Housed on 55 sprawling acres of historic land, the Workhouse Arts Center hosts performance and theater venues, studios, event facilities, a gallery and exhibition space, and an ever-expanding community of artists in all-day workshops helmed by expert instructors. In an airy industrial room, students taking the Introduction to Flameworked Beads class wield oxygen-propane torches, forging small colorful beads to display as art or use as currency with naive aliens. Instructors show students how to effectively and safely handle the fire-spouting torch as they manipulate vibrant Moretti glass to create delicate and decorative glass beads covered in elegant designs or miniscule copies of the Constitution. Students should arrive prepared with a notebook and a packed lunch. Students should also wear long pants and non-polyester, natural fiber clothing, such as cotton.
Shooter McGee's bolsters its neighborhood pub atmosphere with a menu packed with pub-fare classics and modern comestibles. Chefs prep appetites for satiation with hearty appetizers, including the modern-leaning trio of duck tacos, with spiced duck confit filling out tortillas ($9.99). Patties of Angus beef take up residence between pillowy buns for burgers such as the bacon and cheese, with applewood-smoked bacon and a choice of 10 cheeses, plus a side of hand-cut fries, slaw, mac 'n' cheese, or baked beans ($9). The herb chicken & greens salad piles herb-roasted chicken over mixed greens with fresh mozzarella and a balsamic reduction ($12). Revel in the twin-flavored pursuits of the strawberry-balsamic pork tenderloin ($16), or delicately nibble through the eight hours of flavor that go into each rack of barbecue ribs ($20).
Built in 1837 by attorney and gold prospector Moses Harshaw, The Stovall House is one of the oldest existing structures in the Sautee Valley Historic District. The long-standing abode was restored as a country inn in 1983 by owner Hamilton Schwartz, adding to the area's national agricultural, architectural, and historic significance. Guests are lodged in one of the four double-occupancy rooms (a $113 value, including tax), ideal for a romantic weekend or platonic travel experiment. While not in the room, check out the numerous things to do, including hiking in the surrounding mountains and numerous important buildings and historic areas, such as the site of the first woolly mammoth tea party. Back at the inn, those wishing to breakfast are provided with a home-cooked morning meal, while ascetics are given a complimentary glass of water and respectful silence.
Mouthwatering scents from traditional tagines trickle through the horseshoe arches of this Moroccan eatery, offering olfactory hints at dishes served up à la carte and family style. Make a bold beginning with a bastilla appetizer, a bastion of Moroccan fare filling thin phyllo dough with chicken or vegetables ($14.99, $24.99 for medium). Next, sink teeth into entrees of vegetarian and meaty varieties, such as the lamb tagine with raisins and almonds in a sweet sauce ($15.99) or vegetable-studded couscous ($12.99). Families, friends, or barbershop quartets can feed on Fez's family-style feasts, which include soup or salad, a bastilla, a tagine or couscous, dessert, and Moroccan mint tea (starting at $46.99). The bistro's bar is open late on weekends to accommodate nocturnal noshers.
At Fairouz Cafe, waiters ameliorate appetites with a menu of classic Middle Eastern dishes. Hummus bel-shawarma ($9.95) jump-starts eating engines with a serving of hummus topped by slices of beef and lamb, created by cracking a meat piñata over the plate. The chicken kebab platter unites marinated, boneless chicken cubes with rice ($11.95), and the falafel sandwich corrals fried chickpea patties into bellies ($5.95). Combo appetizer plates such as the yogurt salad with diced cucumbers ($3.50) or the shakshouky, an eggplant salad with diced tomatoes and pomegranate extract ($5.95), juxtapose simple ingredients to accentuate their flavor, much like PB&J sandwiches or barbershop quartets with one rapper. Escort meals to hunger-vanquishing glory on a cascade of nonalcoholic beverages such as juices and smoothies ($4.50) or a toasty pot of Turkish coffee ($3.95). During meals, diners can enjoy the smoky flavors of a hookah (not included with this Groupon), soak in live or DJed music, observe the sensual stylings of a belly dancer, or keep up with sports on wall-mounted televisions.