From garnishing a perfectly poured martini to doling out rounds of drinks quickly and efficiently, the experienced instructors at National Bartender School possess all the tips, tricks, and tools to succeed in the bartending trade. With years of industry experience under their belts, these knowledgeable spirits sages guide pupils through certification courses that cover every aspect of the job. Under their supervision, students learn to craft more than 200 cocktails, handle transactions, and practice the art of the upsell without breaking a sweat or bottle of 50-year-old scotch. Free refresher courses and job-placement assistance keep students on track even after school is through. For more focused pursuits, National Bartender School also hosts classes in specialty fields such as flair bartending and bar management.
Modeled after the dark wood and stone beer halls that dot the European countryside, Bier Academy welcomes weary travelers with international drafts and classic pub eats paired with American beers and comfort food. Its beer menu helps guests plan a pint-fueled tour of the continent’s northeastern corners, with beers from Belgium, Germany, Holland, and the United Kingdom, including Chimay Blue Belgian dark ale or Paulaner’s hazy hefeweizen. On the American side, sudsy sippables from Allagash, Shipyard, and other thriving microbreweries help guests experience the nation’s beer renaissance one glass at a time. To complement this bounty of brews, cooks whip up meaty sandwiches and signature sausage plates featuring 11 kinds of links from around the world.
While working their way through the regular selection of brews or attending special beer tastings, guests stay abreast of international sports thanks to the bar’s fleet of flat-screen televisions, which often showcase international soccer showdowns. In the evenings, the TVs quiet down as the speakers amp up, prepping ears for live performances from local musicians. The staff also hosts poker tournaments and trivia nights every week, helping guests work on their bluffing skills or actually use their encyclopedic knowledge of Spuds MacKenzie’s family tree.
At Fitness Compound, exercisers of all ages can sweat freely in classes that range from the high-intensity intervals of Insanity to the meditative martial art of tai chi. A roster of certified, encouraging trainers lead a host of other classes such as Zumba, krav maga, and TRX suspension training.
Many performers are already triple threats—experts in acting, singing, and dancing—but Emma Ridley decided to add one more line to her repertoire: fitness. At her alternative health studio, Goddess Fitness Dance, Emma and her instructors eschew the monotonous exercise regimens and carnivorous treadmills of traditional gyms, instead focusing on fun, flirty exercises such as sultry pole-dancing routines and belly-dancing classes—all infused with Emma’s passion for entertainment.
Though all the workouts still subscribe to the concept of repetitions in order to burn fat, Goddess Fitness Dance infuses each workout with an added element of fun. Studio classes teach specific moves that, with practice, can lend grace and allure to students’ dance routines, and the driving force behind every drill is always laughter, not grunts. "You don't need to be a pro to see the results," Emma remarks. "As long as you're moving, you're doing it right!"
Hi Lights Hair Studio's international team of versatile stylists can attend to beauty needs with a wide range of services. They add flair to hair with ammonia-free color treatments, Pravana smoothing, Brazilian blowouts, and highlights?easier ways to achieve a flattering new look than begging Rainbow Fish to give you his scales. Also on the menu are designer haircuts for both men and women, facial waxing, and multidimensional glossing. In addition, the manicurist on staff, who boasts almost 30 years in the field, specializes in European pedicures that spruce up the feet and uplift the mind and body.
The renowned architectural tandem of Ted Robinson, Sr. and Ted Robinson, Jr. added a true masterpiece to its resum? when they designed Robinson Ranch Golf Club. Located at the base of the Angeles National Forest, the Santa Clarita gem features two award-winning 18-hole courses?the Mountain Course and the Valley course?spread across 400 acres of land that features frequent elevation changes and fields of wild golf carts grazing on the pastureland.
The property sends visitors through unsullied stretches of sage and chaparral, with California sycamores and coastal live oaks adding their own characteristics of emerald beauty to the lush framework. The course's natural juxtaposition means that certain holes challenge players with water hazards, but other holes reward them with waterfalls. After rounds of golf, players can regroup with food and drinks amid rustic ranch decor inside the 25,000 square foot clubhouse.
Mountain Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * 6,508 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Course slope of 135 * Course rating of 72.1 * Scorecard
Valley Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * 6,903 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Course slope of 146 * Course rating of 74.6 * Scorecard