River's Edge has no walls—or rather, they can't be seen, because they're composed almost entirely of glass, welcoming in views of the rippling waters of Kerrville ponding lake. The building itself is an architectural marvel, with rooms constructed like a series of stacked, staggered boxes, topped with a pergola-sheltered rooftop Tuscan terrace. To complement its waterside digs, executive chef Carl Koats sautés fresh salmon and fillets of Chilean sea bass in wine, and soaks shrimp-and-crabmeat pastas in rich garlic cream. While tender chicken cooks in a 48-hour brine, Carl's team flame-kisses filet mignon and new york strip steak with brown garlic butter and warm hollandaise. As they nibble, guests can toast to the weekly harp performances in the dining room, and if creativity strikes, retreat to the rooftop's fire pit to forge a harp out of fettuccini noodles.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches your ability, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The friendly staff at Bella Luz aims to exponentially increase the confidence of its clientele via beautifying services administered in a lush spa environment. Potted flowers, a high ceiling, and woodsy artwork give the space an airy, natural vibe in which customers can sip on a selection of gourmet coffee and juice while bracing beauty nodules for imminent improvement.
Since 1925, Crider’s weekly shindigs have filled the air with the warm aromas of barbecue and the jovial sonic bouquet of live country music, cavorting dancers, and one of the state’s longest-running rodeos. Contemporary cowboys compete for cash in six rodeo events that showcase incredible abilities in bull riding, barrel racing, and encouraging a steer to squeeze a stress ball instead of bucking. Younger vaqueros get a chance to flaunt their skills as they mutton-bust and calf-scramble. Post-rodeo, the outdoor stage comes alive with crooning musicians including the Dirt Road Gypsies on August 20 and Jeff Griffith on September 3. Twirling figures do-si-do under the shade of massive oaks, creating spectacle of spinning as impressive as a runaway carousel as revelers feast upon fried catfish and burgers from Crider’s café or shoot pool in the adjoining game room.
When restauranteurs Billy Gene and Janie Smith first teamed up with Chef Dave Waide in 2008, their plan was to open a small seafood and steak place with a specialty in Italian cuisine. But after Billy Gene and Janie moved Bella Vita to its larger, current location in 2012, they also decided to update their menu to be primarily Italian (and transformed the former location into a steak house). Today, Bella Vita serves country Italian favorites, from sausage and peppers to lasagna and spaghetti with meatballs. Seafood and steak entrees can still be found, though, including their signature rib-eye steak, a 10-ounce certified Angus beef rib eye with a mushroom red wine reduction demi-glace.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.