If it weren't for a pesky aphid, Renault Winery may never have existed. When parasitic bug wiped out much of Europe's grape crop, it forced master vintner Louis Nicholas Renault to move from France to the United States. He eventually settled in New Jersey, a state that boasts a similar climate to France and a similar accent to Parisians. Here, he cultivated American grapes that were unfettered by the insects, turning Renault Winery into a prize-winning establishment and eventually into a New Jersey historical site.
Today, the winery offers tours of its storied grounds, inviting visitors to peruse while sampling a wide variety of reds, whites, and champagne. The space also doubles as a popular wedding venue and even houses a golf course on site.
Nestled on the scenic shores of Reed's Bay, Seaview Resort ensconces guests in luxurious accommodations that spotlight picturesque panoramas. The historic hotel's deluxe amenities and proximity to Atlantic City and Philadelphia have speckled its storied past with visits from famous entertainers, presidents, and royalty. Plush rooms are stuffed with high-speed wireless Internet, complimentary Lavazza coffee, ample furnishings, and a 27" flat-screen television ($159+). Additionally, Groupon guests will receive room upgrades to suites decked out with sitting areas and marble baths when available (a $100 value).
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
The team of sandwich-making experts at Dooley's Sub Shop have been crafting fresh, tasty sub sandwiches for more than 40 years. Each hot and cold sub is made with high-quality ingredients like authentic italian bread, provolone cheese, and top-notch cold cuts; popular varieties include steak subs, pepper and egg subs, and even pizzaburger subs. And for those who want to sub their usual sub for something else, the shop also offers pizzas, burgers, wings, and salads.