A licensed aesthetician and nail technician, owner Cris-Anne works alongside stylists and a massage therapist to attend to all of clients' indulgence needs. Certified in sugaring techniques, Cris-Anne uproots unwanted strands with an all-natural sugar paste devoid of the harsh chemicals, resins, and bumblebee dander that's found in many waxes. Stylists evict dead ends and dull colors in the salon; in the spa section, aestheticians cleanse and exfoliate faces, and expert kneaders force chronic pains to leave the body.
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.
From their studio in historic downtown Concord, Intuitive Touch's three veteran massage therapists banish back-bound kinks and ease guests into deep relaxation. Getting The Hippo's nod for best massage therapist of 2013, owner Stephanie Waters takes the leads with specialized training in healing arts both traditional and unique. Her arsenal of massage modalities even includes ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, which finds her applying deep pressure to backs with her feet while holding onto ceiling-mounted bars. Other relaxing options include energy-channeling Reiki and reflexology, which uses foot massage to relax other parts of the body by proxy.
Foot-races seem like a natural fit for mingling singles—there are plenty of people, everyone has at least one common interest, and the athletic dress code means no stressing over what you're going to wear. So maybe it's surprising that events like the LUV RUN don't happen more often. Sporting color-coded bibs that denote their relationship status (blue for attached, green for available, and rainbow for available LGBT), the runners don't have to worry about a running clock—instead, they're encouraged to slow down and mingle with their fellow participants all the way to the finish line. There, a party featuring food, beer, and music provides a fun backdrop for more mingling until 9 p.m.
Northeast Snowmobile Rentals has locations in Gorham, New Hampshire, and Fryeburg, Maine; that puts them right next to the vast system of snowmobiling trails near the White Mountain National Forest and surrounding areas. Head to one of their facilities and you can choose from a herd of brand new Arctic Cat snowmobiles, as well as single- and double-sleds.
The team has mapped out a well-marked system of trails where you can take self-guided snowmobiling tours. Beforehand, a team member will equip you with a helmet and a map of the area so you won’t have to ask a local moose for directions. Northeast Snowmobile Rentals can also equip riders with boots, gloves, bibs, overalls, and jackets for each journey.
Maine's western mountain and lake region transforms during winter. Annual snowfall approaches 200 inches on average, creating miles of wooded and open areas ripe for nordic skiing. Rangeley Lakes Trails Center is a destination for that winter sport, and it rents out skis so even novice visitors can explore miles of trails. The center further complements winter fun with snowshoe rentals, hot drinks, and soup sold at a rustic yurt. In warmer months, visitors can walk the trails and imagine that the grass is actually snow.