From a total of 12 shops on both sides of the Atlantic, Potomac Bead Company supplies the artistically inclined with everything they need to craft DIY accessories, ranging from the elegantly simple to the intricate and ornate. Beads, wiring, ribbons, and other materials are peddled wholesale, while regular jewelry-making classes educate first-timers, preventing them from accidentally crafting a magical Lasso of Truth instead of a necklace. Though the teachers recommend starting at the most basic level and working up, customers may attend any class, taking advantage of literally endless possibilities for personalized bangles, chokers, and earrings.
Nestled in the New Britain Village Shopping Center, Gourmet Wok unfurls a pan-Pacific spread of Chinese, and Southeast Asian cuisine that spurns the use of MSG. Guests tote their own beverages to pair with a dinner menu of sumptuous dishes—try chef specialties such as the tangerine beef ($11.95), marinated and tickled over a high flame, or the sizzling subgum wor ba ($12.95), a slumber party of lobster, shrimp, chicken, beef, and veggies gossiping about the uninvited pork. Edamame appetizers ($3.75) make way for the mock chicken with chinese eggplant ($9.95), a seitan-based dish trained as a body double for chicken's grill-jumping stunts.
Vintage Grille serves a menu of backyard favorites, which rotate depending on what ingredients are in season, in a charming, upscale BYOB restaurant. The Vintage surf and turf combines the earthly properties of a 6-ounce filet mignon with the buoyancy of sautéed lump crab ($28), apple-infused boneless pork chops bunk nicely with warm apple slaw and mashed potato ($20), and seafood paella satiates arid stomachs with shrimp, clams, and mussels in rice and marinara sauce ($24). Sandwiches and burgers accommodate portable dining with ease, teasing taste buds with delicious items such as the cabernet cherry burger, a half-pound Angus beef burger topped with bleu cheese, bacon, and a house-made cabernet cherry sauce ($12.95). Appetizers, soups and salads, and small plates (available Monday–Thursday) break the ground between appetizer and entree with medium-size versions of regular menu favorites. Bring your own libations to pair classic spirits with suitable mates.
Located on 12 rolling countryside acres once owned by William Penn, the Joseph Ambler Inn combines the tranquility of a charming bed and breakfast with the luxurious amenities of an elegant resort. This Groupon gets you into one of the Inn's 52 guestrooms, with options ranging from the two-room suites, complete with oversized spa-tubs, to recently remodeled deluxe king rooms, some of which boast a small fireplace and a direct line to the UN Secretary General. You'll also get a $30 gift card at the Inn's stone-walled restaurant, where you and your bunkmates can enjoy a dinner of pan-roasted rack of lamb with a red-wine reduction ($30) or a proper, three-course prix fixe lunch ($25).
Following Baja Fresh’s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.