As visitors to The White Rose turn down the property's drive, they're instantly transported to a simpler time: on the left, a lush lawn sprawls before a house not yet visible, and on the right, rows upon rows of grapes keep rank to form a four-acre vineyard. Twisting around the bend, then, the house appears, with its elaborate porch, elegant columns, and white limestone reminiscent of Ireland's "penny walls."
Built in 1900, the home preserves its fair share of history, and today, it bridges the gap between generations by keeping its door open to guests. Four of the house's rooms serve as bed and breakfast getaways, each outfitted with antique furniture and decorative accents. The estate also churns out its own wine with an intricate, handcrafted process, which it shares with visitors during tastings in the parlor.
A Joyful Noise Music Studio teaches students of all ages how to harness the moving power of song during group classes. Students begin playing music from their very first lesson, and can refer back to DVD recordings of each session to practice in their free time.
The Swim School of Joplin provides certification-level scuba lessons, diving vacations, and rental gear to help students to gain their underwater legs. Originally founded in Memphis in 1961, The Swim School of Joplin has since expanded aquatic operations to four states in the South and Midwest and runs scuba programs at both the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis. Instructional programs include everything from introductory swimming and snorkeling lessons to specialty courses in night diving, search-and-rescue diving, and diving while learning to play the guitar.
Powersports of Joplin purveys ATVs, dirt bikes, scooters, accessories, and more to intrepid motorists and aspiring athletes alike. Dealing in recognizable name brands such as Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki, Powersports supplies both new and previously owned mountable funmobiles and everything needed to pilot them safely and effectively. Feminine riders may become enamored of the women’s rogue jacket by Icon, a sporty tear-resistant canvas creation with zippered sleeves and a removable waist section, perfect for changing up styles and acquiring irresistible half-torso tans ($250.85). F-16 gloves by Fly Racing protect prehensile throttle-grippers in a variety of colors, such as black, blue, red, and yellow ($18.95–19.95), and a youth sentinel roost guard by Thor offers young daredevils the protection they need and the Power-Ranger nostalgia they deserve ($74.95). Or, opt to translate dreams into tangible realities by applying this Groupon toward a 2011 Suzuki RM-Z250, a peppy motocross bike with 249 cc of mud-muddling engine ability ($7,299+).
At Tilt Studio, black lights shine down on mini golfers playing 18 holes, the glow of neon green, pink, and orange fixtures lighting up their faces. Paintings of animal and human onlookers watch them as they shoot for hole-in-ones, sending balls flying beneath a bright obstacles, such as a miniature Eiffel Tower or a prowling tiger. In the jungle-themed laser-tag arena, players duck behind mock rocks and hide in the shadows beneath luminescent images of twisting pythons and laser-toting apes. This jungle theme extends into the arcade, where players will see a snarling King Kong looming above their heads. By filling their space with neon and larger-than-life decor, Tilt Studio transports patrons to another world, much like the elevator that connects Earth and Mars.
With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.