Crate Escape owes its existence to a 10-year-old jack russell terrier named Ernestine Hastings. Ernestine's owners, Bradley and Stephanie, loved their pooch so much that they decided to spread this affection to other dogs by opening a spacious boarding and grooming facility. Pet owners can drop off their furry friends for daycare or overnight boarding services, letting pups gambol about in a 17,000-square-foot play space. Groomers tackle matted fur and tails caked in cake by scrubbing coats with hypoallergenic shampoo.
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The future has arrived and it's gliding in at a comfortable 12.5 mph. Introducing the Segway, a brand new transportation device that was publicly released in 2002. Pretty soon streets, sidewalks, and sidewalk cafes will be blessed with the presence of these two-wheel wonders, forever altering human life. Picture this, you need a wide-brimmed western hat to wear to Cowboy Formal 2009: Git Yer Grind On, but your calves hurt from morning calisthenics. Hopeless? Not with a Segway.
The Segway will also revolutionize the sports world. Once football players adopt the Segway, their drastically less violent collisions will become completely unwatchable. The NBA will witness a renaissance of dunkless basketball, prompting Jud Buechler to come out of retirement and dominate the game for the next 27 years. Baseball will remain largely unchanged. Segway will even impact the medical community. Veterinary medicine will become so incredibly advanced that injured racehorses will be given a second chance to compete.
If this future sounds interesting, or the Segway sounds like something you want to become familiar with in case it turns evil in 2014, then read on to learn how Boston Gliders Segway Adventures will teach you how to use the transportation machine of the future.
Interested in doing last week's #1 Thing To Do in Boston and this week's #2 Thing To Do in Boston, according to TripAdvisor? Of course you are. Today's Groupon is a one-hour Boston Gliders Segway adventure through the city for only $30 (half off the $60 value). Boston Gliders, located at 36 Warren St. in Charlestown, is great for Bostonians looking to show off their city to out-of-towners or for long-time city dwellers in need of a fresh perspective. Boston Gliders operates approximately 8 to 10 adventures per day, with 4 to 6 people per group, so make sure to sign up to reserve a spot.
Here's a detailed breakdown of the adventure:
Leave from Faneuil Hall and head straight for the Waterfront. Spend 10-15 minutes soaking up the salty sea air and go toward Middle Park, over the Big Dig, and to the Bamboo Forest. China Town comes next, followed by the Theater District and Boston Commons. Spend some time at the Capitol Building before heading toward Beacon Hill and Washington Street (big shopping district). On your way back to Faneuil Hall, you'll stop by the Holocaust Museum. The end.
TripAdvisor reviewers are enamored with Boston Gliders, doling out a near-perfect 5.5 out of 6 owl eyes. Here's what they said:
- "We saw more in the couple hours on the gliders than we ever would have by just trying to see the city ourselves. Anyone visiting Boston should definitely make this part of their trip!" – MissAliBaba
- "My wife and I had a great time riding segways for the first time in Boston. The prep video can make you nervous, but the ride was fantastic. The machine becomes part of you in just a few minutes." – jwgrenning
- "We saw more in 2 hours than we have seen in the past 20 years! The only way to get around the city and see the sights – and have a blast in the process!" – griz317
Head instructor Francois Asselin has guided Boston Sailing Center's neophytes to seaworthiness for more than 15 years, with his programs reaching more than 400 students annually. Mr. Asselin and his cadre of nine other sailing instructors take small groups onto the water to provide hands-on experience with the ropes, sails, steering, and maintenance of sailboats. Together, they introduce the science of seamanship or sharpen the skills of experienced sailors so they can eventually set sail on their own with a complete mastery over wind, water, and doing jumping jacks with a peg leg.
Boston Sailing Center owns an armada of vessels, which, in addition to lessons, may be rented for on-the-water events or lent out to members for regular sailing. Skippers conduct tours of Boston Harbor's skyline, stopping at scenic islands for impromptu picnics or to let parents maroon angst-ridden teenagers.
A home office can be a lonely, uninspiring, or even distracting setting for entrepreneurs, freelancers, or people who work remotely. Commoncove, a coworking community for standalone professionals, offers an alternative to the cramped kitchen nook or noisy coffee shop. Created by just such a group of entrepreneurs, the space has all the amenities of an office—printers, fax machines, WiFi, conference rooms, private phone booths for changing into a superhero costume—without the nosy boss or competitive cubemate. Instead, there are comfy chairs in sunny workspaces, desks for standing and sitting, and hanging chairs beside the water. The location is close to a waterfront marina, Starbucks, local microbrewery, and ZipCar access for convenient breaks or afterwork activities. Different levels of membership ensure coworkers only pay for as many days as they need.