Brittany Rice is a Renaissance woman: a poet, photographer, and culinary expert, she has managed to combine her love for artistic expression in Mill?sim? Cellars. After learning the wine business first from her family?s winery and then from a culinary academy, Brittany decided to honor the tradition of libations by making her own Old-World?style wines. In that vein, she ages her vinos longer than most contemporary wineries or families who simply forget about the bottle of merlot stashed behind their washing machine.
Made from organic grapes from surrounding Santa Barbara vineyards, Brittany?s wines are smooth and full of flavor. Her cache includes a 2006 Bleu Saphir comprised of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, and 15% cabernet franc, as well as a 2007 Scoprire made from 48% syrah, 29% mourv?dre, 13% cabernet franc, and 10% cabernet sauvignon. Brittany complements her artful flavor bouquets and makes her wares truly unique by placing her own photography on the labels and describing the winery's creations with poetic tasting notes.
A 65-foot curvilinear orange slide spits out kids into the nearly 210,000-gallon indoor pool with a splash during recreational-swim time. Twenty-five yards in length and separated into eight lanes, the pool also makes for excellent exercise. With water kept between 81 and 83 degrees, the pool also keeps muscles loose for programs, such as Aqua Zumba Fitness and Aquacize, each designed to incinerate calories and boost cardio through fun dancing and aerobic workouts. Committed to safety, the facility is supervised by top-notch lifeguards, and experienced swim instructors equip the water-bound with the skills needed to put a midsize fish in its place. To provide the community with top-notch facilities, renovation was completed in 2007 to include amenities such as changing rooms with lockers, showers, diaper-changing stations, and restrooms. Families are also welcome to relax on the outdoor patio while the little ones patter about in the splash zone.
The folks at Way of the Orient Martial Arts Academy believe that anyone is capable of learning the art of self-defense. Though classes follow the belt system to measure progress, the academy bases success on self-development and the achievement of individual goals, not on whether you end up with a black belt.
A team of certified instructors teach taekwondo as well as hapkido, which incorporates circular motions of attack and defense. Children's classes introduce these techniques gradually to help develop motor skills, flexibility, and coordination. For a more workout-oriented approach, Core Strike classes blend martial-arts movements with aerobic conditioning for people who want to burn calories.
Wind roars through the open door of the plane, as the instructor's shouts barely register through the adrenaline pounding in your ears. And as quickly as the roar came, it's replaced with the rushing air of free fall and the sight of miles and miles of California coastline. At Skydive Coastal California, this is how people experience the rush of skydiving. In addition to tandem dives for newcomers, the instructors also help students complete their first solo jumps with accelerated certification programs, and experienced USPA jumpers can join the fun on trips.
The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.