Professional nature photographers Les Voorhis and Jason Hahn strive to find the perfect balance between modern technology and the raw majesty of mother nature. Through multiple decades of experience, they each got pretty good at it, and decided to start Outdoor Photo Workshops to share their knowhow with aspiring shutterbugs.
Royalty Lifestyles Limousine plucks its limos and buses from the factories of Hummer, Lincoln, and other luxury-auto manufacturers. These vehicles, which can carry up to 20 guests with ease, come with plenty of bling—the Range Rover limo, for example, features a bar, a sound system, and several flat-screen TVs.
Chauffeuring is only one of Royal Lifestyles Limousine's specialties. Its crew also builds custom limos to match the dream limos in customers' heads, and acts as a concierge to help travelers worldwide find the yachts, DJs, bodyguards, and hairless pets they need to fully enjoy their vacation.
What the Bay Area Party Bus lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in fun. Fun is inescapable in their 16-passenger party bus, which is equipped with a teardrop disco ceiling, and full custom lighting, a touchscreen iPod player, decked-out speakers, and a full bar area. A licensed chauffeur guides guests to their destinations.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Ambassador Limousine and Sedan Inc. has been featured on CNN for its dependability and prowess at safely delivering people to their destinations. The chauffer company practices classy professionalism, employing expert drivers and luxury automobiles to fetch riders from their homes and carry them to and fro across their busy schedules. Outstanding customer service rings through the gentle clicking of seat belts and shines through the exquisite wax coating on every available vehicle. Along with three-passenger Cadillac DTS sedans and six-passenger Cadillac SUVs ($55–$65 hourly base rate or $66–$78 hourly all-inclusive rate with minimum use of one hour on weekday nights and three hours on weekends), Ambassador Limousine and Sedan Inc.'s fleet includes limos like the 8- to 10-passenger Mercedes luxury coach limo in black or white ($100 hourly base rate, or $120 hourly all-inclusive rate with minimum use of three hours on weekdays and four hours on weekends). Most limos range from $65 to $180 for an hour or one-way transfer, making it easy for a guest and his or her family, musical ensemble, or traveling euchre team to get to the airport or simply roll around town with the windows down and a double-sided mix tape of Journey's B-side classics.
• For $25, you get a 90-minute sunset cruise for two (a $50 value). • For $30, you get a two-hour sightseeing cruise for two (a $60 value). Captain Mark’s Water Taxi glides along the glittering coasts of Cortez, Anna Maria Island, and Longboat Key, slipping past notable sights ranging from the arcs of leaping dolphins to the City Pier’s commerce-laden shores. Both tours shove off from Cortez Kitchen, where explorers can snag a bite before boarding the 26-foot Red Skyy, which ferries small groups of wayfarers through a backdrop etched with fishing boats, pelicans, and aquamarine waters. Ninety-minute sunset cruises slip past pods of feeding dolphins, staging ideal opportunities for photos and pitch-tuning vintage porpoise whistles. Cut a watery path toward Longboat Key during two-hour sightseeing tours, stopping intermittently for optional snacks at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, shopping excursions at Bradenton Beach City Pier, and searches for sand dollars with which to bribe crabby bartenders. All trips return explorers to the docks at Cortez Kitchen with their eyes full of seaworthy sights and their brains full of plans for flipper implants.