If your ideal weekend or vacation activity is shopping (‘til you drop), you’re in luck: Maryland has some of the best around, from cool specialty stores to entire shopping districts. Here are 25 of the best shopping destinations guaranteed to give your wallet a run for its money.
1 Hagerstown Premium Outlets
There are super deals to be found in Marland's Premium Outlets. Stock up on athletic gear at the Under Armour outlets or fill up your closet with finds from Polo Ralf Lauren or Michael Kors.
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2 Schoolhouse Earth, Friendsville
You can buy almost anything at this eclectic destination that’s as much an experience as a store. Within its walls you’ll find fashion and jewelry items, home goods, children’s gifts, books, outdoor garden and patio items, a year-round Christmas shop, food samples, and—because, why not?—a free petting zoo to keep the kids entertained while you get your shopping done.
3 National Harbor
The outdoor plaza overlooking the Potomac in National Harbor has more than 150 boutiques such as South Moon Under and Alex and Ani. After a hard morning of holding all those shopping bags, pop into Divine Nail Spa for a little hand pampering or grab a sweet treat from chocolatier SPAGnVOLA. Then, check out the designer stores at Tanger Outlets.
4 5 Year Wood, Cumberland
How did “wood” become the gift for a fifth anniversary? In any case, we bet you'll find something great at this shop specializing in handcrafted wood products. Selections run the gamut from small functional pieces to furniture. With beautiful inlays and hand-carved designs, this shop’s products will impress not just those celebrating wedded bliss, but anyone who appreciates the mastery of artisans and wood workers.
5 Main Street Antique Stores, New Market
If you’re looking for small, quirky pieces or distinctive ephemera, look no further than these stores specializing in antique advertising, toys and scientific instruments. Just browsing through the curiosities is an afternoon well-spent.
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47 W. Main St
New Market, MD 21774
6 Emporium Antiques, Frederick
Swedish antiques? Check. Folk art and Americana? Check. Find furniture, jewelry, prints, pottery, silver, antique maps and globes, Civil War relics, vintage clothing and much more when you step inside this 55,000-square foot historic brick warehouse that houses more than 130 specialty dealers. Remember to pace yourself, Frederick is brimming with scads of shops you'll definitely want to explore.
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112 E. Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
7 Beaver Creek Antique Market, Hagerstown
Make a little room in your house for the heirlooms you’ll find here—with more than 150 antiques dealers you’re virtually assured of scoring unique treasures.
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20202 National Pike
Hagerstown, MD 21740
8 Harbor East, Baltimore
Make your mark! Everything you need to project your style is located in Baltimore's Harbor East. Fabulous brands like Under Armour, Warby Parker, Brooks Brothers and Anthropologie showcase their latest arrivals here, while fashion-forward boutiques fill their shops with one-of-a-kind pieces just for you.
9 Mount Airy Main Street
Enjoy your shopping with a side of history when you stroll along this Main Street, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop in one of the many local storefronts that run the gamut from high-end fashion, art and photography to handcrafted souvenirs, hobby and fabric shops. As an added bonus, the Mount Airy Main Street Association hosts year-round events that are fun for the whole family.
10 Simon Pearce Factory Outlet and Glassblowing Workshop, Mountain Lake Park
This outlet store sells beautiful pieces handmade by the artisans in the on-site workshop. Watch the master glassblowers at work before you purchase that perfect glass piece or tableware. You can even take a class to learn the craft firsthand.
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265 Glass Dr
Mountain Lake Park, MD 21550
11 Chevy Chase
You'll feel like you’re shopping New York City’s Fifth Avenue when you patronize the high-end shops of Chevy Chase. Bring your credit card, wear comfortable shoes, and prepare to shop at legendary retailers like Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier and Tiffany & Co.
12 Arundel Mills
This outlet mall has bargains around every corner of its sprawling single-floor layout. Find deals ranging from huge high-end discounts to everyday savings in stores like Neiman Marcus Last Call and J. Crew Factory Store. Allow enough time to take advantage of the numerous entertainment options, including Dave & Busters, a movie theatre, Medieval Times, and right next door, Maryland Live! Casino.
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7000 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076
13 Downtown Annapolis
You may find yourself dressed like a true Annapolitan after shopping this historic town’s boutiques with a nautical twist that include Sperry Top-Sider and Helly Hansen. Don’t miss shopping the art galleries or the gift shops overflowing with Naval Academy gear.
14 Havre de Grace Main Street
This picturesque water town has great shopping in its antiques shops, art galleries and quirky gift stores. But it may be best known for its one-of-a-kind carved waterfowl decoys, available at local shops as well as at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum.
15 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown
This street runs alongside the historic downtown square that is one of just a few remaining from Maryland’s provincial period. Set aside an afternoon or two to explore its bustling array of unique and locally-owned shops, including a used books and music store located in what was formerly Duke’s Bar— it still has the repurposed rear bar as part of its décor.
16 The Shops at Waldorf Center
Get your shopping fix in this convenient open-air shopping center in Charles County where you’ll find a mix of national chains, boutiques and discount stores alongside a variety of restaurants.
17 Grandmother's Store, Solomons Island
Family-owned for more than 100 years, this location has a storied history as a general store (1904) and town post office (1926). Today this shop sells antiques and gifts of all kinds, displayed on two floors. Stop by for a sense of what the town was like way back when.
18 The Apple Basket, Mechanicsville
This two-story antiques and gift shop is a destination in itself, styled like an 1800s general store and filled with homewares, jewelry and antiques.
19 North Beach Shops
Steps from the Chesapeake Bay Beach are unique boutiques like The Wheel Clothing Store featuring earth-friendly fashions and gifts and Sisters’ Corner, where you can find handcrafted aprons as well as children’s books.
20 Queenstown Premium Outlets
Just across the Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore, great discounts await at these outlets en route to the sun and sand of Ocean City. Find big savings on Under Armour, Kate Spade New York, Calvin Klein and more.
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441 Outlet Center Dr
Queenstown, MD 21658
21 Main Street Berlin
Visit Berlin and you’ll see why it was named “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel. Get your art fix at a wide array of art galleries, art co-ops, and individual artist studios such as Jeffrey Auxer Blown Glass and Fine Art, T Star Leather and Water’s Edge Gallery. For vintage finds, stop by Town Center Antiques, a multi-dealer antiques mall.
22 Adkins Farm Market, Salisbury
This farmers’ market is overflowing with fresh produce, herbs and plants most of the year. From nectarines and watermelons in the summer, to mums and pumpkins in the fall, to a strawberry patch each spring, a visit to Adkins is guaranteed to be (ahem) fruitful.
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31493 Mt. Hermon Rd
Salisbury, MD 21804
23 Cambridge Main Street
Prepare yourself for a day of eclectic shopping here. Pick up local wines and artisan cheeses from A Few of My Favorite Things. For accessories under $30, check out Bliss Jewelry. Liv Again advertises cool and funky furniture, and Mi Tierra Mexicana hits the Latino party scene with its piñatas and pastries—ole!
Looking for that hard to find, pre-loved title that really inspires you, the perfect gift for a unique someone special, or just a friendly, quirky spot to sate that boutique craving, Bookplate is the place. Specializing in used books and beautiful pottery from Israel and Spain, Bookplate is a Chestertown treasure.
25 Historic Ellicott City
For charm and history, look no further than this neighborhood packed with great shopping options. Find one-of-a-kind antiques, oriental rugs, rare books, funky fashions, specialty toys, and handmade jewelry and art galleries in the unique boutiques in Historic Ellicott City.