West Virginia's New River Gorge beckons thrill-seekers and nature-lovers alike with a stretch of unspoiled nature, and Adventures on the Gorge rests on the rim to make sure they find it. Blending quiet country peace with adrenaline-pumping excitement, the resort has a little something for everyone. Whitewater rafting expeditions, for instance, send paddlers of all skill levels across the rolling rapids and peaceful stretches of the Lower New River and the Gauley River. Ziplines, on the other hand, lift nature explorers into the canopy, and the TimberTrek Aerial Park lets guests navigate the forest the same way squirrels do—on a series of ziplines, swings, and bridges.
So that guests never have to leave, Adventures on the Gorge tends to all their creature comforts. Cabins nestled in the woods contain comfy couches and even hot tubs, whereas campgrounds allow people to get back to their simpler roots. Yet no matter where they stay, guests can swing into the onsite restaurants and pubs to grab a cold one and avoid the hassle of cooking a casserole over a fire.
The YMCA at Virginia Tech’s mission is to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to its surrounding community. Adults can leap into continuing-education classes ranging from pottery to Turkish grilling, with complimentary childcare eliminating excuses to stay at home. Ballroom dancing, Shakespearean studies, and tai chi also shake up adult routines. On weekends, guides lead groups out into the wild during scenic hides that vary in difficulty; although YMCA-goers can get a dose of nature any day of the week by visiting the onsite community gardens, which enable people to grow their own plants or just stop and eat the roses.
With more than 28 years of dance-studio experience, Director Karen Stemen and her agile staff strive to instill her students with both technical dance training and a palpable passion for movement. An array of classes direct the feet of all age levels and abilities. Youngsters can hone ballet and tap skills, and adults can come to the studio seeking a challenging workout or serious training in techniques such as hip-hop and pointe, ideal for those who have trouble reaching the cereal on top of the refrigerator.
The trained staff of Tan 'N Tone acquaints clients with indoor bronzing in one of the salon's beds, booths, or through UV-free spray tanning. Each member of the salon team gains accreditation after passing a written examination and successfully calculating the date of the next solar flare, then cheerily relays that knowledge to visitors. New clients can also take a tour of the salon, where experts discuss safe tanning practices while introducing their guests to Tan 'N Tone's equipment.
Clients may achieve an even UV tan across the body or a specific area using the salon's full complement of tanning beds and booths. The powerful Matrix bed grants deep, dark tans in short sessions, and standup tanners can savor the wide, open-air design of the X2 Maxx High Pressure booth. The Legacy focuses on darkening legs, and Pacifica leaves faces golden. For UV-free tans, the Pura Sunless spray-tan booth releases gentle misting to let visitors emerge bearing a sun-kissed appearance.
Omkarra Yoga, now has two locations! One is in the dance studio on Downey St. in Radford and one at 436 Peppers Ferry Rd. in Chrisitansburg near the mall. Each location is a peaceful space to explore and infuse your yoga practice. Our style of teaching calms the mind and energizes the spirit.
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