When New Orleanians have had enough of the city, there’s a ton of options for us to just get out. Whether it’s north, west, east, and of course south, each direction would offer an escape from your world here. Our newest series “60 mins. from Nola” will highlight events, towns, shops, and places within an hour of New Orleans where folks can get away without taking a vacation day.

My family and friends have been visiting Tanger Outlet in Gonzales for years. It’s comfortably less than an hour from New Orleans proper, and is just enough time to wake and drive with your favorite iced coffee and settle into to some quick road trip tunes.

My last trip to Tanger was a brief visit to Levi’s, and a pit stop into Bass for some shoes. In and out of both spots and b-lined it to Starbucks for a road home iced coffee. What a difference a few years has made! Some big names have come to play in Gonzales and have built huge locations to offer their wares at tremendous prices. Buildings have been added and has expanded the mall to 63 stores including the highlights you’ll see below.

The most recent additions to their solid stable of brands includes Ralph Lauren Polo (which is one of the largest I’ve ever seen), Coach, J.Crew, and Brooks Brothers. Nike also rounds out the highlights at least since I’ve last visited.

I was truly impressed by the sheer volume and offerings each store had. Everything was well stocked, organized, and didn’t look like a trove of possessed shoppers came through each store. Summer style and fashion is in full effect, and it’s on season and evident in the windows as well as the merchandise hanging on the racks inside each store.

It’s a back to school paradise with all the options you’d every need to swag out any child or college student for their dreaded return to the school halls. Below is a collage of some of the great selection of products offered in just a few stores around the outlet. There are some super ridiculous deals for back to school in almost every store.Think about it, need to just get out of the city for bit? Roll the windows down, blare your favorite new record, and head on over to Tanger in Gonzales.