It seemed inevitable that the owners would found Northeast Mountaineering, as both grew up in central Massachusetts and both have ascended an array of local and faraway mountains, including Mt. McKinley. With another experienced climber in tow, Northeast Mountaineering's trio of climbers share their passion for the outdoors with pupils during climbs up Mt. Adams, Mt. Washington, or custom trails forged by their pet mountain goats. They also orchestrate trips to Ecuador to climb the second-highest mountain in the country, the 19,347-foot Mt. Cotopaxi. As certified Wilderness First Responders, each guide is dedicated to safe climbing techniques, which they instill in students during courses that are tailored to all skill levels.
Adventure Forever's certified mountain guides and first-aid responders enlighten beginning outdoorspeople and seasoned aficionados alike on the intricacies of ice climbing, rock climbing, and easy to difficult day hikes. During full-day treks and lessons, guides escort troupes of thrill seekers up frozen faces and climbing courses, plying their clientele with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle Mother Nature's vertical labyrinths. Each experienced guide carries years of wisdom, capably leading participants through regions stretching across Canada, the United States, and Middle Earth.
While most businesses claim “no shoes, no service,” The Barefoot Zone welcomes unclothed feet, pampering them to relieve bodily pain. Certified reflexologist Allyson Nolan helms the practice, using reflexology to alleviate symptoms of conditions including high blood pressure, plantar fasciitis, migraines, and fibromyalgia. Clients rest atop a heated spa table as Allyson applies pressure to specific points on the hands, feet, and outer ears. To round out each treatment, warmed river stones nestle between toes and canoodle with sock lint as a warm towel infuses extremities with heat.
Stacy McCain, help patients to maintain healthy, pain-free lives with non-invasive chiropractic care. Sufferers of stiffness, low back pain, or migraine headaches may reap the benefits of thorough chiropractic examinations, which send the doctors sleuthing over spinalscapes in search of bulging disks and stuck-on “Kick Me” signs. The treatments emphasize progressive rehabilitation, a method which allows doctor and patient to work together to track the effectiveness of treatments.
Continuously operated by the Lahout family since 1920, Lahout’s Country Clothing and Ski Shop has supplied four generations of shoppers with winter-sports gear and backcountry apparel. Patagonia, North Face, and Columbia clothing highlights their collection of seasonal apparel, while their on-site ski shop rents out skis and snowboards and offers fast turn-around on tune-ups.
When Laurie Granger graduated from massage school in 2004, a surprise awaited her at home. Her husband, Steve, had converted their one-car garage into a three-room spa, which she soon christened Heaven's Door. Today when clients show up to the aptly named spa, Laurie whisks them away to a greeting room where they can warm their feet by a pellet stove as she asks about their massage preferences. A small business that focuses on excellent service, she tailors her strokes to these tastes and delights in hearing praise for her gentle touch. "I couldn't ask for a more rewarding profession than this," she confesses.
All of Laurie’s massages include 15 minutes in a private hot tub, which unwinds muscles with its soothing jets. From there, a door opens directly into the private massage room, where Laurie further eases tension with unscented lotions and a heated table.