At Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine Healing Center, skilled Eastern medicine practitioner Dr. Glenn Eichenauer targets and relieves chronic pain and discomfort with sterile needles during holistic acupuncture treatments. During the 90-minute new-patient exam and initial treatment, patients discuss their health history as Eichenauer examines them to develop a personalized plan to banish chronic pain such as headaches and arthritis, sports injuries, paper cuts, and a wide variety of other discomforts. Then, he applies sterile needles into the skin, pinpointing specific zones across the body to manage the energy flow, which soothes and assuages patients' pain. A second appointment continues the healing and rejuvenating process as the ancient holistic art battles aches for another 60 minutes.
The relaxing treatments take place in private treatment rooms accented by dark wood cabinets and blown-glass fish, sending patients into a serene state not experienced since languidly backstroking in a cozy womb.
The cooks at Caf? Gabbiano ensure that their Italian creations taste authentic by following a wealth of family recipes. In addition to crafting classics, such as lobster ravioli and chicken breast saut?ed with marsala wine, they keep diners on their toes by preparing hand-cut and milk-fed 14-ounce veal chops a new way every night. According to YourObserver.com, more than 220 wines complement meals, and sommelier Marc Grimaud prudently pairs wines and dishes upon request.
Feasts unfold across 4,000 square feet, including an outdoor, climate-controlled patio and private dining rooms modeled after wine cellars. For visitors who prefer meals on the go, chefs pack baskets with appetizers and bottles of wine?ideal for romantic dinners on the beach, with quick bites between low and high tides.
Each trip to Yogurt Zone is an exercise in deliberation. The bank of frozen-yogurt dispensers dares guests not to second-guess their choice, pouring an array of kosher low-fat and nonfat flavors as well as nondairy and no-sugar-added options, such as mango, pink lemonade, and watermelon sorbet. Each yogurt option teems with live, active cultures that are believed to deliver many health benefits, such as clearer skin and improved digestion of swallowed car keys. Even after visitors settle on flavor combinations, the toppings bar continues to test decision-making skills with both dry and fresh edible accoutrements, such as fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate, candies, and cereals.
Trips with Second Wind Marine are all about gaining a new perspective; mainly of Florida's western coast. Commanding a 25-foot Bennington pontoon boat, Captain Charlie leads groups of up to six out onto the waters of the Gulf of Mexico as they relax, sightsee, or even fish. The vessel comes equipped with a Bluetooth connection as well as a WiFi hotspot?small creature comforts for folks to enjoy as they cruise the waves and enjoy any drinks or snacks they brought aboard. For a more immersive experience, Captain Charlie ferries passengers to snorkel sites in the Gulf, and leads charters to deep waters for those fishing for the really big boots.
Siesta Key Paddleboards' staff uses paddleboards to unlock adventures across the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. They drop off and pick up paddleboard rentals at the area's sandy beaches, where groups can spend days floating atop Florida's blue-green waters and Jell-O–filled tide pools. For novices, instructors lead private and group sessions that teach the finer points of balancing on boards. The crew members also draw on their knowledge of local areas to lead tours, which pass by celebrity homes, through canals, and into hidden mangroves populated by aquatic wildlife.
In Miguel's Restaurant's bustling kitchen, chef Gabe prepares delectable French and continental recipes. Cool vichyssoise soup primes appetites for USDA prime filet mignon with béarnaise sauce or a roasted duck with raspberry sauce. Ornamented with toile vases and copper kettles, a stone fireplace fills a corner of the dining room, while vivid, cobalt-blue tablecloths stand in stark contrast with runaway sprigs of parsley.