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Shopping in Modern Malls and Historic Towns in Vermont
Whether you need to replace something you forgot at home or consider shopping as important to your travel as sightseeing, you'll find shops with everything you need in Vermont. You can choose from major brand offerings or only-in-Vermont shops for unique reminders of your trip.
Find designer discounts at Manchester Designer Outlets in Manchester, not far from Okemo. Besides fashion and home goods, the outlet center is home to the Vermont Butcher Shop, letting you pick up fresh local meats. Sign up for the VIP club to get extra discounts. There's another outlet center in Essex, near Burlington. The Essex Shoppes include brand stores like the Brooks Brothers Outlet plus local shops like Snowdrop Winter Apparel. (In Vermont, the right clothes for winter are key to enjoying the mountains and outdoor activities!) Essex Shoppes also has the Essex Cinemas, featuring the T-Rex (Theater Real EXtreme) large format movie experience.
If you're tired of malls, our charming small towns have great shopping in historic buildings. Head to the Woodstock, Vermont shopping district, filled with independent retail stores. The General Store dates back to 1886, and Vermont's oldest bookshop, from 1935, is also located here. Enjoy seeing the historic town while you browse the shops and galleries. Ludlow's downtown is filled with five blocks of family-owned shops featuring clothing, fabric, art, postcards, and more. The downtown in Montpelier, Vermont's capital, has fun shopping including a record store on the main street. All of downtown Bristol is a National Historic District and you can enjoy browsing shops with vintage goods, gifts, art, and home accessories.
No matter what you need, you'll find it at the Vermont Country Store, with two locations, in Weston and Rockingham. The owners' family settled in Vermont back in 1760, and the company is dedicated to serving their community. If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, visit King Arthur Flour's Baker's Store in Norwich. Besides selling everything you need to bake perfectly back home, the company's baking school offers classes for all skill levels.
If you're here to hit the slopes during winter, take a break to hit the shops, too. Our ski mountains have great shopping in the villages at the foot of the mountain. You'll find everything you need to make you more comfortable, from ski accessories to sweaters, as well as gifts to bring back home.
Our Favorite Places to Shop
Church Street Marketplace
Vermont certainly is home to a wide range of excellent must-see attractions. From the gorgeous views across its many state parks and national forests, to the iconic and historic museums – there's rarely a time where you'll be without something to do. The Church Street Marketplace in Burlington only helps to further that idea.
An uncovered outdoor shopping and dining destination visited by thousands each year, Church Street Marketplace is one of Burlington's top attractions. Make the short drive in from nearby South Burlington and explore the many shops, boutiques, and local retailers offering wares. Pick up something for yourself, or grab a few gifts for those waiting for you at home. You can find the Church Street Marketplace near the City Hall Park and the University of Vermont.
Located in Essex, the Essex Outlets is set near downtown Burlington in northern Vermont on Lake Champlain. Featuring national outlets, unique-to-Vermont specialty shops, and an onsite movie theater, Essex Outlets has something for everyone. Catch a movie at Essex Cinemas, and stop by Phoenix Books, Brooks Brothers, Famous Footwear, or one of many other stores. Open daily by 10 a.m., Essex Outlets also features eateries, events, and more.
Open daily till 9 p.m., and till 6 p.m. on Sundays, the University Mall is located in South Burlington in northern Vermont. Stores include Sears, Kohl’s, Sephora, Express, and the Gap – plus onsite eateries. The University Mall also plays host to many family-friendly events, including the Halloween Family Party, Bouncy Fest, Easter Egg Hunt & Mascot March, Winter Carnival, Spring Carnival, and more.