort?  Hike and bike in a pair of fashion-forward sneakers through the cacti-laden trails of Joshua Tree.  Or slip into a cushioned retro tennies on after coming off the slopes.   Stroll over to Puma Outlet, Adidas or Nike Factory Store for some cost-saving options.

Plan smart, pack smart.  Visit CaliforniaOutdoorPlayground.com for suggestions on where to show off that new winter wardrobe.