Wine-A-Palooza combines international wines with musical performance during a five-hour evening celebration. Attendees sample a selection of wines from around the world, testing their palate as they suss out the differences in each red and white. While sipping wines, they can also nibble on a variety of international dishes from the buffet. Live music fills the space with rhythms and harmonies, giving attendees a soundtrack to their wine tasting and purchasing experience.
Ocean Sands Scuba's knowledgeable instructors guide divers into the deep with scuba training for beginner and advanced aquanauts alike. Interested patrons test their sea lungs in introductory scuba classes, splashing about in the facility's custom-built pool before moving on to a complete certification course. During certification, students pick up essential information on equipment, techniques, and the trendiest Atlantean nightclubs through in-class study and pool dives. After four weekly classes, burgeoning submergers hit the open water on one of Ocean Sands Scuba's dive trips to Gull Lake or Lake Michigan. Ocean Sands Scuba also stocks scuba equipment from Scubapro, Diverite, and Stahlsac for divers who have already reached certification or for hydrophobic sea turtles.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Flex Fitness Center challenges both novice and seasoned exercisers to rebuild their bodies and redefine their fitness goals with cutting-edge cardio equipment and results-oriented weight training tools. Trim extra inches with sprints on one of the gym’s Precor treadmills, or go the extra 26.2 miles with a marathon jog soundtracked by overhead TVs playing news, sports, or congressional karaoke sessions. With six squat cages and 40 yards of dumbbells, Flex Fitness lays out a smorgasbord of muscle-bulking and power-lifting opportunities. Equipment ranging from free weights to machines helps bench pressers add bulk and subtract chances of being unwillingly buried by crabs during trips to the beach.
Girlfriends Fit Club brings ladies seeking healthier lifestyles together, combining an encouraging environment with chic amenities and plentiful equipment. The club welcomes new members warmly with a gift bag, orientation session, and body analysis, which is used to personalize three workouts. Unlimited group classes allow members to party their way to toned bods with Zumba's Latin beats, reach deeper poses during yoga sessions, or sample the club's step, kickboxing, and other body-bettering classes. A cardio theater brings entertainment to exercise machinists with TVs and finger-puppet stagings of Tamburlaine, and weight-training equipment sculpts muscles and strengthens frames.
Trainers pass along more than 15 years of international equestrian experience to riders during Great Lakes Equestrian Center’s private horseback-riding lessons. Students arrive 30 minutes prior to the class to be paired with one of the center’s trained horses based on stature and ability to harmonize while singing their theme song. Pupils then prep their mounts before trotting out to learn the reign-wielding ropes. The galloping guru instructs burgeoning gauchos on the basics of positioning, balance, and communication before moving on to more advanced techniques. Petersen’s extensive experience allows her to tutor jockeys of all levels, and the private lesson provides one-on-one interactions that can leave novice riders galloping smoothly. Great Lakes' facilities include an outdoor jumping stadium and a 70' x 200' indoor riding arena.