Saturday, August 6, 2016

Shop and Nosh at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley

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The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton CT

Last week I traveled to the charming town of Canton CT after an invite from Bird Social Media to visit the Shoppes at Farmington Valley for a fun round of Shop & Nosh in Connecticut.

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley is quite frankly the MOST beautiful shopping center I've visited in Connecticut.

Throughout the open air shopping center is a myriad of  over-sized lushly filled flower pots, hanging baskets, and window boxes each containing vividly colored flowers. The surrounding grounds are  well manicured and full of greenery. In the background are the Litchfield Hills and Talcott Mountain and a natural babbling spring runs through the center.

The shoppes are worth the drive simply for the the views of the property!

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

The anchor store is Kohls and there are approximately 45 specialty stores and eateries to visit like (Shop) Loft, J. Crew, White House Black Market, Chico's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Talbots, (Nosh) Feng Asian Bistro, Flatbread Company, and Chipolte.  There are even specialty stores like O'Live A Little (a gourmet specialty food store) and Simply Mac (an Apple partner that sells and services Macs). There's even a Stop & Shop to load up on the family groceries!

Located at 110 Albany Turnpike (Route 44) in Canton, Connecticut just over the Avon/Simsbury line, the Shoppes at Farmington Valley provides convenient free parking, and is just about an hour drive from my home in Branford in the greater New Haven area.

And there's always something going on! Like evening music, store sales, cooking demos, and more!
Check out their event schedule here =>

Time to Nosh!

Let's start with the food! We were treated to some of the delicious specialties at Feng's Asian Bistro where we enjoyed the great weather and setting sun on their open air patio while sipping on cocktails and noshing on some great sushi and small bites.

Noshing At Feng Asian Bistro

Feng Asian Bistro - Patio
The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

Feng Asian Bistro
The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

Feng Asian Bistro Summer White Sangria

Feng Asian Bistro - Tuna Wonton

Feng Asian Bistro
The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

Feng Asian Bistro
The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

Time to Shop!

After filling up on some great sushi and sashimi as well as small bites at Feng, it was time to ease into some of the great shopping at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley!

Shopping At Loft

I love Loft's casual and feminine brand style - and especially fell in love with that navy and white polka dot top!

I'd mix the patterns and pair it with a small flowered print bottom.

Shopping At J. Crew

There was a great tropical safari theme going on in this corner of J Crew.  The muted earth tones are the perfect transition from summer to fall.

Shopping At Simply Mac

This was my first visit to a Simply Mac store who specialize in all Apple products, and both service and training.

Carrie from Poet in the Pantry tried some new photo lenses made just for iPhone photography.

Shopping At O'Live A Little

Our last stop of the night was at O'Live a Little a unique food boutique specializing in olive oils, vinegars, gift baskets and pottery.

And I loved the beautiful Himalayan salt blocks. Just what I had been searching for!

I loved this trip to the Shoppes at Farmington Valley! The area is so scenic - as is the center itself.

It's the perfect place to meet up with friends for lunch and shopping, or for a quick drink after work and picking up the evening meal. There are so many shoppes to visit and parking is plentiful!

Do visit them soon and have your own Shop & Nosh excursion!

The Shoppes of Farmington Valley

10 Albany Turnpike
Canton, CT 06019

Disclaimer: I was invited to the Shoppes at Farmington Valley by members of their management and marketing team, however all views expressed are my own. 

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