Most popular offering: loganberry wine
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Number of Tables: 1?5
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: very relaxed atmosphere, tours are best when done in sneakers or flat shoes
Savage Winery's name may be a bit of a misnomer, since everything about the farm winery is, well, sweet. There are the wines for starters: sweet concord, niagara, vidal, and loganberry wines are the specialty here, featured along with seasonal strawberry and blueberry wines. Then, of course, there's the location?Savage Winery is situated on an alpaca farm and is also home to a few other rescue animals, cultivating an environment that is both welcoming and compassionate. Of course, that doesn't mean things don't get a little lively now and again. Owner Rich Byington keeps plenty of activities around to stoke his guests' competitive sides while they sample the vintages, including classic lawn games like cornhole, croquet, and whac-a-weed.
At World Class Tae Kwon Do Centers, instructors teach discipline and self-defense skills in classes for kids, adults, and families. Following the principles of founder Grandmaster Sun Ki Chong, teachers help students develop not only technical martial-arts skills but also leadership abilities and mental focus.
The chopper controllers at Western New York Helicopters steer flight instruction that ranges from one-time introductory experiences to complete pilot certification. The resident fleet of R44s and S-300Cs gamely trucks the earthbound on any aeronautic needs, from local tours to power line patrols to diplomatic negotiations with the owl kingdom. Launching from Hamburg Airport just 15 miles south of Buffalo, the happy hoverers direct air traffic from both Canadian and stateside pilots-to-be.
Shihan Mike Downs, head of Defensive Arts Dojo, isn't just a sixth-degree karate champ and active member of the Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association. He's also a chiropractor, and that double life as a doctor and a sensei adds richness to his instruction. Like Mike, there's more to Defensive Arts Dojo than mastering kicks and punches. It's a discipline of the mind and the body, and a boosting of self-confidence that permeates their gregarious, yet challenging, lessons. Fighting classes include the defensive techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, kendo and iaido swordsmanship, and Ground Zero courses for thwarting domestic foes. Physical fitness seekers can let their inner warrior loose in Warrior Fitness programs that meld core exercises and cardio training with MMA techniques, and yoga classes enhance flexibility and strength while vanquishing stress through exercise and relaxing meditation.
Holland Paintball Adventure Park pits sharp-shooting teams against each other on three outdoor fields, each woven into the area’s clusters of trees and thickets. The trio of battlegrounds—Sherwood, Shipwrecked, and Ava’s Lookout—present various manmade and natural bunkers, shields, and bulwarks. As players duck and dive through those unique setups, they can participate in games, such as capture the flag or zombie apocalypse—a faceoff between humans and a designated group of zombies equipped with extra lives.
Environmental preservation, rehabilitation, and education abound at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, a sanctuary harboring more than 80 nonreleasable animals from around the globe, a number of which have made on-screen appearances with the likes of Rachael Ray and Conan O’Brien. In its 25th year, the nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization hosts more than 2,500 educational programs and numerous events showcasing its panoply of raptors, wildcats, and barn owls, that, since 1994, have blossomed thanks to Hawk Creek’s barn-owl-breeding project. Hands-on activities place visitors face-to-face with the facility’s feathered residents—including a bald eagle—and an onsite gift shop brims with ornithological souvenirs and signed headshots of Big Bird.