So you’ve been to all the best shops in NYC—multiple times. Instead, why don’t you swing by an outlet? New York and neighboring states have plenty of options for snagging bargain duds that rival the goods at New York’s best sample sales. You could even make a whole weekend getaway in NJ out of it with an extended stay at a nearby bed-and-breakfast, or add on a trip to a ski resort to hit the slopes along with the stores.
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Best outlets near New York
46 miles from NYC
This massive discount haven is home to the largest collection of designer outlets in the world; you could spend days exploring this 220-store shopping mecca. Keep an eye out for impressive bargains from brands like Prada, Gucci and Betsey Johnson. Merchandise is constantly changing, with some stores getting new duds daily.
92 miles from NYC
This shopping destination contains 100 stores—ranging from Burberry to Ann Taylor—with savings of 25 percent to 65 percent off every day. If you also go skiing at nearby Camelback or Shawnee mountains, you can even show a lift ticket to the management office and receive a coupon book packed with discounts valued at more than $500. 1000 Rte 611, Tannersville, PA (570-629-4650, premiumoutlets.com)
78 miles from NYC
Venture to Long Island to shop premium brands like Armani and True Religion at high-end purveyors like Barneys and Saks—or go for lower price points at Forever 21 and H&M. There are two sections of retail stores interspersed with restaurants, house-ware and home good shops, including specialty service stores like Brookstone and Yankee Candle.
15 miles from NYC
Looking like a classic mall but containing the bargains of outlets, this newly remodeled center has big-box stores like Target, Nike and Marshalls with deep discounts and deals that rotate regularly. There are also high-end brands like Neiman Marcus and Saks, and you can even grab snacks at mall classics Wetzel’s Pretzels and Frozen Peaks.
Waterloo Premium Outlets
279 miles from NYC
Located in upstate New York midway between Syracuse and Rochester, these outlets are packed with familiar names such as Coach, BCBG Max Azria and Old Navy. Check the website in advance for frequent promotions, when already low prices are reduced even further. Plus, the mall is conveniently surrounded by wineries. Just be sure to hit the bottle after you shop; drunk buying can be very dangerous. 655 Rte 318, Waterloo, NY (315-539-1100, premiumoutlets.com)
Settlers' Green Outlet Village
337 miles from NYC
If you're up for some exercise, consider heading to the hills after visiting this outlet village, which is within walking distance of Cranmore Mountain. Enjoy fresh air, stunning mountain views and deep discounts (up to 75 percent off) while you shop more than 60 name-brand outposts. Save big on fashionable shades from Sunglass Hut, shower radios from Brookstone or stylish wares from Kitchen Collection. Rte 16, North Conway, NH (888-667-9636, settlersgreen.com)
Smith Haven Mall
54 miles from NYC
This hub of 140 stores is an excellent destination for women’s apparel and accessories along with tech gadgets and sporting goods. Stock up on Uniqlo mainstays or home-goods from Macy's, the swing by the Apple store, Barnes & Noble or Swarovski Crystal store. 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, (631-724-8066, simon.com)
Liberty Village Premium Outlets
71 miles from NYC
Though there are only 40 stores here, the brands represented are strong and good deals can certainly be scouted—snag classic pieces from brands like J.Crew, Coach, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. It also stays open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, so you can browse the deep discounts at your leisure. 1 Church St, Flemington, NJ (908-782-8550, premiumoutlets.com)
Shop for beauty products
New Yorkers certainly aren’t at a loss for beauty meccas—you can find top-notch nail salons, some of the best blow dry bars, not to mention a Sephora on almost every corner. But let’s face it, not all primping palaces are created equal. From natural makeup to drugstore loot and shops that offer the same treatments found at spas in NYC, here’s the ultimate insider guide to getting gorgeous in Gotham.