Hunter?s Haven Farm sprawls across multiple acres of verdant farmland in Groveland, fostering a bucolic atmosphere dedicated to teaching equestrian riding techniques in lessons for riders 8 and older. The center?s two horse whisperers call upon three decades of training and riding experience to coach students in the center?s dual riding modalities, hunt seat and dressage. Hunt seat displays the horse?s prowess while running flat or jumping over small hurdles; dressage leads steeds through sequenced movements that showcase their natural impulses, whether running freely with a rider or stopping to vote ?neigh? in a local election. The farm?s facilities encompass an indoor arena, cross-country fences, and a galloping track. Students can also guide their steeds around a lit outdoor ring or practice circuits around the onsite dressage ring during private or group sessions. A petting zoo lets children take guided pony rides or meet friendly goats and pigs.
A new dining destination built for hungry linksmen fresh off rounds on Black Swan Country Club's golf course, Keon's Grille rustles up delectable 19th-hole fare in a casually classy setting. The chicken-and-shrimp cavatelli sets up sautéed chicken breast medallions with grilled shrimp ($18) on a blind date, ending, as is customary, with both participants covered in pesto cream sauce. Beef fiends can fix on the angus burger ($8) or bleu bacon burger ($9.50), which caps a juicy patty with Maytag bleu cheese and apple-smoked bacon. For a taste of the mighty sea, diners can down panko crumb-encrusted baked haddock ($19) or the Maryland-style crab cakes, which come in an entourage of roasted corn and sweet potato hush puppies ($11). Multiple flat-screen TVs line the bar walls, letting patrons keep up with basketball scores, baseball trades, and dangerball injuries.
Fuel Training Studio turns routine workouts into challenging tests of mettle, keeping muscles and minds engaged and healthy with one-on-one training or community-focused group classes. Cofounders Jeanne Carter and Julie Bokat, and their staff of eminently skilled trainers, educate pupils in their unique Fuel training method, which has been formulated through years of training and extensive certifications.
Fuel's philosophy focuses on helping clients through their everyday family life and activities by building functional strength?keeping muscles guessing with intense bursts of cardio and strength training that boost metabolism and efficiency. Clients enhance their muscle tone and agility with indoor barbell and heavy-bag boxing techniques, or Versus cable-suspension training. Outdoor boot-camp classes combine strength, core-building, and cardio workouts into fun packages, allowing students to build rippling abdominal muscles while they admire waterfront scenery and challenge songbirds to wrestling matches.
Today's side deal gets a lush Christmas tree into your house while simultaneously getting your family out of it. For $38, you get a pre-cut Christmas tree, up to eight feet tall, from Smolak Farms (up to a $75 value). Located just 45 minutes outside of Boston, this picturesque 300-year-old New England farm lets you and your family enjoy the Christmas tradition of taking your pick of hundreds of pre-cut trees. Because purchasing a Christmas tree after Christmas is considered something of a faux pas, this side deal understandably expires on Christmas Eve. This deal covers the tree only—rope is not included.
Michael's Market is part deli, part restaurant, and part catering company. That means that sometimes customers visit one of its two locations to lunch on crabmeat salad on focaccia bread or chicken cordon bleu on a baguette, and sometimes they pop in just to pick up some fresh marinated meats. If patrons are hosting a morning meeting or a business lunch, they also can pick out a platter of stuffed finger sandwiches or pastries from the corporate menu so attendees won't start gnawing on their laptop power cords for sustenance. The catering menu is full of variety: chefs can prepare a platter of hand-rolled swedish meatballs, a tray of lasagna with house marinara, or a spread of seafood au gratin—baked shrimp, scallops, lobster, and shrimp pieces with cheese and Ritz Crackers crumbs.
Before the advent of photography, folks would immortalize their visages with help from an oil painter and a massive canvas. The resulting paintings were usually solemn portrayals of their subjects. Luckily for us, today's photographs can spotlight our true personalities, as wacky or uncouth as they may be. Especially when those photos are taken in a photobooth.
That's where XO Photo comes in. Up to ten people can pile into the rentable, blue-curtained booths, which is manned by an XO attendant. After the flash bulb strobes a few times, the booth prints out the photos on the spot. Digital copies and memory books are also available, as are marble sculptors who chisel hasty busts of each guest. Option for customization abound: photos can be printed in black and white or color, or emblazoned with lettering. Guests can even request props, which are only used once before going home with the partiers.