Once upon a time, back before Yankee Candle was sold to an investment company, the home store in South Deerfield was a must-visit location. It was much more than a candle store, it was a fantasy land of decorations and scenes to fill the imagination - and scents to match.
Holidays were especially fun - amazing with room after room of Christmas scenes themed from around the world inspiration. Candles were almost an after-thought, but you still bought them, and lots, because the quality at that time was so good.
Now, it's not much more than what you see at the mall store except much much larger - and over and over again in the vast space. Magic is definitely long gone. As a destination - not worth the ride. Even the restaurant is mediocre. If you want to visit a good candle shop, drive a few minutes up RT 91 to Kringle Candle. The original Yankee owners opened up this place a few years ago. It's much better.