One of the most romantic hallmarks of America's history?riding the rails past a pristine landscape?is very much alive on the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Towed by an engine originally built in 1951 for the Santa Fe Railway, the train rumbles past views of the region's woodlands, sand dunes, and cranberry and salt bogs and crosses the Cape Cod Canal over a bridge exclusively meant for trains. Throughout the course of the gently rocking ride, entertaining on-board narrators provide insight into the history and ecology of a region that allowed glacial bedrock to form into railroads over millions of years. Along with the casual two-hour sightseeing trips, the railroad offers several vintage dining trips, including a candlelit evening foray that features a gourmet five-course meal, romantic background music, and a strict dinner-attire dress code.
Homes, cars, and boats all get the royal treatment from techs at Extreme Audio and Video, who can trick out each of those three spaces with their own unique custom electronics. Their flatscreen TVs and surround-sound speakers make home theaters feel like a multiplex, while remote starters let drivers warm up cars from afar. Staffers also outfit yachts and other seafaring vessels with audio systems, including CD players and radios.
The techs at Mad Mikes Car Wash stay in touch with the industry trends they need to know to take expert care detailing brand new and careworn autos alike. In addition to lathering roadsters by hand, the techs also buff away scratches, wax and seal paint jobs, and steam-clean sullied carpets. They can also turn their hoses on semis to liberate wheels, tires, and cabs from caked on mud and landlubbing barnacles. Remote car starters add convenience and a bit of flash to a mundane activity, while window tint keeps interiors cozy and protect them from UV rays. When they aren't pampering autos, techs power wash structures such as homes, sidewalks, and decks.
Sullivan Brothers Service Center's three locations staff factory-trained technicians who bolster cars of all types with standard and synthetic oils. During each 45-minute service, the deft technicians drain spent fluids and replace them with conventional lubricants or high-performance synthetics, which urge the engine to perform better by crafting study cards of the owner's manual. The able technicians then eavesdrop on the car's components and assess their performance during a vehicle inspection, and conclude the service by shuffling the tire positions in order to equalize tread wear, prolong tire life, and give wheel wells some much-needed alone time. Customers who opt to leave their car for further service may hitch a ride on Sullivan Brothers' complimentary shuttle, which runs to the Kingston MBTA Commuter Rail System.
Smartwax Professional’s mobile detailing and reconditioning technicians come to you, ready to wash, wax, and shine your vehicle with Smartwax's own line of products. This includes their Eco Wash system, which produces no runoff and uses less than one quart of water per vehicle compared to the 98 gallons used by the average car wash. Technicians tend to cars with one of three detailing packages, which can be customized with services such as engine cleaning, enzyme-based deodorizing, and clay treatments for cars prone to acne.