Formerly known as Sammy Car Wash, Fenway Car Wash maintains the same expert approach to vehicle cleaning as when it operated under its original moniker. The staff of trained professionals at multiple Boston-area locations utilizes the latest technologies and won’t melt when coming in contact with water. The techs are able to freshen rides with exterior and interior washes, as well as complete detailing services and special services such as battery changes and tire inflations.
Northeast Auto Salon protects auto exteriors from the pitfalls of winter driving with its specialized winter service package. Technicians commence service with a 24-step hand wash, shampooing exteriors, wheels, and doorjambs before whisking moisture away with a combination of handheld compressed-air dryers, all-natural towels, and microfiber cloths. A de-ironizer spray and a luxurious clay-bar treatment decontaminate paint, absolves auto bodies of brake dust, tar, road grime, and the matching sweaters they wore in the family Christmas card. After sloughing off debris loitering in the engine bay and dressing tires with an antisplatter dressing, techs daub sealant over paint and glass to protect freshly cleaned surfaces from future splotches. Each session, lasting two–four hours, concludes as Northeast Auto Salon lightly cleans interiors and polishes rides with a coat of fresh wax sealed with customers’ family crests.
A fleet of sleek, futuristic-looking vehicles awaits drivers at Let’s Ride Rentals, where an able staff distributes motorcycles and snowmobiles for all-season recreation. They partner with Profile Powersports to rent out Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles with manual and semi-automatic transmissions to riders aged 21 and older. Renters are then free to roam throughout Mount Washington Valley including all of its lakes, mountains, and leprechaun-infested forests. During the winter, the staff doles out snow-centric vehicles, including Ski-Doo snowmobiles comfy enough for families meandering through snowy woods and sleek enough for zookeepers pursuing an escaped snowman.
Drawing on half a century of automotive service, the family owned and operated Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigor with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with efficient catalytic converters built to US EPA standards, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, and Bridgestone.
The swimsuit-clad guests at Skyventure New Hampshire's Surf's Up attraction may not be going anywhere, but they're having lots of fun along the way. Designed to be the largest indoor wave park of its kind, the new venue from simulated-extreme-sports specialists sets surfers atop a standing wave that can—depending on the settings of its modular SurfStream machine—reach heights of 6 feet. Surfers with experience can use it to stay conditioned and improve their balance on barrel waves year round, while beginners can more easily learn to mount their boards in a 100% jellyfish-free setting. As reported on the Discovery Channel, the machine can release a rush of 750,000 liters of water per minute. And because the water temperature is kept at a mild 83 degrees, no wetsuits are necessary.
At 32 feet wide—making it the largest in North America, the owners say—the surf pool is a star attraction. But it's not the only one. There's also the FishPipe, a wildly spinning water-filled sphere that replicates the thrill of an ultra-steep water slide, a 24-foot Nicros art rock wall with an auto-belay system, and SkyVenture itself. The last provides the surreal thrill of falling slowly through the air with no need for a parachute—it's an indoor, vertical wind tunnel, of a kind used not only by everyday thrill-seekers but also by pro skydivers.
Right beside the rolling waters and powerful winds is the Oasis Cafe Restaurant, which completes the beachy experience with a thatched roof and tabletop shakers of sand. Even approaching the wave park puts surfers in a tropical mood—its exterior is bedecked with towering palm trees and other tiki trimmings.