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Tucked safely away from the hustle and bustle of city living, Calico Junction Mule Ranch unravels more than 100 miles of trails across 2,500 acres of property, with new trails being added every year. As the ranch's mules, donkeys, and horses—including breeds such as mustangs, quarter horses, and tennessee walkers—graze in the pastures, others ferry riders along rustic trails past ponds, fauna, and serene waterfalls. Calico Junction Mule Ranch also offers camping outings, wagon trips, and trail rides centered on romance, which end with couples enjoying an intimate dinner amid birds chirping smooth jazz.

142 Grassy Valley Rd.
Hohenwald,
Tennessee
US

Raised in a family that often gathered for social meals, Amanda J. Smith picked up an interest in cooking at an early age. Later, she cultivated her talents at Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando and studied under chefs such as CulinAero's Doug Kieley, who she names as a mentor. After deciding to launch her own business, Amanda outfitted a mobile catering trailer with a gourmet kitchen capable of food preparation onsite at parties or during highway drag races.

"I have everything I need at my fingertips to create all kinds of fresh, flavorful meals," she told Southern Family magazine this year. Those meals range from bacon-wrapped beef tenderloins and ornate spreads of sliced ham to petite cheesecake bites topped with berries. Amanda also sets up culinary stations at events so guests can select their own hors d'oeuvres or sample sweets arranged around a chocolate fountain.

Looney Rd
Athens,
AL
US

3117 Highway 31
Decatur,
AL
US

Instructor Hannah Padgett first fell in love with American Saddlebred horses at age 5, so when it came time to establish a business in 2006, she knew there was really only one thing she wanted to do. With experience in riding, showing, and working for some of the field’s most prolific trainers, she shares her expertise at the facility’s outdoor riding areas, which include several miles of trails. In addition to showing amateurs the ropes, she instills showmanship in both horses and riders, including some state and national champions.

868 County Road 322
Moulton,
AL
US

The expert staff at Phoenix Paintball Division oversees multiple fields sprawling across 30 acres of paintball action. A woods field cloaks artistic assassins with trees and bunkers, and a tire-and-hay field conceals teams as they rally together toward victory. As in marital disputes between pro athletes, trained referees strictly enforce all rules, making safety the top priority at Phoenix. The pro shop rents and sells all necessary equipment, accessories, and apparel, as well as food and drinks to keep players fueled during friendly outings, group events, or special occasions, such as birthday parties.

24970 US Highway 72
Athens,
AL
US

The greatest difficulty at Cedar Ridge Golf Course lies at the bottom of the six water hazards, as golfers have to contend with the aquatic hazards on 11 of 18 holes. Dense forest looms on the edge of fairways on the back nine, and undulating greens challenge putters throughout the course. The relatively flat layout is approachable for novice and seasoned golfers alike, and those who remain high-and-dry for the majority of the round will be rewarded with a victory lap or golf-cart donuts back at the clubhouse.

3030 Modaus Rd SW
Decatur,
AL
US