Banner Country Club's 18-hole public course rolls across 6,015 yards of Connecticut countryside, challenging golfers of all stripes with diverse, player-friendly terrain. The course's emerald corridors roam through a combination of open pastures and tree-lined areas, letting golfers unsheathe muscular drivers on forgiving holes before forcing them to whisper words of confidence to timid long irons when aiming through arboreal alleys. The picturesque par 72 invites aces to hunt birdies across its relatively short layout, while offering a training ground for club-toting cadets still trying to perfect their swing or wield modified canes as golf clubs.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Length of 6,015 yards
* Course rating of 68.9
* Slope rating of 118
Bobby Drought and the crew behind Rhody Surf spent 10 years teaching surf lessons for fun in and around Aquidneck Island before coming together to form a business. Today, this group of certified instructors spreads an infectious love of surfing to as many people as possible, not even bothering to establish a traditional brick-and-mortar shop—lessons are either online or at the beach. Their students learn through private or group lessons, mastering simple movements on dry land before hitting the Atlantic's fully customizable waves. Rhody Surf also offers surf camps for children, as well as surfing excursions for individuals visiting on cruise ships.
As the sun rises and falls on the Connecticut River Valley, its rays streak across the trellised vineyards of Arrigoni Winery. The winery creates a variety of crisp whites and luscious reds, both characterized by their soft, approachable fruit flavors. In addition to these traditional offerings, the vintner also makes wines blended from orchard-fresh apples, tart cranberries, and even maple syrup. After enjoying a glass of wine on the scenic outdoor patio, visitors are encouraged to peruse the onsite gift shop’s collection of Yankee Candles, wine-themed presents, and baby photos of budding grape clusters.
Gary Broadwell draws upon 24 years of teaching experience each time he leads beginners and juniors up golf's learning curve through lessons. Gary dissects swing mechanics and offers corrective advice for the full swing and putting stroke, helping players attain their goals of lower scores and improved accuracy when hitting out of a neighbor's sandbox. Four-day junior golf camps allow children aged 6–14 to learn the game within a fun, constructive atmosphere.
Crowned the Best Place for Yoga by the Providence Phoenix in 2009, Innerlight Yoga stretches muscles with more than 40 weekly classes and more than 10 yoga disciplines. The newly lit can explore the foundational poses, breathing techniques, and philosophy of Yoga 101 in a spacious wooden studio, learning the basics without the need to trudge to the top of a snowy mountain and ask for advice from a wise but steely-eyed snowman. After gaining techniques, students may go on to burn their inner candle in mindfulness yoga, where meditation and position meld; blaze in heated Vinyasa, where high temperatures energize flowing movement; or smolder in gentle yoga, where the walls support slow transitions.
Bridge to Fitness’ staff of body-sculpting instructors and trainers guides gym members in knocking down walls that stand in the way of fitness goals. Membership includes everything from use of the weight-training and cardio equipment to access to all the classes that the gym offers, including calorie-burning affairs such as spinning and group exercise classes, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more. With an army of equipment including spin bikes, treadmills, and new elliptical machines, members can get their hearts going during an intense spin session or a fervid treadmill jousting competition with fellow gym comrades.