Within Alaska Golf Shot's 4,300-square-foot studio, golfers sharpen their swings year-round with fast-paced play inside state-of-the-art golf simulators. The facility's simulators vividly replicate the fertile fairways of 61 global courses, letting golfers navigate the volcanic crags of Kapalua Golf Club's Village Course, the cavernous bunkers of Pinehurst No. 2, or the quicksand pot bunkers that haunt St. Andrews Jubilee Course. Players can also delve into the simulators' various practice modes, from conventional driving-range modes to games in which golfers take aim at clay pigeons or digital big game. Since the game play revolves around golfers striking real balls into immense screens, clients should provide their own set of clubs or pool noodles.
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts augments the cultural landscape of Anchorage with a schedule of entertaining events throughout the year. The non-profit organization welcomes audiences to take in musicals, concerts, ballets, and comedy shows in four stunning venues. The spacious Atwood Concert Hall features a dramatic starburst ceiling that mimics the aurora borealis, while the smaller Discovery Theatre sports saucer-shaped discs to aid in acoustics.
Swaths of forest cut the 18-hole championship course at Settlers Bay Golf Course into emerald alleys that open out onto views of the Chugach Mountains. Chipping duos assess each fairway’s water hazards or sand traps before somersaulting their way from the tee to the green, zooming quietly across the course’s neatly manicured grass in a powered cart. Beneath the steel-hued peaks, ducks settle onto the still water of small lakes or masquerade as caddies willing to help carry bread. After romping across the course, pairs adjourn to The Albatross to peruse a menu populated by hand-tossed pizzas laden with caramelized onions and kalamata olives (12", $15) and hand-cut wild Alaskan cod with Brew City fries ($13) with a crisp golden hue that causes nearby alchemists to update their resumés. Companions lounge near one of the outdoor deck’s fire pits as they bite into the half-pound chop steak of an Apocalypse Cow burger ($12).
Helmed by experienced trainer and former Buffalo State Bengals hockey captain Rocky Reeves, Rock Hard Fitness squeezes functional workouts into a convenient 30-minute package. A maximum class size of 12 ensures that each recruit receives trainer attention as well as group motivation. During strength-training sessions, exercisers of all levels bolster muscles with strength circuits, which alternate weightlifting with bodyweight exercises to prevent dumbbells from developing a superiority complex. High-intensity boot camps goad students to maximize their potential with dance, techno, and rock music that encourages shimmying betwixt reps. Core and cardio workouts then fortify heart health as they tone perspiring torsos and torch calories. Patrons should report to the Rock Hard studio for their indoor routines, which, like most psychic dentists, do not require prescheduled appointments. To help clients tackle their wellness goals as quickly as possible, the studio also offers personal training, meal-planning assistance, and Isagenix nutritional supplements.
The Grape Tap's first-floor dining room blends the comforts of a 1930s pioneer-style home with the aesthetic touches of contemporary decor. But beneath the floorboards lies a secret. Under the tables, slabs of stone carve out an airy cellar where dozens of wines, from pinot noir to riesling, wait through time. Stuccoed ceilings arch above the stock, and lounge-style seating with benches and throw pillows adds comfort to dining and gives lonely patrons something to hug.
Nestled amid such comforts, The Grape Tap's guests can sample flights or bottles from the underground stash, as well as pints of more than two dozen beers. They can also pair their sips with flavors from chef Pat Mathias's menu of seasonal produce, gourmet cheeses, and meats seasoned with exotic spices. The filet mignon sliders, for example, pair ground-tenderloin mini burgers with cambozola cheese, caramelized onion, and a creamy pecan spread to create something deep and hearty. The Grape Tap also hosts events throughout the year, such as live music performances in the backyard during the summer.