Vista Alegre, an eatery that opened in January 2013, serves up large portions of traditional Peruvian cuisine. Cooks marinate fresh seafood in lime juice to make refreshing ceviche, sauté pans of piquant Peruvian-style spaghetti, and grill rib-eye steaks to taste. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
Vertical Addiction instructors believe working out doesn't have to be a bore. In fact, their pole fitness routines don't just offer a great aerobic workout—they're also a great way to have fun and feel sexy while building a strong, toned body. Inside the studio, students of all ages and abilities learn how to perform everything from basic spins to complex tricks, and classes are split by skill level in order to allow students to progress at their own pace. For those more interested in performance than fitness, pole dancing classes teach short, choreographed routines to help students to gain fluidity in their movements, while routine choreography classes are also available to help students build their own routine for a showcase or competition against a squad of local firefighters.
Academy of Fighting Arts instructor and 5th-degree black-belt Clinton Murphy can shatter several objects with his bare hands, from coconuts to concrete blocks. It's a skill known as "breaking," and Murphy claims that it's just as mental as it is physical. This and other martial-arts skills have led to appearances on ESPN2, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the Discovery Channel. At Academy of Fighting Arts, he teaches his students how to hone their own mental focus and martial-arts techniques, emphasizing good form and discipline over brute strength—just as he does when he's preparing to break 14 slabs of concrete in a stack.
When teaching a class, Murphy's martial arts style of choice is American-Filipino Kun Tao. This mix of pressure-point strikes, grappling, and joint-lock throws is ideal for close-quarters fighting. Murphy covers these maneuvers as well as escrima, or stick-fighting, in his adult sessions, whereas kids' classes focus more on teamwork and basic drills. He also hosts four-week self-defense seminars for women, which demonstrate how to effectively escape and subdue an assailant.
The experts at Yarnover help knitters of all skill levels learn basic and advanced techniques in knitting classes, as well as help those comfortable enough to knit by themselves navigate the shop and secure buttons, needle cases, and colorful royal alpaca, mulberry silk, or baby llama yarn. During the hands-on classes, students progress at their own pace as they take in wisdom and pointers from experienced teachers and broaden the knowledge of their hands and muscle memory. Guests can also stop by to sharpen their skills and talk trash about crocheters at a free knitting circle held every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
More than 100 years ago, a simple pegged beam house stood quietly under the shade of a towering hawthorn tree. As the 1930s approached, the house's owners saw its potential as lodging for travelers between New York and Boston. The inn's popularity grew over time, and staffers transformed its old rooms into private dining rooms and banquet halls. Though the tree has since been uprooted, the original inn now sits atop the first-floor restaurant at Hawthorne Inn—which reminds visitors of its past with classic architecture while welcoming the present with contemporary design elements and one robot hostess. In some rooms, rectangular, art-deco-style lamps light warm yellow walls above plush banquettes. Eight banquet halls with reconfigurable seating welcome wedding receptions and conferences. Within each of these spaces, servers ferry the master chef's creations of grilled steaks, seafood dishes, and pastas tossed with seasonal vegetables to low-lit corners and private tables. Inside the casual Bar 2421 space, bartenders craft traditional cocktails and fill glasses or wide pant legs with frothy pours of domestic and imported beers. Live entertainment is also available on Friday and Saturday nights.
SBC Restaurant & Brewery lines up an inviting smorgasbord of comfort food to be devoured alongside an arsenal of brewed on-site beers. Take in the expanse of the appetite-assassinating lunch menu (served from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and try not to set off the fire alarms while your head smokes with indecision before easing yourself in with the SBC calamari, which comes prepared three ways: crispy with marinara and rémoulade, fried with hot peppers and artichoke hearts, and sticky with a sweet chili Sriracha glaze ($6.99). Follow that up with the crispy chicken salad, festooned with mandarin oranges, grape tomatoes, gorgonzola, and honey white balsamic vinaigrette ($12.99), or the margherita pizza topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and basil ($10). SBC burgers are 8 ounces of natural custom-quality beef served on a handmade roll and topped with american, provolone, cheddar, swiss, fontina, or mozzarella cheese ($7.99).