Since man’s earliest days, when bows and arrows were necessary for hunting and surviving among dangerous creatures, archery has been a test of mettle that demands patience and precise movements. At Lakeside Archery, owner and National Archery Association Level IV coach Steve Dunsmoor shows students the ways of the ancient practice. He and his team lead private and group training sessions, and oversee a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program for serious young archers or aspiring birthday balloon hunters. Training may take place on any of Lakeside's ranges, which include a seasonal indoor range with bull's-eyes and 3D targets, an outdoor 3D range, and an 80-yard outdoor shooting range. The academy also houses a pro shop where factory-trained technicians repair bows, build custom arrows, and offer expert advice.
From their outposts in Portland and Falmouth, Maine Surfers Union outfits aquatic adventurers with surf and paddle boards before sending them off to enjoy watery recreation. The staff boasts more than a decade of experience in the surfing industry, lending them the confidence to recommend specific gear from an inventory of boards by Hobie, McDermott, and Bing. They also set thrill-seekers up with rental surf and paddle boards, available in time increments from two-hour blocs to week-long rentals—long enough for beginners to get the hang of standing up, catching waves, and scaring off feral dolphins by shouting "cowabunga."
When he's not on the move, avid cyclist and runner Josh Freeman takes solace in helping others get their bikes up and running. His shop is unique in that it focuses solely on service; if you've got a flat tire or a chain that needs another coat of canola oil, this is the place to go.
But Josh and his team aren't merely interested in shuttling customers out of their shop as quickly as possible. They've adopted what Josh calls an "open arms" attitude toward bike maintenance, getting to know local cyclists by teaching them how to make their own quick repairs.
Perched on I-93 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Exit 28 Ski & Snowboard Rentals fits slope-destined travelers with equipment. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages can pull off the highway to check out rental packages or peruse the equipment for sale, including gear by top brands such as Salomon, K2, and Armada. Once they’ve loaded rentals or new purchases into their cars, trucks, or street-legal snowcats, they can hop back on the highway and continue to the runs at Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley Resort, Cannon Mountain, and Bretton Woods.
Signature service: ATV /Snowmobile Repair and Service Shop
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Hoinda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Skidoo, Arctic Cat
Pro Tip: Schedule appointments early for same day service.
Silvane Spalenza, head of SpaLenza At The Mansion, wants her clients to feel both comfortable and confident in her care. She's a certified massage therapist, licensed aesthetician, and trained in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. And she leads her team of experts not from some generic, sterile spa, but from a warm and inviting mansion. Converted into a spa space, clients enter to be pampered with massages, mud wraps, facials, and even waxing treatments.