Wow, talk about a fun girls day. Lots to share with you all this evening!
So a couple of you actually guessed right this morning, too…
We went to the Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield, MA!
None of us had ever been out to the flagship store and since we knew that none of the men in our lives would ever be slightly interested in going, we decided to make a girls day out of it. Definitely a great decision!
Truthfully, all of us were pretty overwhelmed upon walking into this place. I mean it seriously has everything and it is freakin’ enormous. Not only did they have about a gazillion candles in every scent imaginable, but there was also boutiques, mini shops, candy stores, and more!
Our first stop was the kitchen and man oh man did they have some fun stuff.
The free samples totally sucked me in (as always) and also convinced me to buy an out-of-this-world vinaigrette that was out on display.
Next, we walked through some of the cute boutiques and gift shops, including one of the largest Vera Bradley displays I’ve ever seen.
I came across this adorable laptop case and came *this close* to letting my mom get it for me as an early birthday present when she offered, but as we were checking out we both thought we’d be better off leaving it behind.
I think $82.00 for a little laptop case is a little much.
As we continued walking around, we ended up in the main candle part of the store, which was full of regular candles, “dip your own” and “make your own” candles, and other candle accessories.
Eventually, we made it into Bavarian Village and “the room…”
You know, the one that snows every four minutes!
After the snow, we wound up in the toy shop and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when I came across this little guy…
I used to LOVE my Snoopy Sno-cone Machine! Did anyone else ever have one of these growing up???
After hitting just about every mini shop that there was within the store, the three of us had worked up quite an appetite, so we decided to go check out Chandler’s Restaurant, which is located right within the village store.
Unfortunately, there was about an hour wait and since we were all hungry and had already done all of our shopping, we decided to hit the road and find somewhere else to chow.
At the recommendation of the guy directing traffic in the parking lot, we ended up driving into Northampton, MA which, can I just say, is an absolutely adorable little area. It reminded me a lot of when Jay and I visited Amherst back in March – I’d definitely love to go back and shop around!
But us gals were on a mission for food, so thanks to Google Maps, we ended up at a little place called Paul & Elizabeth’s.
The place was super cute and had such a fresh, healthy menu. I loved it.
I ended up ordering the P&E’s Vegetable Burger, served with field greens, tomato, and horseradish mayonnaise (on the side) with melted Vermont cheddar.
I also decided to add some grilled red onion to my sandwich, which was an excellent addition. This veggie burger was unlike any other one I’d ever had (definitely freshly made) and was absolutely delicious. I ate about 3/4 of everything there and luckily still had a little room for dessert.
So after we were finished, we headed back down the super-cute staircase to check out the place next door.
You guys see that little ice cream cone there next to Paul & Elizabeth’s?
Imagine my excitement when I saw THIS. Legendary ice cream? Puh-leeease…say no more!
I had never heard of Herrell’s Ice Cream, but I was sold.
I went with a double-scoop cone – one scoop of English Toffee Crunch + one scoop of Malted Vanilla.
Definitely the perfect way to end a fantastic girls day out, wouldn’t ya say?
So what did I wind up buying today do you ask? Well…let me show you!
Candles, of course.
A honey balsamic vinaigrette and a sample bag of Highlander Grogg coffee. I knew Jay would enjoy the Irish Cream flavor.
And finally, a new Vera Bradley coin purse. I was definitely in need of a new one.
Lots of goodies!
Phew! If you’re still with me after all of that, well then, you’re just super awesome.
Now, after a fun-filled day with mom and Meg, it’s about time for me to settle in and relax with my boys for the evening.
I hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend!
Questions for the Evening:
Have you ever visited the Yankee Candle Village store(s)?
Are you a Vera Bradley fan? What are your favorite patterns?