Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
Play N Trade outfits console gamers with the cartridges and accessories to transcend into parallel universes 8-bit and up. The store stocks brand-new games at standard pricing—such as Gears of War 3 for Xbox 360 ($59.99)—and most used games range from $1 up to $49.99; prices vary dependent upon the going rate for nostalgia. Kick back in the laid-back shop and take a trial run of potential purchases via one of the store's LCD televisions, or ask a game-versed employee about one of the store's secondhand accessories, many of which sell for less than $30. With today's Groupon, customers also become store members for one year, which bequeaths 10% off all used game or accessory purchases, a 10% bonus on trade-ins, and a highly coveted Nintendo Power Glove conceal-carry license. A member of Play N Trades expert staff verifies that all used items are in working order before they land on virtual shelves.
Carved through 175 acres of wooded terrain just 90 minutes outside New York City, Monticello Motor Club's 4.1-miles of smooth and twisty race-grade asphalt track gets drivers' blood pumping with 22 turns, 1.5 miles of straight-aways, and 450 feet of elevation changes. The private club is a luxury destination that offers its members professional driving instruction, premium car storage, trackside support, high-quality service, and nearly unlimited access to the track. The centerpiece of the private club, the track is the brainchild of international driving champion Brian Redman and track architect Bruce Hawkins, who crafted the winding raceway to test professional drivers while keeping it safe enough for first-time racers. The sound of growling engines echoes across the tree-lines on a daily basis as club members barrel down the track in luxury sedans and SR3 racecars, while afterward they can enjoy a meal prepared by the club's private chef.
• For $30, you get one reserved seat in section 10 or 11 (a $49.50 value before fees, or up to a $60.70 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $48, you get one reserved seat in section 6 or 7 (an $85.50 value before fees, or up to a $97.55 value online, including all ticketing fees).
Visitors to Westfall Winery descend into the building's secret barrel room to taste fruit-packed potables from Westfall's extensive wine list, all crafted with Old World wine-making techniques amid the picturesque greenery of Sussex County. Inside French oak barrels, fermented grapes age into velvety cabernet sauvignon, local blueberries age into slightly tart blueberry wine, and young castaways age into colorful, barrel-dwelling philosophers. Sated oenophiles can step outside to Westfall Winery’s picnic area to relish a grilled hot dog and homemade chili, and tour the winery’s sparkling pond and white picket fences. At the end of the event, guests can take home a bottle or a case ($12.50+), then use the empty bottles to build a glass-bottomed lifeboat.