Built in the late 1800s as the Manor House, a luxury hotel catering to well-off vacationers from New England, Rose Villa evokes decades of history by serving gourmet fare in fully restored surroundings. Each room of the manor has its own visual theme, from the burnt-sienna polka dots papering the original parlor to the wooden cabinets and extremely large sticks decorating the Teddy Roosevelt bar. The menu of French-inspired cuisine proves as vibrant as the setting, with the bright-red shell of a lobster tail contrasting with the dark grill marks atop a filet mignon.
Post meal, patrons can venture inside the absinthe bar, where light streams through stained glass as a barkeep pours four brands of absinthe, another nod to the building's past according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Dishes and drinks are also served outside beneath an oversize gazebo surrounded by lush greenery.
The beach. An old barn. An open field at sunset, just after all the scarecrows have gone to bed. Emotive Photo's studio can exist pretty much anywhere. The one constant remains the resident photographer, Meagan. The photographer expertly captures the emotions of families, couples, wedding parties, and other subjects in timeless images.
At Transformational Yoga Studio, compassionate instructors—led by multicertified yoga teacher Nirinjan Kaur—strive to balance the bodies and minds of individuals seeking renewal. Skill-level-specific yoga classes introduce beginners to postures and breathing techniques, and Kundalini yoga focuses on mending the body by stimulating the nervous and immune systems, leaving arms flexible enough to fully embrace a sequoia. The center promotes healing and overall well-being with relaxing massages and sound-healing sessions using a gong that has been precisely tuned and blessed by Drepung Loseling monks. The caring crew also coordinates charitable service projects that aid the community's less fortunate. The studio's bright-yellow walls and shiny wood floors reflect the abundance of natural light spilling in from the windows, creating an ambiance that promotes peacefulness and the cultivation of Chia pets.
At Caffeine Bistro & Wine Bar, chefs and bartenders work in tandem to sling a long list of eclectic bistro fare coupled with craft brews, wines, and cocktails from an outdoor thatched tiki bar. Each week brings musical acts that fill the eatery's air with up-tempo tunes, adding to the casual vibe reflected by a wall full of mismatched portraits, multicolored lights, and tables that double as practice surfboards.
The staff at Yoga Bala believes that true yogis perform each move with all of their attention focused on the body and that this level of inner peace that can be achieved by students of all experience levels. They help participants free their minds in all of their classes, which range from restorative yoga, to strengthening ashtanga yoga, to posture clinics, during which students learn the proper form for extra-challenging arm balances, inversions, and twisting postures. Through yoga, one can tap into a wealth of bodily benefits, including a boosted metabolism, prolonged endurance, and improved pliability.