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Chutter's candy store has vintage candy and the world's longest candy counter

Home of the World's Longest Candy Counter, a visit to Chutter's is a trip to candyland where the air is delicious with the mouth-watering scents of candy and fresh-made fudge. Chutter's has something for candy lovers young and old in a lively, fun-filled atmosphere. The longest counter of its kind anywhere, Chutter's candy counter runs the entire length of the store. An impressive 112 feet of gleaming glass jars filled with brightly colored candy ranging from yesterday's favorites and hard-to-find flavors to the best of today's most sought-after treats. Grab a bag and choose from the vast array of sours and gummy's, gourmet and traditional jellybeans, chocolates, licorice, caramels, and nostalgic pieces. Chutter's is a treasure trove of tasty treats!

Chutter's is named for its original owner, Frederick George Chutter, a Congregational minister who came to Littleton to preach but instead, resigned his ministry for the dry goods business, eventually becoming a well-loved and prominent member of the community. A brochure from the era claims, "Mr. Chutter is a warm-hearted, cordial, and enthusiastic man, of optimistic temperament, and much interested in the welfare of Littleton." More than 100 years later, the shop retains his name, and the hospitality for which Chutter's General Store was renowned still resonates throughout this delightful shop.  Feel like a kid again. Visit Chutter's on Main Street in Littleton, New Hampshire and discover the sweet life.

Chutters Candy Store
Chutters Candy Store candy jars
Chutters Candy Store colorful candy jars
Chutters logo

Sources: Food Network; Flickr

Posted by Amanda, in General, Travel.

Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is the coolest bar on the Strip to beat the heat this summer

Las Vegas is known for its magical hot spots and steamy nightclub scene but a new bar in town is putting a freeze on all that. Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay is Las Vegas' coolest bar - literally. Inside the bar, everything is made entirely of ice and temperatures are kept at a constant minus five degrees Celsius, or 23 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Minus 5 is the first permanent ice lounge in America. It was all started by Craig Ling of New Zealand. The whole experience starts when you walk through the door. Once inside, each guest is greeted by promo girls and then you enter the briefing room where everyone is outfitted in insulated parkas, boots and gloves - a requirement for entry. 400 people a day are outfitted before led into the 2,000 square foot super-refrigerated lounge. There are about 350 blocks of ice in the bar and they use Canadian ice because it's clear. When you walk in, you see a whole room of ice - the chandelier, couches, the bar. Everything is a work of art. Even the glasses are made of ice and Minus 5 melts through 3,500 of them a week. The glasses are made from some of the most pure water in the world: New Zealand artesian water. The glasses are molded and shipped frozen. Minus 5's drinks aren't your boring old hot toddies. They have 12 signature cocktails which contain exotic fresh fruits and lots and lots of premium vodka. It's so cold that patrons are advised only to spend 30 minutes at a time inside the bar. To really chill out, you have to hit Vegas' Minus 5: the country's coldest, hot spot.

Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Ad
Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Ice Glasses
Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Bar
Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Ice Statue
Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Ice Sculpture Bar
Sources:  The Las Vegas Adventurer, The Tyte Life, Travel Agent Central,, Travel Channel

Posted by Amanda, in Travel.

Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California is an over-the-top lodging experience

Experience a different vibe each night at the Madonna Inn. All 110 rooms at the Inn are decorated differently, from an African Safari to the Amazon Jungle. Don't miss the 5,000 square foot Gold Rush Steakhouse on the grounds with its pink tablecloths, pink receipts, pink sugar and pink flowers. You can choose a romantic honeymoon suite with European-style luxury, the novelty of a Western, Old Mill or Merry-Go-Round theme or an unforgettable stay in one of their famous, all-rock grotto rooms with waterfall shower. The Caveman Room features rock walls, floor and ceiling, and a waterfall for a shower. This room boasts a waiting list that's a month long!

For nearly 50 years, the charm of the Madonna Inn has been one of California's landmark attractions. The Madonna Inn offers an unforgettable experience with fine dining and entertainment, unique overnight lodging, banquet rooms, exclusive clothing, gift and wine shops and limo service. Located on the grounds: 110 rooms each with a special theme, a picturesque European-style pool and state of the art exercise room, a celestial Day Spa and the largest convention center on the Central Coast.

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience and discover what distinguishes the Madonna Inn from every other hotel destination in the world.  

Madonna Inn exterior
Madonna Inn at night
Madonna Inn pool
Anniversary Room
Bridal Falls Room
Cabin Still Room
Carin Room
Caveman Room
Irish Hills Room

Brief history of the Madonna Inn

The first 12 rooms were completed December 24, 1958, and were given complementary for that night's stay, to a very surprised group of travelers. An additional 28 rooms were quickly built, making a total of 40 rooms available to travelers. Demand for public areas to handle the rooms encouraged the Inn in April 1960 to start construction of the main inn, which was to eventually consists of the wine cellar, bakery, coffee shop, dining room, the cocktail lounge, banquet rooms, ladies' boutique, men's gift shop, and the gourmet shop. The 110 unique rooms now exist, each decorated differently to suit many individual tastes: rock rooms, waterfall showers, rock fireplaces, European fixtures, and fine furnishings to name a few. The Madonna Inn sits on approximately 2,200 acres and the large rocks used in the construction came from these surrounding acres. The leaded glass work throughout Madonna Inn and the large etched glass windows in the coffee shop, almost things of the past, were custom made for the Inn. The leaded glass inserts in the windowed area facing the large fireplace are of particular interest, since each insert illustrates one of the various Madonna enterprises: construction, lumber and cattle. The hand-carved marble balustrade in the Gold Rush dining room came from the Hearst Castle. All copper and brass items were etched and/or shaped from original designs and fabricated right on the premises. The 28-foot gold tree fixture in the main dining room was made from electrical conduit left over from building projects as well as from left over remnants of copper. Several wood carvers were brought in for the specialty work of hand carving the doors, beams, railings and the many other carved adornments you see here at the Madonna Inn.

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Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin has the only swimming pool in central Venice

If Venice is a theatre, then Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box. It is a resort: a way of life, an island apart, in every sense. It involves all the senses that make a stay unforgettable. Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of the Giudecca Island, the Cipriani is synonym for the dolce vita, Venetian style. There are 95 Rooms & Suites sharing a view to be seen nowhere else, restaurants to please the finest palates and impeccable service await you.

Hotel Cipriani exterior

Hotel Cipriani aerial view showing pool

Hotel Cipriani's heated Olympic size swimming pool (32 x 19 metres) is the only one in central Venice, and has filtered salt water. The pool area is also the centre of attention for some spectacular events at the Cipriani, like the Redentore Feast held in July each year. An evening of dining and entertainment around the pool ends with the spectacular firework display that can be viewed from the Fondamenta delle Zitelle.

Hotel Cipriani Swimming Pool

From spring to autumn, the Poolside Restaurant serves alfresco, buffet-style lunches and snacks, including an array of regional specialities, grilled delicacies and a wide selection of beverages. 

This informal snack restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy a light lunch between one swim in the pool and a lazy afternoon in the sunshine or exploring Venice - its location just on the lagoon borders has an incomparable and relaxed view.

Hotel Cipriani Pool Restaurant
The Fortuny Restaurant features delicately blown glass, precious fabrics and amber-coloured mirrors, magnificent views of the lagoon as far as the eyes can see and architectural details reminiscent of St. Mark's domes.  This atmosphere creates the perfect setting for a relaxed candlelit dinner. The Fortuny Restaurant has two terraces bordering the lagoon, the Fortuny and Antique Terrace. Both are set in lush, flowered gardens and can be reserved for special events or private parties.
Hotel Cipriani Fortuny Restaurant

Hotel Cipriani Restaurants

Bars: There are 3 bars at the Hotel Cipriani:  (1) The Gabbiano Bar
is a brand new bar that awaits Cipriani's clients.  It's one of the most famous meeting points in Venice and it is full of grand style. Facing the most unique pool in Venice, the Gabbiano Bar aims to become the landmark of the Hotel Cipriani, the gathering spot for clients and venetians - the place to see and be seen. Enjoy an aperitif before dinner, prepared and served by our head barman Walter Bolzanella, or an after-dinner drink along with the stars and celebrities in the romantic Piano Bar. (2) The Fortuny Bar overlooks Cipriani's enchanting gardens and the lagoon. 
Here their skillful barmen will mix delicious seasonal fruit-juice based cocktails and long drinks (Bellini, Tiziano, Roger, Mimosa) or prepare your own choice of beverage. Music is played from early evening by the resident pianist. (3) The Pool Bar
is open from spring to autumn and serves delicious cocktails and a wide selection of beverages on the patio or by the pool. 
A refreshing cocktail is the perfect way to enjoy the magnificent views between dips in the pool. 

Hotel Cipriani Bars

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Chincoteague, Virginia listed by Travel + Leisure as one of the best little beach towns

The island of Chincoteague, Virginia, is the gateway to the seven-mile-long Assateague National Seashore, a wondrous backdrop for beach strolls and a nature refuge home to herons, bald eagles, woodpeckers, foxes, and the famed wild ponies. This small, serene island just off the Virginia coast is accessible to boaters and via car over the Route 175 bridge.

Miss Molly's Inn beach chairsChincoteague Beach

Chincoteague sunset
Wild ponies in Chincoteague, VA

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