It seems like there's always something new to discover in New England. Take Boston, for example: it alone is home to some of America's most famous sites, with borders encircling the likes of both John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and Fenway Park. It's also home to The USS Constitution, a Navy ship nicknamed "Old Ironsides" for its resemblance to a giant curling iron. These destinations are among 17 stops on Brush Hill Tours' Beantown Trolley which shows off the area's biggest attractions. Guides are there to narrate each journey as the red trolley car travels its 120-minute route across the city, allowing passengers to hop on and off at their leisure.
Though the trolley stays within Boston, Brush Hill's motorcoaches take longer, themed trips up and down the New England coast. Drivers ferry large groups to the famous Nubble Light lighthouse in York, visit Lexington and Concord, and stop at to Hyannisport, home of the Kennedy Compound. Fall brings opportunities to view coastal towns in a new light, as their trees burst to life in hues of red and orange. Brush Hill Tours also charters trips for weddings, golf outings, and other occasions.
Head instructor Francois Asselin has guided Boston Sailing Center's neophytes to seaworthiness for more than 15 years, with his programs reaching more than 400 students annually. Mr. Asselin and his cadre of nine other sailing instructors take small groups onto the water to provide hands-on experience with the ropes, sails, steering, and maintenance of sailboats. Together, they introduce the science of seamanship or sharpen the skills of experienced sailors so they can eventually set sail on their own with a complete mastery over wind, water, and doing jumping jacks with a peg leg.
Boston Sailing Center owns an armada of vessels, which, in addition to lessons, may be rented for on-the-water events or lent out to members for regular sailing. Skippers conduct tours of Boston Harbor's skyline, stopping at scenic islands for impromptu picnics or to let parents maroon angst-ridden teenagers.
The knowledgeable technicians at Funk Bros. Complete Auto Repair care for domestic and imported cars under the supervision of the same service-oriented family that founded the shop in 1925. A slew of preventative services, such as oil changes and air-filter replacements, ward off latent malfunctions, and mechanics also tackle full-blown repairs, taking the time to carefully explain each adjustment to customers. Funk Bros. has also been hired to tune up vehicles on movie sets, from stuntmen’s souped-up cars to directors’ limos made from melted award statuettes.
Boston CityWalks’ owner, Alan Maltzman, loves to show his passion and knowledge for his city. At Boston CityWalks, he and his coterie of guides lead six different tours that roam the city’s historic cobblestones, highlighting areas such as Harvard Square, the waterfront, Beacon Hill, and various Jewish cultural sites. He can also design a custom tour for any occasion such as family vacations, engagements, birthdays, reunions, and business meetings.
After experiencing a very difficult time in her life, mother and entrepreneur Lauri Meizler was in search of a healthy start. She went down many paths to recover, but the results were less than optimal: instead of feeling energized, she found herself lethargic and underweight. It wasn?t until discovering cleansing and Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest medical systems, that life began to change. Soon thereafter, she adapted the teachings of the combination, and has since felt energetic, balanced, and in control of her life once again.
Lauri received certifications as a health coach in raw foods and Ayurveda and pairs the ancient Indian tradition?s holistic-wellness practices with modern nutrition training to help others optimize their health and well-being through eating a predominantly plant-rich diet. Her company, Joos, funnels these nutritious ingredients into bottles to help on-the-go people to build healthy, sustainable eating habits.
In flavors such as Green Power, Citrus, and Glow, these wholesome juices teem with ingredients such as fresh-pressed, unpasteurized apples, ginger, and bok choy. Each bottle contains 10?14 types of garden-grown goodness, which amount to two times the daily requirement of fruits and veggies. The juices can fortify meals with vitamins and minerals or serve as the meals themselves during cleanses, which last 3?21 days. Cleanse participants can also drink in the support of a certified health coach/cleanse expert.
Before makeup artist Courtney Shepatin landed in the pages of Vanity Fair, she had distinguished herself as an industry leader. Among various accomplishments, she has worked with Cameron Diaz, Robert De Niro, and Broadway star Albert Finney, drawn praise from Boston Common, and created her own skincare line, Shamanuti, which Stuff Magazine lauded as “the best of the farmers’ market in a Hermes bottle.”
At her eponymous spa, Courtney conditions clients' skin. She purifies complexions with facials and sloughs off dull cells with chemical peels or alligator pelts. To diminish signs of aging, she glides an ultrasound device across skin and spurs cell regeneration.