Every fall, as the leaves turn orange and the air becomes crisp, owners David and Patricia Hand open up a portion of their operating farm to the general public. Aptly named the Green Hand Farm Park, the agricultural attraction features an 8-acre corn maze that challenges families, students, and office groups to work together to find their way out. The labyrinth takes on a new theme each year?such as a salute to the American soldier?and incorporates facts and clues. As maze participants interrogate corn stalks for directions, hayrides journey to a pumpkin patch and young visitors leap and bound over bales of hay. At night, campfires spring to life for cooking hot dogs and s'mores. Aside from these attractions, there is a farm market to lure visitors.
At each of Ace Hardware’s 4,600 locations around the world, attentive and knowledgeable associates oversee well-stocked shelves bearing domestic tools ranging from nuts and bolts to home goods and automotive supplies. As shoppers search for the right supplies to help with common projects such as finishing a basement or turning a mailbox into a working beehive, the shop’s hardware experts stand ready to dispense professional advice whenever it’s needed. They also deliver professional services—such as mower-blade sharpening, key cutting, and propane-tank refilling—that require more than just DIY oomph.
Diamond Resorts International's Polo Towers cradle Vegas vacationers with streamlined comforts just steps from the storied Las Vegas Strip. Queen-size Murphy beds enable sound sleeping inside plush 300-square-foot studios, equipped with satellite cable TVs, iPod docking stations, and mini kitchenettes perfect for storing leftover casino chips. Prepare a drink at your own personal wet bar and gaze gallantly across the city of a million light bulbs from the personal balcony/terrace.
Cooke’s Gardens helps yard guardians transform dirt patches into bloom bastions with a wide selection of flowers, shrubs, and green-thumb supplies. Kick-start springtime by lining garden and bunk beds with marigolds, petunias, and other annuals ($19.99+/flat). Infusing the lawn with grass seed makes neighbors’ mowers green with envy ($13.99+), and a fresh crop of tomatoes and peppers sustains salads all summer ($19.99+/flat). Cooks can add a personalized flavor to recipes by harvesting their own fresh basil, dill, and oregano ($3.99+), and local kittens will pounce upon yards trimmed with catnip ($3.99+) and dog-shoo. Visitors seeking trees and shrubs can also chat up one of the staff’s savvy horticulturalists, who will locate the latest arrivals and explain how a green thumb can help when hitchhiking near tractor drivers.
The environmentally affable attire emporium bestows mod maidens and dapper dudes with luxurious apparel stitched from natural fibers. Employing vegetable fibers, such as cotton and sisal, and animal fibers, such as silk and sheep's wool, the outfitter plucks ingredients straight from Mother Nature's loom. Gallant gents looking to spruce up their wardrobes can snag a graphic T-shirt ($35), and necks in need of bedecking can accent themselves with a tiger-eye silk scarf ($19.99). The denim java jacket infuses cool into unconfident elbows ($69), and the light-yellow summer weave shirt interlaces breezy material with actual rays from a July morning sun ($79.99).