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White pines, hemlocks, and white birches flourish on the 140 acres of New England countryside that golf-course architect Ted Manning—a Robert Trent Jones protégé—and US Women’s Open champ Mary Mills sculpted into a championship golf course for Townsend Ridge Country Club. Golfers can leave breadcrumb trails to find their way back as they swing through the forested links, hitting over the stream that splits the 3rd hole’s ryegrass fairway before heading uphill on a 474-yard, par-5 12th hole. The course’s signature par-4 14th hole demands a cautious approach, as balls that land past the pin find themselves rolling down a steep slope. At last, with the clubhouse in sight, golfers finish up at the 18th by launching their balls over a pond to land on a double green shared with hole 9.

Although it’s a daily-fee course, Townsend Ridge creates the feel of a private club with a driving range hemmed by 35 hitting stations and a pro shop that hosts two swing simulators. These let players keep in shape during wintery months by tackling digital recreations of the links at Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. For more structured practice sessions, golfers can join lessons and get professional answers as to what’s the best grip for hitting out of the sand and what kind of bird lays golf balls.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-70 course * Length of 6,188 yards * Course rating of 70.2 * Slope rating of 125 * Three tee options

40 Scales Ln
Townsend,
MA
US

Andy’s Sport Shop draws upon four generations of expertise in peddling and maintaining gear for skiers, snowboarders, and scuba divers. During the winter seasons, the staff buffs and waxes snowboards and skis, reducing friction that can melt the snow surface and limit traction while careening downhill. The shop also stocks aqua-ready gear, including scuba fins and weight belts, which provide a useful dive-descent alternative to cement shoes. Outfitted explorers can enroll in a vast offering of scuba courses to pursue sundry certifications ranging from open-water diving to wreck diving to ice diving.

216 Daniels St
Fitchburg,
MA
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Dr. David Gianino and his loyal pearl-cultivating posse endow smiles with luminescent lightness using ADA-approved Zoom! treatments. A triad of 15-minute whitening cycles frosts tarnished chops with highly concentrated hydrogen-peroxide gel and bakes them to a white-hot sheen under activating Zoom! lamps, while a brief nap under fluoride blankets bequeaths mouths with plaque-resistant oomph. Chastened discoloration regimes relinquish their usurious grip on enamel and dentin as wine stains, tobacco tattoos, and cookie crumbs bolt away from gummy borders. Zoom!’s voodoo retrofits mouth gates with same-day visible results and an average of eight shades of cumulative colorlessness.

40 Massachusetts Ave
Lunenburg,
MA
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The dedicated instructors at Kids Love Martial Arts teach children the techniques of self-defense styles such as karate and tang soo do. But they are just as focused on imparting lessons on discipline, focus, and confidence. The studio's websites shares stories of youngsters who were constantly distracted in school or picked on by their peers. The teachers always prescribe the same medicine: a few weeks in Kids Love Martial Arts classes. The physical aspect of the training engages the youthful participants, but it's the less tangible results that can help them positively channel their energy and confidently stare down the karate-practicing monster under the bed.

489 Electric Ave.
Fitchburg,
MA
US

At Bio-Detox Center, Dr. Debra Graham relies on natural medicine and traditional naturopathic methods to address a wide range of issues. Certified through the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, Dr. Graham employs the latest technology to safely and comfortably flush out toxins. She also provides ionic footbaths, weight-management services, and hair-and-mineral analyses, which use hair samples to reveal a patient’s individual vitamin requirements, disease trends, and more.

23 Village Inn Road
Westminster,
MA
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Few fitness organizations would place as much importance on a potluck as a pushup, but Friends in Motion is different. Instead of creating weight-loss programs that consist of strict drills and dieting, the staff designs plans that are built on a foundation of support and social interactions. Though it might seem cliché, the effectiveness is no joke. Team members bond with their teammates during interactive classes and outdoor team-building activities, increasing the chances that they'll return for more calorie-burning workouts.

69 Bridle Cross Road
Fitchburg,
MA
US