Founded by Wainwright and Audrey Scott in the 1960s, Scott's Yankee Farmer is a 125-acre parcel of earth that helps visitors appreciate the natural world and its seasons. In the spring, the Scotts invite guests to purchase plants for their homes and gardens. As the weather warms, peaches, corn, tomatoes, and other vine- and stalk-fresh goodies become available for sale. Then, in summer and autumn, visitors pick from the farm's berry bushes, apple trees, pumpkin vines, and cocoa hot springs to pick snacks themselves. The Scotts also offer a CSA program and maintain a roadside stand. But with these pick-your-own opportunities?and especially with fall's annual addition of a corn maze?many customers opt to visit in person. Scott?s Yankee Farmer offers wholesomeness on a molecular level, too?it participates in University of Connecticut?s Integrated Pest Management system, which helps keep pesticide use to a minimum.
The owners of Big Z Cleaners, Twin City Dry Cleaners, & Squeeky's Cleaners & Laundromat wash and dry-clean garments with environmentally friendly practices and a keen eye for detail honed over a span of 40 years. After dry-cleaning silk blouses, suits, or dress shirts stained with business-related marinara sauce, specialists press collars and cuffs and preserve their shapes with a customizable dose of starch. The team also carefully executes wash, dry, and fold services that conclude with exemplary folding and placement on hangers.
From their waterfront post on Southold Bay, the seasoned mariners of Eagle's Neck Paddling Company rent kayaks to facilitate adventures through the estuaries and arteries of Long Island's North Fork. Daily kayak tours depart in the morning and evening, whereas lessons with certified instructors equip explorers with the skills to serenely navigate waters populated by herons, egrets, turtles, and former CEOs who have decided to live off the grid.
At FromYouFlowers.com, seasoned florists transform thoughtfulness into colorful bouquets that signify love, friendship, and pride that earn accolades from the likes of CNBC. Cheery orange tulips and pink gerbera daisies trumpet thank-yous and congratulations from elegant vases, and red roses make an ideal complement to romantic dinner dates and horse-drawn bus rides. Festive add-ons such as teddy bears and chocolates accent bouquets with greetings that range from huggable to edible. Many flowers can be shipped the same day they’re ordered, allowing shoppers to surprise love ones with beautiful blooms whenever the desire strikes. To help shoppers connect with far-flung friends, the service shuttles foliage to all 50 U.S. states, plus more than 160 countries, and lunar colonies.
At Curds & Whey, gourmet gurus who specialize in hard-to-find European cheeses lead guests through artisanal and imported treats, dishing out samples in the ivory-hued tasting room. Aged manchego ($24/lb.) and vintage gouda ($17.50) complete wine-pairing parties or dairy sculptures of King George, and splashes of olive oil infused with sun-dried tomato, parmesan, and garlic ($18) accent favorite Italian dishes. For a tangy taste, vinegars such as the traditional 18-year-old balsamic ($18) pour over salads. An assortment of crackers ($5.95–$8.95) and fresh breads ($4–$6.50) delivered daily wait eagerly to host sumptuous toppings, and holiday shoppers can purchase wooden boxes stuffed with an assortment of cheeses for their best friends or favorite mirror reflections.
Visitors to Greenport Art & Design choose to paint their own dessert plates or three holiday ornaments before the functional sculptures are glazed and fired in the kiln. Stamps, stencils, design ideas, and séances with Picasso are among the tools and resources available during an hour of studio time, when each guest grabs a brush and creates a one-of-a-kind piece. Artists pick up their glossy finished products 7–10 days later. The lustrous, resulting items are nontoxic and dishwasher-, oven-, and microwave-safe in case craftspeople decide to bake a traditional ornament casserole.