One of the most romantic hallmarks of America's history?riding the rails past a pristine landscape?is very much alive on the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Towed by an engine originally built in 1951 for the Santa Fe Railway, the train rumbles past views of the region's woodlands, sand dunes, and cranberry and salt bogs and crosses the Cape Cod Canal over a bridge exclusively meant for trains. Throughout the course of the gently rocking ride, entertaining on-board narrators provide insight into the history and ecology of a region that allowed glacial bedrock to form into railroads over millions of years. Along with the casual two-hour sightseeing trips, the railroad offers several vintage dining trips, including a candlelit evening foray that features a gourmet five-course meal, romantic background music, and a strict dinner-attire dress code.
The techs at Mad Mikes Car Wash stay in touch with the industry trends they need to know to take expert care detailing brand new and careworn autos alike. In addition to lathering roadsters by hand, the techs also buff away scratches, wax and seal paint jobs, and steam-clean sullied carpets. They can also turn their hoses on semis to liberate wheels, tires, and cabs from caked on mud and landlubbing barnacles. Remote car starters add convenience and a bit of flash to a mundane activity, while window tint keeps interiors cozy and protect them from UV rays. When they aren't pampering autos, techs power wash structures such as homes, sidewalks, and decks.
Smartwax Professional’s mobile detailing and reconditioning technicians come to you, ready to wash, wax, and shine your vehicle with Smartwax's own line of products. This includes their Eco Wash system, which produces no runoff and uses less than one quart of water per vehicle compared to the 98 gallons used by the average car wash. Technicians tend to cars with one of three detailing packages, which can be customized with services such as engine cleaning, enzyme-based deodorizing, and clay treatments for cars prone to acne.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Texans and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
For most people, owning an exotic car is a distant dream, and controlling the power of 500 horses is reserved only for F1 drivers and the majority whip of Horse Senate. Believing that everyone should have the chance to pilot a thrilling piece of automotive finery, Exotic Auto Boston has assembled a fleet of head-turning automobiles that includes Ferraris, Audis, and Mercedes-Benzes. Cars arrive stocked with practical supplies such as a full tank of gas, complimentary GPS, and an EZ Pass so that drivers needn’t worry about impending tolls, as well as perks such as customized driving CDs. Exotic Auto delivers cars to homes and offices within 50 miles of Boston for no charge, and offer free parking to any customers who choose to pick up their own cars, even going as far as to treat everyday roadsters to a free express detail while their owners are off frolicking in their dream machines. Exotic Auto also watches over clients with complimentary roadside assistance during their rental.
Mike Ferreira grew up around cars. As a young boy, he helped out in his grandfather's gas station, admiring the man's warmth and attention to detail as he helped each customer who came in. Ferreira never stopped working with cars, and soon accomplished the goal he dreamed of: owning his own shop. At Impressions Auto Detailing, his staff scrubs down vehicles inside and out, offering free pickup and drop-off services for the convenience of busy owners. Beyond simply cleaning, they also outfit cars with stylish upgrades, such as window tinting, sunroof installation, and heated leather seats. They even equip workday chariots with remote starters, ideal for warming up the engine or startling passersby right when they take a sip of their drink.