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BEST AIRPORT AMENITY
Flying is no fun these days. Between the long security lines, the TSA pat downs and the $25 fee just to check a bag, most of us are in a foul mood before we even set foot on the plane. But if you're flying out of Sacramento International Airport, you can shed some of that stress at one of three MASSAGE BAR kiosks in terminals A and B. While relaxing to soothing music, you can get a 15-minute traditional Swedish chair massage for $21 or a 10-minute foot massage for $18. (The heated neck wrap and eye mask are free.) The kiosks are especially popular with business travelers, says Massage Bar regional manager Olivia Dost. "It helps with jet lag," she says.
BEST TRAVEL PLANNER
When she owned midtown's Le Petit Paris, Tassina Placencia used to lead shopping trips to the City of Light. After she closed her French-themed boutique and cafe in 2010, she shut down her tour business as well. But Paris still beckoned, so earlier this year she revived LE PETIT PARIS TOURS & TRAVEL PLANNING. Clients get an itinerary geared to their individual interests (shopping, food, sightseeing), along with a terrific daily map and detailed instructions on what to do, where to go and how to get there. "It's Paris at your door," says Placencia, who knows the city like the back of her hand. To help clients avoid acting like Ugly Americans, she also offers pointers on Parisian culture and customs. (Need to use a cafe bathroom? Order something, she advises.) One thing's for sure: As long as Placencia is in business, we'll always have Paris. (916) 833-7319
BEST DOG WALKER—ER, RUNNER
Nancy Greenlee's dog Chester was a nervous, excitable ball of energy who never seemed to get tired, despite twicedaily walks. So the East Sac resident hired Desiree Haight of THE JOGGING DOG to wear Izzie out. For $18, Haight will take your pooch for an invigorating half-hour run. Her clients include high-energy breeds such as pit bulls, Jack Russell terriers and Labradors. "A walk usually isn't enough for that kind of dog," says Haight. "They need a run to take the edge off." Haight, who runs 50 to 60 miles a week in the course of her job, is in great shape—and so are her canine companions. "When you run an overweight dog, after a while you can start to see the hint of a waistline," she says. "It's very rewarding." (916) 538-9635; thejoggingdog.com