When the automobile rolled into town, horses began moving out of cities and into the serene countryside, where they’d no longer have to memorize street signs and obey traffic signals. But even before this pilgrimage, Spring Creek Farm had been offering bucolic respite to weary steeds, continuing what is now a 200-year-long tradition of training and caring for all equine-kind. Today, the historic farm operates under the guidance of owner and director Lorraine Clark, who lives onsite to tend to her 24-stall barn. Each day, Lorraine puts the horses out to roam the nearby fields and streams as well as the well-lit indoor arena—a facility equipped with Perma-Flex footing designed specifically to prevent accidents and encourage breakdance battles between horses and their riders.
Outshine Dance & Fitness's experienced instructors turn each novice student’s two left feet into jazz-hand companions with a variety of dance and fitness classes. Instead of substituting sneakers for a pair of football helmets, step smoothly after signing up for 45-minute dance classes offered on Mondays and Thursdays, including hip-hop and adult jazz/hip-hop. Zumba fitness classes elevate heart rates while guiding students through Latin-inspired hip-swiveling shimmies, and belly-dancing classes showcase talented tummies as they roll, bob, and twist. Tiny toe-tappers (3-year-olds) can dance during creative movement classes to learn the boogie basics, and fleshoskeleton benders can attend the yoga fitness session or the Limbo 101 class to boost their flexibility and finally learn how to enter homes through chimneys.
Schuylkill River Outdoors outfits guests with tubes and rafts before sending them off to take tranquil, relaxing jaunts downstream. Customers can choose from three different aquatic sojourns—a brief, one-hour float, a two- to three-hour trek, or a five-hour marathon—to complete at their leisure. During trips, tubers and rafters can take time out to wade in the shallow waters or invent backstories for the wild turkey, ducks, and bald eagles they may encounter along the way. Multiple islands populate the gently flowing waters of the Schuylkill River, providing a convenient spot for explorers to stop to picnic or skip rocks. Schuylkill River Outdoors recommends that customers bring along their own snacks and drinks, sunscreen, bathing suits, and a pair of water-friendly shoes as footwear is mandatory.
A champagne toast signifies luxury, but Air Ventures provides an even more luxurious amenity—champagne toasts conducted while floating in midair. Customers sip from bottles of bubbly while on one of the company’s hot-air-balloon rides, which float over Chester County’s rolling hills, glistening lakes, and historic estates at either sunrise or sunset. The rainbow-hued balloon’s trips range from one-hour jaunts to flight packages with overnight inn stops. After their airborne adventures, passengers take home a souvenir picture of the balloon, which they can supplement with downloaded shots of their own tour.
The Coffee & Tea Festival delights sippers with steaming servings of steeped tea or freshly ground coffee from more than 40 exhibitors. Scheduled talks cover a variety of topics, such as the tea gardens of the Himalayas and how to start your own beverage-related business. During demonstrations, crowds learn about the peculiarities of tea leaves and how to render treasure maps in latte foam. Many exhibitors arrange pairings and tastings, including an in-depth look at tea-infused cocktails.
After undergoing renovations in 2007, Jay Lanes Bowling emerged with 24 freshly resurfaced lanes, brand-new furniture, and electronic scoring monitors. Patrons slip into bright-orange and highlighter-yellow bowling shoes before hurling three-holed balls conveniently color-coded by weight—6 to 16 pounds—and body mass index. Jay Lanes Bowling also hosts Friday- and Saturday-night glow bowling and houses a pro shop with for-sale balls and shoes.