Best Outlet Shopping in New England
With spring just around the corner, you may find yourself digging out last year’s warm weather wear only to find that the styles are, well, so “last year.” Fear not! With this list of the best outlet shopping in New England, you can meet all your spring shopping needs in one stop, while scoring the best bargains out there. Fashion crisis (and financial crisis) averted. From Connecticut to Maine, these outlet stores have got you covered!
Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, Massachusetts
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 Burberry, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Restoration Hardware, and Williams-Sonoma. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 10-6. Rte. 1A, Wrentham, MA. 508-384-0600. premiumoutlets.com/wrentham
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, Connecticut
Devour a day in a flash as you browse through the 70 upscale stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, 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
Lee Premium Outlets, Massachusetts
Jones New York, Tommy Hilfiger, Izod, Under Armour, and specialty food makers Harry and David 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. premiumoutlets.com/lee
Tanger Outlet Center-Tilton, New Hampshire
Big names such as Rue21, Jones New York, Van Heusen, and Coach; foot-wear selections such as Bass and Skechers; and home-furnishing gems like Kitchen Collection make this an outlet center not to miss. And, there’s more to come with Talbots and Zumiez opening soon. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 10-6. 120 Laconia Rd., Tilton. 603-286-7880. tangeroutlet.com/tilton
Kittery Outlets, Maine
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. 207-439-4367. thekitteryoutlets.com
With these great outlet stores, you can get out and get shopping. It’s a perfect activity for a rainy spring day. But since outlet shopping malls let you catch a little fresh air between stores, you’ll have an excuse to go on a sunny day, too.