In the 1930s, using stone quarried from his nearby ranch, silent-movie actor Francis Lederer finally made noise building a horse stable for his wife, Marion. Over the years, the site became a historical and cultural monument that now houses the Hidden Chateau & Gardens, an event space rented out for weddings and parties. Outside the chateau's impressive façade, swatches of greenery trim stone paths, and sprays of water trickle down the tiers of garden fountains. Towering shade trees wrapped in twinkling lights and lush, verdant flora sprout throughout the 1.5-acre property.
Inside, under a Spanish-style roof, two private rooms ensure brides and grooms don't see each other before their blind date down the aisle. Aside from weddings and other private parties, the gardens also play host to public events such as wine pairings, art shows, and bridal expos. Additionally, an onsite boutique collects everything from furniture to work by local artists, with some items available for rent for events that take place on the property.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
There's a world of difference between a hotel and simple room and board. The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa, therefore, seeks to replicate the former experience for beloved pets. Created as a sanctuary where families could leave pets for a brief period or entire vacations, the facility hosts dogs of all sizes in daycare areas complete with toys and sociable buddies. At night, hotel guests retire to rooms equipped with beds, sound systems for ambient noise, and, in some cases, TVs that soothe or entertain anxious animals. All of these rooms can be monitored online via web cam by owners who think they may have glimpsed Ginger on a crowded piazza in Venice. Spa visits can also be scheduled for dogs in need of grooming, which can range from a bath and blow-dry to a complete package featuring teeth brushing and a fashionable bow or bandanna.
Sunny Daze Tanning and Salon's lineup of spray-tan technology and UV-tanning equipment?including beds, standup booths, and leg tanners?keeps skin beaming with a summery, straight-off-the-beach appearance. With tanning packages available by the session, month, or year, the facility helps clients maintain bronzed tones no matter the season. To sustain the health of epidermal surfaces, customers can stop spoon-feeding pureed carrots to each pore and instead load up on an arsenal of brand-name lotions, tonics, and bronzers available for purchase. Tanning aside, the salon's aestheticians sap stress during manicures, facials, and a variety of massages, including soft-tissue treatments and magnet therapy.