For more than 30 years, the specialists at Images on the Windsor Town Green have been prepping and piercing ears of all ages and outfitting them with American-made and hypoallergenic studs. Once the ears are healed, they will help their clients outfit themselves with selections of one-of-a-kind jewels created by local designers or child-safe earrings for the wee ones. In addition to earrings, they sell necklaces, watches, clocks, and handbags.
The cozy Capri Hair Studio feels right at home on Windsor Town Green. It?s the kind of place where the stylists know your name and your haircut preference after only a couple visits. Susan Kinsey is one of these stylists?she?ll likely start things off with a friendly conversation before showing you to a black leather chair and getting down to business. This may involve crafting a stylish haircut or smoothing out frizz with a keratin treatment.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Every 30 minutes in a grassy stretch of Calistoga, an underground river grows restless. The water, heated by magma far below the earth's surface, boils and rises through fissures in the ground. When it reaches the open air, it shoots upward in a towering spigot—up to 100 feet high. This display is known as the Old Faithful Geyser of California, a natural wonder that shares the title of "old faithful" with only two other geysers in the world due to their dependable schedule.
A picnic ground at the geyser site allows guests to eat lunch against panoramic views of the Pacific Palisades and Mount Saint Helena. While they wait for the next eruption, visitors can greet the on-site petting zoo's animals—guard llamas, Jacob's four-horned sheep, and Tennessee Fainting Goats, named for their tendency to fall over and fan themselves when startled.
Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
Stationed along the Sonoma Coast, Gourmet au Bay pairs small-batch, award-winning wines with breezy waterfront views from its bayside deck. The business keeps its wine collection stocked with premium products thanks to a set of strict criteria—every bottle boasts a gold medal, fewer than 1,000 cases of its kind in production, a flawless criminal record, or a score of 90 points or better. Every day, visitors may stop in for glasses of wine, as well as bottled beer and cheese-and-crackers platters. Gourmet au Bay also specializes in what it calls wine surfing, which presents three wines selected from the daily menu atop a specially designed surfboard.