Crown Pointe Marina is a 200-slip marina located on the York River in historic Gloucester, Virginia, just minutes from Chesapeake Bay’s scenic waters. Fishing is a popular pursuit here, as striped bass, cobia, and other fish have been caught in the area. A concrete boat ramp ensures smooth transitions from land to water, and staff at the onsite service center and professional shipyard can help fix any problems with your sailboat or powerboat. The marina also sells non-ethanol gas and diesel fuel at low prices.
Marina members get access to several amenities, including two swimming pools, a screened-in patio, and complimentary pumpouts. The marina’s experienced crew combines more than 50 years of industry knowledge to ensure happy voyages.
The name 3D Sports represents the three "Ds" that fuel athletes and training: desire, discipline, and development. So to foster these three elements, the spacious, 13,000-square-foot facility hosts supplemental training, practice, coaching, and sports for young athletes in baseball, basketball, field hockey, softball, and soccer. Future major leaguers can take to a batting cage or pitching lane to practice hitting home runs or throwing strikes, and a full-sized basketball court hosts individual and small-group lessons, along with seasonal camps and clinics. In addition to lessons, the facility also welcomes leagues and tournaments, as well as pickup games that pit casual participants against robots disguised as retired NBA stars.
While the facility is impressive in itself, 3D Sports is even more proud of its dedicated staff. To ensure high-quality coaching, 3D sports only hires coaches and trainers who excel in the art of coaching itself, rather than just hiring experienced players, like many youth programs. The enthusiastic staff also travels throughout the local area to train athletes on their home fields.
A horse trainer and instructor for more than 20 years, Angie Pfeiffer draws on her experiences handling dozens of horse breeds at farms throughout the nation while conducting riding lessons. During one-hour lessons, students don a stylish, ASTM–certified helmet provided by the stable and hop atop one of the experienced lesson horses or ponies. While at the helm of their steed, riders learn everything from basic horse husbandry to advanced riding skills, thereby gaining confidence and denouncing the notion that horseback riding must be done inverted, under the belly, and with a tight grip around the horse. For clients looking for a more leisurely experience, Pfeiffer Riding Stables offers trail rides through 150 acres of wooded trails, with stunning views of flora and fauna.
Sunlight glints off the glassy water of King's Creek, where it dapples the russet and ebony manes of horses with names such as Trooper and Pepsi as they amble across Triple M Ranch's acreage. Six days per week, the gentle steeds await their saddles, bridles, and visitors as the stables' expert guides lead herds on four daily rides whose routes follow the creek and naturally occurring compass groves through nearby woods and pastures. Triple M also hosts horses for field boarding, where they roam the 150-acre farm and graze freely on hay and other grassy treats while befriending fellow stallions and fillies within the borders of a white picket fence.
At Yorktown Stables, more than a dozen horses can often be found traipsing down trails that wind through acres of pastures and woods nestled alongside the Poquoson River. Helmed by seasoned equestrian Kristen Paster, the stables' staff teaches aspiring riders to bond with these same steeds during lessons in Western, English, and saddleseat riding. This healthy and diverse stable of horses accommodates riders of all levels, whether they’re children or adults, hobbyists or competitors, or humans or sentient saddles.
Hampton Roads IcePlex caters to skaters of all experience levels, from tot lessons for 4- and 5-year-olds to its hockey league exclusively for polar bears. Youth and adult hockey leagues pit hockey enthusiasts against other local teams for exhilarating season play. The rink welcomes figure skaters of all backgrounds to lay claim to the ice as well, performing the simplest of two-foot spins to the most complex slam-dunks.