Vacaville Ice Sports sends skaters spinning, coasting, and pirouetting across a pair of NHL-size rinks. Each day of the week, the facility swings open its doors for open-skating sessions, and, when the ice isn't getting its hard-to-reach itches scratched by public blades, the arena buzzes with hockey leagues, birthday parties, and learn-to-skate classes. An on-site arcade and free WiFi keep mitten-free fingers busy in between ice-based orbits, and the center's snack bar ensures legs remain fully fueled for additional spins around the polar sheets.
All About Scuba's experienced, attentive instructors transform landlubbers ages 10 and older into underwater bubble-breathers with a range of classes. After donning loaner masks, snorkels, boots, and flippers, aquanauts strap into a tank-laden vest and spend 30 to 45 minutes gliding through a placid pool relatively free of feral manatees. After your instructor introduces you to the rules of safe subaqueous exploration and shows you how to operate the critical pieces of equipment—including buoyancy converters, regulators, and electric-eel outlet converters—students buddy up with each other to examine the pool's depths and reminisce about college over beers at the pool's underwater bar.
Boardgarden stocks its shelves with equipment and apparel for those looking to board both snow and cement in effortless style. Skateboarders and empty-pool activists alike can dress the part thanks to a righteous reserve of name-brand tees from Nike, Adidas, Vans, and Nor Cal ($20+). Ensembles feel complete when branded belts and wallets ($15–$32), Skull Candy headphones ($20+), and board decals ($1–$10) allow skaters to show off their individual style without handing out prom photos to passersby. When in-store, perusal takes place beneath a rainbow canopy of retired, grip-tape-swathed skateboards donated by the shop's loyal customer base and the local community of talon-filing phoenixes.
Ground Zero Clothing and Boardshop’s adroit staff has been equipping athletes with apparel and gear for skateboarding, snowboarding, and wakeboarding since 1997. Harnessing the style and proven functionality of such top-tier brands as TOMS, Volcom, Nike SB, and Burton, they swathe bodies from head to toe in shoes, jeans, and T-shirts. Their collection of Spy and Electric sunglasses protects peepers from whipping winds, and their skateboard decks by Real and Creature help guests skim across surfaces with the speed of an over-caffeinated Zamboni operator. Though their selection of boards and accessories rotates frequently, they typically have skimboards, wakeboards, and snowboards in stock to help their guests defy gravity in style. Additionally, skilled staff members recalibrate scuffed boards or grant patrons a chance to test pilot new ways to commute to work with their equipment repair and rental services.
A full-service gear and instruction shop, Leland Fly Fishing casts fledgling cod catchers into the heart of small-stream adventure with its introductory fly-fishing lessons. Each lesson acquaints amateur anglers with rod, line, fly, and fish during two hours of small-group instruction. Taught on the ranch's private trout lakes, the class covers basic terminology and strategy, as well as a seven-step technique progression to build the perfect cast for hauling in plaque-worthy piscean prizes and sunken mini fridges. Hands-on coaching ensures that each lure launcher leaves with an understanding of fly casting, fly-line construction, and leader tapering, laying a solid base for continued hours of self-practice. Students will be strapped with all the necessary equipment for their first round of line flinging and duck debating, and previously experienced bait pitchers are welcome to bring their own. Classes are held Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
From its serene country roads to its grassy hilltops, the Sonoma Valley’s wine country is a terrain best traversed by bike. The staff at Wine Country Cyclery facilitates these two-wheeled treks by renting, selling, and servicing cycles from Giant and Cannondale. Their rides cater to different types of excursions; the Giant Roam is ideal for leisurely jaunts, while the lightweight Cannondale SuperSix Evo lends itself to fast-paced sprints down tree-lined trails or away from the dryads that guard each vineyard. When riders need help navigating the countryside, seasoned guides hop on bikes and lead them on 12- to 18-mile adventures, stopping at local sites such as Roche Winery & Vineyards along the way.