Specializing in family photography, Lesley Ann Bell captures honest and authentic moments in time with each colourful and captivating portrait. During each on-location shoot, she lets her shutter loose on memorable images, snapping a multitude of pictures before winnowing them down to 30 keepers ready for processing and display on prints or online image galleries. Lesley Ann also nurtures nascent shutterbugs through beginner's and advanced DSLR photography classes. Sessions begin with a one-hour training session that teaches photo fundamentals to beginners or advanced lighting techniques to more experienced students. Intimate five-students-or-less classes then migrate outdoors for an hour or more of hands-on experience. With friendly guidance from Lesley Ann, the group puts newly learned principles into practice, training lenses on the memorable landscape of riverbanks, trees, birds, and centaurs combing the grass with metal detectors.
At Kali Yoga, seasoned instructors guide students on supportive journeys through routines that promote physical wellness and inner peace. The ancient poses help yogis of all levels cultivate strength, flexibility, and balance, and deep-breathing exercises melt pent-up stress and anxiety. Classes range from beginner-friendly Hatha sessions to power routines that explore sun salutations at a clip faster than a rabbit roller-skating over an oil slick. To extend the benefits of yoga to a younger crowd, the teaching staff offers mom-and-baby sessions and whimsical classes for ages 4–9. Outside the studio, the founders also host retreats filled with rustic accommodations, aromatherapy sessions, and ample opportunities for movement and meditation.
During the winter at Stomping Grounds Coffee House, guests can look over the steam of their coffee cups and out toward a rolling meadow surrounded by ranch-style fences. The windows and walls are rolled away during the summer, leaving the shop open to the warmth of Osprey Village.
Whether hunkering down or enjoying a breath of fresh air, guests can dig in to specialties such as fresh juices, organic coffee, housemade turkey chili, ham-and-swiss sandwiches, and locally made pastries. The eatery fires breakfast specialties for early risers, and it also arranges catering platters for large parties.
Beneath twinkling chandeliers and black-and-white photos of old Hollywood stars, The Sour Apple Nail Bar and Tanning Lounge's skillful staff pampers patrons with a battery of soothing spa services. A Breakfast at Tiffany's facial first varnishes visages with exfoliating SkinCeuticals products before employing steam and extractions to open clogged pores for a renewed complexion as bright and clean as a cryogenically frozen cheerleader. A Manique-Her manicure uses sanitary single-use nail files and buffers to reshape nails before a soothing scrub washes hands of dead skin, kennel club stamps, and fake-blood stains (a $30 value). Finally, semi-permanent Shellac polish clamps down on unruly fingertip coalitions with a long-lasting coat of hard colour that can last without chipping for at least two weeks (a $25 value). After your treatment is complete, enjoy complimentary waterfront views through the spa's large windows.
At Peace of Mind Reflexology, a licensed reflexologist helps clients overcome chronic pain, defeat insomnia, and eliminate toxins—all without the use of drugs or intrusive treatments. Rather than rubbing soft tissue like one would do when giving a back massage or developing a new brand of Kleenex, reflexology treatments apply targeted pressure to nerves on the feet. This stimulates the release of endorphins at specific locations throughout the body. After a session with a trained reflexologist, patients may feel a reduction in pain and stress and a boost in circulation, all activated through the body's natural energy and internal chemical reactions.
Chef Gary Bakshi, who grew up in New Delhi, has always been smitten with the spices and flavours of India. As a young man, he trained at the five-star Maurya Sheraton Hotel, where he honed the culinary skills that would carry him through the next 20 years working in local kitchens. In 2005, he and his wife Anu decided to bring the sensuous tastes of India to Vancouver, where they opened An Indian Affair. Within the warm, romantic eatery, Gary crafts a menu that's marked by contemporary takes on Indian classics, such as mango chicken topped with crackling mustard seed and chickpea sculptures of Robocop.