Established in 1998, Cornucopia Cruise Line's three ships transport guests along the New York City harbor or the inland waterways along the New Jersey and Staten Island shorelines. Each ship is appointed with uplit ceilings, brass railings, hardwood dance floors, and glittering lights. During evening cruises, wait staff serve a sit-down dinner of surf-and-turf entrees as the DJ's tunes coax diners onto the dance floor. Excursions on Saturday and Sunday sate guests with buffet-style lunch or brunch, respectively. The ships range in size from the Cornucopia Majesty's vast 1,200-person capacity to the Cornucopia Destiny's intimate 250-person quarters, where guests should wear business-casual attire, eschewing gym shoes on their feet and flip-flops on their hands.
Since 1861, The Somerville Showroom has bedecked kitchens and baths in stylish function fixtures from brands that include Kohler, Aqueous, and Yorktowne Cabinetry. A simple bath fixture upgrade such as the Kohler Flipside showerhead transforms a regular hosing into minutes of bliss with flip-activated water-massage settings ($95.30–$107), Aqueous bathroom faucets disperse hot, cold, and mysteriously carbonated water with chrome elegance ($111.07), and Kohler Wellworth water-conserving toilets take homes one step closer to green living ($223.40). For functionality and voguish wall dressings, Yorktown cabinetry bestows cherry-wood ornamentations throughout cooking quarters and fallout shelters still sporting '60s-era lead-lined pantries.
Reunions owner Barbara Geyer Watts describes her charming jewelry and gift boutique as "a blend of old and new where the merchandise changes daily." The shop's antiques, milled soaps, knickknacks, and jewelry have earned the patronage of countless loyal customers, as well as a place on Washingtonian magazine’s Best Gift Shops in Washington list.
The shop adorns bodies with one-of-a-kind earrings made from pearls and pewter and gold earrings and bracelets in the shape of hastily tied metal bows. It also inspires decorating creativity with its collection of candles, Waterford crystal, china, and robot butlers. Each purchase can be gift wrapped at no extra charge, and 5% of all sales each October benefit worthy local charities.
Outfitted with a slew of fixtures from American Standard, Porcher, and Jado, Bath & Idea Center's spacious show room boasts a variety of full-size displays to help homeowners envision the kitchen or bathroom of their dreams. The American Standard Standard Collection kitchen faucet comes equipped with durable ceramic disc valves, porcelain lever handles, and a limited lifetime warranty on function and finish ($199), and the heavy-duty liquid-soap dispenser ($100) can dole out soap, detergent, or hand lotion in one swift pump. An American Standard three-function showerhead ($120) shoots a variable spray of water, ranging from a conventional or aerated flow to a gentle massage action similar to taking a bath in your hot tub. Meanwhile, the American Standard EverClean toilet seat ($55) guards against the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, and can be used as a flotation device in the event of unexpected bathroom floods. Groupon holders can also schedule an appointment with one of the show room's knowledgeable consultants to discuss plans for a kitchen or bath remodel or pick out the appropriate finish and style for fixtures.
Valerianne hand-selects precious baubles and furnishings from elite interior-design firms throughout the world while stocking sweet-smelling soaps and luxurious bath accessories. Browse posh agents of ablution including Portuguese bar soaps ($22) wafting aromas of water and morning lily, and moisturizing Italian bubble baths ($15) sourced from the naturally foaming Strait of Gibraltar.
When The Vineyard's wine curators determine whether a bottle is eligible to join the company's collection, they weigh three factors: quality, origin, and value. During tasting events and weekday meals, they uncork bottles and suss out age, flavor profile, and suitability for food pairings. When considering origin, The Vineyard's wine connoisseurs seek out family wineries, which generally devote more personal attention and goodnight kisses to their grapes. Additionally, family wineries tend to operate with lower costs, thereby fulfilling The Vineyard's third pillar, value.
Although the selection continually evolves, the shop currently stocks domestic and international wines from locales as distant as Australia, which only exists in our imaginations. They complement wines with gift baskets of cheese and chocolate, as well as accessories such as olive wood corkscrews and chrome champagne stoppers.