The 9-hole Short Beach Golf Course grants players of all stripes a chance to serve up strategic tee shots and sink putts on the shores of Long Island Sound. The 103-yard fifth is emblematic of this experience: the fairway runs parallel to the beach, ensuring constant views of the water and a feeling similar to that of Pebble Beach's seventh. Indeed, from any point on the links-style course, golfers can look over at the shimmering backdrop and the boats that pass along it. Though the maritime winds—as well as water hazards and bunkers—provide some challenge, the par 3 layout is intended to let novices enjoy the game without worrying about having the length or the argyle socks necessary for a more difficult course.
The idyllic building in which The Little Red School of Art and Music resides represents the homey community feel of the school as a whole. For two decades, founder Carolyn West has worked hard to maintain that atmosphere, allowing kids to express themselves in music and art classes, which range from private guitar lessons to small-group painting and cartooning classes.
The Edge's Revolution program is an eight-week body-change contest that fuses nutritional guidance, personal training, and weekly group exercise sessions. Trainers document your metamorphosis with before-and-after measurements and photos, and by meticulously chiseling fitness goals into stone. Start sculpting with one personal-training and Pilates session, then sweat in weekly group workouts that prevent plateaus by pushing boundaries like a gerrymandering student council president. An included nutrition guide with DVD joins body sculptors on fitness sojourns with eating tips to supplement gym work. Revolutionaries also get access to a community that spans from the gym to an online group, providing a resource for advice, support, and camaraderie.
The Little Red School owner Carolyn West has been teaching children how to draw and make music for more than 20 years. Her team of instructors provides one-on-one training in a variety of instruments including piano, voice, guitar, and cello. Art classes, additionally, let kids express themselves by splashing watercolors onto canvases or creating their own cartoon characters in semi-private lessons. During birthday parties, kids can combine painting lessons with pizza or play dress-up in a Victorian mansion complete with a tea party.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
The din of go-kart buzzing floats through the air throughout Stratford Speedway, calling drivers to their destinies: some as race-day participants, and others as champs. Drivers taller than 54 inches take the helm of low-sitting crafts adorned with real corporate brands to mimic true racecars. As drivers zoom around the wide, road-size track, tires line each edge, helping to prevent detours and wrong turns. Races tend to last five minutes each, and cars speed around the grand prix-style track for 20–25 laps. The speedway also serves as a welcoming oasis for birthday parties and events, with the track available for private rental by the half-hour and hour.