Great Gatherings houses myriad luxurious home essentials for leisurely get-togethers and everyday living. A variety of stools such as the wheat-hued Capri Backless ($159.95) are available for accommodating large parties, or slightly smaller parties of guests who like to put their feet up on another stool. For those preferring higher-backed seats, stylish options such as the Lancaster and Tyler chairs ($199.95 each) are readily available. Great Gatherings also supplies a garden’s worth of outdoor furniture and thoughtful accessories from sturdy chair covers to large Vega umbrella lights ($99). Indoors or out, hosts can dazzle company with miscellaneous entertaining essentials, including Double Swirl 100% recycled glassware ($12.99), allowing them to serve dinner companions and visiting Mother Natures with equally chic aplomb.
Rare and eco-friendly, organic tulips make up only 25 acres out of the 25,000 acres in Holland devoted to growing the flower that powers their nation. The sustainable variety is able to soak up more nutrients, making them stronger and less likely to catch disease or become pest infested. As one of the only American sources for the coveted vase filler, EcoTulips provides tulips grown in organic soil that is only used once every seven years. This year marks the first annual event celebrating the beloved bloom, with 40,000 planted to create a 10,000-square-foot pick-your-own garden experience. Stop by from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays without an appointment, or call ahead to schedule a picking time on weekdays. EcoTulips also recommends that you call ahead to ensure that the tulips are in full bloom before you embark on your gardening experience.
The sun has risen over Ridgefield Farm & Orchard for more than a century, dusting its orchard's apple trees, its winding cornfield maze, and its acres of pumpkins with warm, nurturing rays. Generations have flocked there from across the country, snipping fresh buds from flower gardens during the summer months or scampering though the pumpkin patch come fall. The advent of autumn also marks the beginning of the farm’s apple-picking season, when dwarf orchard trees grow heavy with juicy gala, empire, and 13 other varieties. After the annual pumpkin-picking and Halloween celebrations have passed, the grounds offer up an abundance of firs and spruces to be used as Christmas trees or stacked up and tied together into one giant Christmas tree. Throughout the year, the onsite country store peddles seasonal produce and housemade jams to boast the bounty of the farm's fields and to keep visitors fueled.