Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Pine Island Golf Course opened on Labor Day weekend in 1994—fitting, since golfers have to put in a fair amount of work to surmount the gauntlet of wide fairways, water hazards, and rock outcroppings spread across 140 acres. Though challenging, the course presents a fair test for golfers of all stripes, earning it a "Hacker's Favorite" designation by Hacker's Guide to Minnesota & Western Wisconsin Golf Courses. When not golfing or searching the woods for winning scorecards, visitors can hone their skills on practice facilities including a driving range and putting green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,563 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 131 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
The staff at Hair Studio 52 + Day Spa offers upscale spa services without the pretension that can sometimes be found at high-end boutiques or medieval castles' saunas. Aside from Aveda spa treatments and microdermabrasion, clients can reserve appointments with Dr. Vicky Hagstrom, a physician who administers injectables, chemical peels, and hair-restoration services. Of course, spa services are just half of what's available here—in the salon, stylists perform cut, color, and texturizing services, and nail technicians groom digits with scented scrubs, foot soaks, and gel polish.
Led by Dr. Kory Tuominen, Refined Skin Medi-Spa stirs clinically researched skin technologies and spa pampering services into a stew of revitalizing nourishment. A one-hour head-to-toe tenderization commences with a caressing of the cranium. Aromatic oils are massaged into the scalp while the head nestles within the comforting warmth of hot towels, a security blanket, and an animatronic thumb sucker. Noggin kneading gives way to tootsie tickling as attention shifts to the feet with a sole exfoliation and foot hydration, both provided by Deep Steep’s all-natural beauty products. Rounding out the treatment is a tension-melting foot massage administered with heated stones and romantic walks down a black-sand beach.
Formerly farmland for five generations of the Schmidt family, Lake Pepin Golf Course now boasts 18 holes that span across rugged links-style topography flanked by the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley. The course plays to 6,752 yards, with 12 holes showcasing panoramic views of the lake and the remaining six holes providing access to an underground miniature golf course. Those who prefer manmade scenery can gawk at Joe "Snowball" Schmidt's 1869 two-story stone house, nestled between the 17th green and 18th tee.
The two courses at Mississippi National Golf Links?the Highlands and the Lowlands?do share a few things in common. Both are 18-hole layouts with a par of 71, they boast beginner-friendly lengths of less than 6,500 yards, and they offer players sweeping panoramas of the Red Wing Bluffs.
But that's where the similarities end. For one, the Highlands is named for its position atop those bluffs, so golfers can peer down into the Hiawatha Valley and the Mississippi River below them. This unique terrain creates some interesting shots, most notably the tee shot at the 17th hole, a par 3 that boasts a staggering 150-foot drop from tee to green. The Lowlands course, as might be expected, resides at the valley basin, keeping everyone from beginners to pros guessing which holes are just a hole and which one might actually be the valley's drain.
Lowlands Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,489 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Highlands Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,282 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard