Following the food and wine trail in Daylesford and Macedonia Ranges

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Those who don't mind indulging in a spot of leisurely retail therapy will feel right at home in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. With more than a dozen villages to its name boasting kitschy boutiques, speciality stores, antique dealers and a medley of local markets, there are plenty of opportunities to spend your hard-earned holiday allowance.

The hands-on country lifestyle of Daylesford and its surrounds seeps into a vibrant arts and crafts culture. If you fancy yourself an art enthusiast, pop into one of the many galleries that take residence in the region such as the Convent Gallery, The Gallery Mount Macedon or the Tin Shed Arts and Woodbine Gallery in Malmsbury.

Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges are home to all kinds of artists, from sculptors to glassblowers and printmakers to painters, ensuring you won't be hard-pressed to find a unique souvenir or heartfelt gifts for loved ones back home. What's more, you will often be awarded the opportunity to meet the artists themselves!

You can easily spend hours strolling down Piper Street in Kyneton looking to snap up a second-hand bargain amid the curios and collectibles, or exploring any of the main thoroughfares that run through the heart of Daylesford's townships. Before your escape to the country wraps up, a pilgrimage to the markets is a must: take home locally produced body products, candles, clothing or edible mementos at the Daylesford Sunday Market, Woodend Village Market or the Kyneton Farmers' Market.

Lark

Described as an "emporium of cutness" and a "burst of colour, love and craftiness", Lark is a haven for independent designers and all things adorable. Lovers of frankie magazine or online retailer etsy will think they have died and gone to heaven in this treasure trove of gorgeous odds and ends. Bright ceramic kitchenwares mishmash alongside picnic baskets, artsy diaries, tinned candles, kids' stationery and much more – you won't know where to look first! If "Mr Lark" is patiently accompanying you on your shopping excursion, he will find a great range of gentlemen's goods from vintage boys' toys to bicycle accessories and retro shaving supplies. To accessorise your next garden party, spoil a friend or treat yourself, make your way to 4A Duke Street, Daylesford.

Herbal Lore

Tried and tested traditions and modern methods work together in delicious cohesion at Herbal Lore Liqueurs. After some three decades of producing top-of-the-line ports and liqueurs, Mt Aitken Estates' Roger McLean has strengthened his reputation with his Herbal Lore range of natural, restorative liqueurs. Organically grown, hand-picked, traditionally extracted and specially aged in oak vats, a combination of fragrant herbs and grapes create deeply flavoursome tipples that are a real treat for the tastebuds. Before you leave the Old Butter Factory at Daylesford's Railway Crescent, don't forget to sample Herbal Lore's velvety liqueur chocolates and liqueured apricots, plums and figs – the perfect addition to any cheese platter or homemade dessert.

Creswick Woollen Mills

In a time when it can be difficult to source items emblazoned with the little green and gold kangaroo, Creswick Woollen Mills is proudly keeping their products Australian made. For more than half a century Creswick Woollen Mills has stood strong in the face of competition and is now the only spinning mill of its kind in the country, manufacturing garments using Alpaca, cashmere and wool. The Mill – easily located in Railway Parade off Clunes Road in Creswick – produces luxurious natural fibre pillows, throws, scarves, beanies and a huge range of apparel designed with the Australian climate in mind. At the factory itself you can save up to 70% of the recommended retail price of clothing and homewares for the whole family, plus see the textile process firsthand with a self-guided tour.

Threadneedle Craft Daylesford

When you're sitting by the fire in the midst of Victoria's winter or on the veranda watching the Daylesford vistas blanketed by dusk, you might feel the sudden insatiable urge to start a country-fied hobby. When inspiration strikes, whether you're a novice or a pro, head to Threadneedle Craft to stock up on supplies for needlework, beading, crocheting, knitting and more. Not sure if you've got the nimble hands for craft or just want to brush up on the nostalgic art? Head to Daylesford's Vincent Street and peruse Threadneedle's great range of instructional books or take part in a workshop. There's also plenty on offer for the little ones who might like to give it a go too!