On our regular visits to Toronto (my Denver daughter always drives back with me to Connecticut for a few days) we invariably stop in Aurora because she and her best friend out in the Yuppie suburb where they live absolutely love Mackenzie Childs' wares. I am not a particular fan of shopping and I'm too old and crabby to enjoy it most of the time, but I have come to welcome these breaks in what is a fairly long drive. The reasons:
1. With the possible exceptions of the House of Bruar in the Scottish Highlands and perhaps one or two of the glassblowers' shops on Murano in the Lagoon of Venice, MacKenzie Childs is the most beautiful retail establishment I have ever seen. The retail shop is itself handsome, but on the property there is an elegant old farmhouse, ducks, sheep, and a lovely view out over the lake from their hilltop property.
2. Aurora is a lovely, tiny village - - the sort of place many other lakeside towns pretend to be, with zero touristy crud (no T-shirt or tattoo shops, no fast food emporia, just nice).
3. The staff at Mackenzie Childs is exceptionally courteous and friendly.
If you're in the Finger Lakes, it's worth the detour.
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