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Get Ready for Shopping Day Trips!
It's Saturday and I'm out east at my favorite shopping center hang-out - TANGER OUTLETS!!
Well, as you know, I have made this place my make- shift office and hangout as it's only a hop, skip and a jump from where my girlies ride horses on Saturdays.
And considering how much outdoor seating - and comfortable, I might add - donned with cushions and outdoor fireplaces - it has become quite an enjoyable way for me to spend a number of hours each Saturday.
What's more, they have a terrific food court and free wifi throughout the entire shopping complex.
I suggested to Tanya that we do our blog today on Shopping Day Trips! It is after all, Shoppin' Saturday here on T.C.
But, first, let me tell you about last night...
Our family dinner for Kelsey's 10th birthday got pushed back to last night. Weeknights are just difficult, in general, so Friday made more sense.
Of course, nothing can ever go off without a hitch.
I had originally told my parents and sister that I was planning it for Thursday night, since Wednesday evening the girls were with their father for their mid-week visitation - and that was Kelsey's official birthday.
Then, it turned out to be open school night for my sister and so I shifted things to Friday. Unfortunately, my sister had committed already to a party for one of her friends. I even tried to make it for earlier, but, she said it would be too much rushing for her.
My parents confirmed, however and I thought at least it would be the five of us.
Well, 30 minutes before we were supposed to meet, my mom called to tell me that they were both sick with gum/mouth infections.
It often feels like I'm planning a Safari trip whenever I try to make plans. But, in any case, it wound up being me and the two girls and it was a great evening!!
We had a most delicious meal at Rustica Brick Oven Pizza Cafe, one of our favorite nearby restaurants, which marked the third Happy Birthday celebration for my little girl...one with her Dad, another at school this week and then last night with her sissy and mommy.
It was the perfect way to spend a Foodie Friday!!
The start of the weekend had us all pretty famished and our table was a colorful array of Italian specialties!....
We decided to order dessert to go- zeppoles for Kelsey and a large slice of scrumptious Oreo Cheesecake for Gianna.
Unfortunately, while I was getting Punkin and taking her outside upon returning home, the kids had eaten their desserts before I got a chance to take a photo of these sweet treats!!
Kelsey indulged in two big, fluffy zeppoles
Back to the blog topic of the day...
Shopping Day Trips Near Long Island...
I haven't found a woman yet who doesn't enjoy shopping! In fact, I know a number of men (and boys) who enjoy hunting for new wears as well!
Who says you can't make this necessary evil a fun event and day-long excursion.
Here are three places that are on the top of my list for turning shopping into a mini vacay near Long Island.
Riverhead, NY (Long Island)
There is no question that this is definitely one of my favorite shopping experiences on Long Island!
LOcated in the town of Riverhead, off of exit 72 on the Long Island Expressway, Tanger is the perfect destination for a day of shopping, eating and being outside!
Located 1.5 hours east of New York, 20 minutes west of Southampton, 20 minutes east of Long Island, Tanger is home to 118 outlet stores.
It contains two distinct mall areas - Tanger 1 and Tanger 2, for which there is a trolley to escort shoppers between the two shopping areas, which each contain its own food court with clean, well-kept indoor and outdoor seating.
The stores include apparel, accessories, home and house wears & home furnishings, jewelry, footwear and specialty. Some of the brand outlet stores include Puma, Vince Camuto, Old Navy, Gap, UGG, Starbucks, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Ralph Lauren.
Local Hotels also offer coupon books for guests.
Central Valley,NY (Rockland County)
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets features 220 stores which feature savings of 25% to 65% every day.
It also contains Market Hall offering a variety of dining options including Chipotle, Pret A Manger, Pinkberry, and more.
Additional amenities are also offered such as free WIFI and more seating.
Some of the featured stores include Armani Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Burberry, Christian Dior, Coach Outlet, Dolce & Gabbana, Neiman Marcus Last Call, NIKE Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Tory Burch, Nike, Celine, Bottega Veneta, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Burberry, Coach, The North Face and more.
The center is owned by Premium Outlets, a subsidiary of Simon Property Group, and takes its name from the town in which it is located.
Shop Gotham NYC Shopping Tours
Manhattan, New York (NYC)
Who says you cannot be a tourist in your own town OR add shopping to your list of must-do tours, if you are visiting NYC?
How fun does this sound????
Shop Gotham shopping tours deliver
exciting perks not available to the independent
visitor. Guests will gain Special Access to Wholesale Designer Showrooms, Exclusive Store Discounts,
and rare opportunities to Meet Designers. An introduction to new stores and brands.
Currently, two of the tours they offer focus on two world-famous NYC shopping districts, depending on your fashion sense and style.
1. Garment District Special Access Shopping Tour
The Garment Center “Insider” Shopping Tour takes you on a “behind-the-scenes” expedition to Private Appointment-Only Designer Showrooms (not accessible to the public) to shop exactly where store buyers, fashion editors and stylists shop. And
at the same prices: WHOLESALE.
Shopping is for current season “better” Apparel & Accessories at 50-70% BELOW RETAIL. Each tour has a mix of classic and more fashion forward options, suitable to a variety of ages.
2. SoHo & NoLita Chic Boutiques Shopping Tour
The enormous array of options for retail therapy in soHo and Nolita can satisfy all budgets and tastes
targets a special selection of INDEPENDENT or RARELY FOUND clothing & accessory boutiques (ones you won’t find at your local mall): hidden gems that range from chic bargain to trendy luxury.
Your fashion savvy guide will update you on current season Fashion Trends, point out some of the New York’s most beautiful and historical Cast Iron Architecture and blow your mind with other local
history and trivia.
Several shops will extend EXCLUSIVE STORE
DISCOUNTS (10- 20%) which are usable ALL DAY.
WOW - Shop Gotham really blew my mind - what a way to spend a day!! To me, this is not only a perfect outing for the "adult girls" but what a nice way to bond with teenage daughters and nieces!
As a native New Yorker, I wasn't even aware of this super cool excursion. Private tours are also available!
Tanya also has shared some enlightening shopping information on our blog today so be sure to check it out!!
Tomorrow is going to be a fun and festive day. It's Kelsey's "Official" birthday party at Adventureland with a bunch of her horseback riding buds.
You know I'll be sure to take lots of pics and I cannot wait to jump on the rides with my kiddies!!
Have a phenomenal Saturday!!!
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