Swinging around a chrome pole isn't as easy as grabbing hold and traipsing 360 degrees—there's an mélange of skills one must learn before successfully making a full revolution with seductive grace and panache. Dancers must be able to suspend themselves upside down, launch into dizzying spins, and stand-in for American flags during their paid time off after the 4th of July. The instructors at Spin Sity draw from this artistic and sultry form of choreography to help women empower themselves, tone up, and cultivate overall wellness. Within the pink studio—replete with mirrors, hardwood floors, and metallic poles—students take on Flirty Fitness and pole-dancing classes. Also offered is an unstructured open-gym practice where students can hone their newfound skills or learn new ones.
Spin Sity also puts on birthday parties and girls' nights out where women can join with friends to learn sultry dance skills, as well as lead open-gym practice. For students without a pair of their own sparkly stilettos or leopard-print platform heels, Spin Sity sells a lineup of fashionable and flirty shoes perfect for performing pole routines or putting away dishes on the top shelf.
The 18-hole course at The Golf Club at Rio Vista lives up to the club's moniker, as sweeping views of the scenic Sacramento River Delta abound throughout the layout. Designed by renowned architect Ted Robinson Sr., the course extends beyond 6,800 yards when played from the tips and showcases water features, sand traps, and elevation changes that have earned it accolades from Golf Digest. After rounds, guests can stop in at the onsite Rio Vista Nines restaurant for a salad, a sandwich, or a hearty entree more delicious than a homemade fairway smoothie.
A self-described "cattleman," Jack Roddy made the shrewd business decision to turn his 2,000-acre cattle ranch into Roddy Ranch, which opened its pristine greens in 2000. The outcome was a resounding success, as the club's 18-hole, 7,024-yard course garnered praise from its early guests, including a San Francisco Chronicle writer who lauded the "home-free surroundings" as "the finest golf course that's opened in the greater Bay Area in years." With mounded terrain, relatively scarce tree lines, a multitude of bunkers, and ball washers that speak Gaelic, the course brings the links-style characteristics of golf's Emerald Isle forebears into the rustic hills of northern California. As golfers traverse the grassy labyrinth, elevated greens and tee boxes give way to scenic views of the brown- and green-toned landscape as rising foothills graze the distant clouds.
The expansive club also encompasses a 400-yard, three-tiered driving range, as well as a pro shop featuring golf apparel and accessories from Titleist, FootJoy, Antigua, and other top industry brands. After trolling the fairways or burying disloyal 9 irons in the deepest bunker, players can retreat to The Corral, where a full repertoire of sandwiches, salads, soups, soft drinks, beer, and liquor foster post-round rejuvenation and revelry.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 7,024 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 74.5 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 142 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
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For more than three decades, ABC Tree Farms have provided the Bay Area with seasonal fun October through December. Summer inspires the first round of recreation in the form of Summer Fun Zones packed with inflatable bounce houses masquerading as castles and slides and fresh harvests of local cherries, peaches, melons, and other fruits. During October, they run 20 pumpkin-themed locations, some of which also feature inflatable bounce houses and other attractions. Once Thanksgiving passes, groves of Christmas trees spring up, having made their way south from Oregon and Washington. There they will stand until Christmas Eve, hoping to decorate homes or become the model that inspires a revamped line of evergreen air fresheners.
Bay Area Wedding Fairs assembles exhibitors from all areas of wedding planning for intimate and fun gatherings at various Bay Area grand-hotel ballrooms. Ranging from photographers to florists to the elves that carve the tiny bride-and-groom cake toppers, the fairs' exhibitors find time to discuss their services thoroughly during the unhurried, casual events. Additionally, each Wedding Fair organizes complimentary events, which may include bridal-gown and men's-formal-wear fashion shows, bridal seminars, food-and-wine samplings, and in-booth personal services such as makeup applications.
Open for over 38 years, Paradise Skate Roller Rink invites skaters to roll around its Hawaiian-themed decorations. Brightly colored palm trees adorn the painted walls, adding ambiance as skaters don rental quad or inline skates. A snack bar offers beer, wine, and sodas alongside hot dogs, personal pizzas, nachos, and burritos, which patrons can dine on as they watch one of several flat-screen televisions or events such as roller derby.