Even in the Green Mountains, we can’t spend every day getting lost in the woods. When it’s time to hang up the skis and dust off our suits, we sometimes forget that there’s more to this great state than maple syrup and flannel. In fact, you don’t need to head south to find a perfect new tie — go ahead, hang around an extra day and prepare for that big meeting Vermont style. You’ll discover world class shopping in Vermont at the Manchester Outlets, along with an array of artisanal storefronts. Here are some of our favorite stops for shopping the outlets in Vermont.
Manchester Designer Outlets
From Ann Taylor Factory to Zoey’s Deli, the shops that make up the Manchester Designer Outlets have something for everyone. You’ll find nearly 40 different retailers and restaurants, with familiar names like Brooks Brothers and Vineyard Vines nestled among upscale café counters and bistros. This collection of designer stores and factory outlets is one of our favorite hubs for shopping in Vermont, and Manchester’s surrounding landscape makes the deals that much sweeter.
One of the largest independent bookstores in New England, the Northshire Bookstore combines a cozy, laid-back atmosphere with some of the best book shopping anywhere in Vermont. You’ll find all kinds of niche and specialty titles on the shelves here, as well as plenty of gifts and souvenirs and an entire Children’s floor. It’s no surprise that Publisher’s Weekly voted it the Best Bookstore in America.
Since 1950, Manchester Woodcraft has designed, manufactured and sold wooden decorations and furniture to the people of Vermont. Today, you can find virtually any wooden craft inside its doors, including handmade Adirondack chairs, authentic Vermont maple cutting boards and furniture, and all manner of wooden toys and knick-knacks. You can even create your own custom orders to get truly unique wooden wonders.
With its combination of fly-fishing specialty and outdoor apparel, the flagship Orvis storefront in Manchester is any outdoor lover’s dream. The entire building exhibits classic Vermont style, with genuine wood beam construction, a huge fireplace, and an indoor fish pond. You can even wade into the world of fly fishing with classes and fly tying demos.
The Kitchen Store at J.K. Adams
Foodies and kitchen enthusiasts, this one’s for you. The Kitchen Store at J.K. Adams houses three floors of kitchenware and cooking supplies. It’s the ultimate place to stock your cabinets with pots, pans, appliances and decorations. We like to start in the sale section, which is loaded with special deals and factory seconds to whet your appetite.
The Gold Trout
Looking for a unique gift or greeting card? Want to get something that you’re sure nobody else has? The Gold Trout is the place. With fine stationery, quality accessories, and creative gift ideas, the Gold Trout brings you one step closer to smiles and celebrations.
Shopping till you drop is easier when you have a place to drop nearby, and Manchester makes a great full-day or afternoon trip from your Vermont rental home at Chimney Hill. After you leave the last cash register, you can grab a bite to eat and be back in your living room in less than an hour to look over the day's spoils.