Snapping memorable portraits of families, couples, and graduating seniors, Rusty Healey Photography specializes in capturing life’s most huggable moments amid an amenity-rich sanctuary of reflection. After conferring with the photographer to design a customized session, customers can pose for stunning shots in a studio equipped with a bevy of backdrops, a motorcycle, and meadow of blooming puppies. Wrapped in richly hued brick walls and wrought-iron doors, Rusty's warm studio allows subjects to relax and unwind while a makeup artist finely preens faces before each shoot. During the session, clients can change outfits two or three times as well as precisely rearranging features like a fetching Mr. Potato Head. More than 100 photographs are taken during the shoot, allowing clients to peruse more than 40 first-class shots before selecting one to have digitally airbrushed, printed in an 8”x10” size, and shown repeatedly to the family dog so it knows who the boss is.
Served next to the high ceilings, sun-soaked windows, and fireplace of the Sunlit Room, afternoon tea at the Ben Lomond Suites allows diners to snack inside the former Bigelow Hotel, an exuberant Italian Renaissance Revival building constructed in 1927. Tea-takers choose from a lineup of local leaves, steeped and served alongside an assortment of scones, tea sandwiches, mini-pastries and a dainty dessert. Throughout the meal, visitors can tap along to live piano performance as elegant eighth-notes set a relaxing mood. Afterward, visitors can browse the work of the historic 25th Street galleries during the First Friday Art Stroll, where artists show off their aesthetic tours de force along with their Dali moustaches and Picasso-inspired perms.
The Animal Park, a full-service grooming, boarding, and daycare facility, bestows quadruped companions with a cage-free retreat. In each of the supervised indoor and outdoor small-dog (30 lbs. and under, starting at $20/night) and large-dog (more than 30 lbs., starting at $25/night) facilities, tail-waggers share olfactory secrets or pose for CM Coolidge paintings. Litter-box denizens may enjoy a stay in the Kattery Room (starting at $12/night), with its toys, mazes, climbing wall, and window perches.
GingerBread Photo's experienced shutterbugs document the growth of chubby-cheeked infants within the comforts of a private studio. Professional photographers coax coos and grins out of babies with a series of well-timed topical jokes during the four separate photo shoots when bambinos are 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months old. Upon completion of each session, proud parents pick a favorite image to be touched-up as necessary and displayed in an attractive portrait panel, which they may save to share with their child's future homecoming date.