Discover Prince William & Manassas November 2014

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by Ann Marie Maher, President and CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas

‘Tis the season for shopping! With the holidays upon us, our schedules get a little bit busier, so why not make it convenient to cross items off your list by shopping in Prince William and Manassas?

Begin with a trip to Potomac Mills, Virginia’s largest outlet mall, offering more than 220 shops and eateries. You’re sure to find a
bargain! The indoor outlet now features a fashion district with upscale brands at stores like Kate Spade Outlet, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Last Call by Neiman Marcus.

Close by, Historic Occoquan, a charming small town listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features more than 60 unique boutiques and restaurants. Make sure to stop in The Golden Goose, Northern Virginia’s largest Christmas store, to find holiday decorations. You can also walk through the streets exploring art galleries, jewelry stores and gourmet food shops. Then swing by Mom’s Apple Pie for a baked good or the Bottle Stop for a bottle of wine. At the end of your outing, you are sure to have something to please even the most challenging people on your list.

Equally walkable and charming, Historic Downtown Manassas also offers an array of boutiques, galleries and restaurants. For that hard-to-buy-for man, visit Old Towne Man Cave. Or, stop by Love, Charley for a homemade candle or unique home item. Not entirely sure what to purchase? Historic Manassas Inc. sells gift cards accepted in more than 30 of its downtown shops and restaurants.

On weekends, stroll through a winter farmers market either in Manassas each Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., or in Dale City on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

With all the local options available, I’m confident you’ll find just the right gifts for all of the special people in your life. Have a wonderful holiday season, and for a full listing of places to shop, visit

Ann Marie Maher is the president and CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas. For more information about what’s going on in Prince William and Manassas, visit and like us on


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