At Benthic Scuba Center, a PADI Five-Star Development Center, a knowledgeable staff draws on more than 40 years of collective experience as they unlock the ocean's depths for seafaring visitors. Certified instructors lead all levels in dive courses such as Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and Air Diver Specialty. In addition to instructing divers, the centre also houses a vast selection of diving gear from top brands including Sherwood Scuba, Poseidon, and Oceanic, and loans rental equipment ranging from wetsuits and hoods to gauges and rubber duckies. The staff can also repair and maintain equipment to ensure safe aqueous excursions.
It's dark within Scare House Windsor, and visitors never quite know what lurks down the next hallway or within the next room. A maniacal clown might elicit screams, or a madman may wield his chainsaw until he's offered a job as a lumberjack. Or maybe visitors will run into Shawn Lippert, one of Scare House Windsor's sinister creators. Along with a band of volunteers, Mr. Lippert has crammed horror into every inch of the 20,000-square-foot haunted house, which has become an annual Halloween staple. Mr. Lippert's creation is so authentically spine-tingling, in fact, that he's using it as the setting for a horror film of the same name.
Since it first threw open its Tudor-style doors in 1878, Windsor's oldest tavern has kept whistles wet and toes tapping with beers, live music, and a full menu of sandwiches and pub-style entrees such as fish 'n' chips and shepherd's pie. A dozen different brews flood from the tap, slaking the thirsts of guests plugging away at open mic and trivia nights. Beyond the main dining room’s checkered floors, long communal-style tables, and crimson walls, private rooms host parties of up to 100 merrymakers or several million thimbles.
Gilligan's serves up more than 20 varieties of gourmet hamburgers made fresh daily with local ingredients free of artificial preservatives and fillers. The grill's triple-A half-pound, hand-packed beef creations, derived entirely from local producers, include the vaunted fire-grilled original burger, adorned with the house grill sauce ($10+), as well as more exotic offerings such as the Los Cabos burger, which sports zesty salsa, guacamole, a dollop of sour cream, and a lace mantilla ($11+). Burgers fashioned from ground turkey ($10) and buffalo ($12) provide poultry and bison alternatives, and the dry-rub St. Louis side ribs can quell pork-centric cravings and coat palates and fingers in a tangy coat of barbecue sauce ($12/half rack, $18/full). Old-fashioned milkshakes in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate varieties arrive topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and a cherry and deliver moving arguments in favour of lactose tolerance ($5).
The Women’s Club for Fitness and Wellness is an upscale, women-only wellness facility that helps bodies harness health through a variety of fitness classes, lifestyle coaching, and nutritional-awareness information outlets. Like a slow-motion ballerina, the extensive schedule rotates monthly, and some class favourites answer to names such as spin and sculpt, Zumba, Pilates, and power yoga. All of Women’s Club’s fitness equipment is specifically designed for a woman’s body. Pre- or post-sweat session clients can enjoy the cedar sauna to relax sore muscles or settle into the steam room to shoo away stress. For a cozy wind-down, guests can also lounge on the couch by the fireplace in the halcyon sitting room. A child-watch centre provides childcare services so you can workout sans weighty ankle-biter attachments.
Hurricanes Pub and Grill welcomes patrons into a classic neighbourhood meeting den where with live sports broadcasts and trivia games accompany sandwiches, burgers, and social gatherings. An extensive menu proffers baskets of the pub's celebrated chicken wings ($10.60 for eight), bathed, like Victorian dandies, in a choice of spicy or sweetened sauces. Six-ounce lean beef Hurriburgers in breeds such as the barbecue and onion-topped hickory smokey ($7.75) and the peameal bacon–backed Great Canadian ($7.10) graze tables until patrons ensnare them in a bun and match them with a side of fries ($1.79). Hands take a breather as forks get to flaking pan-fried tilapia ($10.75) crusted in tortilla bits and accompanied by rice and steamed vegetables. Hurricanes Pub and Grill entertains its diners with free WiFi and Buzztime trivia as well as nine TVs bathing tables in the light of sports fireworks. Guests dine at rustic wood tables on two split levels, ensconced in exposed brick walls lined with vintage signs, sports banners, and needlepoint Monets.