Blue Mountain Vineyards owners, Joe and Vickie, are pinot pioneers. Beginning with a 5-acre experiment in 1986, they discovered that the soil of the Lehigh Valley does a fine impression of French terrain, making it suitable for growing the grapes of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and other European varietals. Since then, they've expanded to a 50-acre plot, where they now produce wines that have won awards from the Fingerlake International Wine Competition and Appellation America.
Panoramic views of the Blue Mountains overlook scenic terraces at the vineyards, where grapes spring from soil that soldiers roamed during the Revolutionary War. Tastings, concerts, and other events fill the winery's glass-flanked deck, spilling onto an outdoor patio surrounded by ponds as tranquil as a silent lullaby. Visitors admire the vines during tours, and they can also adopt their favorites to preserve the vines' flavorful histories.
Equipment: Star Trac Spinner Pros with dual peddles
Students should bring: Water, a towel, and a smile.
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: A healthier you is our specialty.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
By keeping them in a fun-filled environment with fun-filled people. Accountability partners are key.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
One of my clients went from 310 pounds to 190 pounds, and she is still losing weight.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Absolutely. Upbeat, heart-pounding music always helps people work harder, which ultimately results in more calories being burned.
If you've ever looked at a statue of a tiny owl and thought to yourself, it's cute, but it would be much cuter with purple polka dots, Create Me Pottery Painting Studio is the place for you. Patrons at the paint-your-own-pottery studio dip into more than 90 paint colors and their own creativity to decorate an animal or cartoon figurine, mug, plate, or bowl. Chances are that with more than 500 blank ceramic pieces, guests will find something that tickles their fancy.
After the artists complete their work of art, Create Me Pottery's staffers clean up the mess and then fire and glaze the piece. All fired pieces are dishwasher, microwave, and food safe, making eating onion rings off a garden nymph's wings a great idea in more ways than one.
The spacious studio accommodates up to 50 people during birthday parties, bridal showers, and Scout events. The staff even helps party hosts set up any food they bring. The BYOB studio also encourages of-age artists to bring their own adult beverages.
Philadelphians and out-of-towners alike can find refuge from the city by way of the Forbidden Drive, a scenic expanse that extends from Chestnut Hill to Manayunk, yet feels miles away from urban life. As part of the Wissahickon Valley Park?which covers 1,800 acres?the wooded trail shelters joggers, cyclists, hikers, and even those on horseback as they explore the area's natural flora and fauna. A frequent spot for organized races, the trail is also marked by historic and geological sites.
The Friends of Wissahickson, or FOW, is a non-profit organization that started in 1924. With over 1,600 members, they work in conjunction with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to restore historical structures, eliminate invasive plants, monitor watershed management, and restore trails with the Sustainable Trails Initiative.
At Premier Martial Arts, students of all backgrounds train in self-defense, combat sports, and martial-arts-based fitness. Kids ages 3?12 earn colorful belts to mark not only their mastery of martial arts techniques, but also their demonstrations of character. Teachers also provide belt-free training for adults in arts like Krav Maga?developed for the Israeli Defense Force?and kickboxing, which incorporates both Western boxing techniques and the knee and elbow strikes of Muay Thai, the official fighting form of Thailand?s postmen. They round out the combat curriculum with the weapon techniques of Kali, a lightning-fast form of stick and blade fighting that hails from the Phillipines.
This blended training methodology arms students for self-defense as well as kickstarts careers in professional fighting. Elite affiliates include such UFC names as Kurt Pellegrion and Vitor ?Shaolin? Ribeiro.
For many galleries, art is something that resides behind a velvet rope, separated and unaccessible to its viewers. For the curators of Abington Art Center, it is something to be experienced, enjoyed, and, above all, created oneself. Located on the 27-acre expanse of Alverthorpe Manor, the center hosts classes and workshops for students of all ages and exhibitions of community artists. The outdoor Sculpture Park captures the center's sense of playful creation, inviting sculptors to craft their own temporary installations each year—this also helps erase the temptation to carve a mustache into a nearby town's statue of its mayor. The guest artists are encouraged to have their creations respond to the nature around them, such as massive faces carved from tree trunks. Inside the mansion, one can find galleries of young creators and solo exhibitions by professional artists.