Getting into shape can often be intimidating. That's why the trainers at Xcelerate Fitness do their best to create a comfortable, community-centric space where clients can feel encouraged and respected as they follow their path toward physical well being. Whether finding their own way through the fully stocked gym, joining an energetic group class, or enlisting the aid of a professional trainer, clients can find the kind of workout that fits their personality and needs.
Salad and beer may not be a common pairing, but Royal Brewing aims to make it a successful one. As the Dinuba Sentinel reported, the brewery, which was formed by three Reedley College students, incorporates fruits from the San Joaquin Valley?an area sometimes called "the nation's salad bowl"?into its beers. Its Tigers Blood red ale, for example, is brewed with local blood oranges, while its peach pilsner uses real local peaches. The brewery's other offerings include Golden State lager and Hopnation IPA, as well as several seasonal brews, such as the King Pumpkin imperial pumpkin stout. Guests can pair these fresh, local beers with one of the pub's snacks, such as cheese fondue or Belgian-inspired fries, or take them in a to-go growler so they can enjoy them in their home or backyard mead hall.
With the Pacific Ocean on one side and scenic Strathcona Park on the other, Mount Washington Alpine Resort is a sought-after destination for all forms of winter sports. But the natural beauty and winter bounty of the area ? which includes an impressive average of 11 metres of annual snowfall ? has been made even more accessible and skier-friendly since the privately owned resort opened in 1979. What began as two double chairlifts and a single rough road has evolved into more than 1,700 acres of skiable terrain with five lifts, four Magic Carpet conveyors, and Tube Park, all reached by the paved Strathcona Parkway. The park?s crystalline snow glitters under the stars during night skiing, acts as fodder for nordic skis, snow tubes, snowshoeing, and covers rails, decks, and boxes at The Rockstar terrain park.
To further familiarize guests with the mountain slopes, trained Snow School instructors lead programs designed for beginners, as well as group and private lessons. Adults can drop off little ones at The Bear's Den daycare center before sitting down for burgers and craft beers at Ted's Bar and Grill, or quick bites at a number of grab-and-go eateries. The resort also offers accommodations ranging from private chalets to vacation condos and breathtaking chairlift rides in the summer.
Curves' 30-minute workout whittles women with a signature circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Ladies can hop into the circuit circle at any of 13 strength-training stations, each of which works to tone two major muscle groups. After 30 seconds of repetitions, they step onto a nearby recovery board, which welcomes women to walk, jog, or speed-skate in place for a half-minute. This cardio burst jolts the heart rate, torching more calories as exercisers move onto the next resistance-training machine. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and Play Doh–based muscle making.
At Freeway Lanes, families and friends bond over their shared passion for slippery shoes as they send balls careening down 18 lanes in pursuit of the elusive 300. Friday night Rock and Glow bowling sets the alley alive in a whirlwind of music, colorful lights, and glowing pins, each activated by the superpowers of a radioactive ball. After each 10-frame game, bowlers can retire to the Starlight Lounge for savory grill fare or a round of pool.
On October 18, 19, 25, or 26 , families roam about Billy Bob Hobb's Pumpkin Grove while taking part in its numerous kid-friendly activities. Visitors snap pictures with characters on the hayride; they find a way to escape the twists and turns of the fun filled forest; and they pick out a pumpkin to take home after confirming that it's house-trained. Amidst all the seasonal excitement, on-site vendors add to the festivities with face-painting, story time with Billy Bob, and other kid-friendly activities in the midway.