A new outlet mall opened up in the DC area and I’ve been looking forward to doing a little Christmas shopping at the new Clarksburg Premium Outlets. Yesterday we drove over to Clarksburg, a few weeks after the outlets opened, and they were absolutely beautiful!
Driving up to the outlets was easy. The Clarksburg Premium Outlets are just off of I-270 at exit 18 (Boyds/Clarksburg). You really can’t miss them as they are right off the highway! If you ever drive up to Frederick or to/from Pennsylvania, you’ll see them off the highway as you pass Clarksburg. Once off the highway, it’s a 2 lane road into the outlets. We visited the outlets on a Monday morning, so the roads weren’t crowded, but I can imagine the roads being clogged on weekends or on busy shopping days.
There are quite a few parking lots around the outlets, all with easy access to various entrances for the outlet store. We parked just in front of the center of the outlet mall and were greeted by the beautiful Christmas tree in the center of the square. There is also a park right by the Nike Outlet, which is great for kids!
As it was freezing outside, we first grabbed a drink from the Starbucks right across from the Market (food court). Right outside of the Starbucks is also an outdoor fire pit, which will be really nice during the winter!
The outlet mall essentially has two wings, one to the left of the center square and one to the right. There is an upstairs and a downstairs, with an escalator and elevator on each end and at the center square. All of the shops entrances are outdoors, so it’s something to keep in mind if the weather is bad.
There are quiet a few stores at the Clarksburg Outlets that I’ve never heard of before, but some of the big names are there! Between Old Navy, Carters, Disney Store, Kate Spade, Nike, Loft, Banana Republic, Coach, Gap, Crocks, Oshkosh, Tori Burch, and Yankee Candle, there is plenty of shopping to be done at the outlet mall!
I was most excited about the David’s Tea outlet store! A David’s Tea just opened up in Montgomery Mall, but having the store at the outlet is awesome. I had just ordered their 24 Days of Teas, but the outlets had tons of them! It’ll be nice to buy tea through the outlet and not have to pay for shipping online.
All in all, the outlets were really beautiful. They reminded me of the outdoor shopping areas in Texas. I think they are well worth the drive, especially as they open up more stores over the next few months. I do think they’ll be a little crazy over the holidays, but what outlets aren’t!?! For many, they’re a much closer drive than Leesburg or Hagerstown!
If you’re in the DC area, have you visited the new Clarksburg Premium Outlets?