In Bollywood films, India’s stars fall in love, sing about falling in love, and most importantly, dance while falling in love. Featured on ABC and NBC, Bollywood Groove teaches its students to replicate some of the genre’s moves, which blend semi-classical Indian dance, hip-hop, and bhangra, an energetic folk-dance style. Set to upbeat tunes, the class routines are also rigorous cardio workouts that work every muscle group, unlike dance classes in which students only learn to blink to the beat. In the kids’ classes, meanwhile, youngsters as young as aged 3 learn movement basics, as well as tidbits about India’s different regions, languages and cultures.
Lakeview Cleaners & Mike's Cleaners partner up to thoroughly scour and press garments onsite. Their clothes-minded staffers take pride in paying attention to detail: every item gets a careful spot cleaning, and they can even launder specialty items such as wedding dresses or space suits. Optional same-day service quickly reunites items and owners before they’re forced to spend a night apart.
Cigar King caters to smoke-savvy shoppers with a wide selection of cigars, cigar accessories, and more in a welcoming shop accented with cozy leather chairs and classic hardwood floors. Browse cigars from brands such as Ancient Warrior, Ashton, and Baccarat and pick them up by the box, bundle, five-pack, cubic busload, or sampler. Puff-happy patrons can check out an Alec Bradley family sampler ($34.95) or a CAO Conmemorativo collection ($40.95), and world-traveling inhalers can fume their way across the globe with an Xtreme travel humidor ($19.95). Light lip logs in style with an Evertech triple torch lighter ($34.95), or put out stogies and unexpected mustache fires with a leaf-shaped Boca Grande Maduro ashtray ($19.95).
Butting up against historical neighborhoods including Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle boasts gorgeous views of the Puget Sound and outlying island, with locavore-friendly dining and thriving cultural institutions. The Seattle Public Library across the street from the hotel hosts free lectures from popular authors and offers a striking, unique view of the Elliot Bay from its 10th floor. Guests can take a tour, soak in the stunning, asymmetrical architecture of the building, or gaze meditatively at the surrounding public-art installations. The city's distinctive seaport setting is exemplified in seafood-specializing marketplaces, a plethora of pescatarian dining options, and the Seattle Aquarium. With an environmentalist mission in tow, the aquarium educates visitors on green practices, including the facility's own solar-assisted water heater. The underwater dome sports 360-degree views of salmon, cod, sharks, and rockfish moseying curiously around the subaqueous air bubble.
Squaw Valley's venerated mountainsides and proximity to the northern part of Lake Tahoe make it a premier destination for outdoor recreationalists. Just outside Olympic Village Inn, beyond the mess hall where the 1960 Olympians ate, sits an open-air promenade of shops and restaurants known as the Village at Squaw Valley. The village's broad cobblestone paths meander between clapboard and stone buildings with chalet-inspired rooflines. Come happy hour, diners flock to Mamasake for specials on beer and plates of Mama's Balls, tempura-fried morsels of seafood salad, tofu, and sriracha. A quick walk north of the village, the aerial tram climbs 2,000 feet to High Camp, where panoramic views and challenging inclines attract hikers or skiers, depending on the season.In nearby Tahoe City, Truckee River Raft Co. rents rafts big enough for families, couples, and the egos of demoted sea captains. The river's burbling waters float vessels 5 miles downstream for a mostly gentle two- to three-hour self-guided journey with beer or wine available for purchase beforehand. Here and there, squeals resound as crafts pass intermittent rapids, which may toss passengers overboard into the chilly but shallow waters.Twenty minutes southeast of the inn, rings of pine and spruce and the soaring peaks of the Sierra Nevadas border north Lake Tahoe's deep alpine waters. Tahoe Sailing Charters depart daily from Tahoe City Marina for two-hour cruises aboard a 50-foot-long 1982 Santa Cruz sailboat. Passengers seated at the prow of the ship can let a toe drag in the cool water, and padded benches near the stern provide drier, more stable seating suitable for sipping complimentary beer and wine. Further north, standup paddleboards and kayaks launch from Carnelian Bay's pebbly beachfront, where folding chairs cradle idle sunbathers.
Carmel Village Inn hosts visitors amid the scenic, seaside village of Carmel with spacious king rooms and a welcoming bottle of burgundy vintage. Wanderers luxuriously collapse onto down comforters, which are bolstered by a row of five pillows marching along the casual country headboard, or ease into full baths to transform organic bath products into soap-bubble tiaras. Come morning, chefs whip-up a breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., consisting of warm and cold dishes such as ham frittata, waffles, and sliced pineapple. Guests can dine alongside a flickering gas fireplace at clusters of wicker tables or grab a coffee or gourmet tea for a trip down Ocean Avenue to the Carmel Beach City Park for a one-on-one volleyball match.