The experienced aestheticians and massage therapists at GreenLeaf Day Spa perform a spectrum of services to wash away everyday stresses and unpretty frowns. During a massage, a licensed massage therapist employs essential oils and lotions to help release tension in muscles and joints. Alternatively, facials infuse skin surfaces with a combination of organic ingredients from GreenLeaf’s signature product line. Waxing treatments can remove unwanted hair without the hassle of shaving or rolling in a pile of duct tape, and ionic foot detoxification draws out detritus and stale sawdust from the body. Acupuncture, makeup applications, and manicures ensure that clients look and feel their best when going out into the world or singing "You Are My Sunshine" to their boss.
Towering oak trees and a sun-kissed waterfront surround the historical Burroughs Home & Gardens, providing comfortable blankets of shade and cool breezes while exemplifying the reverent collaboration between classic architecture and the natural world. The 1901 Georgian Revival mansion—once the setting for a silent 1920s reality show starring businessman Nelson Burroughs, his wife Adeline, and their glamorous daughters, Mona and Jettie—currently facilitates tours throughout its parlors, dining rooms, and sweeping verandas.
Guides share anecdotes from the family's journals and oral histories and point out examples of such turn-of-the-century luxuries as indoor plumbing, electricity, and steam-powered Nintendo. In keeping with the grounds' esteemed history, the public can also arrange to schedule weddings and social events like those that once hosted members of the Fort Myers elite, including the Edisons, Fords, and Firestones.
Cars line up at the drive-thru window, where instead of bags of burgers and fries, staffers hand over bundles of glossy personal photos. Inside Creative Photo & Digital Imaging, digital techs convert media such as VHS tapes, records, and reels to DVD and CD, while across the store, photo experts transfer snaps onto album prints, museum-grade canvas wraps, and gifts such as coffee mugs and puzzles. Heirloom family portraits, ravaged by rips and sun damage, doff their imperfections in the photo-restoration lab, and an onsite portrait studio captures clans as they update their sweater sets through the years. Creative Photo & Digital Imaging also hosts photography classes on subjects from how to take better pictures on camera phones to the intricacies of digital SLR cameras.
Savory or sweet—at Z Crepes, it's hard to choose one or the other. Either way, the restaurant, which is located at The Shops at The Butterfly Estates, makes its crepes fresh to order. Here's a look at just a few of the tasty crepe possibilities:
Along with crepes, french onion soup, salads, and sandwiches are also on the cafe's menu.
Stingrays, dinosaurs, and faux hurricanes can all be found at the Imaginarium Science Center, which soaks spongy young brains in knowledge via hands-on exhibits and 3-D movies about the natural world. Families can observe moray eels and other marine life in the Window to the Sea aquarium, or reach out to gentle stingrays in an open tank. Several daily shows with live animals compete for attention with a dino dig where patrons learn how archeologists excavate fossilized bones using nothing but the power of their minds. Kids can emulate their favorite sports heroes in the Sporty Science Arena simulator, then imitate their favorite TV weather-reporting heroes as they witness a simulated hurricane.
The Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation's fifth annual Festival of Trees culminates in the black-tie Tux & Trees Gala, a night of mingling, merriment and fundraising auctions. Don an evening gown, bow tie, or gold-fringed Santa beard before tossing car keys to a valet and waltzing into the chic soiree festooned with twinkling lights and garlands. Local artists and businesses lavish Christmas trees with traditional and novelty decorations, which fill the fete floor interspersed with hors d'oeuvres and clinking cocktail glasses. Celebrity host Carley Wegner of Morning Blend on Fox 4 and captivating auctioneer Scott Robinson lead a whirlwind of bidding on the festival's majestic trees, festive wreaths, Fabergé sleigh bells, and other seasonal items during live and silent auctions. All proceeds further Goodwill's mission to serve people with disabilities and other disadvantages as they seek independence.