For 23 years, Heaven Hill Farm has opened its verdant doors to 100 acres of scenic countryside for their annual Pumpkin Land Festival. Nestled among the Appalachian Mountains, the fall sanctuary honors the season with hayrides, the Pigtucky Derby pig races, and pumpkin patches where jack-o'-lanterns-to-be can roam freely in their natural habitat. With a bevy of activities to choose from, fall fanatics can race through the hay maze, pet furry friends at the animal farm, and buy, nibble, or juggle fresh apple-cider donuts. During the weekend, guests can also have their faces painted with fall images, take jaunts atop a pony, or hop onto a carnival ride.
Rosenberg Electronic Window Treatments outsmarts the sun with high-tech, custom shading solutions. Lutron and other brands of motorized blinds obey an electronic controller, quietly lowering when commanded to reduce glare on computer and television screens and protecting furniture and sunburn-prone family members from invading UV rays. A talented technician can deftly install these treatments in new buildings or retrofit existing window sockets to accommodate their robotic workings, helping homeowners save on heating, cooling and lighting costs as blinds gracefully plié and jeté upon windowsill stages. Although pricing for custom window treatments vary, a 6'x6' window treatment with installation costs about $1,500.
Chef Central's kitchenware emporium, awarded Best of Westchester in 2010 by Westchester Magazine, plants chefs amid 21,000 square feet of epicurean aids from all-purpose pots to highly specialized gadgets. Amateur foodies and hard-boiled professionals alike can browse aisle upon aisle of cutlery, books, cookware, and gadgets. Lighting on tasteful treasures such as the Cuisipro stainless steel olive oil mister ($15.99), great for healthful baking and weather-resistant hairstyling, or an OXO salad spinner ($29.99).
Though he doesn't wear an actual crown, Bruce Wiener has earned the title of Bed King thanks to his family's long-standing business and his in-depth knowledge of what makes a high-quality mattress. Still, he rules with a fair hand. At his store, he and his staff share the three things customers need to know when buying a mattress: how it feels, how it's built inside, and what their budget is. They advise customers to test out each mattress by lounging on it for 15 minutes, examining its comfort, support structure, and willingness to share bedtime stories. They also arm customers with know-how on the latest technologies, demystifying industry jargon by explaining, for example, that coil systems impart equal weight distribution over the surface of the bed.