The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail lies at the foot of Mount Katahdin. Beneath the mountain's silhouette, moose graze along the shorelines, and eagles roam the skies above Baxter State Park's chromatic woods. Nearby, outdoorsmen and environmental enthusiast Matt Polstein has unveiled the area's natural beauty and abundant adventure opportunities for more than 20 years through New England Outdoor Center.
During the early summer through fall, Polstein?s team leads whitewater-rafting adventures on the Penobscot River. The raucous waterway possesses a stretch that drops 70 feet per mile through a narrow, granite-walled canyon into Class V rapids with monikers such as Exterminator and Cribworks. Further excursions include trips on the Dead River and Kennebec River, as well as Family Float trips appropriate for kids as young as age 4. Come winter, Polstein rents snowmobiles so guests can zoom across the area's powdery expanses, perhaps to catch a view of the Northern Lights.
In addition to the plentiful year-round activities, New England Outdoor Center encompasses dining and lodging facilities, including cabins, green-built guesthouses, and campgrounds.
Some spray-tanning solutions rely on toxic chemicals for their bronzing powers, but not the one favored by spray-tanning artist Carol Fusco. The Smart Tan–certified technician uses the all-natural Bronze Biologic solution, which uses ingredients such as sugar cane, aloe vera, and DHA––a natural skin tanner derived from beet sugar. In just 15 minutes, Carol applies the tanner to the whole body, creating a natural-looking glow that works with any skin type and can last for 7–10 days, depending on the clients maintenance following their service.
Inside the salon, Carol leads prospective tanners to a private area, where they may remove makeup with provided pH-balancing wipes and put on a disposable hairnet. She also opens the cozy, plushly furnished space for spray-tanning parties and can take her mobile tanning tent to customers’ homes to provide on-location tanning services.
Having taught upward of 5,000 golfers—including more than 20 PGA and LPGA touring professionals—Shaun Webb commands an instructional style that improves students’ consistency from tee to green. Shaun wields certifications in golf fitness and swing biomechanics, which can be incorporated into his lessons for both adults and juniors. He also uses high-speed video to capture the swing during individual instruction and will even tag along with golfers on the course to coach course-management decisions, assist in shot selection, and prevent mid-match swims in water hazards.
Harsh chemicals such as sulfates and formaldehyde have no home at TL Studio. Instead, the beauty hotspot boasts a wealth of products from earth-friendly lines including wheat-protein-infused Chromastics and Soma, which is chock-full of organic ingredients. The team of stylists wield these nondamaging formulas during services such as highlights, chemical straightening, and deep conditioning. They also swap out harmful UV rays for airbrush tanning and adopt gentle skin-cleansing practices during facial services.
In a whirlwind of colorful scarves and vibrant music, the instructors at Art/Dance Academy guide students through the dances and folkloric traditions of Eastern Arabic countries. The staff's mission is to present, preserve, and educate the public on the culture of the Eastern Arabic countries, so in addition to teaching the graceful movements of belly dancing and Arabic-style dancing, the instructors infuse lessons with the related folklore behind each dance. The team teaches all levels of dance, and they also sell zills, hip scarves, and veils so students can fully immerse themselves in the performance traditions.
Since 1992, A & A Cleaning Services’ fully bonded and insured cleaning technicians have cleared clutter from homes and workplaces. Staffers can tailor services to accommodate a range of cleaning needs, from scrubbing and dusting to laundry services, dishwashing, and interior window cleaning. Alternatively, they can aim their expertise at easing the process of moving in or out of a home or office. A & A also offers house-sitting and pet-sitting services to ensure that the only calamity customers risk while on beach vacations is not befriending enough dolphins.