Perfect Passover Program
Join us for a wonderful and intimate Pesach experience - from the balloon twisting clown that greets you in the lobby when you arrive, till Yom Tov's end, our program offers a wide selection of choice entertainment for your pleasure, with non-stop activities planned to suit all tastes and ages.
Enjoy the stimulation of our thought provoking shiurim, outstanding series of speeches, and interesting lectures of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt, Naomi Klapper, and Rabbi Dr. Chesky Gewirtz... The N"ach shiur by Sara Tanen...and workshops with author/illustrator Ann D. Koffsky (author of 'Frogs in the Bed'and other favorite books)... Rejoice at our exquisite traditional Sedorim, exquisitely prepared and impeccably served... Feel inspired at our stirring Pesach davening services led by Cantor Nachman Shneider... Create your own (or shared!) masterpiece at a couples paint party night...Make your move with pilates, aerobics, zumba, cardio circuit training or fitness and exercise classes ... Try your hand at paper-cutting techniques and artwork, or zentangles... Continue with your daily learning and Daf Yomi ...
Delight the family with game shows, hay rides, and food demonstrations and workshops... Partake in a gala kosher wine tasting event... Capture the spirit of Yom Tov with the joyous sounds of Mark Infield's music, the melodious singing of zemiros, and the exhilarating voice of our Chazzan with his diverse repertoires of cantorial, popular and congregational song. (meet our staff) Featuring a star studded cast of nightly entertainment with comedians and humorists for your amusement, Chol Hamoed Karlbach Concert, noted lecturers, magician, and terrific day trips to great nearby attractions, our incomparable program will provide you with Yom Tov memories to cherish forever.
Gourmet Glatt Kosher Cuisine
Sit back and savor each flavorful moment. Traditional, fantastical, or unusual, from the first moments of your arrival at Erev Pesach Eve's lavish hot and cold buffet through the farewell continental breakfast on Isru Chag's morn, you'll be treated to a superb bouquet of lavish dishes and foods, beautifully prepared and impeccably served.
The ambiance is elegant, with impeccable table linens and china, crystal stemware, flawless service and gracious hospitality. From our exquisite Seders, our traditional matzo ball soup, to our unusual pastry creations, our Chefs delight in creating haute cuisine, with a mouth-watering blend of new exotic and traditional favorites, made with the freshest local and regional ingredients.
Impeccable Service. Our service is legendary; our cuisine, exquisite. From beautifully led traditional Seders replete with matzo and wine, to our Yom Tov Morning Kiddushim (a not-to-be-missed-event), throughout one amazing holiday meal after another, you’ll be treated to a festival of incomparable culinary experience. Our Pastry Chef delights in creating an abundant assortment of tasty cakes and stunning pastries that look as good as they taste. Our Tea Room Hospitality Suite is stocked with coffee, cakes and fruit to satisfy every in-between-meals need, and we offer boxed lunches for your Chol Hamoed excursions.
Chol Hamoed Trips
Join us on our privately chartered busses for exciting trips and excursions:
From Sea to Shining SeaBoard the submarine USS (SSN-571) Nautilus
World's first operational nuclear-powered submarine & naval sub museum.
See the SealsHead out to sea for an unforgettable marine science experience!
Watch the seals hang out and play, Project Oceanology cruise.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Lived HereFDR's "Summer White House"
The Hyde Park estate he loved & the place he considered home.
The One Bridge that Beckons youWalkway over the Hudson
The world's longest pedestrian elevated bridge.
Take me out to the Ball GameWatch the Mets play
Home town game at Citi field Stadium.
Wild, Wet and Wonderful
Sparking children's curiosity and imagination
hands-on interactive Stepping Stones Children's Museum.
Jiggle a Jellyfish
10,000 gallon shark tank, harbor seals, sea turtles, river otters & more
Touch the sharks and jiggle the jellies at the Maritime Aquarium.
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion MuseumEarly surviving Second Empire Style mansion
Highlighting the lives & styles of the Victorian Era.
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Walkway over the Hudson
Join half a million visitors each year for the Greater Walkway Experience! Ride the waterfront elevator for breathtaking views 212 feet above the Hudson, walk the Empire State Trail over the world's longest pedestrian elevated bridge,Includes 18 miles of scenic trails and a scenic bridge connecting Historic Highland to uptown Poughkeepsie.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
A wet, wild and wonderful way for children to learn about the science of energy in an immersive 'working lab' - explore the Wind Lab, Solar Lab, Water Lab, & Coal, Oil, Natural Gas and Uranium Labs, inspiring children’s natural curiosity to imagine and invent. (Lab coats provided to help keep you dry!) Exhibits include colorful LED displays, a mesmerizing 27foot ColorCoaster - a non-stop giant mechanical toy that uses energy, motion, gravity, color and light as it spins, whirs, and fascinates, Build It! where kids explore hands-on architectural design and construction, Tot Town, and Express Yourself! through art, music, and cooperative games for social-emotional learning, a great learning and discovery experience for children age 10 and under.
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
One of the earliest and finest surviving Second Empire Style country houses ever built in the U.S., this 62-room mansion was built by banker-railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood, who in 1864 began construction of his estate on the Norwalk River. Designed by European-trained architect Detlef Lienau, it was completed in 1868 at a cost of over $2million in 1868 currency and is considered his most significant surviving work. Today, the Museum is being lovingly restored back to its original grandeur by a non-profit organization and is a cultural gem which highlights lives & styles of the Victorian Era.
Take me out to the Ball Game
And yes, we do. For little sluggers, big ones, or all who just want to watch the game, join us for a great trip to see the Mets play at Citi field Stadium. Who can ever forget the thrill of Spring home games, huge screens, kids cheering, fans screaming in frenzy, and the palpable excitement in the air...
See the Seals
Board one of Project O's (Oceanology) large research vessels and head out to sea for an unforgettable marine science experience! Studying and nurturing interest in the marine life of the Long Island Sound, Project Oceanology is a year-round, marine science educational organization. (UCONN) Catch fish and plankton, participate in a seal or sea gull population study, pull up a mud grab, or use oceanographic equipment to measure water quality. There are several different stops to view the seals hanging out on Fisher Island, resting & getting some sun, swimming, playing and pushing each other off rocks!
FDR Lived Here
Visit Springwood in Hyde Park, NY, the estate that FDR loved & the place he considered home. The first US Presidential Library was started by FDR here, and it was the "Summer White House" where the President hosted prominent national and international figures, including kings and heads of government. Features an historic, federal-style mansion housing FDR's various collections and includes outbuildings & stables. Donated by FDR to the American people, today this fascinating home & museum is a National Historic Site. https://www.nps.gov/hofr
Jiggle a Jellyfish
Touch the Sharks at the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, where guests can (gently) stroke the backs of several species of sharks and a variety of rays! Sure to delight all ages, you can see sea turtles and river otters, view the 110,000-gallon habitat of several types of sharks, enjoy feeding time of the playful Harbor seals, and touch the tops of live moon jellies without being stung! New exhibits include a baby sea turtle nursery, and Just add Water- a live animal exhibit exploring habitats from arid desert to rain forest. Includes six-story screen IMAX theater and IMAX film experiences.
From Sea to Shining Sea
The USS Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum sits just yards from the main gate of the New London Naval Submarine base in Groton, where visitors can board the Nautilus, the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine. Experience firsthand what it was like to be a member of the crew. Think: very tight quarters. Tour the torpedo room, the navigation and mess area, and walk down the very first staircase ever installed in a submarine, (Hint: It's STEEP!) you’re surrounded by equipment and artifacts that tell the story of this historic ship. The museum's Main Hall serves as a timeline of submarine history. From the world's first combat submarine to modern classes of subs, examples of weaponry and technology are on display. Super friendly staff (many of whom have served submarine service) happily answer questions from curious kids or even more curious adults!
The on site 9-hole championship Pomperaug Golf Course at the Heritage Resort means you never have to travel to enjoy a great game of golf.
The course will challenge golfers of all skill levels, featuring natural contour terrain that sweeps along the rolling hills with views from various elevations - so guests are assured of a great golfing experience.
Call of the Wild
The White Memorial Conservation Center, created in 1913 by Alain C. White and his sister, May W. White, comprise 4,000 protected acres of forest, fields and wetlands.
A 40 mile hiking trail system crisscrosses through the beautiful and diverse habitats of White Memorial, and a Nature Museum presents interpretations of the natural history of the area. The foundation's 10 ponds, as well as 6 miles of the Bantam River that flow through the property, are available for bird watching, kayaking and canoeing, wildlife viewing, and fishing.
Let Go of Gravity
Go big or go home. Let go of gravity and grab some air on massive wall-to-wall trampoline courts for endless aerial action with friends. Show off your inner acrobat or fly without fear into the Foam Zone, with soft landings for huge air. Jump higher and dunk harder with Skyslam, or challenge your friends with Skyjoust in a gladiator jousting battle. With ultimate volleyball, toddlertime and more, great fun for the whole family. see www.skyzone.com for details.
Located just down the road in Southbury CT is Brushy Hills Farm, a premier equestrian facility. Offering lessons and training for riders of all ages and abilities, and a 14 acre beautiful, well maintained riding area with views of the pond and surrounding countryside, it's a great riding experience for your entire family.
Or try Southbury's Rolling M Ranch, a family owned equestrian ranch with western style riding lessons and training.
Blazing your Trail
Larkin State Park Bridle Trail- Stretching across four towns, this long and narrow state park trail combines enough remarkable history, geography and aesthetics to rate its 110 acres as one of the biggest and prettiest parks in Connecticut’s system.
Originally designated as a trail for horses and horseback riding, for which it is still popular, Larkin’s ten miles now also serve walkers, joggers, bikers, hikers and cross country skiiers.
Flanders Nature Center Land Trust
Site of the original 1926 Van Vleck farm, the Flanders Center holds in trust more than 2,100 acres of open space in Woodbury, Bethlehem, Southbury, and Middlebury, Connecticut, including seven nature preserves and sanctuaries that include hiking trails.
From a photo trek across a sunny meadow to a cross-country ski adventure on a snowy, woodland trail, the passive recreational opportunities on Flanders’ land are as diverse as the settings. Each of the properties has its own character and attributes, from historic buildings, stone walls and marked trails to expansive vistas of woodlands, lakes, ponds, streams, fields and a bog. These pristine, undeveloped areas offer moments of reflection, relaxation, and recreation. Buildings include a farmhouse, studio, trail house, sugar house and barns.
The town of Soutbury's local park with almost 25 acres, contains 2 softball fields, 3 tennis courts, a full basketball court, sand volleyball courts and a full playground for local fun. The park is the home of the Southbury Town Pool, including a Kiddie pool and a pool house, with swimming from Memorial Day until Labor Day. A lighted picnic pavilion with kitchen facilities, picnic tables, outdoor grills and restrooms are also available at this park.
Over Hill, Over Dale
Northwestern Connecticut is home to some of the best biking in Connecticut. Check out your mountain bike at our Fitness Center/Pool area, and enjoy cycling through gorgeous scenery filled with rolling hills, babbling brooks and more challenging climbs. Bikers of all ages and ability levels will be able to choose from the the many trails available, from routes along rural, scenic roadways to mountain biking on "off-the-beaten paths" . Whether you are riding to see how far you can push yourself, or just cycling through the countryside, bike riding at the Heritage is not to be missed.
Enjoy a relaxing and creative night out with a Kokopelli paint class, where family and friends can create your own masterpieces together.
Choose from a variety of paintings from artists you love, see www.kokopellimusicandarts.com for details.
Railroad Museum of New England
Take a trip down memory lane at a reconstructed Victorian era train station, or take a ride on the train andenjoy the wonderful views and colors of autumn throughout the upper Naugatuck Valley
A not-for-profit educational and historical organization whose mission is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad, the RMNE museum includes a diverse collection representative of New England railroading- including vintage locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and cabooses.
Skate the Day Away
Let the magic begin at Roller Magic Connecticut with traditional roller skating plus rollerblade rentals. With a large open span maple wood skting floor, special effect lighting, and powerful sound system, and a large off floor viewing area- old time roller skate aficionados and new time blade enthusiasts can rock and roll together...
Mark Twain House & Museum
During his lifetime‚ Sam Clemens watched a young United States evolve from a nation torn apart by internal conflicts to one of international power. He experienced America’s vast growth and change - from westward expansion to industrialization‚ the end of slavery‚ advancements in technology‚ big government and foreign wars. And along the way‚ he often had something to say about the changes happening in his country. The Mark Twain House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963, one of the first 100 properties in the nation, and is the winner of a major award for restoration from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Opened in 2003, the 45,000-square-foot Webster Bank Museum Center at The Mark Twain House & Museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about Mark Twain, his family, the historic house, and the author's legacy.
High-performance indoor racing for adults and juniors! It’s a true motor sports experience and it’s all indoors! And now On Track Karting offers some of the longest and fastest indoor kart tracks in the country. With high-performance karting for both adults (15+) and juniors (7-14 and at least 48″ tall), it’s high-speed family fun. For more information on how you can hit the track and pull some G’s, please visit www.ontrackkarting for details.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
A National Historic Landmark and the Hartford home of author Harriet Beecher Stowe of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', the book that changed forever how Americans viewed slavery, the system that treated people as property. Several of Stowe's later works were written while she lived here until her death in 1896.
Reacquired by her niece, Katharine Seymour Day, in 1924, and now known as the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, this gothic revival cottage has been carefully and authentically restored and now operates as a historic house museum, including original family furnishings and memorabilia.
In addition to the Stowe House, there's an 1873 carriage house, which now serves as the visitor's center, and the Katharine Seymour Day House (1884). The Stowe Center preserves the house and center's collections, with a research library that includes letters and documents from the family.
Bowl Like you Mean it
Get ready for fun, family bowling with 32 synthetic lanes with state of the art, easy to use automatic scoring at Brookfield Lanes Bowling.
You're never too old for bowling at Lakewood Lanes, with kiddie bumper bowling available too. See front desk for details.
Get ready for sun, style and serious shopping. Follow Woodbury's 'antique trail', and the many quaint antique shops that dot the landscape. Find your bargains at the Clinton Crossings Premium outlets, or pick up that perfect gift in the malls in Greenwich, CT. With diverse shopping opportunities for the occasional shopper, the grandma-gift-giver, or the most dedicated shopaholic, a world of shopping activities await.