Lifelong paintballers Glen Kapostas and Eric Schreiber founded Yankee Paintball with the aim of introducing new people to their favorite sport on a safe and fair playing field. Their 50 acres of paint-strewn battlegrounds include five different fields, each with a distinct layout and environment. Inflatable obstacles are scattered throughout the Airball Field, the layout of which changes every few weeks to enhance replay value. The 10-acre Castle Field—the largest of the bunch—spans the length of a small hill. Its battlegrounds light up with multi-colored crossfire during team games in which players crouch in bunkers, take shelter behind trees, and hide in the crowded nests of woodland critters.
A team with more than 75 years of experience teaches fledgling pilots the basics of flying through Oxford Flight Training. They handle a wide range of instruction, from introducing newcomers to the skies with familiarization flights to preparing students to earn their private or commercial pilot licenses. Other services include airplane maintenance, which keeps aircraft in tip-top shape for their dates with the cute helicopters in the other hangar.
New Harvest Restaurant treats its diners to a lavish menu of eclectic New American cuisine, served in a cozy, laid-back environment with friendly servers and barkeeps and homey brick walls. Guests belly up to the bar for a glass of cabernet sauvignon and conversations with friends?or cozy up next to a rustic fireplace in the dining area for bites of chicken proven?al, mussels in white wine, or chocolate cream cake.
The three courses presented with today's Groupon allow players to put their long and short games to the test on a selection of the region's finest links, including two that made Golfweek magazine's list of the best courses to play in Connecticut. The Golf Club at Oxford Greens—designed by esteemed architect Mark Mungeam—carves its way through 680 acres of woods west of Naugatuck State Forest to create a memorable 18 holes of play. At the Gary Player-designed Lyman Orchards Player Course, players wind their way through majestic trees, apple orchards, and talking pumpkin patches in a time-honored pursuit of par, and Pete Dye's Wintonbury Hills course challenges divot diggers with a varied combination of tree-lined fairways and links-style open holes. Set against a lush backdrop of rolling forests and manicured greens and situated far from the hustle and bustle of traffic and residential homes, each course's serene surroundings peacefully erase all memory of phrases such as “double bogey,” “water hazard,” and “eaten by a moose.”
At Peak Fitness, Cybex and Life Fitness strength-training machines mingle with Hammer Strength machines and free weights. An indoor rock-climbing wall protects climbers from the elements, and a cycling room corrals LeMond stationary bikes for classes. On the cardio floor, treadmills, elliptical machines, stair climbers, and bikes gather like gazelles around a “No Alligator” swimming zone. Peak also supports recreational sports, with an indoor basketball half court, a volleyball court, and tanning beds for minor-league tanning. Personal trainers and fitness coaches guide clients throughout their fitness journeys with tailored one-on-one instruction, as well as fitness classes and Zumba classes that mix music and exercise to simultaneously strengthen lower-body muscles. In the spa, staffers relax sore and fatigued bodies with massage services, waxing, and facials. Additionally, the studio's babysitting service keeps children aged 3–11 preoccupied while parents hone the mental muscles needed for their offspring's future groundings.
Nicole Kristoff, director of Kokopelli School of Music and Arts, doesn't just run the show?she also draws on her 18 years of dance experience to teach evening classes such as hip-hop for kids and Piloxing for adults. As a whole, the school covers a much broader range of arts education, though, including theater, dance in styles such as ballet and hula hooping, and visual arts. Music buffs also hone their craft in private lessons, which can focus on instruments ranging from guitar to cello.