The Great Outdoors
Bill Rilley, courtesy ASGA
There are ample activities for active singles in the state. Meetup.com lists gatherings for folks who like to hike, bike, walk, run, ski — or simply walk their dogs. But other, well-established outfits cater to outdoorsy singles.
Here are a few to consider.
American Singles Golf Association
Connecticut has two chapters of the ASGA (singlesgolf.com), a national organization geared toward singles who like playing golf. Single golfers in Fairfield County and Hartford (asgafairfield.org) gather at area courses, usually on Saturdays and/or Sundays, to play; both chapters hold regular organizational meetings and social hours. Newcomers to the game and seasoned players are all welcome. The ASGA motto “Fun, fellowship, fairways” says it all. Annual membership in either chapter via the ASGA is $79.
Club Getaway, Kent
This 300-acre lakeside resort, shown, nestled in the Berkshires isn’t strictly for singles, but it offers special weekend packages for unmarrieds who want to meet other single people while enjoying fun in the sun—and the water. You name the activity, they’ve got it, from team sports, boating, and a water trampoline to zip lines, hiking, yoga, culinary adventures, and just relaxing with a cold drink. A typical weekend costs about $300 and includes lodging, all meals, wine with dinner, all sports and activities with professional instruction, sports equipment and nightly entertainment. There are weekends for young professionals and boomers.
59 South Kent Rd., Kent, 860/927-3664, clubgetaway.com.
Shoreline Sailing Club
Founded more than 30 years ago, this sailing club attracts singles ages 35 and up from all over the state to sail, powerboat and kayak along Connecticut’s Long Island Sound shoreline. With more than 300 members, the group sets sail every weekend in the warm-weather months and offers cruises, dances and other activities year-round. The club’s mission, according to long-time member Lois Glazer, is “to bring together people who love water and love boats.” Time on the water is followed by “dockside” parties featuring food, drink and socializing. Check the website for a calendar of events. The club meets to make plans the first and third Thursday of each month at the Westbrook Elks Lodge (142 Seaside Ave., Westbrook).
Call 860/304-3041 or visit shorelinesailingclub.com.