The Best of Delaware 2009
From crab cakes and cheesesteaks to prime rib and clam bakes, little Delaware is packed with great places to eat and terrific places to shop. Here’s the cream of the crop.
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Best Fitness Club
Critics, upstate: The Hockessin Athletic Club has it all: a waterpark, lap pool, warm water pool, adult whirlpool, outdoor swimming pool and more. Dads like Chen can use treadmills, recumbent bikes, cross trainers and weights while their kids enjoy various athletic programs. There’s a fitness center for women, weight-loss programs, personal trainers, massages and about 120 classes a week. The veggie burgers at the café are pretty good, too. (The menu lists calorie counts. You can’t cheat.) (100 Fitness Way, Hockessin, 239-6688)
Critics, downstate: A welcoming, high-energy vibe and expert trainers define The Firm Fitness Center, which has been in business in Rehoboth for 21 years. Livingston loves it “because owner Paul Timmons has unbounded personality, positive attitude, energy and commitment. When he trains a client, the entire gym benefits. You can’t help but want to push yourself. His enthusiasm is contagious. The gym also offers Pilates.” The Firm is the only gym in Delaware that employs Hammer Strength training equipment. In addition to standard exercise machines, it also carries non-traditional equipment like giant tires for flipping, box jumps and rope climbing gear. (803 Rehoboth Ave. Ext., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8363)