Certified by the US Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and drawing upon more than three decades of in-sky experience, master pilot and instructor Dan Guido teaches the basics of foot-launch hang-gliding to a new generation of enthusiasts. He puts SSusquehanna Flight Park’s five training hills and one mountain launch to good use by introducing fundamentals during beginning practice runs or demonstrating how to stop at eagle crossings during advanced soaring sessions. Lessons schemes range from single introductory sessions to the six-session Hang One program, which helps new fliers earn their USHPA Novice rating.
Hidden in Oneonta lies a 3,000-square-foot slice of tropical paradise. Part conservatory, part herbarium, the Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory brings together plant and animal species from the world's warmer climates in beautiful displays for visitors to enjoy. While walking the carefully manicured pathways of the facility, guests encounter more than 32 different animal species, including reptiles, fish, and tropical birds. Numerous jellyfish and even a two-toed sloth call the conservatory home, which welcomes in every season.
Barnyard Swing Mini Golf's 18-hole mini golf course and indoor-outdoor laser-tag game send cheers of jovial competition wafting across a water sluice for gemstone mining and faux barn loaded with frozen treats. Putters step up to the landscaped course to aim shots through drop-down holes, navigate the curves of a rickety watermill with turning wheel, and avoid the distractions of squirrel hecklers. Following the game, golfers strap on their imaginary spurs for a 25-minute laser-tag battle. Cowboys and cowgirls chase each other through the Western-themed indoor and outdoor battlegrounds, aiming harmless light beams towards each other while romping as joyfully as a tumbleweed off its leash.
Ben Turpin Custom Rod Building and Guide Service is dedicated to education and excellence in the outdoors. I enjoy guiding anglers of all experience levels through out Pa and NJ. When not on the water I can be found in my shop building high quality custom fly rods or guiding upland bird hunts with my Brittany Mollie.
Respect for the road and proper training go hand in hand when it comes to riding motorcycles, even if it's just to the grocery store and back. This is where New York Safety Track comes in. The roughly two-mile track simulates real-life road conditions without distractions such as pedestrians and chickens debating the nature of free will so drivers can focus on honing their skills behind the wheel. Classes taught by professional instructors familiarize riders with their motorcycle as they learn to turn corners, pass other riders, and how to position their bodies during classroom lessons and on-track drills. Guests can also hone their skills over several days by bunking down in the on-site villa. The track also houses full-sized bathrooms with showers for rinsing away the road debris, rental motorcycles, and on-site meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The Catskills B & B cradles guests in a historic 1898 Victorian home surrounded by the majesty of the northwest Catskill Mountains and an inviting community of art galleries, antique shops, and golf courses. In each of the 17 fully restored rooms, guests can cozy up to pieces of antique furniture and private bath accommodations. During the warmer months, early risers admire sleepy-eyed sunrises from the tranquil wildflower garden before taking advantage of a complimentary breakfast that includes pastries, waffles, fresh fruit, and herbal teas. With the third option of today's deal, vegetarian lunch and dinner meals continue to keep stomach furnaces well stoked with house-made soups, house-baked bread, and gourmet vegetarian recipes from throughout the world. Tension and vestigial dorsal fins are kept at by with a 60-minute kneading from a certified massage therapist, allowing guests to peacefully embark on ski and snowboard adventures at nearby mountains or covert birding missions on adjacent hiking trails.