To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Whale watching was a relatively new concept when John Fish's grandfather started giving tours. "We kind of originated it," Mr. Fish says. "Thirty years ago we were the only ones doing whale watching." As the company became more successful over the years, additional captains were brought on to cover the demand. Today, these crews continue to ferry groups into the habitats of several whale species, including humpback whales and sperm whales. Though the whales seen along Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch's journeys still breach and refuse to sign autographs, other things have changed over the years. Below deck, the current fleet's engines work to reduce emissions and provide a fume-free experience. Above deck, 360-degree viewing decks and modern technology help bring whales into sight. Onboard computers display large maps of where the aquatic mammals are known to swim, and GPS systems reroute boats around mermen constructing new reefs. In addition to illuminating the behavior of whales for passengers, the crew's wildlife experts point passengers toward other animals they spot along the way, such as white-sided dolphins and harbor seals. Though some variables are beyond their control, the crew members almost always spot whales and boasted a 98% success rate in 2009.
The once-private Boothbay Country Club now welcomes the general public to send shots sailing through invigorating ocean breezes that sweep through its verdant acreage. Hilltop vistas, stately pines, and foliage that emblazons the autumnal landscape in bursts of color make playing the course a distinctly Maine experience, marked by the nautical titles of each hole and carts with caddie stowaways. Golfers of all skill levels can play the course from one of the four sets of tees, with the course extending to 6,356 yards from the farthest Gold tees. The par 4 eighth hole—known as Widow's Walk and also the hardest-rated hole—presents beautiful vistas and difficult hazards, with two creeks meandering across the fairway and multiple sand traps guarding the peanut-shaped green. In closing their round on the 18th hole, titled Fiddler’s Green, players have a final shot at birdie, requiring them to avoid the rocky creek that cuts between the split fairway and hit an uphill shot into a green that sells part of its fringe to shag-carpet purists. Course at a Glance: * Par 71 * Four sets of tees * 6,356 yards from the back tees
Clinking glasses, chitchat, and the aromas of local fare from Freeport's finest chefs fill the air at the Hilton Garden Inn, which hosts the 2013 Flavors of Freeport presented by FreeportUSA. In the hotel's outdoor courtyard, thirsty guests can visit the Freeport Ice Bar, which offers hot coffee, samples of barbecue, and glowing beverages near toasty fires and glistening ice sculptures. A martini luge sends elixirs across icy planes and into waiting glasses while a soundtrack of tunes emanates straight from an onsite DJ.
Inside, some of Freeport's top epicureans showcase their palate-pleasing dishes during the Chef's Signature Series. A collection of wine, beer, and spirits gathered from Maine's purveyors slakes thirsts as guests sample an assortment of culinary offerings. Guests can cast votes for their favorite flavor entry and table display. Door-prizes raffles are also available. Event attendees also can place silent bids on pieces from the Freeport Art & Music Festival to benefit the Freeport Food Pantry. Both events only host those aged 21 or older.
With access to thousands of acres of forests and fields, Carousel Horse Farm's expert equestrians take riders of all skill levels on scenic jaunts through the Maine countryside. Private or group trail rides in Casco explore the local woods, hills, and fields, sometimes including stops to fetch ice cream or to wipe down horses' windshields. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available for weddings and special events. Guided beach horseback rides are also available from October 15 through April 30.
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The kitchen crew at Sahara Mediterranean Bar & Grill shaves tender layers of their popular chicken shawarma from the spit of a traditional vertical broiler, helping them earn the title of Detroit?s Best Middle Eastern restaurant from Local 4 viewers in summer 2011. Vegetarian options range from a falafel sandwich to the smoothly textured adas lentil soup, with beans that chefs carefully crush with an announcement that none of them made their high school?s baseball team. The menu also includes house specialties such as the potato chop?seasoned beef stuffed inside a golden-brown, deep-fried potato shell.
Sips from specialty drinks and smoky hookahs add a sweeter dimension to meals as diners perch on dark hardwood seating. The furnishings contrast visually with butter-yellow walls on which murals appear to emerge from behind crumbling stone.