Where the Charles River winds into Boston, anglers stand on its banks, casting their lines into the current. Charles River Charters' owner and head guide Greg Miner can often be seen with them, teaching the basics of catch-and-release freshwater fishing from the shore. He can also be found on his boat, showing fledgling fishermen how to cast lines or pointing out famous landmarks. A Boston-area native who holds a safe-boating certificate from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, he uses his knowledge of the river to usher visitors to fishing spots in the nearby wilderness or within the city, where the fish hop into boats after mistaking them for water taxis. His vessels also tour the Charles River's scenes, from Brighton to the downtown Museum of Science, and conduct specialty excursions for nature photographers and landscape artists.
In 1973, Mike Farny had a vision: to bring affordable outdoor recreation to the residents of metropolitan Boston. Opening the Charles River Canoe Service that year, Farny became an instrumental voice in efforts to clean up the river, encouraging people to canoe, kayak, and sweep up the dirt on the riverbanks. The next year, he persuaded the Leo J. Martin Golf Course to transform its greens and fairways into a sprawling landscape for cross-country skiing alongside the Charles, allowing the public to enjoy recreation on the river even when its waters had frozen. A 15-kilometer system of trails makes use of natural snowfall and offers skiers a chance to change up their routes. Even when flakes refuse to fall, a state-of-the-art artificial-snow system shoots powder over a 2.5-kilometer loop, which rests beneath lights to allow night skiing before guests return to the cozy snack shop for hot cocoa and a bite to eat.
Established in 1858, the Boston Fencing Club stands today as one of the nation's oldest fencing clubs. The club perpetuates a winning tradition that attracts national fencing champions, NCAA collegiate fencers, and a horde of happy sword hobbyists. With five-time fencing Olympian Michael Marx directing, the club's time-tested fencing program services swordsmen of all skill levels, from 6-year-old beginners to professional marshmallow hunters. In class, adult and youth students learn the basics of the sport while wrapping their mitt around all three fencing weapons: the foil, the sabre, and the épée.
Overhead lights are illuminated as the sun dips lower on the horizon, casting a glow across duos engaged in baseline rallies that echo across Weston Racquet Club’s eight outdoor courts. Every day, the club’s staffers set up meetings like this between players of similar abilities—staff unconditionally guarantees a suitable partner for individuals any time they are looking for a match. Carefully selected pairs then take to indoor or outdoor courts, which feature cushiony surfaces ideal for players with tender knees or cowardly socks. Members can continue to hone their skills during one of the 30 complimentary tennis clinics offered per week.
Housed inside a restored country mansion originally built in 1858, the clubhouse winds back the clock with an art-deco-inspired interior reminiscent of a 1930s tennis club. After a day on the courts, guests can unwind in the 45,000-gallon heated pool or soothe their aching tennis ear in the hot tub. Weston Racquet Clubs’ 40-Love Café aids in refueling by serving a menu of sandwiches, salads, and tapas.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness levels and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The Koko machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change in order to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body’s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.
The artists at Arte Mozzafiato—or “breathtaking art” in Italian—spend hours crafting each piece in their studio, leaving a bit of themselves in each ring, bowl, or sun-catcher they shape. Housed inside Gorse Mill Studios, which is a community of other local artists and studios, Arte Mozzafiato focuses on crafting elegant glass pieces that honor the tradition of lost forms such as glass molding, jewelry making, foiling, and stained glass. In an attempt to revive the art form, they design and construct stunning works ranging from glass rings and necklaces to fused bowls and stained-glass panels. The artists also hold regular workshops to share their love and knowledge of glasswork with the public.
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