In the deep, dark woods of Candia, thrill-seekers tentatively explore Haunted Acres' Area 52, which sends tingles up spines with five terrifying attractions created by horror professionals with 20 years of experience. Guests step inside the quarter-mile Nightmare woods walk and immediately duck to avoid the Hollywood-esque animatronic slayer and possessed flowers while trying to spot the real ghost that has been photographed here by paranormal investigators.
Over at the Graveyard of the Damned, adventurers walk across the exposed face of a man buried on the walking trail before heading to the pitch-black Maze from Hell and the ghoulish prison Cell Block 13. Those who have any nerve left can then explore the 3-D Nuclear Accident site fogged up with clouds of radioactive steam.
The spooky attractions, which feature a central common area, were given five stars by Boston Events Insider. It then went on to say that "Haunted Acres is nothing less than a must see destination that deserves more praise than five stars can convey." Patrons can make an evening of it with Haunted Acres' bonfires, food, beer and wine, and dual 1,000-foot zip lines.
The highly trained staff at HLC Med harnesses futuristic technology and its own line of products for services that heal, rejuvenate, and beautify. In the guffawing face of father time, technicians roll up their sleeves and unholster their lasers, blasting away acne scarring, rosacea, or hyperpigmentation with the Radiancy SpectraClear system. A chilled-tip laser uproots party-crashing hair from any skin type, and a Q-switched KTP YAG laser sends sun spots packing. Custom chemical peels stimulate cell renewal and collagen production to fill out fine lines, and radio-frequency devices firm up skin and smooth out cellulite. The center also offers services for men, including laser treatments for razor bumps, back-hair removal, and a gentleman's facial that moisturizes faces more effectively than head-butting Poseidon.
Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s many locations stock fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
Seasoned clay handler Elaine Fuller uses her 30 years of experience to guide students of all skill and age levels through private pottery lessons, as well as to craft elegant pieces of stoneware for purchase. Fuller cultivates an encouraging and customized experience for guests and their crafty companions, providing all the necessary supplies to sculpt bowls, pitchers, and ancient terra cotta dinner guests. Beginners will become versed in the malleable language of clay, learn rudimentary wheel techniques, and train on specialized equipment—including slab rollers, extruders, and nuclear particle accelerators—before decorating and glazing their finished products. More advanced pupils can tackle a project of their choice, developing a keener artistic eye under Elaine’s tutelage.
Chocolate-dipped fruit, rich creamy handmade fudge, and sea salt caramels: these are a few of the treats available at R&R Chocolate. The family that owns the homey shop makes chocolate from scratch in small batches before the dipping and sculpting takes place. Try individual portions of the family's confections or opt for a party platter to share.
Located on Maine’s southern coast along the Piscataqua River, Kittery also encompasses several islands, including Seavey's Island, the site of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Visitors can still visit the shipyard or explore a naval museum at Fort McClary, a stronghold during the War of 1812. Even if you're not a history buff, the rocky beaches along the Atlantic Coast and Piscataqua River still make for a scenic hike, bike ride, or 1910s experimental flying-machine ride. Farther inland, you'll find colonial buildings and cobblestone streets. Local small businesses range from quaint bakeries and antique shops to restaurants serving famous Maine lobster. The best-known shop in town may be the Kittery Trading Post, which started as a one-room store in 1938 and has grown to include three stories of sporting equipment, hunting gear, gourmet foods, and home décor. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.