A lot has changed since Cash Lovell Stables & Riding Academy opened back in 1940. Since then, the facility has grown to encompass three indoor riding arenas, a full-service tack shop, and even a climate-controlled lounge with free Wi-Fi. But one thing hasn't changed: the academy's commitment to helping kids learn the value of compassion and hard work through the art of horsemanship. Lessons take place across the well-appointed facility, year-round, and illuminate students in the English riding style known as saddleseat. Suited for beginner, intermediate, or advanced riders of all ages, the courses are led by highly-trained equine specialists who are fluent in all the major horse dialects.
When professional triple-threat Erinn Dearth Diaz was only 3 years old, she saw a production of The 12 Dancing Princesses, and at the end of the show, an actress blew her a kiss from the stage. Since that airborne kiss landed on her cheek, Erinn has always been enamored of the theatrical arts, a passion that eventually lead her to found Spring Theatre. Her team of instructors and choreographers helps build a positive environment where aspiring dancers and actors can hone their skills and give each other support. In the acting studio, students practice various acting disciplines including Broadway, improv, and faking a neck injury in court. The dance studio, meanwhile, teaches feet a wide array of styles such as ballet, jazz, Afro Cuban, and tap. Classes are available for children, teens, and adults.
Miles of trails twist and turn across the landscape at Honey Poo Acres, awaiting students of all skill levels for horseback-riding lessons and trail rides behind an experienced guide. The acres are surrounded by glistening lakes, small flower gardens, rolling pastures, and a traditional cherry colored barn. While galloping across the leafy countryside atop well-behaved horses, families, groups, and corporate retreats may cross paths with local wildlife, such as herds of wild deer looking to fill up at the nearest gas station.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens whisks visitors to the cozy streets of a reconstructed 18th-century Moravian town that encompasses 100 restored and reclaimed buildings and expansive, pristine gardens. As they stroll through the 90-acre homage to early Americana, visitors can interact with hands-on activities, such as the German paper-cutting art of Scherenschnitte or the colonial tradition of libeling a governor with accusations of actually governing. Old Salem's horticultural marvels include the Miksch Garden—a living illustration of Moravian subsistence farming—and the Family Gardens of Salt Street, which demonstrate the innovative practice of seed saving. In addition to year-round attractions, special exhibits rotate through town, celebrating momentous occasions, notable people, and game-changing presidential pets. After traversing the grounds, visitors can peruse souvenirs at a number of gift shops or sidle into Winkler’s Bakery for a piece of renowned Moravian sugar cake.
Surrounded by the carefully clipped hedges of a formal garden, Reynolda House Museum of American Art lets visitors contemplate canvases in the stately surroundings of a turn-of-the-century tobacco baron's mansion. Armed with personalized membership cards, members gain free admission to the museum’s permanent collection, which includes works by Mary Cassatt and Georgia O'Keeffe. Gorge hungry eyes on the soulful iron-horse portraits of railroad photographer O. Winston Link, on display until June 19, or pick up pointers from the Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (October 7–December 31). Reynolda House will be the two nomadic exhibitions’ sole stop in North Carolina this year before wandering off in search of new adventure.