Those who follow Deerfield River westward from the Catamount State Forest to the Mohawk Trail State Forest travel through the hilly terrain of historic Charlemont. There, in 1989, the Berkshire Mountains and other geographical spoils caught the eyes of Bruce Lessels and Karen Blom—a medaling member of the US whitewater team and a public health nutritionist looking to make the outdoors more accessible. They built Zoar Outdoor on the river, establishing an 80-acre facility to be a base for ziplining, rock climbing, camping, and solar-powered lodging. Today, a staff of adventurers keeps that base running. They not only sell an arsenal of outdoor gear and continue those establishing activities, but also lead whitewater rafting and kayaking trips down their home river, slicing through the waves and rearranging a slew of fishes' living rooms along the way.
The Custom Wedding Shop adorns ceremonies and receptions alike, personalizing many of its products with monograms and engravings at no extra cost. An engraved Your Special Day Unity candle sports up to three lines of text that remind guests not to touch the flame ($19.99) and a plum-colored flower-girl basket ferries petals down aisles in its 7-inch tall satin pouch ($16.50).
Elements of Massage & Integrated Therapy’s experienced massage therapists loosen uptight muscles, utilizing a diverse repertoire of massage techniques to restore worn-out soul sacks to radiance. Inside the tranquil studio flooded with natural light, visitors recline on plush padded massage tables and unwind during a one-hour massage in their chosen style. A Swedish massage ($50–$65) takes aim at sky-high stress levels and achy muscles, employing gentle strokes to loosen up limbs, and deep-tissue massage ($50–$65) manipulates sore sinews with the unhurried and persistent pressure of rush-hour traffic with a much more desirable result. A sports massage ($50–$65) enhances athletic performance and speeds along recovery by promoting circulation, relaxing over-worked physiques, and limbering limbs for the next marathon or grueling chess-to-the-death match. Bamboo-fusion massage ($75) incorporates warmed shoots, rattan tools, and sensational essential-oil blends in careful rhythmic strokes, and a hot-stone session ($85) rubs comfortably warm, rounded rocks over the body for a stress-melting experience. After a corporeal rejuvenation, freshly limbered visitors collect a gift basket (a $45 value) stuffed full of bath salts, lotions, shower gels, and body scrubs ideal for a home spa day or treating the bathtub to a well-deserved solo soak.
Music courses throughout the alley as visitors sate competitive appetites with multiple bowling lanes, an 18-hole mini golf course, six pool tables, and a variety of arcade games. Bowlers first snuggle their feet into pairs of rented bowling shoes before unleashing themselves on the lanes, punishing pins with each stroke frame by frame. Bogey's automatic scoring machines make keeping tally easy so players aren't forced to scrawl numbers on the back of receipts or birth certificates. During cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights after 6 p.m., black lights douse the alley in florescent color and disco balls sparkle and spin. Bogey's mini golf course awaits diminutive domination, taking putters past well-manicured greenery, winding brick paths, and loitering lawnmowers. Although not included with today's deal, guests can refuel at the bar with a beer or glass of wine or celebrate a victorious match with ice cream from the snack bar.