While many brothers grow up as rivals, Paul and John Nunes instead became partners. With a love of wines and wide-open spaces, the two siblings decided to establish a winery rather than surrender 60 acres of family farmland to real estate developers. Today, their labor of love, Newport Vineyards, extracts an impressive roster of reds and whites from the trellises that crisscross the farm, spilling emerald floods of vines. The vineyard team nurtures the grape-heavy plants and keeps them from being recruited by gangs of raisins. The fruit eventually becomes wines such as the In The Buff chardonnay, which is fermented in stainless steel tanks to draw out a bouquet of aromas. The Gemini, one of John Nunes's favorite bottles, is a smooth blend of merlot and cabernet.
Most of the wines spend stints in French-oak barrels, which John points out as he leads tour groups across the grounds. At the rough-hewn wooden tables in the tasting room, glasses click together as the vineyard's staff shares anecdotes about each bottle's origins, aromas, and ideal food pairing. Newport Vineyards also carries a variety of holiday gifts, such as wine, wine accessories, and custom labels.
Newport Inn's staff keeps the rooms stocked with serene amenities to complement each room's double jacuzzi. Guests sink into the memory foam of Tempur-Pedic mattresses and fuel up with in-room coffeemakers, refrigerators, and microwaves. Televisions tap into HBO shows and the global broadcasts of supervillains. Well-rested guests emerge at dawn for continental spreads at the Captain's Grill, a classically appointed dining room brightened by apple-red walls. In addition to a heated indoor pool and health club, the inn houses a spa where aestheticians lavish skin with facials, scrubs, and masks. Seasonal shuttles ferry explorers to Newport's nearby attractions, and the front-desk staff passes out discounted tickets to Island Cinemas 10, right behind the inn.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
On January 17, 2014, runners along the water on North and South Flagler Drives will most likely be part of Sunshine State Races. The scenic route hosts a timed 5K race and a more challenging half marathon. Winners from each age division win awards?such as gift certificates and tickets to local events?and, at the end of the race, all participants receive a high-five from their running sneakers.
Norman Bird Sanctuary spans more than 300 acres and seven miles of hiking trails where binoculared bird lovers can spy on local and migratory birds. Hikers can explore the woods or climb Hanging Rock to feast on views of the ocean. In addition, the Sanctuary organizes public programs such as hands-on educational events for children and evening lectures for adults.
The seasoned trainers at Lion’s Den tone limbs and impart skills during a wide range of fighting and fitness classes. Learn the basics of mixed-martial-arts fighting in the Lion’s Den MMA class, as national grappling champion Rob Klezun and world Brazilian jujitsu champion Danilo Cherman cover timeless techniques, including basic boxing strikes, muay thai kicks, and brief levitation. Boxing Conditioning classes take students through a less fighterly workout regimen, as jabbers tone upper bodies in one-hour sessions that burn up to 1,000 calories. Consult Lion's Den's schedule for a host of noncombat workouts, including yoga, cardio kickboxing, and charades.