Although Laurel Hill Swim & Tennis Club has amassed a high concentration of USPTA-certified instructors, they share their expertise with more than just professional players. Tennis 101 classes taught on both indoor and outdoor courts, impart beginners with the fundamentals of forehands, backhands, and net play and cardio tennis develops proper footwork while vanquishing calories. Serious competitors and novice players alike benefit from the Club’s variety of surface types. Four synthetic grass courts simulate the grassy grounds at the Wimbledon and har-tru courts replicate courts used during the French Open and hard surfaces replicate courts used at the U.S. and Australian Opens.
Built in 1887, Mansion View Inn delivers refined quaintness with its ornate Victorian décor, dark wood interiors, cozy quarters, a relaxed sitting room, and a drawing room. Four bedrooms lure guests into their charming confines for a two-night getaway of old-world hotel style. The Secor Bridal Room warms wandering hearts under the gentle glows of a chandelier, and features exquisitely crafted plaster molding and windows that admit frolicking splashes of light at sunrise. The Libbey Room's bright, cheerful interior is wrapped in flowery wallpaper and aims three large windows at the Victorian gardens, while The Reynolds Room comprises darker tones, antiques, and a clawfoot tub. Intimate and dainty, the third-story Ludwig Room provides lodgers with views of downtown, and its kitchenette allows guests to be the supreme lords of their own teatime.
The culinary wizards at Sidelines cook up hearty helpings of pub grub that patrons can discover on the extensive menu. Limber chomping muscles for a marathon meal with starters such as zesty battered and fried pub pickles ($5.79) or garbage fries, a savory mélange of bacon, tomatoes, and jalapenos lounging atop a bed of waffle fries and blanketed in melted mozzarella and cheddar cheeses ($7.59). The selection of five pizzas allows diners to indulge their craving for a disk without having to endure the gamey texture of a frisbee. Table visitors can also wrap tongues around the Porkzilla sandwich, staffed by grilled ham, slow-cooked pulled pork, and bacon ($8.99), or munch on the Knock-Out burger, a bunless wonder that packs the space between two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon and a half-pound steak burger patty ($9.79). Feel free to lubricate a parched palate by sipping one of the beers cascading from the Sidelines tap, such as Labatt, Killian's, and Blue Moon.
The former host of such harness-racetrack greats as Ramblin' Willie, Mack Lobell, and Shady Daisy, Toledo's Raceway Park ladles up a comprehensive couples' nightlife package of hearty dining and equine amusements. Contemplate your complimentary racing programs (and learn how to read them) as you sup from the gourmet feedbag of Crazy Horse Clubhouse's á la carte menu, featuring items such as the Raceway Reuben ($8.50) and the breaded, grilled Finish Line Chops ($12.95), both named for stallion chefs who originally concocted the recipes.