Destination: Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, Clinton CT
Posted on April 17, 2015
Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
Outlet shopping has been in vogue for some time so by now it’s no secret that factory outlet stores do not necessarily equate to inexpensive. They do, however, offer an opportunity to purchase name brands for less than retail prices. Plus, some are designed to be a pleasant shopping experience – a nice day trip.
Two of my favorites located in New England are Lee Premium Outlets in the Massachusetts Berkshires Mountains and Clinton Crossing in Clinton, Connecticut. In addition to bargain hunting trips, both are laid out such that they can make for a pleasant stroll for times when all you have in mind is window shopping.
With the arrival of spring my thoughts could not help but turn to the shoreline, which made my recent choice Clinton Crossing. It is but a “stone’s throw” from Hammonasset Beach State Park, Saybrook Point on the banks of the Connecticut River and a number of good and reasonably priced seafood restaurants.
The center large block walkway of Clinton Crossing is accented by turn of the 20th Century design lanterns. It is spacious and thus also wheelchair-friendly. I was there on an overcast day with sporadic rain showers but that’s okay because on either side of the “Crossing” are long, covered sidewalks adjacent to the storefronts and punctuated by white pillars. The center aisle was springtime ready with landscaping in place – lovely, tall, wispy plantings – and a food kiosk was open. There are plenty of benches where shoppers can take a break or sit for a quick bite to eat. Planted trees were not yet in bloom.
Here one can find an array of popular brand stores. Among them are Brooks Brothers and Polo Ralph Lauren for those who favor collegiate and classic styles. Brooks Brothers has an association with the “Make- A-Wish Foundation” and from April to May 1 is selling well-dressed stuffed bears, the “dapper”, preppy Brooksie in a bow tie or Brook in a gingham dress – both with the Golden Fleece logo, for $30 each with $5 of that amount going to the foundation. As well there is a Talbots, and for handbag accessories Coach and Dooney & Bourke shops.
Clinton Crossing offers Armed Forces/ Military appreciation in the form of a VIP coupon booklet available to those who show a military ID. On Tuesdays the 50 Plus crowd can take advantage of 10 percent off at some stores by showing proof of age. As well, there are often other promotional offers on tap.
The “Crossing” is easy access at exit 63 off I-95.
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, 20 – A Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton CT 06413; 860-664-0700.