Jeep Cherokees trundle over boulders, crevasses, and grassy expanses at Rausch Creek Off Road Park, a sprawling 3,000-acre retreat devoted to off-roading. Divided into northeast, south, east, and west quadrants, the park offers something for every level of driver, with 30 miles of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails traversable by 4x4 and navigated by optional tour guides. Engines rev year-round under the shade of tree-lined stretches or across a 150-foot-wide glacial deposit littered with huge boulders begging to be climbed or lifted onto one’s shoulders in an effort to impress a hard-to-please parent. Under the auspices of park officers Bruce Shallis and Lynn Ehrenfeld, Rausch Creek undergoes constant improvements, from its newly constructed event pavilion, to its local race series, which features both manmade and natural obstacles.
Stone Meadows Golf Course funnels club wielders into a scenic woods-lined golfing field whose open layout channels links-style courses dating back to 15th-century Scotland. During their round of full-contact driving and putting, players will find it challenging to avoid the 18 hungry holes anxious to devour their golf balls, although the included snacks—a hot dog and a drink each—can be used to distract them and gain access to the next fairway. Golfers escaping from the doldrums of daily living can also escape from the doldrums of driving regular-sized cars, instead navigating paved roads atop a 2010 golf cart.
Helmed by 23-year PGA vet Scot W.R. Nei, TourBound Golf Academy hones the skills of golfers of all levels with a blend of professional training and high-tech analysis. In addition to learning from extensively experienced human trainers, students study under the cold, metal gaze of a training robot, which mercifully sets its kill-phasers to the "teach" setting as it offers up exact movement measurements and mechanically guided golf-swing practice. An indoor and outdoor facility hosts lessons in all weather, and TrackMan ball-flight trackers and digital-video scrutiny pinpoint improper postures and map out spheroid trajectories with computerized precision.
Allen Theatre, named one of Moviefone's 12 best local theaters in America in 2010, regales moviegoers with first-run Hollywood features and independent films from within a century-old building festooned with vintage movie posters. Local art complements the theater's art-deco style, which adds a classic feel to modern amenities including a Dolby Digital EX sound system, state-of-the-art projection lenses, and an advanced spoiler-alert system. Enveloped by the buttery scents that waft from a large popcorn, moviegoers will venture into the single-screen theater and feast anxious eyes on a current feature film or films of yesteryear, such as Wall Street showing November 15. Although not included with today's Groupon, viewings can be followed by a stop at MJ's Coffeehouse, where deli sandwiches, soups, and gourmet coffees help to fuel patrons and their automobiles, provided they run on gourmet coffees.