Sea Dog Steak & Ale's menu catalogs hearty pub food and a deep well of beer. Every item on the menu pairs almost perfectly with one of the pub's 10 locally crafted brews served on tap, whether it's the milky Sea Dog Stout and the marinated grilled steak tips, the malty Winter Ale to wash down the chorizo-crusted haddock, or the crisp flavor of the Raspberry Wheat Ale as a palate cleanser after dinner. Sea Dog's chefs also grill 8-ounce filets mignons, which are as heavy as Willy Wonka minus his candy weight. The patties of seven specialty burgers blend ground beef, short rib, chuck, and brisket, all piled with toppings ranging from balsamic-marinated onions to root-beer barbecue sauce.
The alehouse's nightly crowd adds to the convivial ambiance of the pub by sharing drinks on its outdoor patio or in its rustic wood-paneled, chocolate- and almond-colored dining room. Frequent visitors can join the wine or mug clubs, which toss in benefits such as personalized mugs, T-shirts, and a spiritual connection with America's most famous beer drinker: Benjamin Franlin, the inventor of both mugs and T-shirts.
In a golf career that spans more than three decades, Skip Guss has trained under World Golf Hall of Famer Sam Snead, CBS Golf Analyst Peter Kostis, and Jack Grout, a golf legend who coached Jack Nicklaus to 73 PGA Tour wins. The tools and techniques gleaned from this group of golf intelligentsia led Skip to considerable success on the course, fueling victories in more than 30 pro-golf tournaments and a stint as a PGA Tour contender from 1977–1978. These skills continue to drive his passion for the game at GolfRite Performance Center, where Skip combines his pin-hunting wisdom with modern technology to enhance his students' skills and bionic putter arms.
From Southborough Golf Practice & Learning Center, Skip and his team of instructors watch as golfers drive balls into a 300-yard driving range—which facilitates practice day and night—while video analysis helps the pros dissect swings without having to ask clients to swing in slow-motion. In addition, the Center's custom club-fitting equipment can pair golfers with their crooked-stick counterpart based on body dimensions, swing mechanics, and penchant for chewing fairway grass.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
An FAA-approved helicopter-flight tour operator, North Andover Flight Academy employs five licensed instructors with combined flight and teaching experience that numbers in the thousands of hours. Fledgling aviators can begin their aeronautical journeys at Lawrence and Marlboro Airports, which serve as home bases for services that range from tours and photography flights to full pilot-certification courses and agricultural applications. The team commands a fleet of six Robinson helicopters, including one R44 and five R22s, and keeps Robinson factory-trained mechanics on staff to ensure their safe operation and to ice down their blades after particularly vigorous training flights.
Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game a phosphorescent update. Incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-light-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes.
The Westboro Area JCC organized this locally focused event, with proceeds benefiting the preschool program of the area. There will be more than 30 restaurants across a wide variety of cuisine types offering samples for hungry attendees. Featured restaurants are primarily from Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough. Though the list of participants isn't finalized yet, confirmed restaurants include Tavolino, CJ's Steakloft, and Not Your Average Joe's, among others. You'll also get to sample palate-cleansing wines and craft beers. While you peruse the lineup of eats and drinks, check out the live and silent auctions taking place, where you can bid on Red Sox tickets, weekend getaways, and local and national goods. View some of 2009's auction lots here.