Surrounded by soothing, low-lit earth tones, visitors to Elements Spa Salon at Great Wolf Lodge are encouraged to relax from the moment they cross the spa's threshold. Many of the services incorporate Eminence Organic Skin Care products, an all-natural line made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Fifty meters of aquamarine pasture await butterflies and backstrokes in Ashbourne Swim Club's Olympic-sized pool, where families of up to five can take unlimited advantage of swimming lessons and other summery activities. Lifeguards patrol the pool’s cement shores, keeping at least one lane dedicated to inflatable swan carpools. Separate diving and wading pools provide space in which to practice half-somersaults or doggy paddles during swimming lessons, while water aerobics and poolside yoga classes cultivate contoured templates for suntans. Not every family member will be forced to enjoy the swim club’s watery delights, as a nearby play area and sports courts offer all the dry entertainment of a British sitcom. Other club amenities include a cyber café with free WiFi, regular movie nights, and scheduled social events to honor the summer’s bountiful feast of sunshine.
At The Becoming Center, active adults get their blood pumping through an eclectic mix of fitness options. Instructors help tone abs and increase range of motion through group fitness classes, or cultivate internal energy through tai chi sessions. The warm, 90-degree waters of their therapeutic pool host rehabilitation exercises and aqua-robics classes, and therapists bid adieu to aches and pains through therapeutic massage, acupuncture, and Reiki energy healing.
The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts offers a wholly inimitable experience featuring acrobatic engagement with the big top’s most artistic and athletically invigorating equipment. In the Groupon-exclusive, 60-minute Intro to Circus Arts class, the school’s seasoned instructors lead students through the ups, downs, and upside-downs of disciplines including juggling, fabric performance, trapeze tight-wire, and plate spinning. Active, free-spirited, and safe, the class pushes participants through light physical challenges, intermediate tests of focus, and never-ending wrestling matches against Father Gravity. Beginning on January 15, sessions run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and are open to all levels of talent and curiosity.
From spring to fall each year, the North Shore Beach Club becomes one never-ending members-only soiree. Instead of black ties and dresses, attendees don shorts and swimsuits, and they spend their days relaxing and socializing around around the club's fire pit and its heated 1,500-square-foot pool. Large day beds and lounge chairs rest beneath umbrellas, and a poolside office center means members can scan, fax, and copy between ping-pong matches in the games area.
An onsite restaurant and bar complete the summer setting. Here, chefs cook neapolitan pizza and grill skewers of meat and vegetables. Bartenders, meanwhile, pour spiked blueberry lemonade and blend specialty frozen drinks such as Lava Flow, a concoction of rum, strawberry, and pina colada mix, which is exactly what's in real lava. The club also hosts regular events, such as barbecues and performances from local musicians.
Philadelphia Quartett Golf Club wraps nine challenging holes up in a scenic, quick-to-play package. At every stop along the course, the club greets golfers with score-threatening hazards, from soft sand traps to watery obstructions. Small, fast-breaking greens and tight fairways call for a precise short game, but golfers can also let loose on holes ranging up to 150 yards—or, the exact distance a golf cart needs to go from zero to 11. Holes three and seven present particularly unique challenges, as both feature uphill and downhill lies.