Treasure Trove Gifts and Garments unveils a collection of riches in the form of casual beach apparel, home accessories, and bath- and body-boosting products. Bejewel a bathroom with soothing suds and salves from Thymes ($10–$75), or adorn a dining room with Vietri Italian-made dinnerwear ($25–$250) instead of musty prosciutto tablecloths. Longitude swimwear ($68–$98) and Sunset swimsuits ($90–$120) elegantly enrobe bodies with colorful designs, and Isle dresses ($89–$120) upgrade any stint of time on a desert island, island desert, or island island. Treasure Trove supplies island homeowners with Caldrea home-care products ($8–$45) to keep cottages shipshape and visitor ready.
Since 1969, when Gladys Haak gave her husband Raymond two concord grapevines to celebrate their 10th anniversary, the couple's namesake vineyard has flourished into 1,800 vines sprawling across three acres. Galveston County's first and only winery transforms grapes into award-winning potions that have earned the attention of the Houston Press and the Dallas Observer. Whether sipped onsite or at various shops and restaurants, the wines grace glasses with a diverse mélange of local blends. Custom labels can be commissioned to personalize each bottle with heartfelt dedications or nutritional information written in iambic pentameter.
The vineyard welcomes thirsty visitors with tours of their verdant vines, 25,000-square-foot workshop, and deli stocked with Boar's Head meats and pungent cheese. Frequent guests reap the exclusive benefits of the winery’s club memberships, which include invitations to special events, first tastings, discounts, and complementary bottles. An event-ready banquet space also sets the scene for memorable weddings and events, with the winery’s chef, Kim Johnson, overseeing catering duties, cake cuttings, and the busboys’ a capella performance of “Take My Breath Away."
Mechanized towers stand along the shoreline of Wake Nation Cincinnati's 10-acre lake, steering riders across the water as they grip cables rather than lines attached to boats. Cruising clockwise from the cables, up to seven people at a time can wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard, or waterskate around the aquatic arena at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Wake Nation designed the main lake for everyone from beginners to elite-level riders, and peppered it with manmade obstacles and floating jumps, allowing boarders to zip along and pull off tricks that sometimes aren’t possible behind a boat. They also have a smaller practice lake for beginners and young riders from 5 years old and up.
Experienced staff members observe boarders at all times, supplying safety tips, training, and navigational advice for circumventing Poseidon’s rose bushes. Visitors can bring their own equipment, or rent or buy necessary gear from Wake Nation’s pro shop. A cast of instructors lead lessons and observe riders during freestyle riding, fun summer camps, and special events such as birthday parties.
A vast selection of titles for classic and contemporary consoles line the shelves as guests make a game of searching out the rarest RPGs and side scrollers to add to their collections. GamesPlus stores have acquired 80% of their merchandise via trade-ins and Dance Dance Revolution break-dance battles, so visiting gamers can spend hours making an inventory of the secondhand videogames they have yet to conquer. Players can release pent-up angst on alien overlords in the Xbox hit Halo or tone the contours of their cerebral cortices with Brain Age for the Nintendo DS. The GamesPlus Classic section takes gamers back to the 8-bit days of yesteryear, when flying raccoon suits were in vogue and washing one’s hands meant contending with carnivorous vegetation in the sink. An inventory-tracking system that covers nearby GamesPlus stores will help customers track down the titles they are looking for with all the speed of a supersonic hedgehog.