"When guests leave," says director Larry Levine, "they have a real appreciation of what it takes to produce fine wine." That, and a hand-blended bottle of vino to carry home.

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There's no lodging, but nearby Clear Lake offers affordable options.

($175 for the September 8--11 class, includes patterns and two lunches; countrythreads.com) The Steel Yard Providence, Rhode Island Learn the basics of ceramics, stone setting, or blacksmithing in just one weekend at the Steel Yard, the former site of Providence Steel & Iron.

Our Adventure Camp program is made available for children ages 6 years through Grade 6.

Adventure Camp provides a safe, caring and fun environment where children participate in a variety of activities, sports, cooperative play and field trips.

Every meal will have a salad bar and a variety of options, and will be served buffet style so that everyone gets their fill. You can indicate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten or dairy free when you register.

Camp includes 6 meals, snacks, some drinks and treats.(5 to 0 per week, depending on classes, room and meals extra; penland.org) Taos School of Metalsmithing and Lapidary Design Taos, New Mexico Design a silver ring, learn how to solder metals, or practice cutting gemstones at these five-day workshops, during which participants make a one-of-a-kind jewelry creation.Held downtown in a historic adobe house, classes include just four students per session to ensure ample individual instruction. "Our programs give women an excuse to hang out with people who enjoy the same things they do," says owner Elizabeth Mac Crellish.(0, lodging and meals included; squamartworkshops.com) Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Santa Fe, New Mexico Housed in an active monastery with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, these workshops last from three days to a week and specialize in such subjects as Adobe Photoshop, digital photography, and black-and-white developing, among others.Students stay in single or shared dorm rooms, enjoy meals made from scratch, and have access to the workshop facilities 24 hours a day.