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Woodbury New York's shopaholics paradise.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Member Name: bubbles12
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Advantages: Cheap designer brands, Shop till you drop.
Disadvantages: None, Oh your feet will hurt after all the shopping
I have always wanted to go to New York Manhattan, and my chance finally came in 2007. I was ecstatic as I love to shop. All the designers shops what more could a girl want, I found myself counting down the days on the fridge's calendar from the day it was booked.
I only had a week in New York so I had to plan my days to be sure I got to see everything I wanted to. I researched the city through travel magazines and the internet and made a list of all the sights and places I wanted to go.
After the tourist places like statue of liberty, wall street, Broadway shows, ground zero, Staten island, Coney island, central park and the legendary 5th avenue. We were at a loose end, yes I could have quite happily visit many of these place more then once but I wanted to see everything I could in the little time I had.
On day five we walked through the hotel reception and found a leaflet display, One in which stood out was the Woodbury common premium outlets, this was one place I had to go I told my husband. We planned the visit for day six the day before we were due to leave.
The Woodbury Outlet Village is located on route 32 in the Central Valley of New York. Its is roughly One hour north of New York City.
Woodbury is colonial-style village, and offers the world's biggest selection of designer brands, with around 220 shops offering the world's most desired brands like Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Max Mara, Nautica, DKNY jeans, Guess and many more.
I did find that shops like, miss sixty, diesel, very expensive, you are more that likely going to get these at a better price in the UK.
This is truly every shopaholics dream, and you can very easy get carried away, at the time we got 1.8 dollars to the pound so we were paying nearly half the price. Plus what ever discounts the stores are offering.
I have to stress that you don't buy to much as you have to think about your luggage allowances if you are flying home, we had to buy two extra cases and pay excess baggage fees or 150 dollars per case, so maybe we didn't get the deals we thought.
When we visited Woodbury outlet we traveled the hour's journey by coach, the grey line Port Authority which is located in New York City, 42nd Street & Eighth Avenue. We found this very easily by foot but if you are unsure you can take a yellow taxi.
This trip cost 32.00 dollars each, this was for transport to and from Woodbury and a shopping package for when we got to Woodbury, within the package we got a Woodbury leather shopping bag and 100's dollars worth of discount vouchers, to be used in participating stores. There was 15.00 dollars to spend free at Ralph Lauren, and thing like spend 100.00 get 25% off, so we certainly saved money with these, all for the small price of 32.00 bucks.
You could also hire a car very cheaply, to go to Woodbury this is good for boot space, but you would need to be very confident in driving it the city and its outskirts.
If you are feeling very extravagant then the alternative options are traveling in a limousine or even a helicopter, but I am confident these will cost a small fortune a lot more then the 32.00 dollars we paid.
WOODBURY OPENING TIMES
Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 9.00pm
Woodbury is open 364 days of the year, but is closed Christmas day. Public holidays and remembrance days may vary with opening times.
So if you are in to designer brands this is the place to go, I managed to get a whole new wardrobe for just under 1000.00 dollars which at the time was a little over 500.00 pounds, oh plus the 300.00 dollar excess baggage fee.
We brought so much and didn't think how we were going to get it back to the hotel, I can be very impulsive and think later. There was no problem we just put all of our shopping in the hold under the coach. We just made sure one of us was off the bus first to ensure nobody pinched it, we also tipped the driver 10.00 dollars because he was so nice about it
All in all this was a lovely day and a great way to end the New York holiday, I was just glad I did it at the end of the break because I could have easily spent a lot more.
We arrived at 10.00am in the morning walked around the complex to scan all the shops, at dinner time we sat and had a lovely meal at one of the many restaurants, this was a little bit pricey and you do need to tip the waiters, but I am sure I could have grabbed a cheap burger in one of the shops or restaurants, to save the pennies.
The grey line coach runs every hour, so you can leave anytime you want to and these run until 9.00pm when the complex shuts, we left a 7.00pm and the place was still bouncing so you will need a whole day to visit the complex.
Summary: Great day out for those who love to shop.