Recognizing the quirks of peoples' exercise routines—some feel intimidated by other exercisers, others prefer the support of a group—Kenneth Reed and his staff at Fit For Life Personal Training stage their workouts in private and small group settings. For even more community, exercisers can sign up for one of Fit for Life's boot camps or upbeat Zumba dance-fitness classes. To supplement workouts with healthful foods, the facility also supplies nutritional counseling.
The Sip & Chow Tasting Tour guides culinary adventurers across a carefully chosen menu of savory snacks and sweets, exotic wine and liquor, and specialty beers. Each admission ticket grants diners 15 samples from a panoply of dishes and desserts, such as a mac 'n' cheese plate baked with fresh sausage, jumbo crab, and pulled pork slow-cooked in a secret Southern sauce as mysterious as the password to Robert E. Lee’s screensaver. Each bon vivant also receives 15 alcohol samplings that enable tasty combinations of creamy rice pudding, Corsendonk Abbey brown ale, and lucid dreams about living in a Masterpiece Theatre production. Sip & Chow Tasting Tour gourmands can expect to consume and imbibe the equivalent of four glasses of wine and a large plate of victuals before returning home sporting food-sated grins.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
Using healthy, natural ingredients, chef Lisa Honick crafts a diverse menu of fully prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, as well as sundry entrees, sides, and desserts that long for the finishing flames of customers' home ovens. Early morning biters can grab a seat in the bright café dining room and hang a fang on the thick-sliced challah French toast, topped with rum-glazed bananas and candied pecans ($7.95). Classic lunchtime deli fare includes the moonlight in Vermont, a roasted turkey breast sandwich that lures lazy vampires away from daytime television and swaddles tongue buds with Vermont cheddar, apples, cranberries, Euro greens, and boursin spread ($7.95). Dinner entrees to go, such as the chicken marsala or glazed corn beef with pineapple sauce, arrive at hungry tables accompanied with salad, two side dishes, rolls, and dessert ($17.95/person, all dinners).
Few people spend their days attending bar mitzvahs and corporate picnics, but The Entertainment Playground’s staff works both circuits. The event-planning company can create parties from the ground up or augment them with equipment and staff, freeing up hosts to spend more time shaking their presents. The company’s inflatables run the gamut from bounce houses to outdoor movie screens, and fog machines and strobe lights add energy to dance parties or at least make the boring people harder to see. Revelers can pile into photo booths to create instant keepsakes, or climb aboard mechanical bulls for a very in-the-moment experience. A team of entertainers complements the attractions by delighting onlookers with intricate balloon art or classic magic tricks.
Ensconced among 116 acres of woods, wetlands, and meadows, Irvine Nature Center stirs up enthusiasm and respect for nature in children and families with a plethora of exhibits, special events, and educational programs. Inside the nature center’s exhibit gallery, the chirps of birds and eloquent narration of frogs beckon kids to partake in interactive exhibits. Live animals include snakes, poisonous dart frogs, and hissing cockroaches, and preserved native birds and an indigenous red fox silently remind children of the dangers of freeze tag. Outside, visitors immerse themselves in natural wonders such as the overlook of expansive Caves Valley and the Woodland Garden.