80 Industrial Parkway
Burlington , Vermont
Tel: 802 660 3200
Shopping for snowboarding gear at the Burton Flagship Store is the snow-sliding equivalent of flying to Germany to buy your BMW: A value-added shopping experience. Formerly known as Burton's Factory Outlet, the store also has the latest bindings, boards, and apparel.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 8 pm, Sundays 11 am to 6 pm.
225 Church Street
Burlington , Vermont
Tel: 802 863 3880
The only spot in Burlington that might be called industrial chic, this former taxi garage was transformed into a glassblowing studio several years ago. Watch young artists blow the bright and delicate creations; an adjacent gallery sells the ones that have already cooled.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm. Call ahead for demonstrations.
Burlington , Vermont
Tel: 802 863 1648
Burlington's shopping district is a cobblestone, pedestrian-only affair that covers several downtown blocks. You'll find the inescapable Banana Republic, Borders, and other national chains, but look instead to the local shops. Pick up a vacation read at Crow Bookshop (14 Church St.; 802-862-0848; www.crowbooks.com), crafts and funky furniture at Frog Hollow (85 Church St.; 802-863-6458; www.froghollow.org), organic baby wear at Sprout Natural Parenting (110 Church St.; 802-865-0060; www.sproutparenting.com), and handmade pewter items at Danforth Pewter (111 Church St.; 802-860-7135; www.danforthpewter.com). Michael Kehoe is a good bet for high-end men's duds (117 Church St.; 802-863-3550; www.mkltd.com), Ecco sells high-end women's wear (63 Church St.; 802-860-2220; www.eccoclothes.com), and Lake Champlain Chocolates is recommended for, well, indulging (400 Pine St.; 802-864-1808; www.lakechamplainchocolates.com).
40 Foundry Street
Waterbury , Vermont
Tel: 802 882 2134
Green Mountain Coffee is considered by many locals to be the best in New England, and here you'll be able to sample as much as you want and decide for yourself. The outlet, though, is really worthwhile for all the java-related gadgets that they sell, such as single-cup brewers.
Open Mondays through Fridays 6:30 am to 3 pm.
Vermonters easily shed their Birkenstock- and flannel-wearing reputation in the cute-chic town of Manchester, where the streets are lined with designer outlets, including Betsey Johnson (58 Depot St.; 802-366-1030), Giorgio Armani (Manchester Square; 802-362-1166), and Brooks Brothers (460 Depot St.; 802-362-7044). All told, there are more than 30 boutiques offering steep discounts, most a notch above those in typical discount megamalls. The traffic on Depot Street, especially on summer days, can be tiresome: Plan to walk, not drive, from one end to the other, and wind down by browsing through the Northshire Bookstore (4869 Main St.; 802-362-2200; www.northshire.com).
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays 10 am to 6 pm.
1760 Quechee Main Street
Quechee , Vermont
Tel: 802 295 2711
Although Irish glassblowing wizard Simon Pearce has established more than a dozen retail stores around the United States, the Mill is his original American enterprise. Opened in 1981, it's as pretty as the pieces he produces. Here, visitors can gawk at glassblowing artisans and, on the weekends, potters as well. And, of course, pick up wedding presents galore, from linens and throws to pint glasses and cake plates. Lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch at the adjoining restaurant, with a menu of Irish comfort food, is also a work of art.
Open daily 10 am to 9 pm.
657 Main Street
Weston , Vermont
Tel: 802 824 3184
Leave yourself plenty of time for perusing the wares of this Weston landmark (found in the center of Vermont, northeast of Manchester), whose old-fashioned appeal will delight even the most sophisticated of shoppers. Billing themselves as "purveyors of the practical and hard-to-find," the Orton family has operated this sprawling smorgasbord since 1946, selling everything from Prohibition-era Evening in Paris perfume and pleated muumuus to Hobo Soup and vodka-laced lemon cake. There are also more practical items, such as flannel blankets, gardening rakes, and even a mini elliptical trainer. But the main draw here is nostalgia. Among the wooden barrels, exposed rafters, and wood-burning stoves, you'll feel like a kid in a candy store.
Open daily 9 am to 5:30 pm.