The family that owns Bella Mia Spa has been pampering clients for 22 years, so they know a thing or two about helping people to relax. Within the cozy, Tuscan-themed space, staffers perform treatments that soothe both body and mind, using fragrant ingredients such as a lavender foot soak or seasonally scented facial products. They enhance physical and mental wellbeing with hot-stone massages or reflexology sessions, and promote detoxification with warm, herbal body wraps.
A small, green topiary, a cherub-like statue, and a water fountain set a tranquil tone as they greet guests near the entrance. Stone accents along the walls create an ambiance reminiscent of old-world Italy or the Alpine quarry where yodeling was invented.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
When Kristen Horler had her first child in 2001, it seemed as if she would never trim down to her pre-baby body. Try as she might, she couldn't find a workout that did the job, unless it involved hiring an expensive personal trainer, purchasing a gym membership, or convincing Atlas to abandon his post for a few hours. So she decided to create her own mom-friendly workout that would not only help other new moms tone their bodies, but also offer them a strong support system.
Horler drew upon the knowledge she gained working as a former personal trainer and group-fitness instructor and competing as a triathlete to create Strollfit classes. During these 60-minute boot-camp classes, moms exercise alongside their stroller-bound children, performing strength-building exercises, cardio drills, and stretching maneuvers. Strollga fitness classes take moms through yoga poses, often using the stroller as a prop, and four-week Nutrition Solutions programs teach clients how to make small lifestyle adjustments to shed excess pounds.
Earthquake Arabians founder Tamara Collins took her first horseback-riding lesson at age 10. Immediately, the instructor recognized her natural ability for horseback riding, inspiring Tamara's mother to surprise her with a horse of her own just a week later. At that moment, when the gray arabian mare named Misty popped her head over the stall and stretched out her hoof for a handshake, Tamara knew she'd found her calling.
Since then, Tamara has devoted her life to the arabian-horse industry as a competitor, trainer, and mentor to young riders. Together with equestrian Megan Jenkins, she leads Earthquake Arabians' staff of certified instructors at a facility that boasts 25 stalls, a turnout arena, and a fully covered arena for year-round riding, training, and lessons. Lush gardens fill the grounds, letting visitors steep themselves in the idyllic surroundings, and festive decor covers the barn to commemorate holidays such as Halloween and—for the horses—Any Day We Get to Eat Grass.
With a stay at Crowne Plaza Concord in Concord, you'll be in the business district and convenient to California Grand Casino and Waterworld California. This family-friendly hotel is within the vicinity of Sun Valley Mall and Markham Regional Arboretum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 321 guestrooms. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Conveniences include phones, housekeeping is provided daily, and you can request microwaves.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare, and gift shops/newsstands. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 2 mi.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Concord? This hotel has 360 square feet (32 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
As the father of a 2-year old, Tim Alley found himself running around to playdates scattered throughout the Bay Area, scooting to toddler-friendly lessons in art, gymnastics, and dance. While he loved the programming, he wished that he and his daughter weren't confined to such a tight schedule. So, he turned to his brother-in-law, Tom Limbert, head teacher at a local preschool, and they began to work on their own children's studio at Studio Grow—a supplementary preschool atmosphere with a focus on unstructured learning where children can play throughout the day. True to its name, Studio Grow now welcomes tots at three area studios. Though programs and amenities vary by location, kids might frolic through a color-splashed dance room, construct crafty masterpieces from watercolors, play-doh, and crayons in an art room, or plunge into ball pits. At all three locations, kids can tinker in a room filled with puzzles, toy trucks, dress-up clothes, and lego building sets. in a slide-filled run room. Instructors stay on hand throughout each romp, ready to lead Berkeley guests through sing-alongs or immerse Concord’s small listeners in story time. Teachers may also balloon a giant primary-colored parachute over the playroom for kids to scurry under and use to shield themselves from sudden broccoli storms. Though staffers emphasize unstructured play, they also lead summer camps for children up to aged 6 with guided romps through the studio; as well as Friday-night babysitting sessions, where kids of all ages can play sans parents until 10 p.m.