Plants and flames should usually be kept apart, but when John Bartram settled on a 102-acre plot of land in 1728, he was lit with a "Botanick fire" that inspired him to create a comprehensive catalogue of local plant life. Bartram's Garden carries on his enthusiasm for making a “compleat Discovery of the Native Growth in America," collecting an array of native plants, including the oldest Ginkgo biloba in North America and the Franklinia alatamaha, which John discovered in Georgia and saved from extinction. Bartram's Garden has been a site of historic significance since 3,000 B.C., when Native Americans left behind numerous artifacts, including flakes from stone tools and fire-cracked rock. After Bartram settled on the land, it became a meeting place with his friends, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, with whom he founded the American Philosophical Society and the country's first beach-volleyball league. As King George III's royal botanist, Bartram was charged with shipping crates of precious seeds back to Britain. He helped color Britain’s gardens with new magnolias, rhododendrons, and sugar maples, none of which had been seen outside of America, and published the first nursery catalog in the United States in 1783. Today, the garden stretches more than 45 acres of parkland, wildlife habitats, tidal wetlands, and a reclaimed meadow. Visitors can wander the grounds and gaze at Bartram's austere stone cottage, or look around at the same trees and plants that Bartram discovered centuries ago. Past the manicured nursery and orchard, a recently completed mile-long trail extends to the Schuylkill riverfront and east coast greenway.
At Wake Up Yoga, practicing yoga moves far past the physical benefits. And while the physical benefits of yoga are significant?improved flexibility, strength, and endurance, to name a few?here, yoga is also meant to benefit the mind and heart. The studio hosts Vinyasa flow and yin classes, both of which help release anxiety and stress in different ways. Through the movements of yoga, students can take a break from the never-ending to-do list in their brains and instead focus on the breath and body.
From the faux Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas to the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, Big Bus Tours provides a smooth ride to some of the most famous landmarks in the world. Live guides and recorded commentary provide insight into historic places such as the Tower of London and the Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong, and popular attractions such as Miami's Art Deco district. The hop-on, hop-off system allows travelers to enter and exit the open double-decker buses at their leisure, stopping at restaurants to sample the local cuisine, at local boutiques to pick up souvenirs, and at shopping malls to observe the interactions of teenagers and their natural enemy: the security guard.
A destination for exploration, Whispering Leaves Herb & Sip Shop features an immense inventory of teas, herbs, and spices to add new aromas and flavors to meals and tea time. Certified organic teas such as yerba mate and pu-erh sit side by side with boldly caffeinated teas such as earl grey and english breakfast. Aromatic blends of non-caffeinated tea combine the flavor and scent of fruits and herbs, such as raspberry rose petal and organic ginger. Once visitors have found their chosen tea, they can take the leaves home or have the tea brewed so they can sit in the caf?, sip their steamy beverage, and interpret messages in the fog that forms on their glasses.
As a certified shiatsu practitioner, massage therapist Robert Sprinkle bases his massage strokes on the same meridian points used by acupuncturists. Doing so allows him to achieve what he considers the ultimate goal of any massage: to return the body to its natural state of relaxation. Tapping into more than 20 massage modalities, he customizes strokes to accommodate a range of bodily needs, such as relieving localized pain, migraines, and low immunity.
The “Str8Beasting” workout is geared toward bringing out your inner beast––and failure is not an option. This isn't as nefarious as it sounds. It means that Str8Beasting Fitness takes an integrative approach to fitness. By combining traditional exercises such as calisthenics and cardio with nutritional advice and life counseling, trainers can help improve your overall lifestyle and attitude––and that's how you become a beast.