Shoppers Love the Outlet Malls in New England

New England is known for its magnificent fall foliage, lovely and quaint seaside towns, winter ski slopes and interesting history. It has also earned a reputation for being a great place to go outlet shopping.

Throughout New England, bargain hunters can enjoy shopping in some of the largest outlet malls in the country and in designer outlet stores that cannot be found elsewhere.

Outlet Malls in New England Shopping Guide

Fall Shoppers
Outlet Shopping in New England. peter zelei / Getty Images

Peak Season

From mid-September to late October people flock to New England's countryside to see the beautiful show of the leaves changing which nature provides. To accommodate the visitors the New England outlet stores maximize their inventory levels. Shoppers can expect find the very best styles and selections of merchandise during this time of the year.

Holiday Season

Outlet malls have built a reputation for putting on outstanding Black Friday events and it attracts not only the local shoppers, but also shoppers living in nearby cities. People from New York, Boston, Newark and cities like New Haven will drive to the outlets to avoid the huge crowds in the city. Shoppers find that they can relax and enjoy the festive shopping atmosphere, browse a larger selection of goods, and get fabulous bargains.

Summer Traffic

During the summer months the outlet malls located in coastal areas of New England see their biggest crowds over the weekends as people head to beaches for sunshine and deal hunting at the outlets.

The three-day holiday weekends get very crowded during this time. Shoppers will find merchandise in coastal outlet stores that cannot be found anywhere else. That alone will keep people flocking in from out of town to shop outlets.

Outlet Malls in Connecticut

outlet mall shopper.
Outlet Malls in Connecticut. paolomartinezphotography / Getty

There are three major outlet malls in Connecticut- Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, Tanger Outlets in Westbrook and Tanger Outlets in Foxwoods.

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Known as the bluefish capital of the world, Clinton is a small, colonial Connecticut town located on Long Island Sound.

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets is an upscale outlet center with over 70 outlet stores including Adidas, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Bose, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Cole Haan, Club Monaco, DKNY, Dooney & Bourke, Gap Outlet, Hanna Andersson, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Swarovski, Talbots and more.

The outlet is located off I-95 about 30 miles from New Haven and just over 100 miles from Boston and New York.

During the spring and summer months the area expands with visitors wanting to get out of the hot cities and enjoy the beach, boating, fishing, antiquing, bargain hunting at the outlet mall, going on historical walking tours, biking or walking nature trails, relaxing while wine tasting at Chamard Vineyards, or hitting the slots at Mohegan Sun casino.

Tanger Outlets in Westbrook

Westbrook is a quaint, picturesque town located on the Long Island Sound.

Tanger Outlets in Westbrook is located off I-95, shoppers can enjoy 65 designer and brand outlets including  J.Crew, New Balance, Williams Sonoma, Waterford Wedgwood, Reebok, Rockport, LOFT Outlet, VF Outlet, Carter’s, Nine West, Hush Puppies Merrell Sebago, Bath & Body Works Outlet, Eddie Bauer, Jockey, Rack Room Shoes, and more.

Visitors come to Westbrook to enjoy the beaches, and various marine activities, touring the Military Historians Museum, viewing the Connecticut River from inside the Gillette Castle, visiting the Mystic Seaport & Aquarium, deal hunting at Tanger Outlets, and taking a chance at Foxwoods Resort and Casino and Mohegan Sun.

Tanger Outlets in Foxwoods

Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and it is the largest casino in North America.

Tanger Outlets in Foxwoods is the newest outlet in Connecticut, and one that is most unique, this outlet mall opened in May 2015. It is enclosed and sits between the Grand Pequot Tower Casino and the Fox Tower Casino. It is also the only outlet mall that has ever been opened inside of a casino.

The outlet stores that have opened include H&M which is the mall anchor, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Fossil, Gap, H&M, J. Crew, LOFT, Michael Kors, Nike, Skechers, Steve Madden, Talbots, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.

Other Shopping Notes of Interest

Connecticut Sales Tax - 6.35%
Tax Free Shopping Week is held in August.

Outlet Malls in Maine

L.L.Bean Freeport
L.L.Bean, Freeport, Maine. Maine Office of Tourism

Maine has two major areas for outlet shopping, Kittery and Freeport.

Kittery, Maine Outlet Shopping

Kittery is unique in that devotes an entire section of the city to outlet mall shopping. Located off Interstate 95, the coastal town of Kittery, Maine offers visitors an atmosphere of old world charm with its cobblestone streets and quaint pubs and individually owned shops, mixed with an excellent selection of more than 120 popular name-brand outlet stores.

  • Maine Gate Outlets
    Located in Kittery, the Maine Gate Outlets is a small section of the larger outlet shopping complex of small malls and stores.
  • Kittery Premium Outlets
    The Kittery Premium Outlets has five individual outlets with over 65 brand-name manufacturer and designer outlet stores.
  • Tanger Factory Outlet Center
    The Tanger Factory Outlet Center in Kittery has 18 brand-name manufacturer and designer outlet stores for bargain hunters to shop.

Freeport, Maine Outlets

Freeport, Maine is known for its outlet shopping with a wonderful collection of outlet stores including some of the best designer brands in the world.

Located just 20 minutes from north  Portland, bargain shoppers enjoy the great prices as well as the atmosphere of this charming coastal New England village. Outlet stores to visit include Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, and Cole.

Other Notes of Interest

Maine Sales Tax - 5.5 percent

See also: Outlet Shopping Across America

Outlet Malls in Massachusetts

Lee Premium Outlets - Lee, Massachusetts

Shop over 60 outlet stores in the beautiful Berkshires. Outlet stores include Premium Outlets Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Talbots and more.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Located near Boston, Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is New England's largest outlet center. Shop at Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's Outlet Store, Burberry, Coach, Cole Haan, Elie Tahari, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Salvatore Ferragamo.

VF Outlet - North Dartmouth Massachusetts

Shop outlet brands including Vanity Fair, Wrangler Lee, Healthtex, Jansport, Nautica, Lily of France and more.