Airlie Hills Farm’s harvest festival has its roots in the early spring, when staffers prepare the ground for the planting of thousands of pumpkin seeds. Once hot summer air transforms into crisp fall breezes and the pumpkins spring from the vine, the farm’s annual event begins. Aliens use their spaceship’s giant tweezers to pluck strategic stalks from the 5-acre cornfield and transform it into a tricky maze, before kids and adults attempt to navigate it along with hay mazes and an easier kiddie maze. Wee ones climb atop hay forts and pyramids, slide down a giant indoor hay slide, and pay a visit to the farm’s resident animals.
Each noncompetitive Curves facility invites female fitness-seekers to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.
Tinted glass panes wrap around the rustic clubhouse of Spring Hill Country Club, permitting splendid views of the kempt lawn, misting fountains, and 18-hole golf course that encompass the grounds below. An advanced Rain Bird irrigation system keeps the 6,502-yard labyrinth in pristine shape year-round, and a short-game practice area, driving range, and PGA-certified instructors help preserve both swings and nine-irons' sense of identity. Members enjoy access to a fitness center with cardio and weightlifting machines, a sauna, and locker rooms, as well as access the cool waters of the club's Olympic-size outdoor pool. Plasma-screen TVs show live sports or golf-cart jousting at the casual Caddy Shack Pub, and the Player's Grille invites synchronized dining and chit-chat while clients take in quiet views of the club.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,502 yards from farthest tees * Course rating of 71.7 from farthest tees * Slope rating of 129 from farthest tees * Five tee options
It's been more than 95 years since the Bose family’s ancestors first tilled the earth. Today, the third generation is still working and living off the land, growing corn, beans, and squash to sell at their farm store. And as summer turns to fall, the family opens their farm to the public, welcoming them to get lost in a corn maze that twists and turns across 6 acres, with stalks that tower more than 10 feet tall. Outside the corny labyrinth, a vintage tractor pulls hayrides around the farm’s perimeter, affording views of the hay pyramid and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, where the gourds can grow to weigh more than 65 pounds. The festivities continue from 10 a.m. till dusk, but guests can also reserve the maze at nighttime, when campfires toast marshmallows and light the way for scarecrows flying south for the winter.
Videogame aficionados unite at Pixel Battles, where Xbox 360s, Wii Us, PlayStation 3s, Kinects, 3D gaming, and a retro room tempt fingers with the newest digital challenges. One of the only video game venues in the area allows players to cozy up to black leather chairs and plasma TV screens to test their skills. Gamers can settle into the latest games with friends on multiple plasma TV screens. In addition to individual gaming, Pixel Battles also hosts themed birthday parties, special events, and tournaments to help gamers battle in healthy competition.
Popsicles, lemonade stands, street festivals?all of these are synonymous with summer, but none so fully encapsulates the spirit of the season as just one day at Jefferson Community Pool. Families can splash around in the pool's crystal-clear waters during open-swim sessions held throughout the summer months. The pool also hosts swimming classes that teach students how to stay afloat and what to do when they encounter a rubber ducky in the wild.