Co-owners Tyler Valencia and Tony Nunez have spent years ensuring that they could help others be healthy. They’ve received certifications as personal trainers and have earned degrees in kinesiology with emphasis on fitness. Together, they lead students of all fitness levels through rigorous outdoor boot camp sessions. They customize the program to suit all students, designing routines of interval training that make use of battling ropes, TRX suspension equipment, and resistance bands.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, mugs, and mermaids?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Mike O'Toole and David Black had already started their own Gondola cruise business together before Mike's first visit to Venice brought him into contact with the real thing. Fascinated by the sleek lines and ability to move under the power of a single oar, he stayed to investigate, toiling in boatyards and working stints as a gondolier as he learned to design and maneuver the classic boats. When he returned to the US, he brought with him a determination to make his gondola business a truly authentic experience. Together, he and David devised a gondola that exuded the traditions of Venice but that was specifically suited to the waters of Naples Island.
At The Gondola Getaway, Mike, David, and their team of gondoliers conduct one-hour tours with the unique watercraft, which range from authentic two-seaters imported from Venezia to boats that seat up to 14, crafted with the co-owners' unique designs. These are built from oak frames and mahogany plywood with a five-ounce fiberglass overlay, painted jet-black, and constructed to be a bit shorter than their European counterparts. Once on the water, tour guides explore Naples Island's ancient canals and waterways, and even serve European snacks such as cheese, salami, and bread.
According to its website, the Art Theatre offers visitors the experience of "gourmet sight, sound, and taste," a proclamation that speaks to its enthusiastic mission as an independent theater and living tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Originally erected in 1924 as a single-screen silent movie house, the renovated building now boasts updated décor that reflects its original design. Art-deco and streamline-moderne accents such as columns, studio lights, and blue velvet curtains surround the singular film screen, which is still powered by horses. On most nights, the theater screens an eclectic program of modern independent works, documentaries, classic and foreign films, animation, and recorded opera. During other evenings, they host live music performances. The silver screen isn't the Art Theatre's only draw: it also houses a wine bar, where the staff serves international vintages paired with gourmet snacks, and a coffee bar, where they pour mugs of Illy coffee.
Paradise shakes together a vivacious vibe, live music, a seasonally inspired menu, and specialty drinks into a fun-feast every day of the week. As a professional ivory-tickler keeps the air filled with sing-alongable tunes, you'll be free to sample Paradise's popular mac 'n' cheese balls ($8) or a variety of pizzas ($7–$8), paninis ($11–$14), and seafood entrees, such as the pan-roasted salmon ($21) bathed in a sweet coconut-curry cream sauce. Along the way, lubricate any creaky conversations with notable libations and a variety of martinis, including the X-Rated Martini ($10)—made with X-Rated liquor, G-rated soda water, and a splash of Chambord with a lemon twist. You can also order wine by the glass ($5+), by the bottle ($21+) or, in the case of Coppola's Sofia ($6), by the can.
Largely known for their frequent live music, Harvelle's low-lit interior is an intimate setting for enjoying drinks, gourmet food, and live entertainment, six days a week. Huddled over candle-lit tables, couples can enjoy craft cocktails from the bar or edibles from the kitchen such as the brandy pulled-pork and brie sandwich with caramelized onions or the roasted tomato and garlic flatbread.