Sunlight filters through white lace curtains into Tea with Tracy's tearoom, casting delicate shadows across wooden tables, straight-backed dining chairs, and three-tiered serving plates stocked with sandwiches and sweets. This Victorian elegance befits Tracy's location in the center of Seymour's historic antiques district, and a menu that steeps more than 100 different flavors of tea, including English breakfast, white peach, and hot cinnamon spice from Harney & Sons Fine Teas.
To accompany whistling kettles, cooks also bake sweets such as scones, banana bread, and Swedish brownies, or fill crust-less tea sandwiches with curried egg salad, English cucumbers, and mint-infused cream cheese. In addition to its refined finger foods, the shop also prepares visitors to host their own gatherings by selling elegant china alongside tins of aromatic tea.
Featured in The Advocate, Dr. Energy Saver’s sociable, energy-savvy staff takes a crack at where your money might be getting siphoned away with inefficient use or loss of energy. Dr. Energy Saver co-founder Tom Casey started his career as an award-winning heating and cooling entrepreneur who gained industry recognition for his energy-conserving practices. Welcome Dr. Energy Saver into your home to consult you on the idea of adding home insulation, installing and upgrading furnace and water heaters, and replacing windows and doors. You’ll also get 20% off an air-sealing treatment, during which Dr. Energy Saver will plug any energy-wasting air leaks—saving you up to 10% on your annual energy bill.
The natural beauty experts at Red Clover Day Spa & Apothecary, an Aveda Concept studio, pamper their clients with ingredients harvested from the land and sea. Plant nutrients nourish skin, ocean salts slough off dead skin cells, and seaweed helps detoxify the body. Visitors to this rejuvenating oasis may further nurture their bodies with a snack or meal ordered from Red Clover Cafe's menu, which includes such wholesome eats as salads, quinoa bowls, and smoothies made with seasonal, local ingredients. Each dish is free from ingredients that can be potentially harmful, including gluten, wheat, dairy, and witchcraft.
Bushi Ban Martial Arts features 5,900 square feet of wall-to-wall mats—more than enough space for students to kick and punch their way through the belt ranks. Starting as young as age 4, students work on building their gross motor skills, then graduate onto the self-defense instruction of children's, preteen, and adult programs. Classes are held six days a week, and in addition to traditional martial-arts instruction, the schedule includes tai-chi sessions and a special power kickboxing class for adults and kangaroos.
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.