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Best of Augusta 2011 - Beauty and Fitness

Best of Augusta 2011 - Beauty and Fitness

Exercise Facility
Family Y is your alpha and omega of exercise and fitness. So be fit, eh? See? It’s E-Z. Live Fit takes second, which is certainly befitting. Anytime Fitness, as in “I can get fit anytime—like tomorrow,” wins third.

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Day Spa
If you’re unable to fly to Malibu to spend a week at some spa overlooking the Pacific—we’re just saying if—your fallback could be a day spa, just to hold you over until you can get to a Week Spa. That’s unlikely, we realize, but if it does happen readers suggest Retreat Spa and Salon, followed in order by Tuscany a Classic Italian Spa and Serenity Day Spa. Now say ahhhhh.

Place To Swim
Water covers 73 percent of this planet, so there’s no reason it shouldn’t cover you too from time to time. Try the Family Y, say readers once again. The Y has indoor pools too, so even if it’s raining outside you can still swim without getting drenched. Old-fashioned lake swimming is hanging tough, as Clarks Hill Lake wins the silver, followed by Augusta Aquatics Center.

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Public Golf Course
Trace the footsteps of the legendary Bobby Jones himself at Forest Hills, atop the leaderboard. Your career winnings can probably exceed Jones’s (since he was a lifelong amateur, your odds are good). Jones Creek wins second; the Patch and Gordon Lakes, tied in third, split third and fourth place monies.

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Private Golf Course
Augusta Country Club takes the win. Join today! And stop trying to hook your drives onto Augusta National property already. You’re not fooling anybody. Champions Retreat and West Lake tie for second; Sage Valley comes in third.

Tennis Courts
Want to take someone to court? Readers recommend Newman Tennis Center. Augusta Country Club netted enough votes for second. West Lake and Petersburg Racquet Club are deadlocked in third.

Place To Ride a Bicycle
Unless you prefer a unicycle, the Augusta Canal towpath offers the most fun you can have on two wheels. North Augusta’s splendid Greeneway is up next, followed by Riverwalk. Conspicuously absent: major highways. Amen to that. Ride to live. Live to ride.

Best Kept Recreational Secret
Clarks Hill Lake is no secret, but as a recreational destination it’s often forgotten, in the opinion of our expert panel of readers. Ditto for Augusta Canal cruises and Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Go forth and recreate.

Pet Grooming
Pets should be groomed in the finer things of life—wagging more, barking less, for instance—and readers say there’s no better place than D’Tails Pet Grooming. Ask about their British accent barking classes. Connie’s Happy Tails and PetSmart complete the exclusive Kennel Club.

Car Wash
Because cars need love too. And because we’re sometimes keeping them a wee bit longer than we used to. And because a clean car rides better. For all these reasons, get to your nearest Top Notch Car Wash on the double. And don’t forget to bring the car. We’ve got a real Lulu (LuLu’s Exterior Express) for you in second and Sparkle wins third.

The mouse that roared, the winner is Durden’s Barber Shop on Monte Sano, a vintage little shop that took the victory, not by a hair, but by many hairs. The hair heir—second place, that is to say—is claimed by Daniel Village Barber Shop. The Matador Styling Shop for Men is a head behind and therefore not ahead, but third.

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