The Sequoia Shuttle whisks its passengers from Visalia to Sequoia National Park, a 400,000-acre nature preserve that houses General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. During rides, an informational video prepares riders for the natural wonders ahead, ensuring that the trees’ height doesn’t intimidate insecure basketball stars. Once in the park, visitors choose from three free in-park routes, which provide easy access to campgrounds, parking lots, and landmarks such as the Crescent Meadow and the Giant Forest Museum. The Sequoia Shuttle cuts down on the exhaust fumes and noise pollution that private vehicles inject into the park atmosphere, preserving a peaceful environment where critters can roam and trees can nurse their woodpecker-induced concussions.
When the owners of Crawdaddy's decided to put a little bit of New Orleans' distinctive flair right in the heart of Visalia, they knew it would take more than great cuisine. What makes New Orleans so unforgettable is that it caters to all the senses and makes the smallest outing a special event. To fill that tall order, they took residence in a spacious facility that could be an exciting venue for music, parties, libations, food, and sporting events, all in one electric, lively place.
The second-floor dining room welcomes guests with a menu of fresh seafood such as blackened catfish and bayou butter prawns. A fully stocked bar wets whistles, and balcony seating offers couples a romantic setting under the stars?all 50 of them. Meanwhile, more than a dozen flat-screen TVs light up the crowd in the first floor's sports bar, where a mixologist whips up creative cocktails and TVs whip up the big game. In the dining area of the first floor, Keith and the Crawdads treat diners to lively tunes during the evening, and on the second level the nightclub sends crowds into fits of dance spasms as late-night DJs spin everything from hip-hop to disco six days a week.
Ocean Basket started in 1995 as a six-table hole-in-the-wall joint in South Africa's Pretoria?one so casual that it was not only BYOB, but BYO salad. The culinary team saved their energies for one thing and one thing only: serving tasty, fresh Mediterranean deli-style seafood dishes like prawns, calamari, hake, and other aquatic eats.
Since then, the eatery has grown immensely. That applies both in terms of locations?it now has 189, in 11 countries?and in terms of its menu. There's no need to BYO salad anymore, thanks to beds of greenery topped with seared salmon and grilled calamari. Platters are filled with options like prawns, calamari, and mussels, and fillets are fried for fish and chips. Finish meals with baklava, which is made from founder Fats Lazaride's family recipe.
Charlotte Pugh, a licensed nail technician who works within the Hair Visalia salon, specializes in painting detailed images onto tiny finger and toe canvases, whether made of natural keratin or acrylic. Dazzling snowflakes, ghoulish monsters, and striking depictions of the Santa Maria adorn fingertips during holidays, and glitter, feathers, and shiny solid hues decorate digits year-round. Charlotte can apply chip-resistant layers of Gelish polish to fingers and toes for longer-lasting glam, or employ paraffin wax to soften dry skin lingering on the soles, knuckles, or hearts of curmudgeonly hall monitors.
Nails by Farrah's digit stylists pamper hands and feet with polymer nail enhancements and indulgent manicures and pedicures. Treat tired tootsies to a soothing spa pedicure (a $50 value), which incorporates a warm aromatherapy soak to exfoliate heels, legs, feet, and ingrown stilts, while one of Nails by Farrah's nimble-fingered nail designers gently kneads out muscle knots. Each digit basks in a personal spruce session as the technician clips cuticles, trims talons, and bathes gams in a hydrating mask before topping toenails in the color of your choice.
Muscles tightened over time finally start to melt during appointments with Melissa. She glides her hands over backs and calves, slowing down to smooth out knots and double knots. To get the job done, she employs a number of different techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal. She also incorporates aromatherapy and heated stones into her massages.