Stock up on gourmet goodies at Carlino’s Specialty Foods (610-696-3788; carlinosmarket.com), a charming third generation market chock full of artisan cheeses and breads, homemade pastas and sauces, Italian groceries, and more. Enjoy tea and light fare at the historic Lincoln Room (610-696-2102; lincolnroomwestchester.com), in an 1833 building where Abraham Lincoln’s first biography was printed. Taste wines in the Kreutz Creek Vineyards Tasting Room (610-436-5006; kreutzcreekvineyards.com) or olive oils and balsamic vinegars at A Taste of Olive (610-429-0292; atasteofolive.com) where customers are encouraged to sample as many flavors as they would like to find their favorite; the shop will bottle and cork it for you. Indulge in master choclatier Christopher Curtin’s divine confections at Eclat Chocolate (610-692-5206; eclatchocolate.com); we can’t decide between the truffles and the caramels, so we suggest you compromise and choose both.
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