Since 1972, Spare Time Clubs has evolved into a 10-club, full-service family sports club company that includes programs for both adults and children. Each location varies in size—some boasting multiple complexes—and houses amenities such as lighted tennis courts, pools, kids’ play areas, and fitness centers. At the Diamond Hills and El Dorado Hills locations, members can shine up in the onsite European spas, and the jewel of the Gold River club is a lighted stadium court encircled by a 5,000 square-foot observation deck. In the event of inclement weather or courts being overrun by ball-chasing dogs, players can schedule time at the dedicated indoor-tennis center, where eight fully sectioned-off, championship courts glow under the power of tournament-level lighting. World-class coaches develop kids’ court skills at the junior tennis academy, students of which can practice with an unlimited number of sessions at any of Spare Time’s other clubs.
LaZerCity gives laser lovers an exciting venue to practice blaster tag tricks during its Unlimited LaZertag (valued at $20 per session), a three-hour excursion through a neon-lit darkness filled with fog. LaZerCity provides the lightest available laser-tag equipment, allowing both adults and future adults to play with ease while dodging each other’s faux bullets in faux slow motion. Beyond the city of lasers’ brilliant gates, a network of dark passageways houses distant planets, neutral-for-now transformers, and skirmishing space cruisers illustrated in bright greens, oranges, and pinks. As players sneak through the corridors flinging sparks of light from their weapons, a bluish, shimmering floor and highlighted pillars mark the path to lasery illumination.
The Cellar's two rustic, Tuscan-esque oases pour out ambrosial liquids and arrange tasteful dishes with elegant flair. Craft a platter for two or four of your choice of cheeses, nibbling at the subtly piquant manchego or swapping stories about crying at the opera with the cultured triple-cream brie. Whether by the bottle or by the glass, the bright and lively Raymond sauvignon blanc inspires energetic conversation, and the deep purple of the Crios malbec turns teeth a stately royal hue.
An anomaly among artists, a torcedor judges his worth by how many of his creations are burnt to ashes. The Nicaraguan torcedor?or cigar roller?at Art of Cigars has more than 20 years of practice watching his masterpieces go up in smoke. He hand-wraps shredded, fragrant tobacco into tight styles such as the Gunny, a torpedo cigar with a silky, mild taste, and the Tanker, whose notes of spiced rum evoke tropical scenery in the mind's eye. Owners Leslie and Eric sell these selections as a part of the Cigar Marine line, not only for their authentic preparation and quality, but also as a show of patriotic support?a portion of their profits goes to benefit the families of wounded Marines through the Semper Fi Fund.
Guests at Art of Cigars can puff on wares inside the lounge, where wine and draft beer pair with flavorful drags and light conversation. A welcoming staff caters to aficionados and non-smokers alike, stocking accessories that range from cutters and lighters to humidors. The shop's torcedor, whose rolling finesse has been featured on Good Day Sacramento, also provides demonstrations at special events such as weddings and corporate parties, teaching people how to craft their own cigars or best burn their shredded parking tickets.
Both mind and body get a workout at Core Balance. All classes are catered to meet the needs of various fitness levels, and incorporate a mind-body connection, particularly in yoga and gentle yoga classes. In barre classes, the instructors blend ballet, Pilates, and yoga movements for a challenging total-body workout that also improves posture and balance. Meanwhile, in Tai-yo-lates, yoga and Pilates movements fuse with tai chi?ideal for students new to yoga?for gentle transitions and a focus on breathing. Because all of Core Balance's classes are kept small, instructors can pay special attention to each student's needs, but private sessions are also available.
A breezy patio, an illuminated bar, a dynamically-lit dance floor—Reunion Nightclub doesn't lack for ambiance. And that's before you bring the jam-packed entertainment calendar into the picture. Dueling pianos or DJs send dancers spinning around, as other revelers perch on elegant couches awaiting bottle service. Hookah service, a cigar bar, and a trail of delicious breadcrumbs lure guests out to the patio, and dinner stations positioned throughout the nightclub provide much-needed sustenance during happy hour.