As diners gaze at water trickling down a 28-foot custom waterfall, Eighty Ates Bar & Grille's wait staff flits about the outdoor patio, carrying classic American and regional New England dishes. Patrons can also sit inside the expansive dining room to sup on seafood entrees, savory pasta dishes, and 8- and 12-ounce Angus rib-eye steaks, along with sweet desserts, including the chef's cheesecake of the day.
While some students head home after school, others head to Whip-o-Will Stables, where they learn basic horse handling, nutrition, and grooming during the After-School Horsemanship Enrichment program. It's one of many interactive services Whip-o-Will Stables offers that are geared toward instilling respect and responsibility in youngsters. Another: the Future Trainers program, prepares pupils for careers in the field. During these sessions they groom their charges, learn to teach them various jumps, and explain the best routes to mane-braiding salons.
In addition to these programs, the staff goes over age-appropriate horsemanship and riding skills during lessons and hosts Fairy Tale Farms pony parties. The latter comes complete with pony rides, arts and crafts, and potato-sack races.
The tree-lined fairways that constitute Woodstock Golf Course were once sheep pastures, but you'd have to go back more than a century to find any grazing ewes there. Built in 1896, the course is one of the state's oldest nine-hole facilities. Since its inception, the owners have worked to keep the course inclusive and accessible, as reflected in its relative simplicity and inclusion of only one moderate hill. But like procuring blueprints of your bank, navigating the 2,397-yard course still requires care: golfers must maneuver through narrow fairways and small greens precisely if they want to make par.
Due to improper training or seemingly aggressive appearances, some dog breeds have bad reputations. At Northeast K-9 Academy, however, the trained and dedicated staffers see past stereotypes and offer grooming, boarding, and training services to dogs regardless of their size, breed, or questionable musical tastes. Inside the three spacious indoor playrooms, pooches can explore, romp, and nap. Outside, a fenced-in stone play area provides dogs with fresh air and room to run while keeping their paws and coats clean.
Del Rio Mexican Restaurant’s chefs strew spicy meats and salsas across tortilla canvases to conjure burritos, enchiladas, and other south-of-the-border masterpieces. Spoons dive for clams, scallops, mussels, and shrimp in the zarzuela’s bubbling ocean of tomatillo sauce, and knives slam like tiny bats against poblano peppers filled with a piñata-like assortment of meats and veggies. Tacos, burritos, and enchiladas from across the menu team up on combination plates, whose spices meet their match with cool sips of fruit-flavored Mexican soda.
Pure Fitness (formerly known as Powerhouse Fitness and still owned by Scott and Nikki Holland) has a full roster of certified personal trainers and seasoned group-fitness instructors who guide exercisers to physical peaks, building strong muscles and healthy lifestyles. The workout room helps guests to slim down their silhouettes with new exercise equipment, including calorie-torching cardio machines and dumbbells perfect for toning biceps or hurling at cardboard cutouts of Charles Atlas. There's also a recently added athletic-training center.
Group classes range from Les Mills dance aerobics to CrossFit functional training, which strengthens sinews with Olympic lifting drills and gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises. A juice bar replenishes vitamins and minerals, and saunas banish stress with warm, dry air. To help parents squeeze exercise into busy schedules, the gym offers childcare services seven days a week.