Cardboard cutouts clad with cartoon superheroes and banners featuring beloved Hollywood starlets bedeck the walls of the Movies at Wellington lobby, reminding patrons why film viewing has become such a time-tested American pastime. Buttered popcorn kernels glint through front counters like diamonds in a jewelry-store case, luring those who want a snack while watching the newest releases in digital projection or innovative RealD 3D display. Guests can also question ticket takers about birthday-party packages for 25 guests, which offer unlimited popcorn, soda refills, and a tour of the attic, in which the projectionist stores his hand puppets.
Matthew Altbuch started learning the art of circus performance at the tender age of eight, quickly mastering the unicycle, juggling, and the trapeze. Throughout school, he performed in talent shows, ultimately going on to spend time with the Florida State Flying High Circus after college. Eventually, he realized his passion lay in sharing the circus arts with others, so he founded Aerial Trapeze Academy to carry out his mission of training performers around the world. He now lives his dream, joined by three other teachers as he holds trapeze classes for the next generation of gravity-defiers.
The Waters of the World pools are almost like aqueous islands, scattered among the grounds' lush grasses and palm trees. Two of the world's oldest and most coveted natural remedies infuse the waters: Dead Sea salt from Israel, which is used to detoxify the skin and quiet the mind, and Salies-de-Béarn salt from the Pyrenees Mountains, which can help with mood swings and water retention. The pools are the centerpiece of The Spa at PGA National Resort's internationally inspired treatment menu, which reads like a history of old-world spa therapies.
The massage and body treatments draw from nearly every corner of the Earth. Reflexology uses Chinese techniques that date back 3,000 years, aromatherapy massages hydrate skin with essential oils from Egypt, and a mud treatment detoxifies the body with Moor mud from Lake Hévíz in Hungary. Like a robot chef that only uses organic foods, facials use natural ingredients in tandem with modern technologies; for example, tightening NuFace microcurrents can be added to a Sea Water Pearl facial with red seaweed.
The spa, which recently benefited from the resort's four-year, $100 million renovation, also has a salon where stylists perform haircuts, glazing, and keratin treatments. Plus, it staffs a plastic surgeon who administers cosmetic injections, and it has an additional selection of men's services, including facials for golfers experiencing red skin as a result of the sun's hot rays or embarrassment over not executing a perfect pirouette after a drive.
No matter what day of the week it is, chances are, there's something going on at The Crazy Horse Saloon. Friday and Saturday nights greet revelers with the sounds of live bands playing rock, blues, or country music, or singing their favorite whale songs. Thursdays better brain cells with trivia questions, and Sundays entertain with bingo games. Crazy Horse's kitchen fuels patrons with a variety of pub foods, from sauce-slathered wings and ribs to big burgers and baskets of spicy fried shrimp. It is also a smoking-friendly establishment.
Bowl Wit Me helps single men and women take the first step toward meeting new people by arranging relaxed social get-togethers. Most often held at bowling alleys and sometimes bars and other venues in the city, each meet-up event offers a low-pressure environment to get to know new people, either to strike up a love match or find someone else who loves collecting porcelain dolls. And for those with more serious dating goals in mind, Bowl Wit Me also offers personalized matchmaking services that pair like-minded people together for one-on-one hangouts.
If it lives in the ocean, there's a good chance The Whale Raw Bar and Fish House serves it on its menu. From dolphin to lobster and shrimp to clams the chefs prepare a spread of fresh seafood, including a full raw bar and entrees that come in the form of sandwiches, tacos, and fajitas. The interior of the dining area makes for a fitting accomplice to the menu's selection, with lobster and crab traps on display and a stuffed orca whale suspended from the ceiling. Outside, patio dining enhances meals with lakeside breezes.