August 30 2014

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Urban Outfitters’ Green And Gorgeous Country Retreat


If you’re looking for a fun fall weekend getaway not that far from New York City, please allow us to direct your attention to Terrain at Styer’s, the gardening and lifestyle concept store from the good people who brought us Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. The green-thumbed among you may have heard tales of the Brandywine Valley flagship’s impeccably restored nineteenth-century greenhouse, which has been reimagined as an eco-friendly mecca with wood-paneled walls and cascading ferns. If your relationship to plants is less romantic—you buy them, forget to water them, and then watch them die a sad, neglected death—there’s plenty for you, too. Vintage garden furniture, rustic lighting fixtures, and an impressive range of all-natural skincare lines, all of which are paraben- and cruelty-free, are yours for the buying. “We look for partnerships with companies that have a similar brand ethos: inspired by nature and the beauty of gardening,” explains Allison O’Connor, Terrain’s general merchandising manager. Choose from cult hits from Farmaesthetics and Amala, as well as goat milk soaps from Hudson Valley-favorite Beekman 1802, and scrubs and lotions from Etsy mainstay Portland General Store. Before you leave, make sure to stop and smell the Wild Rose Lip Balm from Apples and Pears Apiaries. Handmade from yellow beeswax and honey in the English countryside by beekeeper Tanya Hawkes, the emollient salve is well worth the two-hour drive south.

Terrain at Styer’s, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA, (610) 459-2400.

Photo: Courtesy of Terrain at Styer’s