Touch of Class has chauffeured carbon-based lifeforms for more than 20 years and was ranked one of the best limousine services this year by Fresno Magazine. Summon a glamorous land-ferry with room enough for you and seven body doubles, then chart a course to anywhere in Fresno, Clovis, or Madera. Arrive in style at your favorite downtown club or Dungeons & Dragons session in a Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac DTS Super-Stretch limo. Both come equipped with wraparound leather seats, as well as a flat-panel TV and sound system to show your parents' wedding videos on. Ride for three hours or combine two Groupons to meet the limousine company's next mininimum of six hours. Buyers must pay a 15% gratuity out of pocket.
Carmel Village Inn hosts visitors amid the scenic, seaside village of Carmel with spacious king rooms and a welcoming bottle of burgundy vintage. Wanderers luxuriously collapse onto down comforters, which are bolstered by a row of five pillows marching along the casual country headboard, or ease into full baths to transform organic bath products into soap-bubble tiaras. Come morning, chefs whip-up a breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., consisting of warm and cold dishes such as ham frittata, waffles, and sliced pineapple. Guests can dine alongside a flickering gas fireplace at clusters of wicker tables or grab a coffee or gourmet tea for a trip down Ocean Avenue to the Carmel Beach City Park for a one-on-one volleyball match.
The staff at Vickers Auto Rental and Repair knows that most people don’t have a contingency plan for when their cars break down. So, rather than let their clients fend for themselves when disaster strikes, the team offers short- and long-term car rentals to keep clients rolling until their own wheels are back on the road. This level of customer service epitomizes all of Vickers’ repair services, whether techs are simply aligning wheels or overhauling the transmission. Technicians can fix a range of foreign and domestic makes and models, allowing them to tackle most vehicles that are brought in for repairs or that are left in the lot after the qualifying round of a monster-truck derby.
Trained and certified technicians at Modesto Automotive inspect under clients’ hoods before providing services that supplant tired motor oil, wiper blades, and fan belts with brand-name replacements. Drivers can bring in vehicles of all makes and models to the full-service auto shop, which also accommodates transmission services, full-scale engine repairs, and jetpack zero-gravity calibrations. Vehicle owners can stroll in at any time for an automotive checkup or set up appointments online through an automated system.
Drivers who have sped around the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca would be hard pressed to forget about its most distinctive feature: the Corkscrew. Located at turns 8 and 8a, this hard-left, hard-right combination takes vehicles on a thrilling zig-zag that drops a total of 59 feet in elevation over a scant 450 feet of track length. The 11-turn road course currently measures in at just over 2.2 miles total?courtesy of an extension long after the track originally opened in 1957?and has hosted numerous races over the decades, including rounds for events such as the American Le Mans Series, Superbike World Championship, and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. When the sounds of roaring engines, squealing tires, and lost drivers asking for directions aren't filling the air, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca allows visitors to tour the facilities and take in its sweeping ocean views.
With a big yellow sign spanning its entire garage, Honest Auto Repair is nearly impossible to miss. As drivers pull into the shop, they’re greeted by manager Abe J. who calls upon more than 20 years of experience to lead his team as they swap out old oil for new, tune up rides, and put systems through thorough safety inspections. The car-care pros also check engine lights and brakes, usually delivering rides back to their human keepers with same-day service.