Offering a menu of inventive American cuisine with seasonal ingredients, SugarToad's kitchen at the Hotel Arista excels at bold flavors. The chef sources the freshest ingredients possible, including produce plucked from his own Chef’s Garden right outside the door. The rotating menu changes to match the calendar, with past entrees including pork tenderloin with dried-apricot chutney, sweet-potato mash, and napa cabbage, and Slagel Family Farm beef burgers with sun-dried-tomato relish. Willis also serves an ever-changing roster of organic brunch entrees, which may include smoked-salmon benedicts and caramel-banana french toast with candied walnuts and maple syrup. Between bites of tot-sized brunch boxes with fresh fruit and housemade twinkies, children may sip milk flights of chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavors while caregivers sample cucumber-cantaloupe mimosas, french-press coffee, and the sweet, fleeting silence of a tear-free breakfast.
Blue Mountain Vineyards owners, Joe and Vickie, are pinot pioneers. Beginning with a 5-acre experiment in 1986, they discovered that the soil of the Lehigh Valley does a fine impression of French terrain, making it suitable for growing the grapes of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and other European varietals. Since then, they've expanded to a 50-acre plot, where they now produce wines that have won awards from the Fingerlake International Wine Competition and Appellation America.
Panoramic views of the Blue Mountains overlook scenic terraces at the vineyards, where grapes spring from soil that soldiers roamed during the Revolutionary War. Tastings, concerts, and other events fill the winery's glass-flanked deck, spilling onto an outdoor patio surrounded by ponds as tranquil as a silent lullaby. Visitors admire the vines during tours, and they can also adopt their favorites to preserve the vines' flavorful histories.
The artisans at Glass Tears sculpt and hand-blow tear-shaped glass jewelry, ornaments, and sculptures, designed both as sympathy gifts for bereaved loved ones and as eclectic home décor. Locally manufactured by artisans in Boyertown, traditional tears are solid, 3.5"x2" freestanding dollops of sympathetic silica, whose tear shape compassionately thwarts the formation of real tears ($39.95). Jewelry offerings soothe doleful necklines and glum ear lobes, such as the single pendant, which comes crafted in one of eight color varieties ($29.95). With their hand-blown delicacy, Christmas-tree ornaments enliven domesticated evergreens in ways tinsel hasn't since they went as dates to the Tannenbaum High Senior Prom of 1876 ($24.95).
Using his own two hands, Bryan Fulop has customized more than 1,000 closets. His decade of experience gives Bryan a practiced eye for efficient design. He knows how to maximize a space’s utility while also creating spaces for different categories of items, which makes it easy to find just the belt or mountain of soy-sauce packets you’re looking for. In addition to making over bedroom storage spaces, My Custom Closet tackles cluttered garages and laundry rooms, installing cabinetry and shelves to hold cleaning supplies or sports equipment. If a closet owner isn’t happy with an organization feature, Bryan drops by to fix or replace it, fulfilling his 100% customer-satisfaction guarantee.
Philly Pretzel Factory's dough-benders hand-twist pretzels and bake them throughout the day to ensure freshness. Party hosts can quell belly rumblings at their next football game or Party of Five cast reunion with a full-size rivet tray. The tray includes approximately 192 bite-sized pretzel nuggets and a choice of three 8-ounce dipping sauces, including melted cheese, honey mustard, and cinnamon dip. The eatery's signature cheesesteak pretzel ($3.25) packs a soft pretzel shell full of real Philly cheesesteak, and the 25-pretzel box comes with a bottle of classic yellow, spicy brown, or hot mustard ($10) so that snackers don't have to listen for the ringing melody of the mustard man's truck. Huddle around spicy pretzel sausages ($2.25) as a source of warmth, or relish a different kind of spice with a cinnamon pretzel ($1.50).