At Fit4Mom Richmond, moms can exercise without worrying about using a daycare facility or babysitter. That’s because babies are allowed to join in the classes, nestling in their strollers as moms work out with exercises such as power walking, strength and body toning, ab work, and stretching. The fitness instructors are all certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and sometimes they lead specialty classes such as running clubs.
Since its first batch in 2006, Williamsburg AleWerks has invited brew-curious on a tour that shows how different varieties of malt, yeast, and barley yield American-style ales with unique flavor notes (a $12 value for two). These guided tours acquaint the uninitiated with the history of beer, from its widespread role in European society to the recent tradition of dousing a keg's worth of stout beer on Pulitzer Prize winners. Afterwards, tour-takers are led to a sampling of six or more varieties of suds, with possible beers include AleWerks' caramel-infused Washington Porter, the floral-flavored Drake Tail india pale ale, and the citrusy wheat ale. Freshly minted barley connoisseurs then can assemble their own personal six-packs for consumption at home (a $9 value).
Since 2001, Stroller Strides' fitness professionals and buggy-bandying workouts have helped mothers to overcome the struggles of staying in shape while caring for a wee one. Specially trained instructors helm a series of 60-minute classes, which consist of a warm-up, a power walk, and interval stations where limbs stretch resistance tubes in body-toning drills. Energizing jaunts often utilize hills, benches, and other environmental facets to augment maneuvers. Throughout the routine, engaging songs and activities keep children from growing overly fussy or pranking classmates by tossing banana peels in front of their buggies.
First sculpted into Virginia's rolling terrain in 1952, Suffolk Golf Course remains true to the original vision of course architect Dick Wilson. Though not an especially lengthy course, it plays longer due to the elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, and dog-legs that can complicate play throughout the layout. Once golfers reach the green, they face a slick, newly-renovated, Bermuda grass putting surface that?after overseeding in early 2014?provides a particularly true roll. The back nine winds around Lake Kilby, which provides sweeping vistas while threatening to ensnare any wayward shots. A bald eagle is known to dwell around the 12th hole, so golfers should wear their most patriotic wig on the course as a gesture of respect.