Westfield Water Sports and Wilderness Experiences?a kayak, SUP, camping, and scuba gear shop as well as a camping store and adventure emporium?dispatches a staff of certifiable adventure-seekers to lead sojourners into the great outdoors with scuba classes, kayak classes, dive and non-dive world travel, and rock-climbing excursions. An all-around outdoorsman, camp director T. Scott Cook leans on his doctorate of Leadership Development in Adventure Education to develop nature excursions, including far-flung trips where groups snorkel in the Cayman Islands or evolve gills in the Galapagos. Back home, the summer camp?s elaborate ropes course builds teamwork between coworkers, and caving adventures allow guests to delve into mysterious depths or apartment swap with a black bear.
At The Water's Edge's dive masters shepherd flocks of neophyte Nemos through a three-hour discover scuba class, teaching divers the ropes of safety techniques, equipment usage, and actual ropes. After on-land instruction, scuba students reconvene in the on-site pool for more than two hours of educational submersion. Designed with beginners in mind, the classes accommodate Groupon holders looking to stretch their gills to prep for hydrovacations or win back true loves from the arms of an amorous octopus.
When the snow starts to fall over Massachusetts, Otis Ridge opens its slopes to skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels?from seasoned athletes to individuals coming to the resort for the very first time. The latter will likely start in the rental shop, and then enroll in a group or private lesson, available for all ages. From there, skiers can take to the mountainside. Three levels of trails wind through the woods: three beginner trails, four intermediate trails, and three single black diamond runs.?
Once visitors have slid back to the base of the mountain, they can stop by the Grouse House. This casual lodge serves up food and drinks, and provides guests a place to unwind after long days spent ski-carving their names in the snow.
Stony Hill Farms traces its origins a generation back, to when owner Carol Davis's parents bought an idyllic 40-acre plot of New Jersey farmland. Where Carol spent her childhood milking cows, customers now wander through 18,000 square feet of greenhouses and stroll past garden benches laden with ornamental plants and flowers. Carol, her husband Dale, and their children carry on the family tradition of horticulture, helping clients select a rare, treasured orchid to decorate their home, or obtain a Community-Supported Agriculture membership to fill their pantries with local, seasonal produce. Families can also bond with a wealth of fun activities, such as winding through five different mazes in the fun park.
Cars, suits, and wedding rings. With some things in life, customization is key. MoFroYo Frozen Yogurt, which touts a self-serve bar with 21 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 100 toppings, brings this concept to your taste buds. Its self-serve machines swirl out traditional tastes, such as vanilla, and exotic blends, including cake batter, sweet coconut, and strawberry shortcake. The amounts, toppings, and mouths they?re eaten with are all up to the customers. MoFroYo's flavors change regularly, often with the seasons. For example, during the fall there's pumpkin pie ? la mode and in the winter mouths dance with peppermint stick and white-chocolate mousse.
Terra Americana’s boutique storefront stocks cake and soup mixes and local gift items that are a hit with both local and mail-order customers, all wrapped in the best packaging available utilizing local and natural resources. Each recipe has been developed and tested in New England to enhance the belief that local and natural foods are the key to a healthy being. The shop's cocoa mixes come in containers shaped like bears, and its dip kits yield creations that impress guests. They also craft custom party favors for special events and promotional items for businesses.