• One month of gym membership with unlimited fitness classes (up to a $34.95 value) • A 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist (a $40 value) • A personal training session (a $60 value) • Access to the Champion Skating Rink during all public skate times (approximately 30 held each month; free with membership)
Rolling Greens Golf Club unfurls across undulating hills, its fairways surrounded by trees and covered in a lush pelt of blue grass. The 9-hole club opened for play in 1973, and over the ensuing decades players have enjoyed blasting drives down narrow clearings and sprinkling approach shots down upon its generous, multi-tiered greens. After finishing a 9-hole round or playing the course twice over for a full 18, players can gather around a table at Casa Mia On The Green for casual Italian cuisine?ideal for players who can only accurately illustrate their driver slices with a spaghetti noodle.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 35 course * Total length of 3,066 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
The instructors at Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy never stop learning. They each put on their black belts one foot at a time, just like most everyday citizens, but they also carry certification in several training methods. During kobukai jiujitsu courses, Sensei Matthew Bryers reveals modern Japanese techniques that are often used by members of the military and SWAT teams. Alternatively, instructor Rafael Barbosa leads traditional Brazilian jiujitsu classes while demonstrating artful control of the style designed to disable larger attackers. Barbosa's fighting style has led many to refer to him as Formiga, the Portuguese word for "ant"—which suggests strength beyond his size and the possibility that he may have a few extra fighting arms.
At Guerrero Equestrian, owner Melissa Guerrero offers up her equestrian expertise to aspiring riders, seasoned jockeys, and horse owners alike. Within lessons, she teaches students proper riding technique by identifying their strengths and focusing on the areas where they need special attention, such as their ability to interpret a horse's silent treatment. When she's not instructing, Guerrero hosts horse-themed birthday parties and picnics, and trains horses to perform in the areas of equitation, hunter-jumper, and pleasure riding.
Banner Country Club's 18-hole public course rolls across 6,015 yards of Connecticut countryside, challenging golfers of all stripes with diverse, player-friendly terrain. The course's emerald corridors roam through a combination of open pastures and tree-lined areas, letting golfers unsheathe muscular drivers on forgiving holes before forcing them to whisper words of confidence to timid long irons when aiming through arboreal alleys. The picturesque par 72 invites aces to hunt birdies across its relatively short layout, while offering a training ground for club-toting cadets still trying to perfect their swing or wield modified canes as golf clubs.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Length of 6,015 yards
* Course rating of 68.9
* Slope rating of 118
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.