The extensive Hillside Meadows horseback-riding and training facilities reside on 70 acres of sylvan countryside, supplying riders with beautiful surroundings for trail rides and ample space for instruction in riding disciplines that range from equitation to gymkhana. Licensed instructors guide all lessons, and have years of experience in a vast range of riding disciplines. Thirteen school horses lend their backs to the students’ advancement, which is repaid with a required 30 minutes of tacking prior to the scheduled lesson time and grooming afterward. Hillside Meadows also hosts clinics on a rotating list of topics at least once per month.
Bryan Gatley, the co-owner of Fore Seasons Mini Golf and Holy Cow Ice Cream, sometimes personally scoops ice cream or frozen yogurt at the storefront counter. He chats with patrons or throws one scoop over his shoulder for good luck as he dispenses cool treats from nearby Bliss Bros. Dairy. For more than eight decades, craftsmen at the farm have mixed pure cane sugar with natural vanilla extracts to forge cool swirls for filling cups and cones. At Fore Seasons, happy shouts fueled by the sweets drift from the indoor mini-golf course and a vintage arcade with 35 different games. The building started out as a nightclub, and the course still retains some flair from its former life; black lights buzz overhead and glow-in-the-dark strips line putting greens and holes. A whimsical ornament embellishes each hole, from a traffic light that radiates caution to a lighthouse that guides golfers back to the tee like the weeping of a lost caddy.
Dance Soul Motion’s class roster may be succinct, but that doesn’t mean it lacks variety. For yogis, Vinyasa and deep-stretch yoga offer traditional practices, and Vinyasa Beats speeds up asanas for a more challenging routine. Pilates classes take the form of traditional bending atop a mat or Core Connection, which mixes parts of Pilates and yoga to target the core. And there’s also Zumba, a fun, fast-paced class rooted in dance.
The horticultural experts at Perreault Nursery delight gardeners with a bountiful harvest of blossoms, shrubs, mulch, and outdoor ornamentation. The garden gurus accompany each rose bush or Japanese maple with helpful advice on how to care for the plant before sending it off to college. In addition to its blossoming blooms—grown in Perreault’s own greenhouse—and a plethora of trees and shrubs, the garden depot outfits yards with mulch and stone, custom planters, and ornamental pottery or statuary, including fountains and bird baths.
After picking out their new plants, visitors can drop by the nursery’s butterfly house, where hundreds of butterflies flutter amongst babbling brooks, flowers, and benches. Or, for clients who would rather use a trowel to comb their hair instead of raking mulch with it, the professionals offer landscaping services to transform yards into lush oases with creeks, pathways, and beautifully designed flower beds.
Bright reds and yellow oranges color the exterior of one Pepperoni Express location, signaling the tangy tomato sauce and gooey cheese commingling on pizzas inside. The other location sports reddish-pink walls, which resemble the spicy sausage that inspired the eatery’s name. In each kitchen, cooks make fresh dough each day, which forms the base of pizzas studded with ingredients such as shrimp, broccoli, and mushrooms. They offer a choice of more than 20 ingredients for build-your-own pies and rectangular 18”x24” party pizzas; rectangles suit parties because they have edges and thus are more likely to attract U2 guitarist The Edge. Pepperoni Express’s thin-crust pies brim with Italian ingredients such as olives, oregano, and prosciutto, as do italian authentic subs. Wine and beer can grant a hydrating reprieve for any dining session.