Golf legend Arnold Palmer, known in the cleated world as the King and winner of the PGA Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, designed the undulating ryegrass fairways at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club. Ranked as one of Golf Digest’s Readers’ Choice Top 50 Public Courses in 2009, the course unfolds scenic views of rolling hills as players give their balls detailed directions, hand them compasses and trail mix, and send them hiking toward the pin. The 12th hole’s pin challenges orbs with one of the toughest locations on the course, and eight sand bunkers guard three sides of the 18th hole’s green. After working up a sweat, swingers can remove their gloves and Kevlar vests and celebrate or commiserate their score at The Grille, where diners gaze out over the greens while munching sandwiches and quaffing beer.
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Napa Valley is California's epicenter of wine, and there's a definite local pride in all things grape. Signs posted along roads urge drivers to stop, taste, and experience private-label wines. The culinary scene has also risen to prominence, with chefs like Thomas Keller spearheading a haute-cuisine movement. Though hundreds of thousands of people visit each year, Napa still cultivates a small-town feel. There are a handful of big-name restaurants in downtown Napa that might have limos parked out front, but there are still plenty of eclectic, hole-in-the wall eateries serving vegan fare or barbecue.
Incorporating lifting, basic gymnastics, and cardio, CrossFit Absolute bolsters bodies with a broad fitness formula, used in high-intensity locales such as police academies and military special-operations units. Small-group classes contain four to eight participants who boost group mind as they fortify bodies for fitness with squats, sit-ups, push-ups, and heart-pumping pinky crunches. CrossFit promises universal scalability, meaning that loads and intensities of classes may be adjusted to accommodate anyone from a bench-pressing neophyte to a champion heavyweight capable of crushing a brick with a sneeze. CrossFit schedules its svelte-sessions all day Monday–Saturday.
House of Élan offers revitalizing body treatments for existing humans and personalized hair-removal options for men and women. Dr. John Verstraete and his team of whisker-erasers employ elos technology to clear bodily brush without resorting to wax or wildfires. Over the course of six sessions, strand assassins will harness bi-polar radio frequencies and light energies to precisely target unwanted keratin and foil follicular invasions, systematically weakening woolen defenses with each treatment. Elos is purported to be effective in the eradication of lighter-colored hair on skin of most shades, hues, and tartan plaid patterns.
The owners of Harvest Wine Tours have visited more than 150 wineries and chosen their favorites to introduce to visitors and locals alike. To make vineyard-hopping a seamless process, they design flexible self-guided tours, each of which outline the grand, lesser-known, and small boutique wineries of Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Each guide includes a map and detailed explanation for each winery’s selection that covers quality, ambiance, and special services, as well as a suggested order for visits.
In addition to the standard tour, Harvest Wine Tours also offers a VIP experience, during which two of the chosen wineries welcome visitors with perks that can include double tastings, reserve or library wine tastings, or a special tasting in the barrel room. The staff also designs custom tours from a questionnaire, where customers can describe their preferred grape varietals and the importance of a good, strong jawline on a winemaker.