The State of Vermont is home to a first class outlet mall called the Manchester Designer Outlets. It is located at 97 Depot Street in Manchester Center, Vermont. It can be reached from all directions either on I-87, I-90 or Vermont Route 7. The outlets are known for having prices that are thirty to seventy per cent off retail.
Stores that encompass the outlet are Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Betsey Johnson, Brooks Brothers, Cashmere Mill Shop, Coach, Crabtree & Evelyn, Depot 62, Escada, Five Seasons: A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, Giorgio Armani General Store, Gymboree Outlet due in the fall of 2009 and Hickey-Freeman/Bobby Jones.
More stores include: J. Crew, Johnston & Murphy, Jones New York, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Overland, Peruvian Connection, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ponce Gourmet, Sanctuary Collection, The Cosmetics Company Store, Theory, Traditions, TSE Factory, Tumi, Vermont Bird Place, Yankee Candle and Yves Delorme. Food can be found at Ben & Jerry's or Depot Caf,.
The hours of the Manchester Designer Outlets are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The hours may change during the holidays with expanded times. Tour groups are welcome at the Manchester Designer Outlets. Guests on the tours can be met at the outlets or at hotels in the area. They will receive a shopping tour of the stores, Club Manchester extra savings offers and refreshments.
There are plenty of hotels near the Manchester Designer Outlets. Many of the accommodations offer gift certificates and savings coupons to the outlet stores with a stay. Hotels that can be found in the vicinity are: Equinox Resort, The Reluctant Panther Inn, The Inn at Manchester, Manchester Highlands Inn, Wilburton Inn, The Palmer House, Inn at Ormsby Hill, The Manchester View, Casablanca Motel, Dorset Inn with a Midweek Gourmet Getaway and Shopping excursion, Barrows House in Dorset, Vermont, Hill Farm Inn, Marble West Inn, West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont, The Arlington Inn, The Old Tavern at Grafton, Three Mountain Inn in Jamaica, Vermont, Silas Griffith Inn in Darby, Vermont, The Four Chimneys Inn & Restaurant in Bennington, Vermont, Arcady at the Sunderland Lodging & B&B, Holiday Inn in Rutland, Vermont, Best Western Rutland, and the Bennington Hampton Inn.
The Ponce Gourmet restaurant features French cheeses, Spanish roast pork shoulder, and garam marsala green bean salad. They also offer premium coffees and espresso along with fresh pastries and chocolate delights. The Depot Caf, has an organic and natural menu. They specialize in Turkish cuisine such as kebabs, brick oven pizza and chicken dishes. Restaurants that are close to the Manchester Designer Outlets include: Candeleros Southwestern Grill with traditional Mexican fare, Bagel Works with more than twenty varieties of bagels complemented with fresh Vermont cheeses, Sherrie's Caf, with homemade comfort foods like corned beef hash, eggs benedict and chocolate chip pancakes, The Sushi Boat, Little Rooster Caf,, Zoey's Double Hex, Al Ducci's Italian Pantry and Marsh Tavern at the Equinox Resort round out the choices.