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Dining & Entertainment

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he early years of Apple Valley offered many entertainment and dining possibilities – a tradition that continues today. Probably the most famous dining and dance hall, The Branding Iron set the tone for unique entertainment in Apple Valley. While it no longer exists, the ideals of fun, great food and meeting your friends and neighbors in a relaxing atmosphere is still prevalent in our dining establishments today.

Apple Valley offers a host of outstanding family run restaurants that reflect the pride of the owners. There are all kinds of choices, including steak houses, Italian, Mexican and American style. They are like old friends, offering great atmosphere and comfort. You can step into an Italian restaurant, seemingly right out of Brooklyn, where the owner has been known, on occasion, to sing a perfect rendition of Tony Bennett to his patrons. You can join the Country crowd and learn line dancing after your dinner of steak and baked potato. Taste the great margaritas and dip into great salsa at the neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Country cafés offer great hamburgers or fried chicken and mashed potatoes in a warm, friendly setting. You choose!

local nightspots. Karaoke is popular in several pubs, and some of the local talent is outstanding. If you like a fine glass of wine, the local wine club hosts dinners that feature a sampling of the appropriate wines with the appropriate meal. Don’t have time for a sit-down dinner? Grab your meal on the run with any number of fast food restaurants in town, from hamburgers to burritos. A bag of burgers is perfect before a high school football game in the Newton T. Bass Stadium.

After dinner, you can see a nearby movie or watch a play. In the summer, you can catch a baseball game at the Maverick Stadium or go dancing at one of the several

Tourism

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oy Rogers and Dale Evans loved Apple Valley so much they made it their home, and their first museum was located on Happy Trails Highway (Hwy. 18). Why did they love Apple Valley so much? One reason is because of the wide, open spaces, the outstanding desert sunset, the access to mountain and ski resorts and the wide range of things to see and do.

Come see a little piece of how prehistoric man lived, by visiting the Calico Early Man Site, located on Minnelola Road exit of I-15, Yermo. Discovered in 1942, this important archaeological site allows the public to see what prehistoric life was like. Thousands of tools and other artifacts can be viewed year-round, Wednesday through Sunday. Call 760-252-6000 for more information. Calico Ghost Town is another historical site. Once a thriving silver mining community, now a great place to take the family. You can dine, be entertained, take a train ride, walk through a mine and watch cowboys shoot it out on Main Street.

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California Route 66 Museum celebrates a time when the automobile was king. The museum includes artifacts of the famed Route 66, rotating exhibits and a permanent display of roadside attractions. San Bernardino County Fairgrounds is home to annual events, including the County Fair. Over 100,000 people attend the fair to enjoy a rodeo, award-winning livestock, a carnival, vendor booths, stage shows, art and photo shows, craft shows and much more. Other events include stock car racing, Special Olympics, a gun show and more. Turn back the clock and set it for Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England at the annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire in May. With over 1,000 costumed performers and guests, the fair will entertain you with jousts, stage plays, handmade crafts and stalls where visitors can learn how to make necessary items of the day. You can also find food and drink of the era and spend time enjoying games of the past.

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