Concrete Wave brings a slice of California style to the Northeast. For more than 20 years, the shop's primary focus has been skateboarding. In addition to stocking decks and boards from makers such as Alien Workshop, Zero, and Original Longboards, Concrete Wave sells skate shoes and clothes from Nike, DC, Vans, and Volcom, among others.
Despite the emphasis on skating—which extended to the opening of a partner skate park in 2008—the shop is also as passionate about powder as an enthusiastic makeup artist. Technicians in the board shop tune up snowboards in preparation for the winter snow season and also sell boards, boots, bindings, and apparel from brands such as Salomon, Vans, DC, and Dakine.
Kleen 'n Hard Sports' experienced staff repairs and restrings threadbare sports equipment until it's worthy of entering the equipment emporium's Valhalla of new and used sporting goods. Every preowned pad, helmet, stick, ball, and color commentator springs back to life sanitized and deodorized after undergoing Kleen 'n Hard’s thorough cleaning system, which lays waste to harmful bacteria and steroid-enhanced microbes. Protect newborn hockey skates with a set of skate protectors ($6.99–$9.99) or prepare for handicap-hoisting golf courses by outfitting bags with a dozen used balls ($5.99). An assemblage of practice hockey jerseys ($13.95) can put the finishing touches on Wayne Gretzky–themed Valentine’s Day costumes. Kleen 'n Hard also sharpens hockey skates ($5), restrings baseball gloves ($10), and both makes custom golf clubs and unpretzels them after particularly frustrating bogeys.
With the opening of its first store in 1989, Eastern Boarder established a foothold in the then nascent extreme-sports category and has since ridden the explosion in popularity of skating, snowboarding, and BMX. Today, at each of its five stores, devotees of these now mainstream sports can find gear, accessories, and apparel by manufacturers such as Volcom, Neff, and Nike. In recognition of its staying power, Snowboarder magazine named Eastern Boarder the Coolest Shop in the Country in spite of several sabotage attempts on its thermostat. The shop also sponsors a pro snowboarding team that’s been acclaimed by the likes of ESPN Action Sports.
PGA-certified teaching professional Todd Dugan custom tailors private lessons to the needs of each student, relying on more than 10 years of teaching experience and the latest technology to help to improve swing mechanics. Growing up playing at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Todd has crisscrossed the country instructing and competing professionally, most recently completing a three-year term as a golf pro and a veteran tee-whittler at Hyannisport Club on Cape Cod. Todd helps students to tune up golf games from the comfort of heated outdoor hitting bays.
For more than two decades, Paxton Sports Centre has encouraged healthy living with its large tennis, swimming, and fitness facilities. During warm months, six outdoor red clay courts beckon competitive tennis athletes, and four indoor courts accommodate year-round play. The indoor pool allows swimmers to hone their butterfly stroke, and the outdoor pool allows butterflies to emulate humans by doing cannonballs. The complex’s fitness facility bolsters muscle mass with free weights, Keiser fitness machines, and spin bikes.
The International combines 36 holes of world-class golf with exceptional cuisine from Chef Joseph Brenner, who plied his craft working for years alongside celebrity chef Todd English. Stationed in the middle of the courses’ 600 acres of evergreen forests, The Fireplace Room showcases Chef Brenner’s rotating menu of seasonally inspired international recipes made largely from local ingredients. Even the restaurant’s design showcases an appreciation of the seasons, with rows of windows and a patio capturing views of the surrounding forest. At night, the view improves as spotlights illuminate the evergreens.
However, the club's crown jewels are its pair of golf courses: The Pines, open to members only, and The Oaks, open to the public since May 2012. Originally sculpted into the landscape in 1957 and redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1972, The Pines course was ranked the second-hardest course in the country by Golf Digest in 2007. The Tom Fazio–designed The Oaks course affords panoramic views of the Nashua River Valley to complement its golfer-friendly course play.
Aside from golf, the resort also offers activities that range from snowshoeing to yoga, all available within its extensive facilities or through its proximity to local attractions.