For three generations, Christmas trees perfumed the grounds at Leyden Farm & Winery. In 2010, though, the Leyden family became interested in fruit-essence wines and planted strawberries, blueberries, and grapevines amidst the trees, becoming partners with a love for farming and wine. The fruit from the trees they grew eventually became red wines such as Romeo's Red and Samson's Merlot, white wines such as Cleo's Blanc and Sunny's Grigio, or fruit varieties such as Apple Jack Russell or Samson's Wild Berry. Today, visitors to the sixty-acre family farm can enjoy bites of fruit and cheese complemented by tastes of smooth, complex merlot; crisp white wine laced with green apple; or a blush wine infused with fresh-watermelon essence.
The staff at TiddlyWinks Toys, a mom-owned-and-operated shop, handpicks a colorful collection of toys from Melissa & Doug, Little Adventures, and other whimsical brands. Scratch Art sets await a burgeoning artist's touch, and Groovy Girls dolls from Manhattan Toy flaunt colorful outfits and plush bodies, which dole out better hugs than dolls forged from hard plastic or sticky molasses. The staff assembles birthday-favor packages to match the guest of honor's favorite theme, and customers can even book soirees in the store. As their parents peruse the aisles, tykes tuckered from shopping expeditions can retreat to the store's polka-dotted play area.
At ShelaLara Vineyards & Winery, vintners work with modern equipment to produce more than 20 different wines. Using grapes and fruit imported from California and other sun-soaked regions, the enophiles fill tanks with sweet elixirs including their in-house specialty wine slush. The glacier wines, fruit essences, and vintage wines run a colorful gamut from the off purple of the sky just after sunset to the hue of warm honey. ShelaLara’s winemaking process, including fermentation, bottling, and 21-gun salutes following spills, all takes place in Rhode Island.
Glitter flashes on a set of rainbow-hued fairy wings. A pale pink peony headband adds a splash of color to infant ensembles. Whimsical and feminine, Gigi's Glitzy Boutique’s collection of apparel and accessories appeals to the fairy-tale sensibilities of many young girls. The boutique reflects the vision of its owner, Angela, a mother of two who grew weary of searching the Internet for fashionable children’s attire.
Angela strives to create a playful, tyke-friendly environment at Gigi's Glitzy Boutique: the walls are bright pink, and tissue-paper flowers hang from the ceiling. Her shop also hosts princess-themed birthday parties, replete with storytelling and seminars on how to negotiate interest rates with the tooth fairy. Additionally, the boutique houses Shear Glitz Salon, which offers kid-friendly treatments including feather extensions and temporary glitter tattoos.
At Woodwind Farm, riders bolster their horseback-riding acumen with lessons on the art of dressage, which seeks to help horses reach their full athletic potential, teaching them to respond to situations with minimum provocation. The facility's experienced staff trains all horses in classical dressage, schooling them regularly so they don't forget how to do long division. During 45-minute lessons, instructors pair riders with a suitable horse and then take to the trails of the verdant surrounding countryside.
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