We know when you think of Vermont you imagine green mountains, cows, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, fall foliage, artisan cheeses, craft beer, hiking, cycling and lots of other wholesome, outdoor stuff…but you may not know that the Inn is also near a slightly different sort of attraction. It’s called “5th Avenue in the Mountains”. For those of you who enjoy a little shopping therapy, a short drive to the lovely village of Manchester, Vermont will bring you to over 40 designer outlet stores along with some great independently owned shops. From Armani to Ann Taylor, Coach, J. Crew, the Gap, Marrimeko and Ralph Lauren – it really is like a walk down 5th avenue, except you are in a quaint Vermont village. And, unlike shopping at designer stores in New York City, you can walk away with some serious deals. For locally owned shops (and we highly recommend you explore these too!) there are lots of choices like the Northshire Bookstore, the Orvis Flagship Store, Depot 62, or the Mountain Goat.
This week is one of the best times to take your self on a Manchester shopping spree because if you visit August 6-9th, you’ll hit the famous Manchester Sidewalk Sales – fantastic bargains, plus no sales tax on clothing! We know we usually encourage you to hike and kayak when you come to Vermont, but we thought it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t also let you in on this secret too. Happy shopping!