One of the most romantic hallmarks of America's history?riding the rails past a pristine landscape?is very much alive on the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Towed by an engine originally built in 1951 for the Santa Fe Railway, the train rumbles past views of the region's woodlands, sand dunes, and cranberry and salt bogs and crosses the Cape Cod Canal over a bridge exclusively meant for trains. Throughout the course of the gently rocking ride, entertaining on-board narrators provide insight into the history and ecology of a region that allowed glacial bedrock to form into railroads over millions of years. Along with the casual two-hour sightseeing trips, the railroad offers several vintage dining trips, including a candlelit evening foray that features a gourmet five-course meal, romantic background music, and a strict dinner-attire dress code.
Homes, cars, and boats all get the royal treatment from techs at Extreme Audio and Video, who can trick out each of those three spaces with their own unique custom electronics. Their flatscreen TVs and surround-sound speakers make home theaters feel like a multiplex, while remote starters let drivers warm up cars from afar. Staffers also outfit yachts and other seafaring vessels with audio systems, including CD players and radios.
The techs at Mad Mikes Car Wash stay in touch with the industry trends they need to know to take expert care detailing brand new and careworn autos alike. In addition to lathering roadsters by hand, the techs also buff away scratches, wax and seal paint jobs, and steam-clean sullied carpets. They can also turn their hoses on semis to liberate wheels, tires, and cabs from caked on mud and landlubbing barnacles. Remote car starters add convenience and a bit of flash to a mundane activity, while window tint keeps interiors cozy and protect them from UV rays. When they aren't pampering autos, techs power wash structures such as homes, sidewalks, and decks.