Middleton’s Classic Charm


WITH A POPULATION UNDER 20,000, Middleton manages to pack several lovely destinations into its small, charmed downtown.

Ideal for a day with girlfriends, there’s plenty to sustain you—think shopping and great eats all in one spot. Start your day at Bloom Bake Shop, best known for its cupcakes but also famous for its breakfast treats like fresh doughnuts and buttermilk biscuits. Next, take a stroll and see historical buildings, including the 1895 Middleton Depot and The Rowley House, a grand home constructed shortly after the end of the Civil War. Both landmarks house museums.

The depot holds artifacts of Middleton’s early days and settlers. Rowley House showcases period decor and memorabilia. You’ll also find, nearby, the National Mustard Museum, housed in an old dry goods store and tavern.

Then head over to Barrique’s, a local, favorite coffeehouse for some java or a light bite to eat, like the Blueberry Jubilee salad. Fortified, you can shop the afternoon away (see below) and afterward, linger over upscale cuisine with New Orleans flair at Louisianne’s. Cap off the evening at Villa Dolce with a glass of wine or a “gela-tini,” a cocktail that’s equal parts liquor and gelato. And be sure toast your day away with the gals. -Shelby Deering

Momentum Floral and Decor bursts with fresh blooms, home decor—and interior design talent. Chauette offers a wide range of functional—and gorgeous—home goods, such as ornate serving ware, chevron-patterned blankets, scented body butters and more, as well as fashion and jewelry that are equally pleasing to the eye.

Prefer the unique to the mainstream? Head to The The Regal Find for vintage novelties and local, handmade wares. You’ll be greeted by refurbished furniture in sweet pastels and one-of-a-kind jewelry and artwork.

Discover beautiful wardrobe pieces at Neena, a label-lover’s paradise offering hard-to-find brands like Liebeskind and Central Park West.Check Middleton Dress Company for a perfectly fancy, sparkly cocktail dress. And, find chic, plus-sized fashion at Z. Bella.

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