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Hornet Marine President David Hartmann got his taste for boat design from his father, Hal, an engineer who helped create the smooth-riding deep-vee hull now included on each Hornet 17 speedboat. Today, the 17-foot seacrafts zip through the water with help from Mercury MerCruiser engines, each carrying up to five passengers perched on custom upholstery. Hornet Marine invites landlubbers on factory tours and test drives at its headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, where a staff of nautical experts also keep ships shipshape with oil changes, detailing, and other boat-maintenance services.

400 Middle St
Bristol,
CT
US

The town of Kent, about 1 mile away from Club Getaway, charms visitors with its small-town atmosphere and eclectic attractions. Pedestrians saunter alongside rustic wooden storefronts, passing a diverse collection of local cafés and shops. Kent’s many galleries host frequent exhibitions with handmade pieces lining walls and shelves, a reflection of the town’s longstanding appreciation for the arts. Club Getaway’s foliage-filled landscape extends beyond its borders into other nearby parks. A stately string of waterfalls glide down 250 feet of limestone hills at Kent Falls State Park, about a 10-minute drive from Club Getaway. A designated trout park, Kent Falls also provides hikers with a steep, quarter-mile journey next to the tumbling water. Other parks in close proximity host campgrounds, picnic areas, and swimming sites.

59 South Kent Road
Kent,
CT
US

Established: 2000

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 1 person

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Brands Used: Our mini-yacht is an Aquarius 21: safe, comfortable and fun.

Pro Tip: Our boat has a big cockpit, a bow sundeck and a swim ladder. Bring sunscreen, hats and smiles.

Handicap Accessible: No

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Evening sails: Twin Lakes, Salisbury CT

Recommended Age Group: Adults

Twin Lakes
Salisbury,
CT
US

Schooner Inc began in 1975 as a means to highlight the plight of the Long Island Sound and to help amplify the positive difference that the Clean Water Act was starting to make in US waters. Today, the company connects more than 8,000 people each year to the beauty and history of New Haven Harbor via public sails, summer camps, and educational programs.

For the last 23 years, the Quinnipiack?central Connecticut's only traditionally rigged tall ship?has hosted hands-on marine experiences for kids and adults. The New Haven mayor has officially decreed the schooner to be the city's flagship, as well as the ship Most Likely to Wear Couture Sails. The spacious boat was named to honor the Native Americans who inhabited the region and is helmed by an experienced and friendly crew.

60 S Water St
New Haven,
CT
US

The attendants at Paddleworks equip patrons with paddles and paddleboards and then send them out onto the calm waters of Clinton Harbor. But folks who need a little guidance can rest easy. Before novices begin a paddling session, they can enroll in one of the free 15-minute intro classes that the company holds every day of the week. For people who have their sea legs squarely underneath them, Paddleworks offers a unorthodox events and classes. Clients can jump into anything from SUP yoga lessons and races to bootcamp?a much safer way to turn up the intensity than writing "Come Get It, Sharks" on the bottom of the board. Committed paddlers might also look into purchasing equipment of their own from the shop, which is stocked with gear from brands such as Jimmy Lewis, Dakine, and GoPro.

131 Grove St
Clinton,
CT
US

Equipment: TRX, medicine balls, bosu, weights, plates, mats, and exercise balls

Students should bring: Bottle of water, and some people bring a post-workout snack

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Average class length: 30?60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5 people

Class location: Outdoors only

Established: 2010

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Free street parking

Pro Tip: Go at your own pace. Our groups have a lot of fun working out, and the results are amazing.

Q&A with the Owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

Our circuit method, the variation of exercises, and the group component all help our clients stay motivated. They feel accountable to not only themselves but also to the group. Their success is our success.

When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?

When I played division-one ice hockey. I worked with amazing trainers before becoming a personal trainer. My passion was confirmed when I helped my first client go from 230 pounds to 140 pounds in 75 sessions.

440 Wheelers Farm Rd
Milford,
CT
US