Something wicked lurks within the abandoned peach orchard at Depiero's Country Farm. But to discover which petrifying presences lie in wait, intrepid guests must walk through Night-mares Haunted Attraction's unsettlingly named Twisted Maniac Trail. Scares spring from behind every turn, sometimes in the form of special effects, other times in the form of actors donning horrifying getups. At certain points, those scenes may depict intense, blood-soaked frights not recommended for children 10 and under. If the outdoor trail ever gets too freaky, participants of any age can be escorted out quickly by shouting "safety", just like the protagonist does at the anti-climactic conclusion to Friday the 13th.
"Aunt Annie's Fruit Stand in Hillsdale, NJ." There was a time when any piece of mail marked with this destination would find its way to Demarest Farms. In the early 1900s, Annie Demarest set up a roadside stand to sell the fruit that her brother, Lincoln, had begun growing in orchards on their family's farm. The orchards were a new addition to land originally purchased in 1886 by the Demarest family, who had been farming American soil since the 17th century. Demarest Farms started out with mostly cattle and chickens, but Lincoln's orchards soon became famous, attracting visitors from around the region for juicy peaches, strawberries, apples, and other fruits.
The fruits helped Demarest Farms blossom into what it is today: a farm with a large onsite market offering just-picked produce and complimentary fresh air. In the 1970s, Lincoln's grandson, Peter, introduced pick-your-own adventures, which are still popular with visitors today. After trekking out into the orchards or pumpkin patches to pluck fruit so fresh the paint might still be wet, guests return to the market, where they can visit the ice-cream parlor, delicatessen, or country bakery. The market has a few modern features as well, including a salad bar and a shop with seasonal and gourmet foods.
Dennis Coyle didn't wait until after he had earned his applied-sciences degree to embark on his career: he founded DC Landscape Design & Construction in his sophomore year of college. He combined engineering know-how with knowledge gleaned from horticultural classes and years of work in a garden center and never doubted his capability to succeed in the landscaping business—perhaps because he wasn't the first Coyle to start so young. His father, Douglas Coyle, also transitioned straight from school to managing Delaware Valley Landscapers.
With an eye for outdoor aesthetics, Dennis beautifies lawns with an armory of mowers, aerating tools, and organic products. His botanical knowledge and detailed CAD plans help him avoid common landscaping mistakes, such as placing a young tree too close to a house or too far from its wailing mother. This understanding ensures an almost perfect survival rate for his relocated greenery.
No matter what the occasion, Tiger Lily Flowers can create a custom arrangement or hand-tied bouquet to suit it. Using organic and Fair Trade certified flowers and plants, the skilled design team puts together elegant arrangements of roses, lilies, and tropical buds for birthdays and anniversaries, weddings and funerals, and all holidays including Easter and Mother's Day. They can even make custom floral hairpieces for proms and craft a jaw-dropping 300-roses arrangement, a perfect gift for a special someone or anyone that owns an extra-large vase. Tiger Lily Flowers also specializes in floral bouquets for Jewish holidays such as Passover and Rosh Hashanah, and can deliver Shabbos flowers that will arrive an hour before Shabbat each Friday.
Assembling bright, aromatic stems and clusters of greenery, the floral artists of Cielo’s Floral Design create colorful, beautiful arrangements for a wide variety of occasions in baskets, pots, and vases. Celebrate romance with the Full of Love bouquet, a combination of pink roses, tulips, carnations, and waxflower, or send get-well wishes with the Sweet Moments basket. Cielo’s also stocks a variety of plants, gifts, and wedding flowers.
Sculpting blossoms since 1978, the avid arrangers of Tarrytown lovingly harmonize world-spanning flora found from Holland to Hawaii. A crimson triumvirate of classic courtly love, the 3 Red Roses ($44.95+) ornament formal declarations in a pristine clear vase and ribbon bow tie. Teleflora's Zen gerbera bowl ($49.95+) infuses a classic black vessel with warm, vibrant blooms and reignites the age-old riddle of whether the flowers have been potted or the pot has been flowered. Gift baskets communicate partiality in lasting wicker panniers, with groupings such as the Blooming Garden Basket, a display of backyard habitué bedded amid tumbling ivy leaves ($79.95+).