We’ve told you about how much we love the Manchester Designer Outlets before. With more than 40 retailers, we can find everything from apparel to accessories from high-end labels -- think Armani, Theory, and Kate Spade -- along with more casual brands like New Balance and J. Crew with a dash of art and home accessories thrown in. It’s our go-to spot for holiday shopping and a lifesaver this time of year since we can find everything we need in one place for up to 70 percent off every day (and really that’s all we ever wanted from Santa.)
And here’s the other great thing about Manchester: It’s the perfect New England destination for a quick getaway, just three and a half hours from Bergen County, NJ.
As you may have heard once or twice, Vermont is home to a popular little sport called skiing, and Manchester is just minutes from some of the best mountains for boarding and skiing on the East Coast with the world-renowned Stratton and Bromley mountains and the luxe Equinox Resort nearby. But this time of year, there is so much more to do beyond shopping and snow sports (though those two activities alone would be good enough for us) and you could easily spend a week up there without running out of things to do. Here’s a cheat sheet of some highlights to hit during your next visit to Manchester.
-Take the kids to see how maple syrup is made at one of dozens of the area’s “sugar houses.”
-Visit Hildene The Lincoln Family Home, built by Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s son Robert. The estate is steeped in history and especially lovely this time of year with holiday decorations. Bonus: You might catch some carolers while you’re there.
-Get on board the Elf Express! During the weekend of December 15th and 16th, a whimsical holiday train leaves right from Manchester Center with a ride of singing and dancing elves, storytime, and a visit from Santa. Get tickets here.
-Check out the American Museum of Fly Fishing housed in a 1800s farmhouse. It’s surprisingly fascinating, with a whopping 40,000 artifacts including some from former presidents).
-Stroll the adorable Northshire Bookstore, an independent, family-owned shop with a full floor dedicated to children’s titles.
-Sip adult beverage at the kitschy Christmas-themed Miracle pop-up bar with seasonal cocktails to get you in the spirit with a spirit.
Turns out we would have headed to Manchester this year even if there weren’t so many amazing outlets ... but wow, are we happy there are.
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