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 Mission Viejo location stocks 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.
Each combo ticket grants its holder access to the Skeleton Saloon & Hotel, the 3-D Nuclear Accident House, the 1/4 Mile Nightmare Walk through the woods, and the 2,000-square-foot Maze from Hell. In the mid-1980s, Haunted Acres started as a haunted house that was set up by seasonal campers for just one night a season. Since then, it has grown and changed locations to a remote field and densely wooded area at the back of New England Dragway, a prime location for haunted attractions. All four attractions are fearlessly scary, though Haunted Acres says those as young as 8 years old can enjoy the spooky spectacle without needing a diaper change.
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.
Doctor of Chiropractic Christopher Santini honed his skills at Cleveland Chiropractic College, where he led the Chiropractic Bio-Physics Club before graduating summa cum laude. In 2007, degree in hand, he opened his own practice—Santini Family Chiropractic. There, he and his team of specialists realign postures, craft custom orthotics, and soothe tense muscles, allowing patients to move through life without pain. To further promote whole-body health, Santini Family Chiropractic's staff also includes a licensed acupuncturist and a naturopathic doctor.
Artisan clayworkers toil over Great Bay Pottery's ever-ready kilns crafting one-of-a-kind stoneware pottery, including sturdy floor vases, convenient serving dishes, and all manner of saucers for UFO hoaxing. Patient clients can watch as potters spin their new piece of practical decoration into existence and finish the piece to their specifications with painted and glazed designs in nautical, arboreal, or impressionistic themes, among many other options. For a small fee, the potters will inscribe any piece with a message for personalized gift giving.
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.