A brick oven imbues each of Luigi’s Restaurant’s pizzas with a distinct flavor and crispy crust. Chefs adorn these bubbling hot discs with 20 toppings that range from veggies such as jalapeños and mushrooms to meaty morsels of hamburger and pepperoni. They also handcraft their own spinach ravioli, meatballs, soups, lasagna, and abstract finger paintings. Servers deliver these lovingly prepared meals to tables, which populate an intimate dining room decorated with framed photographs.
Built in 1892, the House at Holly Crossing offers the romance of the era without the child labor and lack of medical technology. Guests staying a night in Holly Crossing's Executive Room will be treated to authentically decorated quarters with a queen-size bed and private bathroom with shower. After guests rise from a peaceful night's slumber, they'll be treated to a complimentary gourmet breakfast before strolling the gazebo'd gardens of the historic estate. Guests will also have access to a complimentary snack nook with homemade pastries, cookies, and other refreshments. Free WiFi access is also available in the rooms, allowing guests to feel like time travelers who have magically journeyed back to the America of kerosene lamps and campaign buttons that read, "Grover Cleveland for President…Again, Apparently."
Train tracks used to run right along The Holly Hotel, making the three-story redbrick building a hub of social activity throughout the early 20th century. Civic and social groups held meetings and demonstrations, transients spent the night, and opera goers shined their monocles in the hotel’s opulent parlors after shows at Baird’s Opera House, situated just a mile south.
Today, this Queen Anne–style structure is no longer a hotel, but an acclaimed restaurant and venue. The hotel's architecture, along with its historical charm, persist, even after a fire in 1913 and again—65 years later to the date—in 1978. The elegant interior’s plaster walls, tin ceilings, and custom millwork date back to 1913 and before, while much of the wood, railing, tile, and glass are salvaged from the second blaze.
Although its architecture helped The Holly Hotel grab a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, its unique stories also supplied historic credibility. For instance, in 1908, Carry Nation and a flock of pro-Temperance supporters attacked drinkers at the hotel; Nation swatted bar goers on the head with her umbrella and even smashed whiskey bottles with an ax.
Modern-day visitors do not face such antagonism. Instead, they enjoy elegant meals composed of fresh, free-range ingredients at the restaurant, where chefs plate beef wellington, braised pork cheeks over hawaiian fingerlings, and lamb strip loin baked in green oregano. On Sundays, the kitchen team puts on an elegant brunch, featuring a spread of farm-raised goose, peel-and-eat shrimp, and made-to-order omelets. Fridays and Saturdays are a time for laughs; guffaws spill over from the comedy club as guests enjoy cracks by headliners from cities from Los Angeles to New York. Of course, sometimes the laugher may just be coming from one of the hotel’s lingering spirits.
At Raymo's Restaurant, Chef Marc Raymond unites his three passions: fine dining, music, and art. The former spotlights inventive New American dishes with international influences. The spicy meatballs are a perfect example of this creativity, as well as the slow-roasted pork topped with tomatillo sauce, roasted tomato salsa, and lime cream. His menu also incorporates decadent desserts, such as the baked chocolate pudding with vanilla-malt ice cream, and classic cocktails.
Chef Raymond's other two obsessions show up in the restaurant's decor and ambiance. The sleek dining room is awash with abstract art, track lighting, and hanging blown-glass lamps. And the soundtrack is as festive as the decor is refined; Raymo's' stage and dance floor come alive with musical genres that span everything from acoustic to jazz.
Whether it’s the guests perched atop pillowed dining chairs, the streams of hot tea pouring from embellished kettles, or the frilly, flowered decor, Tyme Well Spent Tea Room brings visions of imaginary tea parties to life. Housed inside a traditional-style home complete with a wraparound front porch, the tearoom host guests for lunch as well as for afternoon tea. While spinach quiche, chicken salad, and salmon patties sate lunchtime appetites, tea service quiets smaller rumbles with complementary desserts, including scones with traditional Devonshire cream. Tyme Well Spent also packages its timeless charm within its gift shop. There, patrons can shop for items to make their own teatimes more authentic, browsing through more than 30 types of tea, vintage linens, china, and teacups.
The front nine and the back nine at Copper Ridge Golf Club begin and end in strikingly similar fashion. On the first hole, players start their round with a drive into an opening fairway that, like a birthday card without cash, only appears generous: the wide visible portion narrows considerably into a slender piste that sends players up to an elevated green. The tenth hole repeats the sleight-of-hand, only with an even more pronounced difference between the open expanse and slim landing zone before a two-tiered green.
The 9th and 18th holes, meanwhile, are essentially mirror images of one another, incorporating the largest lake on the course. If players hit too far left on their tee shots on the 9th hole—or, conversely, too far right on the 18th—they'll end up in the drink, potentially spoiling an otherwise pristine round as they cover the home stretch of the 6,916-yard course.