There’s a fire in the field and only one way out. Unfortunately, that way is twisted and riddled with dead-ends. But at the end, past 5 acres of carved paths and corn-themed puzzles, past thousands of stalks of corn swaying in the wind, past delirious visions of poker-playing scarecrows, is a fire hose. Such is the theme of Ellms Family Farm’s interactive Hero Rush Amazing Maize maze, an obstacle that carries on pastoral autumn traditions with roughly 90 minutes of music and fun. Yet this maze is just one way that the Ellms family celebrates the changing season—it also serves up crispy apple-cider donuts, lobs wee ones into the air on the farm-favorite Jumping Pillow, and treats guests to a number of other themed activities it has developed over the years.
The farm’s history stretches back to 1984, when Chip and Sally Ellms planted their first batch of Christmas trees and began inviting visitors to stop by and admire the easy wind and downy flakes of winter. As the family grew, the farm kept pace, expanding to cover more than 200 acres and incorporate activities that help guests celebrate autumn as well. Throughout the harvest season, guests flock to the fields to play conductor or coal shoveler on the MooMooChooChoo train or pick out fresh pumpkins in the patch.
Under the well-trained eye of owner Sean Chaudhry, The Cellar Door wine shop and bistro emphasizes the essence of ancient drink itself, curating a no-frills atmosphere that prioritizes quality of flavor above all. In allusion to the eatery's moniker?named for the simple phrase that author J.R.R. Tolkien famously called the most beautiful in the English language?straightforward combinations of globetrotting wines and grilled sandwiches, artisan cheeses, and charcuterie small plates blend together atop mesmerized palates.
More than 30 by-the-glass vintages hail from Spain, California, and Italy, and the staff encourages diners to select full bottles from the onsite retail shop, paying only retail price and a small corkage fee to eliminate unnecessary restaurant markup and taxes on drawn-out toasts. While their taste buds soak up new flavors, diners can challenge their brains to Wednesday trivia or tune their ears to live music on Fridays.
Since 1901, the Houston Chronicle has kept area residents informed with coverage of the biggest news in the Houston area. Today, the paper reports on national and local news, culture, and sports, and has updated its 2012 look with an easy-to-navigate, modern layout printed with advanced ink culled from a digital squid. When arriving at sections such as Business, Lifestyle, or city and state news, readers discover a Chronicle columnist's coverage of the topic's current important news. Like old-school charades performances by the town crier, larger photographs help bring alive the paper's features, especially the restaurant, arts, and bar reviews of its entertainment coverage. The coupon savings in the paper are valued at roughly $400 per week.
In 1955, Harry and Mollie Marcus of Springfield, Massachusetts, opened Best Tile because they were frustrated with the lack of tile distributors in the area. Their small store rapidly expanded to include branches throughout the Northeast, and before long their eldest son was manning a store in Albany, New York. By the 1970s they were importing tile from countries in Asia, South America, Europe, and Candy Land, which only fueled further expansion. Today, Best Tile showrooms are scattered across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic seaboard, including Schnectady, Saratoga Springs, and Poughkeepsie.
Garbing players for film and vaudeville since 1917, The Costumer's collection of timeless and updated ensembles bedecks torsos for theater and seasonal holidays. Racks of Halloween costumes ready denizens for dress-up with attire such as the toga outfit for women ($19.98) and men ($19.98). Freddy Krueger costumes ($19.98) dress teens for evenings of pumpkin-popping mischief, and the Li'l Scarecrow outfit ($19.98) helps toddlers ward off parakeets dangling from mobiles. Costume and theatrical makeup kits blot color onto complexions for self-made masks, and accessories and props help accentuate costumes and homes with decorative dash. For more intricate costumes, patrons can apply the Groupon to getups such as the Ghost of King Louis XVI costume ($55.98) or dress as the Internet by gluing strands of HTML onto limbs.