Spanning several forested acres in the foothills of the Cascades, S & C Tree Farm has sold Christmas trees since 1979. Run by Steve and Claire Ferlan, the tree farm now offers “choose and cut,” where visitors can wander through the rows of trees, select one to be freshly chopped by tree farm staffers. Choose from grand firs and noble firs—the patrician descendants of a royal forest in England.
BedMart furnishes restful sleep with an arsenal of slumber-inducing mattress sets. The solid support of King Koil’s Arlington model ($779.95–$1,199.95) relieves bodies of the aches accrued from overworking pressure points and napping in ball pits, and Serta’s Perfect Sleeper Arborwood ($979.95–$1,399.95) a memory-foam mattress that cradles snoozers with detachable arms. Three comfort options for Five Star Mattress’s Stanwyck ($479.95–$799.95) can accommodate sleepers of all persuasions, from the hibernation-ready extra firm to the fluffy pillow top.
A family-run nursery, Blooms-N-More cultivates a photosynthetic menagerie of water and bog plants, fruits and veggies, and more than 40 varieties of ornamental grasses. As guests arrive to leafy fields of potted plants and perennials, the nursery's friendly canine greeters Boogie and Calamity Jane bark out the scientific nomenclature of 30 varieties of tomato, multiple cultivars of peppers, and more than eight types of basil. In addition to loading up dinner plates with edible plants, the nursery also accents landscapes with trees, prairie grasses, shrubs, and vines.
The team at Mattress Warehouse USA understands that buying a mattress is a huge commitment, so they don’t want their customers to feel pressured to get it exactly right the first time. Though they’re confident in their wide selection of memory-foam, pillow-top, and encased-coil mattresses from brands such as Easy-Rest and Corsicana, the store gives buyers a 60-day sleep trial during which they can return their mattress if they decide they don’t like it. Something else customers can do within 60 days is check the price—if another store sells their bed for less than they paid for it, they can return to Mattress Warehouse USA and receive a discount for the difference. Most mattresses can be delivered the same day, and crews can also remove the old mattress for free and drop it off at a local shelter or at a farm upstate where it can play with other old mattresses.
Thatcher Loen, president of the eponymous plant nursery, stocks an inventory of more than 50,000 flowers, shrubs, trees, and other vibrant, botanical life. Lush foliage explodes from every corner of the 3.5-acre nursery, home to more than 1,000 plant varieties in need of horticultural adoption. Row after row of plants ranges from rare and unusual to contemporary and traditional, a selection that includes annuals, perennials, vines, and organisms resembling flytraps fond of crooning Motown tunes. In addition to helping patrons navigate the nursery, helpful staff members can answer any lingering questions.