Easter weekends are perfect for taking time off and doing something you like. I took a day off and drove with friends to Daylesford. I heard about the place through a friend and it only took my an hour and a bit from Melbourne to get there.
I was excited to visit their famous Farmers Markets. Held on the first Saturday of each month. I have to say I was disappointed at how small the markets were. I’m sure I read there would be over 200 stalls. Despite it’s size, the stall owners were friendly and very enthusiastic about what they were selling. I enjoyed tasting their fresh produce and seeing their lovely handmade arts and crafts.
We only spent an hour at the markets before walking to the main street. The main street included speciality gift stores, high end galleries and gorgeous little cafes. I was surprised to find so many unique gift stores stocked with the most incredible products. I also loved the fact that there were so many people walking on the side walk with their dogs. I didn’t spot a Pomeranian but there were some cuties around!
Each store had it’s own special scent, colours and music. I wasn’t expecting such a range of boutiques in a small town like Daylesford.
Besides the unique and unusual gift stores, Daylesford also had some beautiful art galleries. My favourite was Bromley & Co. It had two floors with large open spaces. It offered handmade glass objects, large wooden sculptures and colourful abstract paintings, some priced at $14,000! The sales assistants were really cool and it was great seeing how much they loved their art as I overheard them talking to the customers.
All up I enjoyed the day trip. I recommend visiting Daylesford if you are ever in Melbourne.