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Nestled in a spacious corner of the historic Sterling Cider Mill, The Clay Dog Studio inspires and equips all levels of artists to mold and polish self-made and artist-produced masterpieces. Paint your own original classmates can work solo, painting large detailed creations ($30) or invite friends to colorize intermediate ($15) figurines. Pieces are forged from clay that, like Saint Helen's childhood sandbox, consists primarily of volcanic ash. Mini Project classes instruct artistic twosomes in crafting take-home projects including holiday napkin rings or ornaments. During four-session classes, instructors oversee projects from concept to completion, covering basics such as sculpting form, overlays, paint finishing, and tasteful ways to fill end tables with something other than a series of smaller and smaller end tables.

15 Waushacum Avenue
Sterling,
MA
US

Run by an American Boarding Kennel Association–certified staff and supervised by a veterinary hospital, Valley inn for Pets creates an atmosphere of "guilt-free boarding," letting pet owners travel with confidence as they check in on four-legged friends with live feeds from webcams. Themed Destination rooms with radiant-heat floors send canine companions on mental vacations to Africa, Hawaii, Fenway Park, or other locales, with animal-theme films eliciting happy tail wags. The staff can administer medications and pamper pups with an array of à la carte services, including bedtime tuck-ins and late-night games of poker. Feline boarders cozy into Lucite-fronted condos that face into the bustling lobby. Staffers clean and disinfect each condo in the morning, allowing cats to stretch their legs prior to the afternoon's 20-minute playtime session. In addition to boarding services, the Valley inn offers daycare to keep canines entertained while their owners toil at work.

320 Russell St
Hadley,
MA
US

Rondo, the de facto host of Grooming at Tiffany's, happily greets every guest with a hardy handshake. Or if not that, perhaps an exuberant tail wag, an offering of chew sticks … something that lets visitors know they're welcome. The amiable shih tzu-poodle mix belongs to owner Tiffany Perron, who styles canines with the skills she developed at the Dapper Dawg School of Professional Dog Grooming. She and her fellow groomers provide an array of services, from crate-free full groomings to quick touchups for dogs facing short-notice job interviews.

127 Rockingham Rd
Derry,
NH
US

90 Bay St
Wolfeboro,
NH
US

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1111 Elm St
West Springfield,
MA
US

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.

104 King St
Groveland,
MA
US