Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms.
Beaver Creek Vineyard's staff, helmed by grower Martin Pohl, cultivates grapes on more than 185 acres without artificial fertilizers or pesticides, and ferments them into certified organic wines free from commercial additives. The 2007 cabernet sauvignon traces its roots back to the hills of Horne Ranch in Lake County, where grapes grow in a blend of volcanic soil and mountain-valley loam, learning to sing Motown hits from their California Raisin cousins. After 14 months aging in 50% new American oak barrels, the biodynamic libation unleashes a taste bouquet featuring hints of tobacco, sweet oak, and cherries. Following Beaver Creek's USDA organic certification and Demeter Biodynamic certification, winemakers ferment their blends using only native yeasts, leave each barrel unfiltered, and prohibit robots with artificial intelligence from attending estate tastings.
Six Sigma Ranch publishes a catalog of hand-sorted, gently crushed, and award-winning wines. Imbibers can grace their glasses with the bright-eyed and silky-tailed 2008 Michael’s Vineyard sauvignon blanc (a $20 value), awarded 90 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and the spicily oaked 2006 cabernet sauvignon (a $42 value), which earned silver status at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition last year. These two wines, along with a Bordeaux-style 2007 cuvée pique-nique, exhibiting coquettish red fruit layered with earthbound cabernet franc notes (an $18 value), join forces to create the well-balanced assortment included in today’s Groupon. Shipping is available for an extra charge, but buyers are welcome to pick up their purchase and enjoy a free tasting at the Stage Coach Stop tasting room, where erudite oenologists and sometimes-sippers gather to practice glass harmonica ditties and show off their macramé goblet holsters.
For more than 40 years, the stratospheric surfers of Crazy Creek Air Adventures have ridden the waves of the wind, chauffeuring sky-struck passengers through celestial cloudscapes. Grab a fellow flyer, strap into a glider, and escape gravity's greedy grasp as a plane tows you up and off the runway. While passengers drink in incredible, fog-free views of the Mayacamas mountain range during the approximately 20-minute flight, an FAA-certified commercial pilot steers the craft through thermal currents, races paper planes, and harmonizes with cacophonous flocks of geese. Geothermal steam clouds rise from nearby geysers, rustic vineyards teem with sun-darkening grapes, and the remnants of an ancient volcano evoke an untamed primordial landscape, forming an unparalleled panoramic feast.
Lake County Chamber of Commerce not only represents an alliance of small businesses in the area, but works to build a "stronger economy and improved quality of life" for the residents and visitors of Lake County as a whole. To achieve this, they do what you'd expect a chamber of commerce to do: work with the community and volunteers to help promote community events, organize volunteer factions, and represent business interests at all government levels. Of course they also host mixers and other networking opportunities for local professionals in the community. They work with other community organizations to host numerous shindigs throughout the year, including the pear festival—which celebrates the production of one of the region's signature fruits with exhibits, a craft show, and a parade—and the Konocti Challenge, a cycling event held around a the largest lake in California. They also borrow a few traditions from other locales to further loosen neckties throughout the community. For instance, they take a page out of Europe's book and oversee an annual Oktoberfest that features beer tastings, live German music, dachshund races, dog and people costume contests, and arts and craft vendors, all in Historic Downtown Lakeport.
Founded in 2007 by 12 regional wineries, Lake County Winery Association is a nonprofit organization that strives to serve and promote the wineries that make their home upon mountainous rural land. Lake County has produced award-winning wines from grapes grown at high elevations around the foot of Mount Konocti and Clear Lake, California's largest freshwater lake. Today, Lake County Winery Association serves more than 50 vintners, who are committed to preserving the region's natural landscapes and communities of hyperintelligent mice through sustainable farming and production processes.