Franklin Nursery is a family-owned and family-operated full-service garden center and gift shop that's been serving steaming platefuls of verdant life since 1973. The nursery specializes in shade, evergreen, and ornamental trees, all of which are grown locally on the owner's farm. In addition to dendrite-based life, choose from a wide selection of decorative shrubs (starting at $25), perennials ($10–$25), roses ($20–$30), and more. Summon talking squirrels to your garden with ceramic Witchety Woodland Tinkling Toadstools ($6–$18), decorative dollops of whimsy from Kinsman Garden Company. For the discerning, biodegradable gardener, choose from a selection of FoxFarm organic soils and fertilizers.
Some Wear Special has stocked its shelves with designer apparel and accessories for more than 25 years. The boutique purveys a range of labels, including Vera Bradley, Hobo, Big Buddha, and Timmy Woods. In addition to adult duds, the shop also carries gifts for moms-to-be and new parents, such as infant wear and new-baby user's manuals, as well as presents for special occasions, including wine glasses and personalized, rhinestone flip-flops.
Waltz past Woodside Manor's wall of stained glass dating back to 1594, hand-carved oak staircase, and 20-foot pink-sandstone fireplace to take a seat in one of the manor's nine private dining rooms before examining the menu of seafood, sandwiches, pasta, and creative American classics. Woodside's chef Robert Courser turns French fries into elegant pomme frittes, served with thyme, salt, and spicy ketchup ($5), and replaces corndogs' dogs with shrimp and serves the cornshrimps with mustard cream ($12). Bite into a classically prepared Reuben's peppery corned beef and spicy sauerkraut ($9), or invite new flavors to mingle at your tongue's soirée with a chicken diablo sandwich: mushroom, onion, bacon, barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese ($9). Marsala and piccata are available with veal or chicken ($14–$18), while more seaworthy plates include Chilean sea bass ($30), lake perch ($18), and lobster mac 'n' cheese, crafted with cognac, sherry, a Mornay sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, cheddar, and gruyere ($18).
Popcorn-N-That’s explosive technicians stoke hungry stomachs with more than 20 varieties of made-from-scratch puffs. Hard-bodied kernels are air popped into snowy swans, which are then stowed in bags designed to ambush sweet cravings with sticky kisses. Confectionery caramel corn—constructed to the specs of a half-century-old family recipe—shines both solo ($9.49 / lb.) and as the backbone of numerous decadent variations. Wear your heart between your molars with black-and-gold candied Burgh bits ($11.50 / lb.), or sic sweet teeth on a kerfuffle of carmelized puffs, almonds, and coconut tangled together in chocolate ribbons ($12.49 / lb.). Monthly limited-edition flavors celebrate seasonal changes, such as August’s camp-fiery s’mores bites and September’s back-to-school blend of caramel-apple corn, drizzled with white chocolate and graphing calculators.
Ski Haus readies snow traversers for icy plummets with clothing and gear from brand-name lines, while mending blades and boards in binding repair and tune-up services. Customers can secure their personal skis and boards with a binding repair, where a meticulous inspection and testing of binding ensures feet remain shackled in place during rides. A tune-up offers a choice of hand or machine sharpening that hones blades and levels the playing field when competing downhill or fleeing an aggressive pack of mountain goats as The Benny Hill Show theme plays in the background.