Sculpted into the rocky hillsides that comprise the shores of an Atlantic Ocean inlet, The View Golf Resort charms clubbers with sweeping vistas throughout its nine-hole, executive course. Seaside breezes snake through groves of pine trees and fairway-side shrubs, cooling off players and hot-tempered 9-irons as they traverse the 2,250-yard layout. The course challenges duffers with narrow fairways cleaved through ponds, sand traps, and natural hazards, placing accurate shot-making at a premium.
Along with its scenic fairway chain, The View Golf Resort regales guests with two distinct eating options—the Dining Room and Lounge—that serve a menu of traditional Newfoundland cuisine. Six well-appointed suites dot the resort’s placid expanse, providing overnight accommodations for those hoping to enjoy a romantic getaway with their golf bag or spend a weekend boating, hiking, or fishing in the resort’s rustic surroundings.
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The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
The meaty aromas of slow-smoked ribs and tender beef waft from Smokey’s kitchens, where piles of barbecued proteins simmer over seasoned hickory and sweet cherry. With no gas lines needed to fuel the wood-fire grills, the restaurant’s pipes are reserved for pumping spicy sauces onto full slabs of spare ribs ($17.50) and signature barbecue sandwiches topped with slaw and carolina mustard ($3.49–$6.19) along with other menu dishes. Reel in a savory slice of The Big Muddy with the catfish dinner ($7.99), a generous portion served with Texas toast, a salad, and a choice of two sides such as baked beans and honey-apple cornbread. A host of hearty breakfast options awaits early morning patrons, headlined by the Legendary Stack ($6.49), a savory skyscraper of hash browns, meat, and eggs on an architecturally dubious foundation of biscuit or toast.
Three Sisters Inn was named for the Ripley sisters, who lived in the sprawling Queen Anne home after it was built in 1903. Since then, the home has been restored and turned into an intimate bed and breakfast that retains much of its Victorian elegance. The inn’s romantic setting makes it an ideal spot for a weekend getaway, and its proximity to Baker University and the University of Kansas puts you in a good position to visit a nearby campus.
Each of the guest rooms is decorated with period furnishings and accents. Tucked away in the hotel's attic, Sisters' Hideaway is steeped in classic romance, from its massive king bed to its whirlpool jacuzzi. The secluded Owner's suite has an additional living room and sleeper sofa. In the morning, the innkeepers serve a full breakfast that might include stuffed veggie omelets, blueberry zucchini bread, or carrot-cake pancakes topped with cream cheese.
The resident chefs at Feaster's Bistro harness the power of locally sourced ingredients and house-made sauces to construct a menu of inventive American comfort fare. Diners can oil rusty jaw hinges with appetizers of fried green beans ($4.99) sidled up next to garlic dipping sauce. Dinner options include hefty portions of elk meat loaf ($11.50), which snuggles Rocky Hills Elk Ranch elk meat with mashed potatoes beneath a blanket of blackberry-stout gravy, and the spinach pie, sourced from local Linderia farms and wrapped in a puff pastry ($9.50). Lunch commences with smoked-pork Reuben sandwiches ($7.50), which bridge slices of Great Harvest rye bread with slow-smoked pork shoulder, homemade sauerkraut and handfuls of suspension cables.
Wheat State Pizza assembles its pies on signature dough made fresh daily, including hand-tossed and thin-crust wheat. Customers may adorn their pizzas with more than 30 different toppings, ranging from cashews and mushrooms to pineapple and avocado. The menu also features a robust roster of pizza alternatives, such as sandwiches, salads, and create-your-own calzones, which pack in three main toppings along with fresh basil, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese.