After opening their doors in 1986, the backyard beautifiers at Rosedale Gardens have continued to stock their full-service nursery with backyard essentials to keep homes lively year-round. The sprawling, 5-acre-plus campus boasts inspirational lawn arrangements and a vast inventory of accessories to help to foster budding green thumbs. Along with a panoply of blooming buds, the expansive inventory includes garden structures, ground coverings, and aquatic additions to help to realize the dreams of fish that always wanted to become garden gnomes. Skillfully shaped shrubbery inspires patrons to awaken their inner Scissorhands, and a range of bare-root trees stands as sanctuary for backyard birds. Upon leaving the nursery, each plant promises to be without disease or insects and totes along a one-year guarantee, which issues replacements for any flora that fails despite proper care.
A Saturday intro class teaches the basic skills needed to extract the warmest of fuzzies out of this stress-freeing sport. Instructors spend half of the class in the shop discussing knots, flies, and equipment, and the other half focusing on casting technique. Fervent fishers gain valuable insight into fly-fishing strategies, conservation methods, and chill technique. After the lesson, head into the shop use your gift card on a wide selection of apparel, instructional DVDs, and equipment. No equipment or fishing license required.
Adventure Paintball Park outfits sharpshooters with all the gear needed to unleash a water-based fury of flamboyant colors on four separate fields strewn across 10 acres of wooded battlegrounds. A knowledgeable staff of instructors debriefs first-time players on safety procedures and frontline etiquette. Then players suit up with rented guns, masks, compressed-air tanks (a $40 value), and 500 rounds of ammunition (a $20 value). As strained negotiations collapse and battles commence, contestants are set loose to stealthily traverse paint-stained fields littered with muddy trenches, abandoned trailers, and improvised sandbag shelters. Staff members monitor battles at all times to ensure safety and balanced play while a ghostly gang of starved artists observes the proceedings with cold indifference.
Alderbrook Golf Club showcases a sweeping 18-hole course that carves its way through a forest of cedar and fir trees, the entire verdant paradise looking out on the gorgeous vistas of the Olympic Mountains. Club swingers will find leisurely fun on the par 72 course, and seasoned chippers can relish the challenge of a tricky double dogleg on the eighth hole. The included cart rental conserves golfers' energy so they can smack shots far onto the fairway or chase down birds that have nicked their score pencils. Customers can also hone their drives on the range with a bucket of range balls. Alderbrook houses a bar, a golf shop, and a Southern-barbecue eatery for replenishing one's nourishment after a vigorous day outside.
Combining modern coffee comfort with childish whimsy, Play-A-Latte gives parents a chance to relax with a cup of joe and free WiFi while children enjoy 1,500 square feet of play areas. Parents are responsible for watching over their amateur earthlings, however kids are kept busy by a moon bounce, pirate ship play structure, play house, full-size replica of Herbert Hoover, and infant-and-toddler area. Play areas are padded for safety and helpful staffers sanitize facilities daily. Visitors should be sure to wear socks, as all areas are shoe-free, however, freewheeling feet can purchase adult and child socks for $1 a pair.