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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

{The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass}

The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills in Florida are not to be missed if you ever are in the Miami area!
This is also the Valet parking entrance and you are at the right corner to start browsing Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue or Bloomingdale's and all Outlets at the Colonnade to your right.
Sawgrass Mills is the largest outlet mall in the United States!
HOW large?
2.1 million square feet or 195,096 square meters, which is 19.5 hectare!
According to Miami.com's Sawgrass Mills Survival guide you deserve a medal - and a foot massage if you ever walk those 350 stores and outlet shops...
Yep, in the above screenshot, you see Neiman Marcus to the left and at the top you read Escada and that's how all designer outlets are lined up on both sides of the Colonnade and under a roof. 
Rain or shine - you will be fine. 
Neiman Marcus with super bargains and if you can't make it to the outlet, you also can order on line: Neiman Marcus Last Call ←(click it)
Trip Advisor review by me:
The Valet parking is a MUST in order to save your feet as the parking lot is like Miami.com put it here above: acres of parking lots with no empty space in sight...
There also is a Wolford outlet store; one of my favorites.
Have you ever been to the Sawgrass Mills Mall?

Related links:
Sawgrass Mills | website for finding store directory, mall map and directions


37 comments:

  1. Dearest Mariette,
    this is a great Outlet Store. A shame, that it is so far away .... would love to go through all the nice shops!
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      It is a bit more than a store; more like a complete city and no way you can see those stores all in one day. You have to study what you like to visit and than go. In Florida we encounter lots of Germans that shop there while on vacation, it sure pays off!
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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    2. Dearest Mariette,
      oh that sounds great, even when I am not such a "Shopping-Person" .... but I guess, this Center is worth visiting :O) Well, but I never would spend my Holidays in a Shopping-Center ...LOL...
      Love and hugs
      Claudia

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  2. Dear Mariette,

    What a wonderful looking Outlet Store and yes, it all seems to be there for some great shopping.
    A bonus too, having the Valet parking.
    Happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      We always go there for all our gift giving and so on. Better to stack up on certain things than paying way too much at a time you need them. That Valet parking is a blessing and we will use that in the future every time.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. I will give this a look-see next time I'm in Miami, Mariette. I always admire your stylish wardrobe and tuck your favorite sites in the back of my mind! xo

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    1. Dearest Stacy,
      You will be surprised with this location and if you happen to travel by car, even better. So many tourists still frequent the Sawgrass Mills Mall and the Colonnade boutique outlets. It makes for a perfect combination when traveling down south. Escada, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Wolford is pretty much where I find my favorite pieces. Also for Pieter at Neiman's and at times at Saks Fifth Avenue...
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  4. Haha, I like it's called Sawgrass Mills "Survival" guide :-) It must be really like that in such huge area and so many shops! Sure needs foot massage after visiting there.
    My memories are mixed up and I can't remember if I've been there or not. Would love to visit (or re-visit) there!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Yeah, 'Survival' guide is indeed a good one!
      But a fact is that for Sawgrass Mills, you better do your homework, getting on line and studying the lay out and pinpoint which stores you like to visit. Then knowing the entrance for that section and trying to park there - IF you are lucky to find a spot!
      It is HUGE and you have to wear your walking shoes...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Belo lugar...Espectacular....
    Cumprimentos

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    1. Dearest Farnando,
      It is a beautiful tropical setting and HUGE.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Liebe Mariette,
    das mag ein großes erlebnis sein - aber die Vielzahl an
    Geschäften würde mich erschlagen. Ich mag es lieber
    ein klein wenig übersichtlicher.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Ja die Übersicht muss man schon zu hause machen und studieren wo man hin gehen möchte. Dann klappt es um zielgericht hin zu gehen. Wir haben alles schön in diese eine Ecke also ist es schon super.
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  7. My dear friend Mariette;
    This is a nice outlet mall, definitely I'd love to visit it someday. Send you a big hug,
    Love,
    Laura :-)

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    1. Dearest Laura,
      Oh, it is a shopper's paradise and lots of families will stock up here on clothes for their kids, like at the huge Osk-Kosh store etc. If traveling by car, one can easily do that. We have read many license tags from Canada over the decades that we go there. Quite interesing how far people travel in order to go to South Florida. But it is so beautiful out there; provided you are not plagued by a hurricane or tornado...
      Hugs and love to you,
      Mariette

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  8. Dear Mariette,what a lovely Outlet Store!And here in Athens you can find Outlet Mall,with nice things for shopping and low prices!Have a lovely new week!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Oh there are several such Outlet Malls in Europe as well. You have to know about them and plan accordingly.
      Enjoy your time with your daughter coming home from The Netherlands!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Dearest Mariette.
    That is a great outside store A shane that it is so far away,would love to go though all the nice shops.
    The valet parking enta all outlets at the colonnade.
    Hugs and love to you!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Don't you have some Outlet Stores in Australia?
      The Valet parking is indeed one of the best things to do.
      Sending you hugs and lots of love,
      Mariette

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  10. Lieve Mariette,

    Nou,nou..... dit is echt een Outlet Store waar een ieder graag rond zal lopen die graag shopt(behalve ik)
    Geloof graag dat je er goed zal slagen wanneer je iets speciaals zoekt van bepaalde merken en maten en helemaal goed voor de portemonnee wanneer er aantrekkelijk koopjes te vinden zijn.
    Ik was in mijn leven twee keer in het Outlet Center in Roermond en vond het al meer dan groot genoeg.Voor 2015 staat een vierde uitbreidingsfase gepland. Hierna zal het Outlet Center in totaal een oppervlakte van 45.000 vierkanten meter hebben en 200 winkels.
    Het is niet echt mijn ''ding'' om eerlijk te zijn.
    Maar in Amerika is alles groot,groter,grootst......;-)

    Lieve groet,
    Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Ja, zo'n reusachtige 19-½ hectare grote Mall moet je wel van tevoren in plannen wáár precies en voor wat je wilt gaan kijken. Je kunt niet zomaar doelloos rondlopen tot je iets vind...
      Wij beiden zijn ook niet zo'n shoppers maar dit is wel zó'n aantrekkelijke opzet met super savers dat je gek bent er niet naar toe te gaan! Als ik iets van b.v. Escada koop in maatje 34 dan past alles altijd perfekt, zelfs de lengte en ik kan er zó mee weg. Dan ben je toch gek als je zoiets tegen 60-80% korting níet meepikt? De kleine maatjes blijven meestal tot het einde hangen, tegen 80% dus dan lach ik in mijn vuistje. Als je een moeilijke maat hebt dan wordt he shoppen al heel anders. Voor mijn Moeder b.v. moesten we altijd halve maten hebben, dát paste precies en anders moeste je veranderwerk doen... Maar voor halve maten moet je hier niet zijn.
      Wij waren ook met onze vrienden in Roermond maar het verschil is ook dat je daat telkens buiten loopt. Deze Outlet Mall is geheel onder dak, behalve deze Colonnade dat is een straat met overkapping aan de rand ervan. Dus op een regenachtige dag loop je heerlijk binnen en er zijn voldoende restaurants en zitplaatsen, ook banken om uit te rusten. Dus best makkelijk.
      Dan wordt Roermond dus ongeveer 25% qua oppervlakte van Sawgrass Mills.
      Hier hebben ze God zij dank de opzet heel anders gedaan, goeie aanrij routes met ruime parkeerplaatsen en ook erg ruime opzet. Nederland is een erg overbevolkt landje waar weinig kán. Na Bangladesh het dichtst bevolkte land ter wereld; dus wat wil je?
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  11. Hola Marietta querida yo soy una fan de los Oulet sobretodo de EEUU .. el sawgrassmills es lo mejor siempre me lo paseo entero cuando estoy en Florida

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    1. Dearest Ángélica,
      Oh sure, if you have a family with five kids, it is a MUST! Glad you too know this Sawgrass Mills Mall and visit it whenever you are in Florida.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. We don't have this store here in Australia

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Australia does not know Outlet Malls? This is a bit more than just a store... there are hundreds of them!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Liebe Mariette,

    SEHR EINDRUCKSVOLL!

    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja, dass kann man wohl sagen!
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  14. Dear Mariette,
    This sounds like a wonderful way to spend a hot summer day! It is always nice when you can find something of quality for less - a good way to build a beautiful wardrobe. I hope you found some treasures that you can share with us - you are a beautiful model.
    Hugs xo
    Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      It is a lovely way to build this in with your Miami stay! Wish we had had this at first when we came to the USA but we didn't know about any... only found out on December 26, 1993 en route to a funeral in Delaware when we made a stop at Prince William in Virginia. We needed it even more in the previous ten years...
      Yes, you will see some of my (few) items that I found this time in a next post and thank you for the compliment! Finding such designer bargains is also a great motivation for staying in shape so you still fit in your treasures!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. En nog wat leuks gevonden? Het is wel mega groot.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Jázeker, bij Wolford vond ik nog wat leuks met 75% korting en ook een leuk Escada t-shirt.
      Je kunt hier makkelijk een marathon lopen... en rennen als je rondom gaat via de parking. Het is inderdaad mega groot en je moet goed plannen wáár je wilt kijken en waar je dus parkeert en begint.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  16. Oh, we don't have "outlet" close to my house. I wish we had p;) Must take long to browse around, though. I thought it must be great to stop by with you and choose clothes with you♡♡♡

    We are having very normal rainy season here in our place,which is fortunate ;-) Have a wonderful week ahead, Mariette.
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Well, at the Escada store I buy my size 34 (European) or size 4 US. They did have size 32 and size 30 this time; made me feel FAT! That is more for Japanese women that are very frail but they do carry it and nowhere else you find that. In The Netherlands the smallest size always was 38 and I was forced to wear children's clothes... For that I'm very happy to live in the USA!
      Browsing does not need to take long, if you plan very well and know where to go it works fine. If I just had to go store after store it would make me very dizzy...
      We too get lots of rain here. Yesterday I was about to carry our supper out to the gazebo but it started pouring down again... So we ate inside in the kitchen!
      Hugs and love,
      Mariette

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  17. Dearest Mariette
    If you "must" find something at such great outlets there is nothing. Are you not looking for anything special you will find lots to buy.
    Hugs to you
    Kajsa

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    1. Dearest Kajsa,
      Oh, if you 'have' to find that dress for a wedding, you sure will not... But I love to shop in a more relaxed way and if you score something; the happier!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. MAdre mía Mariette, inmenso outlet! me encantaría estar ahí y perderme entre sus tiendas
    Besos
    Leti
    Sin pereza

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    1. Querida Léticia,
      Si vas allí la primera vez será madre mía. Pero conociendo a sus tiendas, sus marcas y pin-señalando el área derecha te no perderé.
      Cariñosamente,
      Mariette

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