Afternoon Tea for Small Groups in Connecticut Countryside
Treat yourselves to a classic afternoon tea service. Come to our home in the Connecticut countryside and let us seat you at a beautifully set tea table. Sip tea and nibble on scrumptious savories and sweets prepared fresh for you. Prior to service, I offer background on the history of afternoon tea. Sample menu: Savories: - cucumber radish tea sandwiches with herbed lemon butter on challah bread - curried chicken salad with apple, walnuts and frisée on brioche - egg salad on country white bread - open face salmon gravlax with cream cheese and dill on whole wheat - miniature grilled cheese on sourdough Sweets: - currant scones with whipped orange butter - mini key lime tartlets - vanilla bean cupcakes with Earl Grey icing - fresh baked Madelines - chocolate dipped strawberries Tea selection: black, green and herbal…such as: mellow black currant, delicate dragon pearl green or calming camomile. Selection varies. Cucumber water is offered to cleanse the palate. The tea service provides a real afternoon tea experience in a relaxed, upscale and private setting. Menu options are subject to change.
Abstract Palette Knife Painting Class
Guests will be greeted at my sunny home studio by me! Everyone will get a smock and and a stool and I'll introduce you to some of my work, then get you started on your own piece. Using acrylic paints, paint medium (thickener) and palette knives, you will choose your own colors and subject as I guide you through my method of abstract palette knife painting. Whether you create a landscape, a sunset or a color field, the process is soothing, meditative and an overall fun experience. Your end result will be uniquely yours and something to remember your visit by. Other things to note PLEASE NOTE: Class time are flexible -please contact me to set up a different time. ***Travel classes will have an additional 20% gratuity***
Spend an hour with Valentine, the sweetest Jersey cow
You’ll arrive to beautiful rolling hills and the picturesque red barn, take in those views! Next you’ll be invited into the barn where you’ll get a tour and individually meet all of our lovable rescue horses and hear their stories. You’ll meet the star of the show next, our sweet jersey cow Valentine! Valentine is 2 years old and couldn’t be sweeter! She was born on the farm and every day she amazes us with how sweet and personable she is! Once you get acquainted with Val then you’ll get to groom her, feed her treats and maybe even take her for a little walk. This experience is for the guests but also for Valentine, as she loves attention and loooves to be groomed!! You’ll learn all about cows and the Jersey breed. You can hear about what Valentine eats in a day, what her habits and funny quirks are and you’ll hear all about our other dairy cows and how we strive to have a responsible and safe micro dairy farm.
Taste The Hamptons with Private Chef Nick
Enjoy your very own private chef experience at your place! Take advantage of our group discounts: ★ 15% OFF — groups from 4 to 5 guests ★ 20% OFF — groups of +6 guests To have a closer look at my menus, check the What's Included section below. You can also have this Experience in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. Learn the secrets hidden within each dish, and enjoy a delicious multi-course meal. Get ready to discover the taste of The Hamptons without leaving your own dining room! I will arrive around 60 minutes before your preferred dining time in order to begin preparing the meal. I won't arrive empty-handed! No-no, I will show up at your doorstep equipped with every ingredient needed in order to prepare your meal. Eat, share, drink, laugh, and explore Hamptons dining scene from your own table. Oh and don’t worry about tidying up, everything will be left spotless for you to continue to enjoy! I let the seasons control the plates so my guests can experience this beautiful place as it changes. If you have any questions please send me a direct message and I will be happy to answer them.
Sea Turtle and Seal Rescue Hospital Tour
Join us for an in person or virtual tour! During this tour you will get the unique opportunity to have one on one experience with one of our biologists and get a behind the scenes look at how the New York Marine Rescue Center rehabilitates our seal and sea turtle patients. You will get to see the different areas of our hospital, look at x-rays of interesting animal cases, and see our in-house patients to learn about their individual stories. While learning about these animals you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have. We hope that with each of these tour guests can learn more about seals and sea turtles and get involved in helping to protect them. This tour provides an immersive experience as get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to rescue and rehabilitate local sea turtle and seal species. We will explore the different areas in our hospital including the rescue center, lab, treatment room, and animal rehabilitation areas (patient numbers vary depending on the time of year). We will discuss the different species that we see in our local waters, common natural behaviors of these animals, their protection status, and the best practices for observing these animals in their natural habitat. We will expand on the reasons that these animals need our help, the care they receive, and what we can do to protect them in the wild!
Beginner Trail Ride Through the Last Green Valley
Come visit Hidden Springs Farm, nestled in the Quiet Corner and enjoy a relaxing trail ride with our calm and happy horses. You'll learn how to connect with the horses while taking in gorgeous scenery through the Natchaug State Forest. *Please keep in mind that there is a weigh limit of 175 lbs* This trail ride is tailored to beginners, but also can be enjoyed by any level of rider. Typically we will walk alongside those riders with zero to little experience in order to ensure maximum safety and to make sure that the rider feels comfortable. The ride will go for 45 minutes down to the local Hampton reservoir and back. We start with tacking the horses up, brushing them and introducing them to you so you can get to know your ride. In order to enjoy this ride to the fullest, we ask that you remain calm and ask plenty of questions! Our horses love taking new people for rides and showing off the beauty that is Connecticut. On the trail ride you'll witness nature at a relaxed pace. Make sure you bring your appreciation for nature! Depending on the weather, please bring appropriate outerwear. Always bring an extra coat or a sweater as we trail ride outside and it can be chilly! *If for some reason your trail ride is cancelled due to bad weather, we can either refund you within a month of your booking or reschedule for better weather within 6 months*
Bond with Rescue Horses in need of TLC
I’ll introduce you to each horse in the barn, you’ll learn their stories and feed them treats. Then we’ll select several and groom them slowly while listening to peaceful music that calms not only the horse but also you. By giving the horse love and attention you will learn to trust them, as they will learn to trust you. After they have been groomed we will take them for a short walk on a lead line either inside the indoor arena or out on the state park that connects with Hidden Springs Farm, depending on the weather. We’ll end the walk by returning to the barn and you’ll leave the farm feeling connected to nature and horses and feeling refreshed. Other things to note These horses are used to people but that doesn’t mean that they don’t get nervous. Ways to avoid nervous horses is to approach slowly, make no sudden movements and speak in a quiet, even voice. A lot of our horses have been through traumatic situations so this is important!
Sailing Charters on Twin Lakes
From May 1- Columbus Day weekend we offer folks a chance to get out on the water and enjoy the beauty of Twin Lakes, Salisbury, Connecticut with views of the mountains on our Captained Aquarius 21 cabin sailboat (not a motorboat). On our personal boat, we take a maximum of four people and supply life jackets and comfy dry seating. Guests can bring food but no alcohol. Cruises are 2 hours and start at 11 am and run through sunset. These are private charters so you will be with your own family and friends. We are the only sailboat charter in the tri-state (CT/MA/NY) southern Berkshires and Litchfield Hills. Other things to note Children under 4 may not enjoy the experience as it is not real active ... actually very relaxing.
Tour a Horse Sanctuary
Join us for a tour! Upon arriving, you will be greeted at the entrance by your guide who will take you on a private tour. You will see all of the animals at the sanctuary - many horses and two goats. You will also have a backstage pass to see where the animals' meals are prepared & how the animals are cared for. Every animal has a story & you will get to learn about each one! ***Please note, we are unable to offer any horseback riding. ***Tours are given by dedicated volunteers. The listed times are what are available based on volunteer availability and horse feeding schedules. We cannot accommodate special schedules. Thank you for understanding!
Fun Friendly Dog Walking Experience
"A Dog Walking Experience" Outside, Well marked, Very Scenic well maintained. Helping walkers learn the right way to handle out side experience with a Dog. The beginning will start with the group meeting At To be Location To Be Determined we will meet to prepaid for Walk/Hike while taking directions for we’re going. I will have waters and trail snacks for guest and dogs. This is spectacular, Beautiful Area! When finished, we walk away with new friends with same love for outsides and safe walking, the dogs learn how to socialize with other dogs. Sights water fall, wooden bridges, plush conditions. No Dog needed to attend "Wonderful Walk on Trailes"
Montauk Snorkeling & Oyster Shucking
Upon arrival guests will follow the guide out into the water with a snorkel and masks to do some shallow water diving to find wild Lake Montauk oysters. After 20-30 mins we will bring our catch back to the boat where we will teach you how to shuck oysters and share some local knowledge of the shellfishing with you. BYOB is allowed and we provide the rest! If you have another time in mind not offered please message me.
Captain Skippy Fishing Charters / Sunset Cruises
Captain Skippy Charters runs personal (1-5 passenger) fishing charters and sunset cruises out of Mount Sinai Harbor NY. Our goal is to give all passengers an unforgettable fishing and boating experience. We are currently fishing for Striped Bass, Blue Fish, Sea Bass, Fluke, and Porgies. Our expertise is catching trophy Striped in the 20-50 lbs class from May- September. All bait and tackle is provided and fish are cleaned free of charge. $750 for a 5 hour trips, plus tip for mate. Recommended 4 passenger limit due to space constraints. Sail times are flexible due to passenger preference, weather conditions, and tides. Please message for more details.
Explore Mount Misery on a Guided Hike with Poodles
Join David and Karen Etchells, along with their 3 Standard Poodles, as they take you on a 2-mile guided hike on Mount Misery Trail. Located in the enchanted Pachaug Forest, it feels like an entirely different world under a thick canopy of trees. You'll learn tidbits of local history while navigating a relatively easy climb - roughly 232 feet in elevation. When you reach the peak of this loop trail, you will be able to take it all in at once: breathtaking views stretch before your eyes for miles. You won't find anything miserable about this scenery; it's truly magnificent!
We will start our lesson off by meeting at Ditch Plains parking lot and putting on our wetsuits and taking our surfboards down to the beach. From here we will do a quick warm up, read the conditions and practice popping up on the surfboards from the beach. Next, we walk our students down to the water's edge, where the shorebreak can be tricky to navigate, so we stay with you and behind you the entire paddle out to the breaking waves. Once in the water and in a safe spot to communicate, we can start the step-by-step lesson and turn you into the next best thing surfing has ever seen! Other things to note: Lesson conditions vary day to day and hour by hour, depending on the natural conditions and weather patterns observed in Montauk. If the conditions are not good for a lesson, we will offer to reschedule or refund our cancelations. Parking at Ditch Plains Beach is restricted only for town of East Hampton residents and those who are permit holders. Please plan ahead of time to either be dropped off or walk from your destination. Closest public parking is at Shadmoor State Park. Follow the trails to the East and this will lead you out to Ditch Plains Beach where we meet.
Chef Jerky Jamaican Dinning Experience
Guests will have a chance to unwind outside, while they assist in picking the ingredients for their dinner. We will take a ride to a local farm and poultry shop for fresh meat. Fink farms is only 5min away. When we return, I will introduce you to the Jamaica style of preparing and cooking a meal from scratch. Other things to note: You are coming to explorer Eastern Long Island during the Summer time, the best of times for all things. fun. With us you get an island experience with a real islander. Come ready to explorer our garden, farms and dinning experience. We can only offer a good time and unique experience.