There aren’t many ways to relive the California gold rush outside of a time machine. Yet Julian Mining Company recreates that time with its own gemstone and gold mining. Visitors pan for real gold from bags of ore at the site or take a bag home to hunt for gemstones in their bathroom sink. Field trips teach students about the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, farm life, and Native Americans with hands-on lessons. Additionally, cabin rentals give people a chance to escape to the great outdoors in view of the mountains, and in the summer and fall, families can pick fresh, tart raspberries from the bush or pumpkins off the vine.
The staff at David's Window Washing has the enviable task of serving San Diego County, where year-round sunshine ensures there's no shortage of sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows in need of squeegeeing. Nonetheless, the team makes itself amenable to sudsy needs of all sorts, clearing dirt from interior and exterior windows, screens, and mirrors smudged by one too many attempts to visit Wonderland.
Healthy Family Carpet Care has been in the carpet-cleaning business for more than five years. In that time, it has left a trail of clean, fluffy carpeting in its wake. When technicians arrive at clients' homes, they start by helping move sofas and chairs out of the way. They then combine their detail-oriented eyes and heavy-duty equipment to scout for and remove stains and debris from carpet fibers—leaving the floors clean, soft, and as spotless as a dalmatian running from its past.
Even though the technicians at Munoz Cleaning Services are experts in the field, the company continues to provide training to its employees. Now, the professionals use all organic products, which help ensure environmental sustainability and no angry voicemails from local wildlife. The company can deploy crews to residences and offices for one-time or routine cleanups, but also provides sprucing sessions for hospitals, schools, and space stations.
OneSpaRetreat tends carefully to hands, feet, and noses with a trifecta of protrusion pampering. The hand-and-foot scrub rescues buried-alive skin from layers of dead cover ($40). In addition to standard filing and trimming, the 40-minute spa manicure includes a nail-strengthening treatment, ensuring the guardians of your body’s fingerprints can fend off plagiarizers and nosy detectives ($55). A hand-and-arm massage relaxes tense reachers, giving them back the strength to low five toes after the 50-minute pedicure concludes ($65). Callous removal and an aromatic foot soak appear among the pedicure’s perks, as well as a foot-and-leg massage that makes unmassaged trunks pout with jealousy. A 20-minute aromatherapy steam treatment concludes the experience, sending soothing smells into your brain’s nose while your mind’s eye admires freshly polished nails ($40).