All big things start small, but few major farms start as small as family-owned Kreider Farms did, with 102 acres of land and only 12 cows. Today, the farm spans more than 2,500 acres and includes approximately 5 million egg-laying chickens, 2,000 cows, and 225 employees. The farm distributes its eggs, milk, and premium ice cream throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and reports that it has become one of the largest egg producers in the state of Pennsylvania. Kreider Farms? wares have been endorsed by multiple chefs, a more meaningful accolade than the cardboard crowns of excellence distributed by fast-food eateries. The farm takes its environmental mission seriously, treating the land with respect and adopting ethical and environmentally responsible practices. Workers happily share their knowledge and story with others during 90-minute farm tours or virtual tours on the website.
Since arranging roe and shrimp atop their first Seattle maki roll in 2001, Blue Pacific Sushi & Grill’s chefs continue to celebrate Asia’s rich culinary history by offering dishes from Korea, China, Japan, and Thailand for lunch and dinner. The kitchen buzzes with chefs forging traditional recipes from ingredients such as New Zealand muscles, soba noodles, and sweet egg, while the artists behind the sushi bar slice and roll up all manner of fresh fish into a nigiri, maki, sashimi, and temaki. Beyond the kitchen, the Pacific-themed dining room whisks eaters under the sea with its faux fish wall decorations, wavy neon lights, and union-contracted krakens hired to lurk beneath each table.
Oregon Dairy is more than just a farm?it's an experience. In addition to functioning as a dairy farm, the Hurst family's sprawling property also features a supermarket, a bakery, and a restaurant serving Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. The supermarket sells everything from milk to deli sandwiches and shrimp trays to bring to parties. In the restaurant, you can sate your hunger right away with traditional chicken and waffles or more exotic peach-mango tilapia. The bakery's gourmet scones and pumpkin pie add a sweet end to lunch or dinner.
For more hands-on fun, a raft of family-friendly activities take place at the farm throughout the year. Tours whisk families and school groups through the farm on a tractor-pulled wagon, taking them to explore the milking facility and sample some of the luscious ice cream made on site. In the fall, visitors can celebrate the season by getting lost in a corn maze or picking a pumpkin to decorate with the face of your favorite cow.
Every cigar at Olde World Tobacco tells a story, and Olde World's tobacconists gladly educate visitors on the cylindrical pieces of handcrafted art that reside behind the glass walls of the shop's humidors. After guiding guests to cigars such as the Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R, shopkeepers invite visitors to relax in the smoking lounge. Once there, guests soak up the atmosphere created by leather club chairs, a 50-inch high-definition television, and solid-diamond ashtrays—which earned the room distinction as a Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge. Beyond cigars, Olde World Tobacco offers gourmet coffee and espresso from their partner operation Joey's Java House, where coffee aficionados roast beans in-house three days a week.:
As live music reverberates through the elegant dining area and lounge, plates of contemporary and classic Asian dishes parade out from the kitchen. Sushi knives chop up fresh fish into specialty maki rolls, sashimi, and nigiri; grills sizzle up rib-eye teriyaki; and pots simmer with piquant curries. Patrons cheers to a full bar of specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and saki, sipping at the sushi-bar seating as they watch the chefs slice and dice, or relaxing at tabletops lining the sleek dining room, piano lounge, and outdoor patio. Further entertaining the senses, the restaurant hosts live performers each night, who are only sometimes coin-operated chimps playing miniature cymbals.
For more than 25 years, the Chesapeake Crab Connection’s fleet has ventured out into deep waters in pursuit of the region's sweet and succulent hard-shell blue crabs. After reaching the shore, fishermen ship the steamed, frozen, and live crustaceans throughout the country alongside fresh fish, lobsters, shrimp, clams, and oysters. Crab mallets, festive crab-printed paper, and oyster knives supplement feasts, and freshly prepared seafood lump cakes and soups reduce the time spent fishing for your family’s dinner every night.