As they stroll along the green, undulating grounds of the Marriott's Wildfire Golf Club, guests watch as a fire pit slowly comes into view. White sand golf hazards slope along the grassy surface, and rows of palm trees sway. Then, they arrive at their destination: Meritage Steakhouse. Inside, spotted cowhides cover chairs beneath cream-and-burgundy ceilings high enough to allow room for a black-tie food fight. Expansive windows complement meals with natural sunlight and landscape views.
All of this is the setting for the restaurant's main draw: steaks. Filet or porterhouse, dressed with b?arnaise or white truffle butter, paired with lobster tail or scallops, the steaks are filled with a soft textured tenderness that only comes from using the best aged, marbled cuts. Meritage operates on an organic, sustainable philosophy, and partners with a largely local community of farmers, fisheries, and artisans. All of the steaks hail from just two ranches?one in California and one in Colorado?that pride themselves on their cattle's vegetarian diets.
At North Valley Plastic Surgery, a dedicated team of board-certified doctors and nurses guides clients through every step of custom-tailored beauty programs. During initial consultations, the professionals help select the right treatments to address clients' skincare concerns, including acne, deep-set wrinkles, and age spots. Though the team specializes in plastic surgery, they're equally adept at laser-powered skin treatments, chemical peels, and facials. Medical-grade skincare treatments use product lines such as PCA Skin and Éminence Organic Skin Care, which delivers aesthetic results while growing an organic herb garden in your pores. After services, clients walk away with their physician's cell-phone number so that they can ask questions any time of day or night.
At Tan Factory, patrons slip from standup Saturn tanning beds or lie-down units, their skin warm and bronzed. The UVA-based high-pressure beds leave bodies with golden hues, and red-light-therapy beds hum as they generously spread a glow to stimulate collagen-producing fibroblasts during 15-minute sessions. As the light penetrates epidermal layers, it activates the body?s natural processes to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and scars, restoring youthful sleekness and an ability to make convincing shadow puppets of dolphins. Those seeking to augment skin with sunless color step into a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa Spray booth and emerge 60 seconds later with fully toasted coats that last up to eight days.
Licensed aesthetician Leslie VanderBeek makes her professional home at Advanced Skin Care Solutions, where she implements beauty services that keep clients relaxed and recharged on the inside and out. After a complimentary consultation, VanderBeek can perform one of many personally tailored skin-rejuvenation services, concocting facials for men, women, and teens, or treating aging or damaged exteriors with effective Jessner chemical peels. Using her SofTap certification, VanderBeek bestows visages with a more abiding beauty solution through permanent-makeup treatments for the eyes, lips, or gills.
The specialists at Brody Massage each possess a minimum of five years' experience in their industry, which helps them pinpoint trouble areas and efficiently shoo away tension during each massage treatment they perform. Within private treatment rooms with walls adorned with Asian-inspired rice-paper dividers, therapists listen to their clients' desires in order to customize a variety of massage modalities, including reflexology, shiatsu, Swedish, and craniosacral therapy, which targets specialized points of the skull, face, and neck with massage techniques and all-natural spearmint oil. Meanwhile, detox treatments soak clients' feet in ionized water in hopes of liberating systems of harmful toxins, such as heavy metals, parasites, and socks.
Though Brody Massage is now a mecca for massage services, it didn't used to be. Its roots as a massage and spa supplies distributor still show today on shelves that brim with massage oils and aromatherapy supplies. The shop floor features even more tension-melting essentials, as its gleaming dark wood supports massage tables, barber chairs, and magnifying aesthetician's lights for reading the abort code written on the skin cells of every human.
Husband-wife duo Stephanie Honing, nurse practitioner, and Dr. Eric Honing run the Ageless Health Institute, a center devoted to extinguishing wrinkles. The clinic's team of medical aestheticians perform a wide range of skin services, such as facials and chemical peels, while Stephanie administers injectable treatments. Renee, one of the aestheticians, is also certified in laser hair removal, helping clients banish unwanted body hair from areas such as the face, legs, and chest.