The staff at Windsor Bicycle Center is composed almost entirely of avid cyclists of all backgrounds, from a sales guru with more than 20 years of industry experience to several members of the local racing circuit. As such, the team helps customers navigate the wide assortment of bikes and parts by Cannondale, Electra, Giant, Pearl Izumi, Shimano, and Giro to find the perfect fit for their stature and style. To keep existing bikes in shape, Windsor's mechanics perform services such as complete tune-ups and repairs, which include everything from complete drivetrain cleanings to installing new tires to replace worn-out 12" pizzas.
Sea Ranch Golf Links takes after the old style of Scottish links-style course design, from the slender fairways and sandy dunes to the swirling saltwater mist that blows over the course with each ocean breeze. The latter may not have much to do with the creative genius of architect Robert Muir Graves, but the site selection alone elevates the experience above most inland courses.
The 18-hole layout flanks Gualala Point, making rocky shorelines and revenge-seeking seagulls as much hazards as the long, amoebic fairway bunkers, grassy dunes, and small, hard-to-read greens. If this all sounds otherworldly, you're not alone: writers from Travel & Leisure and the San Francisco Examiner have also been taken by the balance of rugged oceanside terrain and sleekly-shorn emerald fairways.
At Trek Bicycle Store of Santa Rosa, a staff of experienced bike builders, mechanics, and salesfolk combine an encyclopedic knowledge of their trade with a passion for cycling. Technicians tune, repair, and construct both road and mountain-ready bikes from scratch, with an ample supply of cruisers, one-speeds, children's, and BMX models ready for any type of cyclist. The shop also hosts regular ride alongs that guide pedaling herds through the scenic Napa Valley countryside.
Commuters, athletes, and hobbyists alike gear up with Trek's vast array of helmets, shoes, clothing, and tubes from brands such as Bontrager, Castrelli, and Shimano. After arming themselves with new equipment, customers can consult certified therapists for massage treatments that help to undo the effects of stress or injury and work with instructors in cycling-centric yoga classes that help riders build core strength, flexibility, and the ability to mind meld with their bikes.
Sequestered near the scenic environs of Annadel State Park, Oakmont Golf Club's east course provides condensed club-flailing fun across a par 63, executive layout that spans 4,293 yards from the farthest tees. A grassy monolith comprised of eight par 3s and 10 par 4s—three of which measure fewer than 300 yards from the back tees—the course has spent a lifetime making up for its short length with difficult multitiered greens and the endearing social graces of its sentient flagsticks. Throughout the course, the sprawling arms of massive heritage oak trees stand like ancient ball-swatting sentries, ever ready to impede the aerial passage of wayward spheroids. A coterie of 45 strategically-placed bunkers further frustrate duffers on their path to golf nirvana, assisted by the burbling abscesses of intervening ponds and creeks, which come into play on four holes. Divot-tearing duos traverse the emerald links astride an obedient golf cart, which assists in hunting down runaway balls and rogue ball washers throughout the round.
The Dance Studio B merges rhythm with community by hosting classes for all age groups. Entire families can master the steps and twirls of varying styles—including jazz, ballet, ballroom, hip-hop, and swing—or the calorie-burning cardio routines of Zumba. Personalized lessons prep couples for their wedding-reception debut or teach choreography to the whole wedding party to prevent devastating conga-line collisions. As evidenced by its "flocking" fundraiser, in which benefactors designate a friend's lawn to receive a flock of plastic pink flamingos, the studio prioritizes fun as well as form. Its children's summer camps hew to Disney and rock-star themes, among others, and encourage youngsters to don costumes and sculpt crafts as well as dance.
Along with her husband, Antonio, Irene Silva strives to inspire a passion for salsa music and dancing in students of all ages and skill levels. Designated Sultry Salsa Nights commence with pre-dancing cocktails before Irene and fellow instructor, Jesús, acquaint beginners with basic footwork while letting more advanced dancers in on the secret to great salsa: filling dance shoes with tomatoes. Irene also coaches other styles of Latin dance, including mambo, salchata, and the Dominican Republic–based bachata. Following some of the formal lessons, a DJ declares free reign over the dance floor with a swift flick of a record-scratching wrist, inviting students to let go of their inhibitions and practice their newly forged moves.