Erin Brenton has believed in the possibility of transformation ever since she transformed her own life, marred by tragedy, into one of health and joy. When she was 9, she and her sister, Heather, were traveling door to door selling Camp Fire Girls of America items when the pair were struck by an underage drunk driver. The crash cost Heather her life and left Erin with severe head and leg trauma. Supported by her parents, friends, and eventually her own loving husband and kids, Erin learned to deal with the physical repercussions of that accident. To honor her sister’s memory, she decided to help others find their own health and happiness through exercise and support. To that end, she started Girls on the Go to make a place where people of all ability levels can enjoy physical activity and strive for healthier bodies.
She and her team of instructors now fill each week with a variety of original fitness classes, from women’s boxing to men’s speed and agility training. Erin also leads one-on-one personal-training sessions and the Driveway Divas fitness program, for which an instructor comes to clients’ homes for small-group training.
Norman Bird Sanctuary spans more than 300 acres and seven miles of hiking trails where binoculared bird lovers can spy on local and migratory birds. Hikers can explore the woods or climb Hanging Rock to feast on views of the ocean. In addition, the Sanctuary organizes public programs such as hands-on educational events for children and evening lectures for adults.
Boston locals guide tour-goers on foot through the streets of America’s Walking City, exploring historical landmarks and dipping in and out of neighborhood watering holes and eateries. For 2–3.5 hours, the guides lead up to 12 visitors in tours ranging from jaunts to uncover historically significant pubs during the Revolutionary Tavern Tour to adventures in sampling slices during the Pizza and Little Italy tour. During the Boston Heritage by Foot tour, visitors get a dose of American history as they journey through the West End and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. Armed with knowledge and know-how that comes only from being a Boston local and frequent time traveler, the guides engage guests with details about the history-saturated city and the best place to get a beer while dressed like Paul Revere.
Bastions of the abolitionist movement, Boston and its progressive citizens helped motivate activists across the nation to stand against slavery, thus fanning a flame that contributed to the Civil War. During a 90-minute Boston Civil War tour, groups walk among historically significant sites where figureheads such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison publicly asserted their outrage and sought refuge from enraged mobs. While strolling through Beacon Hill on Sunday, knowledgeable guides point out the African Meeting House—a recruitment center for Massachusetts' all-black regiment—and the homes of famous authors such as Louisa May Alcott, who pulled from her experience as a Union Army nurse to write Hospital Sketches in 1863.
After walking through the front door to Healing in Harmony Wellness Center, the delicate fragrance of essential oils is the first thing that welcomes a visitor in, followed by earth-tone walls and friendly healers. Each member of the team works with clients to help overcome their health problems through an array of services that touch on massage, facials, reiki healing, and other therapies. With a menu of massage modalities and cupping techniques, clients have many options to choose from, such as the Soul massage, which incorporates reiki into soothing strokes and carefully applied pressure. To ensure clients also feel better on the outside, the staff performs aesthetic services including facials and nail services.