A casual culinary haven peppered with sports-emblazoned flat screens and a jam-packed jukebox, Cricket's Tavern serves up a menu of fried fish, barbecue fare, and wings in a vast selection of wet or dry rubs. A Vesuvius of hot, spicy cheese erupts over the entire starter menu, and appetizers such as garlic breadsticks, nacho chips, and chili-cheese fries are all preserved beneath a flow of dairy decadence. Entrees include the tender roasted pork shanks, browned and slathered in sweet-chipotle-barbecue sauce, and the two-piece beer-battered cod, a big fish in a small pond of homemade tartar sauce. An open karaoke mic tempts would-be superstars every Tuesday night, and the jukebox spins free tunes on Wednesdays, allowing patrons to create their own meal soundtracks devoid of rhythmic lip smacks and spoon solos.
Inhabiting the former Auburn Automobile Company's national headquarters, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum brings visitors up to speed on highway history through interactive exhibits and a collection of more than 120 cars from the 19th and 20th centuries. Six galleries of fine automobiles adorn the space, each with a different theme and rotating assortment of retro roadsters. The Gallery of Classics houses a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible sedan, one of only 32 such examples bodied by the Walter M. Murphy Company that year. Non-automobile galleries range from a Clay Model Studio and a Hall of Technology to the original Auburn conference room, honoring art deco ingenuity with classic built-in banker’s lamps and chalkboard sketches for a flying car powered by the sound of jazz trumpet.
Spiece Fitness is like the exercise world’s Library of Alexandria, holding a vast catalogue of more than 70,000 square feet of cardio and strength-training equipment. And much like the ancient library, Spiece Fitness also houses sweeping hardwood basketball courts and a 25-yard pool. To help navigate the sprawling array, certified fitness trainers walk guests through operating the equipment or direct them to the saunas. In three exercise studios, they lead fitness-seekers through personal-training sessions and a variety of energetic group classes—including Pilates, Zumba, and spinning. Meanwhile, coaches oversee adult and youth basketball games along the four hardwood courts as runners race around an indoor track. After workouts, jog-weary exercisers can replenish over protein shakes at the onsite bistro or unwind with massages in the day spa.
The fitness center is housed in the famous Spiece Fieldhouse—a 150,000-square-oot facility that is home to a variety of diverse tenants—from a martial arts studio to a hair salon. The walls of the facility pop with rare autographed jerseys and more than 200 autographed Hollywood collectables, and marble statues and antique furniture make playing paintball games virtually impossible. The Fieldhouse has played host to a variety of visiting celebrities, including Michael Jordan, a famous basketball player.
The knowledgeable winemakers at Hops & Harvest delight in teaching customers how to transmute grapes in varietals such as chardonnay and pinot noir into nuanced wines. Hops & Harvest stocks the tools and resources that beginning and veteran home-brewers need to concoct fresh, delicious organic wines from the comforts of their homes as well as the hops and malts needed to bottle, keg, and barrel homemade brews. Live displays, samples, and classes keep the spacious store abuzz. Most wines and beers can be made indoors at any time of year, eliminating the final reason to leave the house during January.m]]
Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats are as varied as the workouts themselves. At the Wallen Road location, there are Jazzercises geared toward sculpting your bod, as well as dance-circuit training to help you get those arms you asked for last Christmas. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.