The team at StoneWater Massage & Skin Care strives to help clients release weeks', months', or even a year’s worth of tension with therapeutic skin and body treatments. Therapists unwind muscles with an array of massage techniques as well as Active Isolated Stretching and a steam sauna. They can also surround clients in a cocoon of warmth with body wraps and brush away sun-parched skin cells with salt glows and sugar scrubs. Each of their spacious treatment rooms features colors and decor related to one of the four elements: air, water, fire, and fresh-laundry smell.
Club swingers thrive on the tree-lined fairways of Chomonix's 6,596-yard course, where the flora and fauna of Minnesota's wilderness bespeak the course's location on the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes park reserve. Water hazards pepper seven holes, and sand traps camouflaged as golf-ball resorts add excitement to each shot. With a full bucket of balls, orb whackers can improve their form and distance on the driving range, and players can practice distinguishing between real holes and invisible wormholes on the putting green nearby. Golfers quash hunger with the clubhouse's grilled brats or burgers. The course experiences little or no winter-kill, so the local flora stays healthy all year long.
After a round of renovations, owners Mike, Al, and Jamie filled the shelves at Metro Wine and Spirits with libations for all tastes. Wines from such makers as Blufeld and Ecco Domani bring with them the flavors of Europe, while the popped cap of a Surly craft beer hisses "I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night_." Liquors by such favorite brands as UV stand ready for inclusion in cocktails. Visitors dropping by the shop may even find themselves swept up in a tasting or a contest to identify wines by cork texture alone.
Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
The Minnesota Saddlebred Horse Association unites stables across the state, showcasing the diversity of the american saddlebred, as well as training future equestrians with individually tailored riding lessons. After arriving in long pants and sturdy, low-heel shoes, riders don helmets as instructors commence half-hour equine adventures to acquaint students with an agreeable saddlebred, whose manner and relaxed gait are perfect for human accompaniment and a marked advantage in "act casual" situations. The average lesson covers mounting and dismounting, walking and trotting, rein control, and how to properly engage with the horse. In addition, riders will spend time learning how horses think and react in common situations. The MSHA's participating stables open on evenings and weekends for man-to-beast interactions after school or work; customers should note that Lear Stables in Hastings is not heated.
Though each of the instructors at Woodloch Stable has a different list of horsecentric specialties, they all agree on one thing: when riding and training a horse, communication is key. Whether their students are taking a leisurely pass down an outdoor path or have competitive goals in mind, the staff knows that proper riding begins with the signals that riders give their horses. Staff members teach these during group and private lessons, as well as during kids’ day camps targeted to aspiring equestrians. The facility’s sprawling green pastures and tall, leafy trees paint a pastoral backdrop for trail rides and make a cozy home for the horses who board at Woodloch Stable. The staff also specializes in breaking and training horses, even those that have spent their teenage years grounded for bad behavior by their horse parents.