After a morning in Boston, head out to the Pioneer Valley of
. Let your day begin at Yankee Candle Flagship
, located off I-91 in South Deerfield. The store has over
two million visitors a year, and offers more than 200 scents to
choose from. Tour the Candlemaking Museum
, let the kids make
jar candles and wax sculptures of their hands in the Wax Works
section, wander through the enchanting Bavarian Christmas
Village and Nutcracker Castle
, and peruse the goodies in Mrs.
Claus’ Bakery and Café, Popcornopolis or Yankee Candy.
Top off your shopping with a delicious lunch at Chandler’s
Restaurant at Yankee Candle Flagship, awarded “New
England’s Most Fulfilling Dining Experience” by The New
Magic Wings Butterfly
Conservatory & Gardens
, located just down the road from
Yankee Candle, is a year-round tropical paradise. Home to 4,000
free-flying exotic butterflies that flit about the 8,000 square
foot indoor conservatory, Magic Wings also features a charming gift
shop and the playfully-themed Monarchs Restaurant.
A quick ride southward brings visitors to downtown Northampton
, a college town
revered for its artsy sensibilities, charming architecture and
pedestrian-friendly streets. Stroll Main Street to explore used
book stores, gift shops and small cafes that offer innovative and
Drive south to Springfield. Upon arrival,
visit the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame
. The Hall features countless exhibits,
memorabilia and interactive areas. Become a sportscaster in the
media wing, shoot hoops on the full-size regulation basketball
court or play one-on-one in virtual basketball.
Just a few blocks down from the Armory are the Springfield Museums
Dr. Seuss National Memorial
. Explore two museums devoted to art, one to
science and one to history, then soak up the sun outside in the
grassy quadrangle, where you’ll enjoy the whimsical bronze
statues of the famous children’s book author and some of his
more memorable characters.
Before returning to Boston, enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the
many delightful restaurants to be found in the Pioneer Valley.
Agawam’s The Federal
presents contemporary American dishes, many made
with fresh herbs and vegetables in season. The Delaney House
in Holyoke is
prized as one of the region’s finest restaurants where guests
may enjoy a meal in one of its private-themed rooms, or perhaps the
more informal atmosphere found in Delaney’s Grill or The
Mick. Casually elegant dining is on the menu at Lattitude
in West Springfield,
where all dishes are prepared fresh using only local ingredients.
Downtown Springfield offers many dining options as well, including
, famed for its
contemporary cuisine as much as its luxurious interior and upscale
deco setting, Adolfo’s Ristorante
which boasts a selection of traditional Italian dishes with
creative house specialties that incorporate imported Italian
products, and Nadim’s
Downtown Mediterranean Grille
which serves traditional and
flavorful Middle Eastern cuisine.