Forget skiing and biking and boating and hiking... is it outlet shopping that really gets your heart pounding? Tie on your most comfortable sneakers, flex those shopping bag-carrying biceps, and head for New England, where outlet shopping is more than a mere added vacation attraction--it's a reason to visit all by itself!
From designer fashions to housewares, from kids' clothes to sporting goods, from shoes to jewelry, outlet stores offer discounts and deals that will allow you to style your life affordably. So, where in New England will you start your outlet shopping odyssey?
Maine is definitely the outlet shopping capital of New England. You'll be amazed at the sheer number of name brand outlet stores that line Route 1 in Kittery, and Freeport--home to the L.L. Bean flagship store and an L.L. Bean outlet--is a popular outlet shopping destination, as well.There's even a Vineyard Vines Outlet in Freeport, where you can embrace New England preppy style on a budget.
When you head for the outlets of New Hampshire, you actually have a chance to save not once, but twice. In New Hampshire, shopping is sales tax-free! You'll find major outlet centers in North Conway, Merrimack and Tilton.
Massachusetts is literally littered with outlet shopping possibilities. From the Berkshires to Boston, it's possible to plan an entire Massachusetts itinerary centered around bargain hunting. Or head straight to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets in Wrentham, Massachusetts. New England's largest outlet shopping destination has 170 stores to explore.
Canadian and American shoppers alike are drawn to the outlets of Vermont. You'll find the state's largest selection of designer deals in Manchester.
Connecticut's upscale outlet centers are popular with Manhattanites seeking to save money on swanky name brand duds. The state's newest place to double down on deals is Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods, where you'll find 80 factory outlet stores indoors for all-weather bargain hunting bliss.
Though tiny Rhode Island doesn't have any massive factory outlet complexes to call its own, you're just minutes from outlet centers in Massachusetts when you stay in either Newport or Providence.
Neighboring New York State is a great destination for outlet shoppers seeking to buy designer goods at discount prices.
Ready, set... before you race off in pursuit of New England's best deals, be sure to read my tips for smart outlet shopping. After all, returning a miscalculated purchase might require another trip to the outlets. OK, maybe that's not such a big problem! My tips will help you strategize and choose the best timing for your outlet shopping expedition.