Founded with a mission of providing the public with an affordable outdoor paintball experience, New River Paintball introduces both enthusiasts and rookies to the sport with equipment rental and event hosting. Expert staffers help customers suit up in rental safety gear, which protect against recreational pellets that fly 285 feet per second, before sending them off to Craig Creek Field. A public field in Blacksburg, Craig Creek Field's knee-high shrubs, tall trees, and invisibility bushes conceal the movements of players while offering ample space for running ambushes. Customers enjoy walk-on warfare or can stage a preplanned event with party packages that equip 10 or more attendees with the arms and ammo needed for hours of celebratory splattering.:=
Watts Roost Vineyard started as a dream—specifically, a retirement dream shared by Barbara and Frank Tuckwiller. In 1998, the married couple made the dream a reality, planting a 9-acre vineyard with thousands of French-hybrid grapevines.
Weeks before each harvest, the Tuckwillers and their staff begin checking the pH and sugar content of their living grapes. When they're satisfied with the measurements, they pluck the grapes and begin the process of fermentation. The result is a roster of reds, whites, and fruit wines that have garnered state, national, and international awards. Visitors can stop by for vineyard tours and wine tastings, shopping for kitchen accessories and gourmet treats if desired.
Bearded Lady Fly Fishing owner Wesley Hodges and his partner Chris Lalli, both seasoned fishermen, are always at work scouting out new fishing areas and designing custom lures for bait. It's during their guided fishing trips, though, that their expertise shines. Along with a team of expert guides, Chris and Wesley helm half- and full-day trips, as well as lessons, that cover more than 80 miles of sometimes calm, sometimes churning New River and its trout streams. They also explore nearby Whitetop Laurel and Big and Little Stoney. Wading in or casting from the boat, groups ply the rushing waters for smallmouth bass, muskie, and three species of trout.
Cox’s Golf Driving Range’s grounds slope and skate through beautiful landscaping arrangements of bushes and trees that ensconce practice greens and snuggle up against the tricks and traps of the 18-hole Putt-a-Round miniature golf course. Contenders who prefer bats to clubs unleash thunderclaps in the range’s 10 automated batting cages with pitching machines that can alternate between baseballs and softballs. An onsite pro shop outfits practitioners with all the gear they may need for a day of the sporting life, including clubs, balls, and disposable plaid pants.
The Historic Smithfield Plantation invites visitors to step back into 1774. The house has sheltered the Preston family through the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and now stands as a document of the past with a home and plantation grounds.
With more than 28 years of dance-studio experience, Director Karen Stemen and her agile staff strive to instill her students with both technical dance training and a palpable passion for movement. An array of classes direct the feet of all age levels and abilities. Youngsters can hone ballet and tap skills, and adults can come to the studio seeking a challenging workout or serious training in techniques such as hip-hop and pointe, ideal for those who have trouble reaching the cereal on top of the refrigerator.