Travels In Wine Tours' co-founders, Kimberlee Young and Derek Schuler, share their love of wine, food, and travel with curious tourists through tours designed and led by certified sommeliers. Epicurean scenic tours of boutique wineries, personalized luxury Napa vacations, and custom weekend getaways marry viticultural education with flavorful indulgence as guests take in picturesque panoramas of vineyards that stretch to the horizon before curving upward and forming bridges to the moon.
For more than 20 years, the technicians at Sound Solutions have been outfitting rides with aftermarket modifications ranging from stereo speakers to remote starters. The team easily installs overhead monitors and DVD players for ample backseat entertainment during long road trips or use window tinting to keep interiors safe from sun damage. Their stock of radar detectors typically come equipped with GPS technology, which alerts drivers to upcoming speed traps and cross-dimensional shortcuts.
City Automotive's ASE-certified technicians walk cars through a painless state-sanctified procedural to validate safe operations and regulatory emissions. During the 30-minute inspection, mechanics adjust headlights and turn signals, scrutinize brakes for proper stopping power, and squirt water at windshields to check the reflexes of wipers. Techs then gauge tires to approve the supportive condition of pavement pounders, verify proper handling on the steering mechanism, and reflect upon the importance of visibility in the rear view mirrors. Car horns brag of their bravado when pushed, proving their mettle against green-light dozers, and any cars equipped with post-factory tinted windows will be assessed based on a visibility light requirement. The mechanics then move on to the emissions inspection, where they test exhaust emission controls and eavesdrop on the muffler before introducing the car to a computer diagnostics system, which relates back to the mechanics the state of readiness monitors and the car's paralyzing fear of bicycles.
The mobile mechanics of John O'Brian Auto Care travel to customers' locations to lather crusty cars and perform oil changes with synthetic-blend oil. During the 30-minute gold-service wash, technicians scrub the frame with soapy water, dry it with a towel, and shield their eyes from the blinding glow. Next, they scrub the tires into brimming black and silver, awaken fogged-up windows, and nosedive inside with a vacuum aimed at every crevice and seat cushion. Dashboards and center consoles spring to life resuscitated by sponges, and spot checks on the carpet and seats target recently spilled drinks, grease, or party-size cans of beans.
There are plenty of automotive centers that altogether neglect environmental concerns. Not Honest-1 Auto Care. The Environmentally Sustainable Actions-certified automotive-care center sees to the longevity of cars with a slate of traditional services, and they also focus on pollution prevention, recycling, and resource conservation. Their respect for the comfort of Mother Nature dovetails with their efforts to make patrons comfortable during services. Honest-1 offers complimentary shuttle services to nearby areas. But for those waiting, they'll find the comfort of a large, tiled lobby, granite countertops, a seating area filled with leather couches and flat-screen televisions, and an Internet café with clean restrooms. Patrons can take advantage of a coffee bar and complimentary beverages or a large, secured children's play area, where kids waiting for their Hot Wheels to get a tune-up read Car and Driver Junior Edition. While guests wait in comfort, the careful, experienced technicians evaluate, quote, and fix problems—all while recycling oils, fluids, and coolants.
The auto-enthused professionals at Highline Imports welcome both domestic and foreign motors into their service shop. Trained mechanics will refill your vehicle's cache of go-juice with either regular oil or its simulated twin, greasing the engine of your motorized, windowed scooter and reducing friction between bickering crank shafts and pistons arguing about the merits of AM versus FM radio.