Local mall, hotels offer stress-free Black Friday shopping

Packages start at $149 at Hilton Garden Inn

EDINBURGH, Ind. - The hustle and bustle of Black Friday can stress shoppers out, but one area mall has a solution for fighting the chaos.

Edinburgh Outlet Mall has teamed up with area hotels to make Black Friday shopping more relaxing.

All of the hotels surrounding the mall are offering Shop & Stay packages. Upon check-in, visitors will even receive a gift bag in their room.

At the Hilton Garden Inn, the package includes a $25 gift certificate to the mall, $20 toward a meal at the hotel's Garden Grill Restaurant and a VIP coupon book. 

Director of Sales Angela Straub said the hotel has offered the package every year since the hotel opened in 2008.

"Each year it's gotten more popular. Each year it grows and grows," Straub said.

Straub said more friends and families are making the Shop & Stay package a Thanksgiving tradition each year.

The outlet mall is within walking distance of the hotels, so there is no need to worry about driving and searching for parking spots.

Nancy Hiquet said she definitely sees the advantages of having a hotel room nearby on the busiest shopping day of the year.

"Well, yeah, because then you don't have to worry about driving anywhere when you leave. You can just go crash at your hotel when you're dead-tired from shopping," Hiquet said.

After eating their Thanksgiving dinners, families will start to check in as early as 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Straub said a group of moms and daughters rent out 10 hotel rooms every year for Black Friday shopping.

The package at the Hilton Garden Inn starts at $149.

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