As owner and head trainer at Classic Touch Farm, Julia Hewitt brings more than a quarter-century of equine experience to each lesson, which can be offered in the disciplines of hunter, jumper, equitation, and dressage. Spread across 40 acres, the farm hosts students of all riding levels as they learn how to correctly and confidently command their mount across paddocks and over trails. Though beginners are encouraged to take private lessons in order to learn the basics and avoid snout-on collisions, more advanced lessons may be taken in a private or group setting.
At more than 1,200 Snap Fitness centers around the country, dedicated exercisers can head to the gym any hour of the day, every day of the year. Inside each 24/7/365 space, a fleet of Cybex cardio and strength-training machines steels muscles and boosts heart rates, and free weights enable old-fashioned iron pumping. Televisions contribute news and entertainment to help pass the time during workouts.
Though its amenities may be similar to other gyms, Snap Fitness goes beyond the basics by striving to keep its members motivated to work out and meet goals. Members receive complimentary personal-training sessions to kick-start fitness routines, and afterward, a workout buddy system keeps members inspired. In addition, personalized websites track nutritional and fitness info without the need to scratch tally marks on the surface of your human-sized hamster wheel at home.
You don't have to be a professional artist to produce something amazing with Kennett Design with a Splash of Wine. Co-owners Marion Hess and Laura Ashby opened their "social art studio" to bring their love of the fine arts to the masses. Whether attending an in-studio step-by-step painting class or moving offsite to restaurants and bars, students will receive all the supplies and guidance necessary to create one-of-a-kind pieces to hawk outside the Delaware Art Museum.
Hockessin Athletic Club is an innovative facility sprawled across 12 acres that border an accessible state park. Members can enjoy access to more than 100 group fitness classes weekly (yoga, zumba, aqua fitness, kickboxing, and more), 90 pieces of cardio equipment complete with personal viewing screens, a five-pool aquatic complex, plus steam rooms, saunas, and facilities for basketball and soccer. To recoup after any sweaty session, members can soothe muscles over with professional massage services (for an additional cost) or snacks at the full-service café. For complete info, view the schedules for all activities online.
Iron Orchid Photography specializes in on-location portraits of kids, weddings, and families. Elegant moments come to life in snapshots set against backgrounds filled with nature and sunlight, capturing the essences and relationships of individuals or families. Every photography package—be it for a wedding, event, or portrait shoot—includes retouching and an online gallery. Ongoing updates and examples of the studio's work can be found on their blog.