Florida from a Kayak's experienced staff helps launch paddlers from the Jones Cypress Cove Marina shore on aquatic expeditions through Lake Minnehaha and the seven surrounding bodies of water of the Clermont Chain of lakes. Seasoned staff members stand by to offer counsel on appropriate safety measures and warnings against fraternizing with fishhooks as customers prepare to mount their watery steeds. They also help single or tandem kayak pairs tour the natural wildlife and scenery of the enchanting sequence of lakes and channels.
Florida from a Kayak's eco tours showcase the rugged beauty of the Lake County Blueways, inviting guests to dip oars into the glowing, moonlit waters during the Bioluminescent Night tour, or glide past the snaking roots and low-hanging terraces during the Mangrove Meandering tour. Instructors teach pupils to spiff up their paddling know-how in lessons, or customers can opt to cast off in a rented kayak or pontoon boat for leisurely, unguided meanderings along the teeming wilderness.
Tracey Trambauer treasures the mind and body equally—she's spent more than 20 years studying spiritual approaches to living, as well as exercise, nutrition, and natural modes of healing. She combines this study of the mind and body at Still Lake Yoga, where she's the owner and master yoga instructor.
Her practice is rooted in the tradition of sivananda; this style of yoga focuses on 12 core poses and breathing exercises, and every session ends with a Sanskrit chant. But the studio explores all manner of yoga techniques and trends, including the trend of writing your crush's name all over your yoga mat. In addition to sivananda, classes include three other fluid styles of yoga and meditation that work to build flexibility and strengthen core muscles while inducing calm. To ensure clients of all physical abilities feel welcome, the instructors at Still Lake Yoga will adjust the pace of their classes, and they work to foster a relaxing, noncompetitive atmosphere.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, it’s not uncommon to hear Johnny Cash tunes echoing across Showcase of Citrus farm’s 2,500 acres as members of the Arnold family shake off another satisfying workweek with their friends and customers. Fourth-generation grower John Arnold and his family can usually be found caring for their groves of citrus trees, collecting fruit, making juice, feeding farm animals or greeting visitors from around the globe.
Located just 15 minutes from Disney World, the Arnold family farm produces more than 50 varieties of citrus fruit and blackberries without using pesticides, herbicides, or magic beans. The fruit–as well as jams, jellies, marmalades, and honey—are all available onsite at Farmer John's Old Time Country Store where guests can sample sauces, jellies, marmalade, and honey. Guests can spot native or exotic wildlife such as alligators, zebra, water buffalo, watusi cattle, or scarlet macaws on one of the farm’s monster-truck eco-safari tours.
Operating under the mantra “experience the difference,” Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park rockets jumpers of any age, shape, or physical ability across 3-D trampoline courts, which were awarded a U.S. patent for their uniqueness. Inside the air-conditioned facility, trampoline-covered walls absorb and ricochet bodies, demonstrating real-life instances of "bouncing off the walls" to both kids and puzzled ballistics students. Aerial amusement disguises calorie-burning fitness during open-jumping sessions and competitive games, such as 3-D dodge ball. SkyRobics trampoline classes motivate visitors to whip into shape with calisthenics and core exercises as they joyously reach for the skies.
To ensure bouncers stay safe and follow the rules, court monitors supervise the high-flying fun at all times.
When discussing his teaching philosophy with reporters from Central Florida Lifestyle, the owner of Salsa Heat quipped, "if you can walk, you can dance." He himself didn't know much about dancing when he took his first salsa class in the early 90's, but he caught on after just a few sessions, falling in love with the dance's energetic spins and rhythmic movements.
Today, a team of professional dance instructors teach salsa spins and footwork to students of all experience levels. Zumba and bachata classes provide tutoring in other Latin dance styles, and salsa classes for kids teach youngsters dance fundamentals that hone coordination and motor skills. Throughout the year, the staff hosts special events on their spacious dance floors, such as salsa socials, salsa Christmas parties, and salsa-infused celebrations of Robert Heinlein's birthday.
L'Europe Nails and Spa's trained and certified techs perform services in an aesthetic sanctuary swirling with old world beauty, charm, and nature sounds pouring from the speakers. The technicians work amid marble accents by the light of a crystal chandelier. Their dedication to their clients landed them a place on Talk of the Town's 2011 roster of winning businesses, thanks to cozy pedicure thrones with built-in shiatsu massage and a pipeless system that reduces bacterial growth. While clients recline, meditative music plays and staffers communicate with their guests in both English and Spanish. In addition to skin-nurturing mud and herbal facials, L'Europe Nails and Spa also tightens and refurbishes epidermises with Thermage and Fraxel laser treatments performed by Dr. Iris Ayala.