Dedicated to spreading nautical know-how, Aventura Sailing Association has been supplying aspiring seafarers with sailing instruction, boat rentals, and knowledgeable skippers since 1976. Captain Mark Howe helms the association's sailing school, which instills students with safety guidelines and sailing theory in a classroom setting before taking to the waves for hands-on experience with navigation and popular pirate songs. Instead of suffering the expenses of boat ownership, Aventura Sailing Association members are free to rent vessels from the association's stable of well-maintained 30- to 43-foot sailboats, paying only for the time spent atop the waves. Membership ($55 for each additional month) also grants discounted pricing on sailing school, access to various sailing events, and the opportunity to shadow more experienced sailors and glean subtle tricks of the trade.
Helmed by Susan Vollmer, the culinary shop equips patrons with the goods and know-how with which to assemble delicious meals. Guests can peruse the cozy shop's selection of cookware, kitchen gadgets, and kitchen décor, picking out funky Venus flytrap–shaped tongs or kitchen mops that double as sous chefs. To learn how to put their new tools to work, gourmet cooking classes teach students to whip up meals such as Iranian mushroom patties in whole-wheat pitas or five-course brunch feasts. The classes run in 50-minute, 60-minute, or two-hour spurts, and are taught by local teachers, chefs, and cookbook authors.
Three Dog Bakery unleashed its first tasty treats for man's cuddly companion back in 1989 and now has legs across North America, China, and Japan. The quickly expanding barkery takes pride in providing all-natural, human-grade foods to doggies—foods that will help them live long, healthy lives while keeping them fit and promoting a positive Air Bud-esque self-image. In addition to fresh-baked goods and refrigerated products, Three Dog Bakery treats furry friends to prepackaged, all-natural rawhides, such as the vanilla rawhide braid ($4.25). To reward especially good behavior or console your pup after a nasty catfight, appeal to his or her sweetest incisors with some vanilla Lick 'n Crunch ($5.65), apple-oatmeal Jump 'n Sit Bits ($6.99), Peanut "Woof"ers ($5.85), or cheese Bark 'n Fetch oven-baked biscuits ($4.40).
Early every morning, the bakers of Devilicious Donuts start whipping together the batter for their cake and yeast donuts to create their menu of unique and oddball pastries. They offer everything from the relatively demure popskotch—a cake donut drizzled in caramel and topped with buttered popcorn—to the truly eclectic flavors of the yeast donut cheeseburger. The chefs combine only fresh, organic ingredients and premium chocolate to craft their donuts, then sizzling them in 100-percent soy bean oil to avoid the use of animal fats.