Originally opened as Cross Gates Racquet Club in 1981, Cross Gates Family Fitness’s name has evolved along with its mission. The racquet and swim club now emphasizes fitness for the entire family, regardless of experience level, age, or physical condition. With two locations, Cross Gates’s campuses encompass a 10-acre, 70,000-square-foot fitness and recreation facility complete with a pool and tennis courts. They also have an upscale professional gym stocked with free weights, strength-training machines, and cardio machines equipped with personal entertainment screens. Cross Gates also facilitates fitness with classes and instruction in subjects such as yoga, tae kwon do, and tennis.
Slidell Natural Wellness Center’s licensed massage therapists and technicians evict toxins, exfoliate skin, and promote weight loss with soothing spa packages. During the Hug4One package's customized massage, therapists ease muscle tension with a blend of massage strokes that includes flowing effleurage as well as optional firm pressure to oust muscle knots. The infrared sauna bathes bodies in far-infrared light in order to ease chronic pain and stiffness and enhance circulation, and deep-heat treatments combine the calming scents of aromatherapy with the refreshing sensation of hot towels to destroy the snow forts that ants may have built on the body when it wasn't looking.
The volunteers at Deutsches Haus have worked since 1928 to celebrate German culture and introduce locals to the country’s music, food, language, and history. The chirp of accordions and the crackle of bratwurst on a grill hint at events, including Oktoberfest and Volksfest festivals. Beers from German breweries such as Paulaner and Warsteiner run in straw-hued rivulets from mugs, and vendors dressed in dirndls and lederhosen sell traditional steins. During weekly meetings of the Schlaraffia, a jovial, international fraternity, guests belt out literary and humorous compositions to entertain one another or try to teach robots to laughs.