Palmetto Running Company's sure-footed staff members treat fellow trotters to comprehensive shoe fittings before shielding them in high-performing gear. Fittings include careful measurements, a static foot scan, and two brief jogging evaluations to help knowledgeable team members recommend shoes suited to each athlete's gait and striking pattern. Toes grip, arch, and jam to live karaoke inside the roomy toe box of Saucony's Hattori kicks ($80), and a pair of Brooks' Adrenaline sneakers ($100) supports the heel with its award-winning design and signature DNA technology. Before jetting off in a pair of the Asics Gel-Kayano ($140), drain 50 ounces of pure water or grape-flavored antelope sweat from the BPA-free reservoir in a CamelBak Fairfax backpack ($49). Wicking moisture from panting skin, Zensah compression sleeves ($39.99) flood stifled muscles with oxygenated blood during long runs and postworkout recovery sessions, and the colorful boutique soothes hard-working pavement pounders with blister balms from Body Glide or complimentary footbaths filled with chicken-noodle soup.
For eight generations, the Zerbini family has awed audiences with spectacular performances of daring athletic feats, amazing tricks, and debonair entertainers under the striped awning of the classic big top. As families settle into Bluffton's massive 1,500-seat arena, newly built to accommodate roaring crowds, a spectacular sound system, and giant campers that don't fit in standard tents, Ringmaster Casual Cal steps to the center of the ring to warm up his emcee chops. Aerialists in dazzling costumes twirl high above the audience, paying dividends on delighted applause with increasingly risky tricks, and stunt maestros perform uncanny exploits, such as getting a troupe of clowns to take separate cars. Friendly animal tamers play the straight man to a menagerie of agile dogs, majestic American buffalo, and bulbous camels. Although not included in this Groupon, families can linger at the circus to enjoy pony or camel rides, munch concessions, or slip down the ship slide.
Fostering creativity within her school, Satin Ribbons, Ms. Shay urges all her students, no matter their age or artistic inclinations, to explore their expressive potential through a variety of performance and coaching programs. Pupils hone their musical-theatre chops and stage presence in performing-arts classes, where they produce Shakespearean works as well as plays written by more contemporary ghosts. Ms. Shay also teaches dance in both classical and modern styles and coaches youth on etiquette and modeling techniques that highlight their individual strengths. To celebrate others’ beauty and help them regain self-esteem shattered by bullies carving unflattering marble busts, Ms. Shay coordinates events such as pageants and fashion shows.
The guides and instructors at Palmetto Paddle Sports help customers explore the world around Hilton Head Island from the perspective of the water. Inside kayaks, they lead groups of fellow rowers through the waters surrounding the island, where they can take in picturesque scenes of nature and wildlife. Paddleboard instructors teach students the techniques they need to traverse local waters atop a stand-up paddleboard, from rowing motions that help them keep their balance to angry gestures that will prevent turtles from cutting them off in traffic.
Firearms from top manufacturers??such as Ruger or Smith & Wesson??line the shelves of Palmetto State Armory. Along with rifles, handguns, and BB guns, Palmetto sports a constantly expanding stock of additional gear, from ammunition and reloading supplies to accessories such as holsters and magazines. Besides supplying equipment, most of Palmetto's locations double as air-conditioned shooting ranges.
The final three holes at the Pete Dye Signature Golf Course at Hampton Hall can make the rest of the round seem like an extended practice session. The par-four 16th sets the tone for the dramatic finish by challenging golfers' length off the tee and accuracy with a long-iron, as it plays to a formidable 463 yards from the tips. The par-three 17th pens a different riddle to solve, forcing golfers to crack a 222-yard tee shot onto an elevated green guarded by natural wetlands and three sandtraps. But these penultimate holes are only appetizers to the center-cut steak they will encounter at 18, a 495-yard par-four with a narrow fairway guarded by a waste area and trees on the right and wooded wetlands on the left. The waterways snake around in front of the green, as well, making par an even more coveted score.
A 7,503-yard whale of a golf course from the tips, the course offers five tee options, catering to golfers of all abilities like a butler with a tray full of divot repair tools. The facility also hosts a driving range where golfers can fine-tune their swing before taking to the first tee.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole course designed by Pete Dye * Length of 7,503 yards from the tips * Five tee options available