An outdoorsman since birth and G. Loomis–endorsed guide, GSOutfitting's owner, Eric Gass, grew up hunting and fishing the Pioneer Valley and Berkshires. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Eric returned to guiding and now fishes and hunts with his faithful gordon setter, Duncan, by his side.
Eric leads fly-fishing trips aboard his 13.5-foot Aire drift raft, as well as local hunting trips for turkey and grouse. GSOutfitting also trains gun dogs and companion dogs, ensuring every hunter will have a loyal sidekick during the season.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: No experience necessary
Paint Rage's instructors demystify the artistic process in fun, social classes that they describe as "filled with lots of fun and laughter." They hold these beginner-level painting classes in restaurants, residences, and even outdoor spaces, providing all necessary supplies, and taking gathered students through the painting process step-by-step. During the class, students can socialize with one another and sip on cocktails or wine, and at the end of the evening, they'll have a completed 16" by 20" canvas painting that they can take home to frame and hang over their mantel or on top of an old, broken, flatscreen TV.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Your average golf course might take up as many as 4,000,000 square feet, yet Mountain Meadow's sports lounge is only around 10,000. That doesn't mean golfers still can't get in a full round, thanks to the facility's four state-of-the-art golf simulators, which invite players to get some practice in no matter whether the forecast calls for wet rain or pesky sunlight. But the fun doesn't stop at golf; visitors can also play pool, shoot darts, or retire to a private card game room for some Texas Hold 'Em or high-stakes Go Fish atop professional tables. Larger parties can also rent out the facility's event room, named the Pinnacle, which comes replete with a stage and lighting effects.
Visit Taylor's Tavern and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Diners are expected to enjoy their meal to the fullest, so items low in fat are not available.
Be sure to complete your meal at Taylor's Tavern with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Taylor's Tavern also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.
Taylor's Tavern dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
A Mass Tour Card grants golfers one round of golf at each of ten Massachusetts courses. Golfers must pay the cart fee at each course, after which they can steer their electric steed through the forested charm of The Foxborough Country Club's course or over the rustic covered bridge at Maplegate Country Club. Quail Ridge Country Club's course takes golfers through scenic conservation land and stone relics of its previous life as a farm.
Bradford Country Club's difficult, par 70 layout tests putting strokes with smooth bentgrass greens, while The Stattuck course winds through the granite foothills of Mt. Monadnock. Norwood Country Club, meanwhiile, invites players to smash shots and stare down flagsticks across 6,009 yards of relatively flat terrain with medium-sized greens.