A USHPA-certified advanced and tandem instructor, John of Oregon Hang Gliding School has taken to the skies on hang gliders since 1990 and taught the sport to newcomers since 1997. He also advises the curriculum for a university engineering program laying out pointers in a systematic way, and discouraging the use of protractors as weapons. Under John’s guidance, students begin with introductory lessons and ground school before advancing along the path to earning individual pilot ratings.
The Catalina Hotel perches on the shoreline of Miami Beach’s South Beach, a spot well-known for its hot nightlife, gorgeous beaches, posh shopping districts, and celebrity sightings. Daytrippers can head over to popular clothing-optional Haulover Beach for an extra afternoon helping of vitamin D, or they can get acquainted with the city by hopping on a colorfully narrated duck tour, on which travelers cruise by million-dollar houses before dramatically splashing into the surf on a bus that turns into a boat.The Catalina Hotel is a short walking distance from all of South Beach’s vibrant charms—stepping out of the hotel, guests find themselves surrounded by options for fresh seafood and exquisitely crafted cocktails at every turn, as well as the pulsating beat of club music wafting through the night air. Clubs in the area stay open late, encouraging nights of dancing that end as the sun comes up over the water.
With 35 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed parent-child program, which features diverse activities in gymnastics, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling for mountain-echoing communication more effective than a squeal. With student to teacher ratios of 7:1, kids can also safely fly solo in programs that cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check the complete class schedule for a list of all courses and to confirm times.
During Bite of Benton, dozens of local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and food producers fill the nearly 4 acres of Corvallis Central Park with gourmet bites and complex sips. As guests wine and dine, the sounds of music drifts across the grounds as bands tickle the rafters of the park's famed gazebo. Previous musical guests have included Oregon-based classic-rock cover band Big Boy and the Toys, providing a soundtrack for snacks such as gelato, tacos, hot dogs, and Middle Eastern cuisine.
The fishermen could carry their bounties off in coolers, but by the time the boat reaches the marina, each angler stands clutching a fat salmon for all bystanders on the dock to see. After posing for photos and recounting the battle with the day's largest catch, the anglers drop by the on-site cleaning shop to have their hauls filleted, packed, and readied to take home.
Barbara and Jerry Powell—a third-generation fisherman with more than 50 years of experience—charter ocean adventures like these year round to fishing destinations such as the inner reefs of Yaquina Bay. Aboard USCG-inspected and certified boats, the Powells' team outfits anglers with well-maintained equipment to hook deep-sea creatures such as halibut, shark, and Aquaman. Alternatively, captains take parties into tidal waters to catch bay crabs, or journey out toward open waters on whale-watching cruises.
The crew at Captain's Reel Deep Sea Fishing recommends guests check out the trip-preparation and FAQ pages before they head out. Guides can also furnish one-day licenses to those who lack the proper documents.
Captain Ryan of Coastal Pro Guide Service has been fishing the waterways of Oregon for his entire life. He knows the glint of the salmon's scales, the movement of a sturgeon's passage, and the favorite hiding places of crabs and clams like the back of his hand. He shares that expertise with guests on guided fishing trips aboard his 17- or 22.5-foot boat. In addition to providing the means of transport, Coastal Pro Guide Service supplies fishers with rods, bait and tackle, and safety gear. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink, fishing license, and sunscreen. Captain Ryan loves to entertain his company, sharing the joy he gets from fishing every day.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Most popular offering: Fall chinook
Pro Tip: Dress for the weather
Good for Kids: Yes