Candles...yet so much more.
While visiting some friends in Holyoke, MA, they decided to take us to the Yankee Candle Store in Deerfield. I wasn't quite sure what the big deal was, afterall, we have a Yankee Candle at Crossgates (you can smell it from the parking lot). But, boy oh boy my friends, this was not your average candle shop. It is one of the flagship stores and it's Fuccillo HUGE! As soon as you walk in they give you a map to the place, and you can still get lost.
I'm not really a fan of the candles. I find them to be overpowering and overpriced, but I guess I get their appeal and am sometimes pretty impressed that they can emulate some of the smells that they do. I mean if you have a candle called Storm Watch and it actually smells like what I'm assuming thunder smells like, that's pretty impressive.
Anyway, what I'm getting at is that you don't have to like the candles to like the place, and the kids will LOVE it. Here are some of the highlights:
Elevated model train track that winds its way around the store.
Year round Christmas Village, for those of you who feel the need to buy ornaments in the middle of July. (Plus they have a snow machine, so every 4 minutes there is a snowstorm inside) A real live Santa IS included (of course since Christmas is not for another bajillion days, Santa was chilling in some jeans and suspenders and making paper crafts with the kids)
Make your own candles. Kids can make candles in the shape of their hands or mix and match wax beads to make a custom jar. If I made a candle it would be called ''Meltdown". Get it? Candles melt... my kids have meltdowns. That's perfect. It would smell like a cross between crayon wax and frustration.
Candy store(s) and Toy Stores. Kids love that kind of stuff.
-Big food court and live entertainment. The live music was a little annoying, but the kids were invited to perform on stage with the singers, so at least someone got a kick out of it.
Candles - Yes, they have every kind of Yankee Candle flavor you could ever want... even 'New Releases'. (I'm sure there are people that get into that...just like the latest Beanie Baby.) Their website reports over 400,000 candles in over 200 scents. That's anything but SCENTS-less (badum-cha!)
And guess what? If you aren't sold on the place by now, Trader Joe's is only minutes away.
Open every day 10 am- 6pm
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 10 am-5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas
Check out their schedule of events here.
Get directions from Albany here. Sure, it's a little bit of a drive, but you can make a fun daytrip out of it.