My best friend Ashley (also forever-more referred to as my ‘roommie’) and I almost never met. I was a transfer student, moving from my current college in Florida to attend a New England school that focused more on journalism. Seeing as how I was going to begin my Junior year of school, I should have been placed in an upperclassmen dorm. Ashley, on the other hand, was beginning her Freshman year. Somehow, paperwork was mixed up, and Ashley and I found ourselves both sharing a room in a Freshmen dorm.
I wasn’t complaining. I could tell from the very start that she and I were going to get along just fine. She came armed with a bright smile, adorable curtains, a cozy rug, a nice TV, and endless snacks for the room. She appreciated the fact that I was tidy, into running, interested in healthier eating (a.k.a. avoiding the cafeteria at all costs), and was all about quiet evenings in the dorm, as apposed to the party scene. We might as well have been sisters, we were so much alike.
But then, only days into our rooming together, a floor-leader pulled me aside and told me that she had discovered the mistake. She told me that I would ruin Ashley’s freshmen experience, so they were going to move me to a different dorm. After my discussion with the floor-leader, I promptly went back to the room and told Ashley all about the discussion… and she said that there was NO way that the school was going to split us up! She and I both didn’t want to run the risk of being stuck with someone that wasn’t such a good fit.
And really, the rest is history. We stood our ground and lived together until she transferred to nursing school the following year. We’ve been best friends ever since. She’s been in my wedding… And I’ll be her maid of honor this upcoming July. It certainly was just meant to be, as we may have never met had the college not mixed up that paperwork!
Over the years, Ashley has also become close to my sister Sarah, so the three of us try to get together every month for a fun girl’s day. When I found out that Ashley had never been to the Yankee Candle flagship store, located in Deerfield, MA, I knew that this had to be our next adventure! So we planned a girl’s trip and headed even further out into the country.
The thing about the Yankee Candle flagship store is that it’s SO much more than just candles. There are rustic kitchen goods, bathroom décor, specialty foods, Christmas decorations, and everything to make the perfect gift basket. It’s one of those places that leaves you wishing you had an even bigger shopping carriage (and a wallet to go with it), because absolutely everything is whimsical, and beautiful, and quaint. It sure is fun to window-shop though, so I still go… even if my wallet isn’t budging! 😉
I mean, how cute would this red, flower-basket bike look in a garden?
Oh, yes, and there are candles too. 😉 Endless row upon row of candles that make you wish you had three noses so that you could smell each one at least once. My favorite scent of this trip was pineapple cilantro. Sooo delightful and fresh!
Somehow, Sarah always ended up with the food though. 😉 Popcorn, anyone?
Speaking of food, we decided to eat lunch at the Chandler Restaurant, which is located on site. I’ve always wanted to try it, but never have.
It was simply adorable and rustic inside, just as an old-fashioned, New England restaurant should be.
Since I was rather nauseous at the time and just in the mood for some carbs, I ordered a plane, cheese quesadilla. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it was just what I needed. I absolutely loved it!
Ashley ordered the fruit and nut salad, while Sarah ordered the chickpea burger. Both girls said that their meals were delicious!
Oh, and we also had fun in Santa’s workshop, exploring toys that we had enjoyed years ago.
There was everything from Breyer horses to giant Peanut mugs… I’m not going to lie, I would probably still buy one of those mugs now, because I love anything Charlie Brown. And who doesn’t need a coffee mug the size of their head?
And I think that Sarah maybe wishes she had an excuse to buy another Breyer horse. 😉 She used to love those plastic ponies, when she was a little girl!!
Soooo many things to look at!
But don’t worry, if you’re not into coffee or toys, there’s also a candy store fit for a king…
…and a castle…
…and a snowy village that doesn’t feel cold, because it’s inside.
What can I say? It’s quite the place. And I’m so glad that Ashley ended up loving it as much as we do!
(Oh, look, Janelle, no hands)!! :)