Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Time Travel Thursday # 15 - The Yankee Candle Experience


Welcome to the fifteenth Time Travel Thursday linky party at the Brambleberry Cottage.

Are you ready for our next trip back in time and into the future?

Then climb aboard!

One of the most delightful places I visitedwhile in New England this past summerwas the Yankee Candle flagship store in South Deerfield, MA.

The complex was so much larger than I had anticipated.  Thankfully, the site map, given to me at the entrance, was most helpful in my navigation.

Even prior to stepping one foot in the door of the place, I knew it was going to be a wonderful experience.

You know what they say about first impressions!

Just take a look at the grounds!  Seeing all that beauty outside, what would your expectations be?

I like beginning any new adventure at the beginning.  So, I thought brushing up on the history in the Yankee Candlemaking Museum was the perfect place to start.

I was fascinated to learn that this whole business was built from a humble Christmas gift, created by a young man for his mother in 1969.

The venture quickly became a family-and-friend operation.

These three plaques, that hang in the museum, give an overview of the business history.

Just click on the images above to enlarge them, and read the interesting facts for yourself.

Being a bit of a history buff, I found myself lingering in the museum...

taking in all the wonderful antique and vintage candle-making items, as well as, the incredible old case good pieces.

Even if I had not had the time to go any further, this one section of the complex...

with all its amazing treasures of antiquity–would have been a very special treat to behold.

But, I found that with every area I visited, it just kept getting better.

Whether ones tastes are decidedly country...

cottage farmhouse...

or an eclectic mix, with a European flair...

there is something for everyone there!

I was so excited to discover this particular light fixture.

I happen to have the perfect componentsin one of my barnsto make its twin...

or at least its brother!

And these adorable can-dleholders will be a future project for sure!

To say that this store is a virtual Disneyland, within a candle shop, is not an exaggeration.

There's fun to be had by allregardless of age or gender.

Whether you create your own jar candle...

or simply enjoy the various holiday sights and sounds,

you are sure to enjoy every moment you spend at the Yankee Candle flagship store.

Sharing the history and all the fun vintage finds at Suzanne's for Vintage Thingie Thursday.


  1. I know I like their candles. I would dearly love to tour that area and their plant.

  2. This looks like a fun place to visit. I love the large clock and French sign.
    xo, Sherry

  3. What a wonderful tour...I never knew the history of Yankee Candles, which I love. Excellent post!

  4. Yes, I am with you! I am going to have to make some of those fun! thanks for the tour!

  5. Wow what a great trip. Thanks for sharing the tour.


  6. Wow - that would be a fun place to visit. The photos are gorgeous. I would love to visit the museum especially.

  7. One thing for sure it HAD to smell WONDERFUL in there. And so much to look at... so little time....I bet you spent MORE than you had origianally anticipated...I WOULD HAVE.


  8. Oh, how fun this would be. I did not know you could tour the facility. I love Yankee candles and really enjoyed this post. Happy VTT!

  9. Love Yankee Candle, we were just there this summer. So much to see!

    We live in New Hampshire. Love your blog!

  10. I have bought quite a few of those candles on my travels in the US and over here in Australia. I really enjoyed this virtual tour of their flagship store. I can only imagine how wonderful it must have smelt there!

    Best wishes,

  11. was there several times years ago looks like they have expanded was a joy to walk through and yes the history is amazing its well worth the visit.

  12. Wow, what a wonderful place. So many great ideas! Thanks for the tour!

  13. I simply LOVE Yankee Candles! I would love to visit there...thanks for taking us along :)


  14. I don't think you'd be able to get me out of that place. What a fun tour and I love that large clock. I'm sure it smelled go yummy in there.
    Thank you so much for hosting.

  15. A testimony to Yankee ingenuity & the great enterprise of Americans, may it ever be so!

  16. Hi Liz!
    Thank you for the tour! Also, I am so grateful for the time you spent on my blog and all of your wonderful comments! I am following you too!

  17. Hi Liz,
    something is messed up~you may get two comments from me! Anyway, thanks for the tour and for visiting my site! I LOVED your comments! I am following you too!

  18. Love the "thymelessness" of your blog!! So glad you left me a comment! I added to your party this week! Thanks for hosting !
    Happy Painting!

  19. I passed by there a few years ago and unfortunately did not have time to stop. Thanks for the tour!


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