Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s Mission Viejo location stocks fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
Each combo ticket grants its holder access to the Skeleton Saloon & Hotel, the 3-D Nuclear Accident House, the 1/4 Mile Nightmare Walk through the woods, and the 2,000-square-foot Maze from Hell. In the mid-1980s, Haunted Acres started as a haunted house that was set up by seasonal campers for just one night a season. Since then, it has grown and changed locations to a remote field and densely wooded area at the back of New England Dragway, a prime location for haunted attractions. All four attractions are fearlessly scary, though Haunted Acres says those as young as 8 years old can enjoy the spooky spectacle without needing a diaper change.
Located on Maine’s southern coast along the Piscataqua River, Kittery also encompasses several islands, including Seavey's Island, the site of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Visitors can still visit the shipyard or explore a naval museum at Fort McClary, a stronghold during the War of 1812. Even if you're not a history buff, the rocky beaches along the Atlantic Coast and Piscataqua River still make for a scenic hike, bike ride, or 1910s experimental flying-machine ride. Farther inland, you'll find colonial buildings and cobblestone streets. Local small businesses range from quaint bakeries and antique shops to restaurants serving famous Maine lobster. The best-known shop in town may be the Kittery Trading Post, which started as a one-room store in 1938 and has grown to include three stories of sporting equipment, hunting gear, gourmet foods, and home décor. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Chocolate-dipped fruit, rich creamy handmade fudge, and sea salt caramels: these are a few of the treats available at R&R Chocolate. The family that owns the homey shop makes chocolate from scratch in small batches before the dipping and sculpting takes place. Try individual portions of the family's confections or opt for a party platter to share.