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Peddler's Village is for More Than Just Shopping

Try a Great Escape that's an hour and a world away.

Peddler’s Village is 42 acres of landscaped gardens, winding brick pathways, 70 specialty shops and six restaurants.  It also boasts the Golden Plough Inn and a family entertainment center, Giggleberry Fair.

I’ve been visiting Peddler’s Village regularly for the past ten years or so, and I always look forward to spring, because for my money, there is no better time to visit. Now, that being said, it is important to note that Peddler’s Village is open year round, and is just as gorgeous with a fresh blanket of snow as it is with blooming flowers.  Also, it is worth a trip to see the village all decked out for Christmas in December.  But, just for ease and comfort of walking around, spring and autumn are my favorites.

The shops are all independently owned and operated, and each shop has its own flavor. You can find just about everything there, from gifts and collectibles to gourmet candy and stationary.  I have many favorite stores there, but I don’t think any visit to Peddler’s Village is complete without a trip to the Celtic Rose, the Mole Hole, and Journey’s Spirited Gifts.  My husband loves the Life is Good store and my kids won’t leave without a visit to the Village Toy & Doll Shoppe, and, of course, Giggleberry Fair.

When you start to feel hungry from all your shopping, there is no need to pull out your smart phone and search for restaurants in the area. Peddler’s Village is home to several different eateries, ranging from places you can grab a quick bite, like the House of Coffee cafe, to upscale restaurants with gourmet menus, like Earl’s.

And if there is just too much for you to squeeze into one day, you can get a room at the Golden Plough Inn.  The Inn office is located right on the corner of Street and Route 202, but the rooms are located throughout the village, above the shops.

When you’re planning a weekend getaway to Peddler’s Village, you may want to plan it around one of the annual festivals held there. My favorite is the Strawberry Festival, which takes place in early May. (We missed it already, sorry everyone! But we can plan for next year!)  Next up is a Contemporary Art and Craft festival on June 4 and 5.  If you plan to spend the night during a festival, make sure you make your reservations several weeks, or more, in advance.  Reservations should be made for any overnight accommodations, but can be obtained with less notice if there isn’t a festival going on.

The complete list of shops, restaurants and festivals can be found at the Peddler’s Village website.  Spring-Autumn shopping hours are Monday through Thursday, 10am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 9pm and Sunday, 11am to 6pm.  Holiday shopping hours will begin in November.

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