The 200-year-old stone walls of Christine’s Creekside Inn sheltered an 18th-century grist mill, a knitting mill, and a Prohibition-era speakeasy before hosting executive chef and owner Doug Delong. This is a second homecoming for Delong, who was one of the original chefs here during the early 1990s when the restaurant was called Old Mill Inn. After an apprenticeship at the Green Hills Inn to study American and French cuisine, Delong returned to restore the elegance of the restaurant and pour two decades of experience into his hearty meat- and seafood-focused cuisine. Italian taste dominates the menu, so veal and chicken are draped in traditional sauces with lemon and capers, artichokes, or marsala wine to complement their tiny borsalino hats. Steaks are hand-cut from certified Angus beef and pair nicely with wine or a microbrew from the diverse list of 14 bottled beers.
Delicate iron chandeliers descend from timber beams in the peaked ceiling, but their soft glow seems unnecessary against a wall of arched windows that reach nearly two stories on their tippy toes. The broad hall exudes both cathedral grandeur and country charm, making it suitable for an elegant night out or a wedding reception.
Treat Dreams satisfies sugar cravings with homemade ice creams, sorbets, and frozen yogurts, as well as fresh-baked cupcakes, cookies, and beverages. Innovative ice-cream flavors such as honey lavender, red-velvet cupcake, lemon basil, and wasabi with pistachios share menu real estate with more mainstream picks such as dark chocolate peanut butter, butter pecan, mint chip, and strawberry malt. At any given time, up to 25 varieties of frozen treats await snackers for enjoyment in cups and cones ($2.40–$5.40), sundaes ($2.40–$3.30), shakes ($3.25), or smoothies ($3–$4). Freshly baked cookies ($1), brownies ($1.75), and cupcakes ($2.50) offer a more solid form of dessert, while a 12-ounce cup of locally roasted Chazzano coffee warms tummies and thaws brain igloos ($1.50). The shop also sells hard-to-find gourmet kernels of truth made by the Plymouth Popcorn Company ($3–$3.75).
The vivid blue walls, red furnishings, and dynamic artwork of Salon Alliance illustrate the stylists’ commitment to color—a commitment further emphasized by Redken Color certifications, ammonia-free coloring solutions, and skill at smoothing and covering gray hair. Stylists Jonna and Chad also expertly tend to curly hair, add eye-catching highlights, and otherwise flatter the features of their clients.