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, and 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.
Parents often go to great lengths to help keep their children's passions alive, but most probably haven't opened a gym to do so. When gymnastics buffs Angie and Wayne Meshaw found out that the gymnastics training center their two little daughters attended closed, they opened up their own shop: Peak Gymnastics Academy. They even shipped over the girls' familiar coaches and teammates. Today, these instructors continue to immerse their students in a supportive environment. This time, though, they have a 10,000 square-foot facility packed with shining new bars, beams, and a competition-style bed trampoline at their disposal.
Intensive day-camps and classes teach basic through advanced skills in tumbling and gymnastics, improving flexibility and coordination at the same time as discipline and confidence. Meanwhile, private and small-group training sessions hone specific skills, such as how to somersault through a stuffed-animal tea party without breaking any saucers.
Riding a flyboard might make adrenaline seekers feel as though they’re inside a prototypical, water-powered Iron Man suit. They take to local waters with their feet strapped into a main board that shoots powerful jets, and their arms control the board’s direction with two stabilizing sprayers. Atop the columns of pressurized water, riders can reach speeds of 18.5 miles per hour and heights of nearly 30 feet, enough to chase down gulls escaping with stolen hot dogs. With skillful manipulations of the stabilizers, boarders can perform spins, flips, and even cuts through the water.
Bob Meyer, who has spent many a tour alongside bands such as Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Phish, and The Allman Brothers, helms Give To Live Guitar Studios, which provides music lessons with a focus on community outreach. He and his staff of experienced, enthusiastic instructors welcome students for lessons in stringed instruments such as guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, or bass as well as drums, vocals, and keyboards. They teach in all styles, from Bach to rock and roll, and help their students move from basics to live performance, hosting benefit concerts for local charities.
When not helping businesses build relationships with their clients via the world's most exacting sport, Executive Links, LLC's Raleigh representative, Craig "Hollywood" Mason, improves long drives and short games alike with private lessons. The local golf pro maintains a +3.5 USGA handicap and has qualified for multiple national and PGA-Tour events—and also knows how to access every course's underground gnome casino by wiggling the cup on the seventh hole. Drawing on ten years of teaching experience and a little humor, Mason focuses on each student's most needed areas of improvement, be it imprecise putting or jerky follow-through. Mason will also videotape swings, then break down the footage to point out any kinks that are causing the ball to slice left or detonate on impact. Post-lesson, golfers can show off their newly supple swing with a bucket of balls.
When Scotsman Archibald Leslie settled in Holly Springs, North Carolina, in the early 19th century, he built a 180-acre estate right by the town’s freshwater springs. These days, only the estate’s springs and main house—a nationally registered historic site known as the Leslie-Alford-Mims House—remain. But with their pub, the proprietor’s of Archibald’s Tavern make sure the settler’s name lives on as well.
The tavern’s cooks specialize in staples of American bar food, such as hot wings, wraps filled with philly cheesesteak fixings, and burgers crowned with pepper jack cheese and jalapeños. Selections from an ever-expanding beer list pair perfectly with feasts, which patrons can complement by taking in that day’s game on flat-screen TVs mounted around the bar.