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Editors' Choice -- Outlet Shopping in New England

Editors’ Choice — Outlet Shopping in New England
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by in Sep 2006

Connecticut

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Devour a day in a flash as you browse through the 70 upscale stores, including Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, Liz Claiborne, Barneys New York, and Brooks Brothers. You can pick up everything from designer fashions and sportswear to fine leather and luggage. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 10-6. 20-A Killingworth Tnpk., exit 63 off I-95, Clinton. 860-664-0700. premiumoutlets.com/clinton

Rhode Island

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Although this outlet center is not really in Rhode Island, it might as well be, because it’s right on the border. Styled to look like a New England village, the center’s 170 outlet stores offer the cream of the crop, while landscaped courtyards provide places to rest weary feet (there’s Birkenstock and Nine West to cure that ailment, too). Save 25 to 65 percent at stores such as Bur-berry, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Resto-ration Hardware, and Williams-Sonoma. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 10-6. Rte. 1A, Wrentham, MA. 508-384-0600. premiumoutlets.com/wrentham

Massachusetts

Prime Outlets at Lee

Jones New York, Tommy Hilfiger, Wilson Leather, Geoffrey Beene, Timberland, Izod, Farberware, and Borders (new in 2006) are just a few of the stores that the Berkshires can boast. Many shoppers flock toward the great savings in this center, which is located an hour’s drive from Hartford and two hours from Boston. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 10-7. 50 Water St., Lee. 413-243-8186. primeoutlets.com

New Hampshire

Tanger Outlet Center-Tilton

Big names such as Rue21, Jones New York, Van Heusen, and Coach; foot-wear selections such as Bass and Skechers; and home-furnishing outlets that include Springmaid-Wamsutta and Mikasa make this an outlet center not to miss. Open Mon.-Sat. 9-9, Sun. 10-6. 120 Laconia Rd., Tilton. 866-665-8683, 603-286-7880. tangeroutlet.com

Vermont

Manchester Designer Outlets

More than 35 stores offer up to 70 percent off retail prices every day. For the latest clothing fashions, the gang’s all here: Polo, Lauren, Giorgio, Reed & Barton, Armani, and J. Crew, to name a few. For your home, choose the perfect set of stemware at Baccarat or pick up a French linen tablecloth at Yves Delorme. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5. Rtes. 7A and 11/30, Manchester Center. 800-955-7467, 802-362-3736. manchesterdesigneroutlets.com

Maine

Kittery Outlets

Everybody knows about L.L. Bean and Freeport. But if you’re in the mood for a shorter drive, check out Kittery’s 120-plus brand-name designer outlets just over the border from New Hampshire. Drive Route 1 from outlet to outlet to shop favorites such as Gap, Eddie Bauer, Nautica, Banana Republic, and Crate & Barrel. Don’t miss the Kittery Trading Post (it’s hard to miss, really), with three floors of outdoor recreational equipment, clothing, and footwear. Open Mon.-Sat. 9-9, Sun. 10-6. Rte. 1, Kittery. 888-548-8379. thekitteryoutlets.com

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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