Hot air balloons float into the air from Balloon Quest's idyllic launch location, taking guests on a bird's-eye tour of a stunning natural expanse studded with hills and lakes. Experienced pilots guide the rainbow-colored orbs on languorous tours, sweeping balloons' teardrop-shaped shadows over hills, dales, and the on-site mini-golf course. After their aerial tour, visitors can linger at Balloon Quest for a picnic on the grounds or a thought-provoking discussion of their top 10 favorite gravity-defying experiences. While flights are made year-round, Balloon Quest has very specific weather guidelines for flying, and rescheduling may be common.
The team at My Buddy's Boat has a Poseidon-like ability to summon waves. It's not supernatural, but the result of their MasterCraft ski boat's built-in ballast system, which controls the wake around the vessel. Along with the boat's built-in training boom for water sports, the system allows people of all ages and skill levels to wakeboard across Lake Ponemah's tree-lined waters, even if they’re just starting out. The boat can also tow watercraft—such as inflatable group rafts—or simply ferry passengers on scenic tours of the lake. Whatever the activity, My Buddy’s Boat keeps the whole family involved, whether participants bringing along children or a pet fish loyal enough not to swim away.
Hawk Meadows & Willow Brook Golf Club invites golfers to sample the variety of hole layouts afforded by its pair of 18-hole courses, which are characterized by sparse tree-lines and open fairways. Checking in at 6,377 yards and 6,101 yards, respectively, neither is an overwhelming test of distance with the driver, instead incorporating forced carries with short irons and hard-to-read greens with the putter. They also share a central two-story clubhouse, where a bar-and-grill and a covered patio provide a breezy spot to recount tales of putting disputes that turned into bouts of flagstick jousting.
When course architect Jerry Matthews unveiled the design for Hunter's Ridge Golf Course, he earned a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest for his ability to seamlessly blend nature into the layout, which is sculpted across 160 acres of the Miesle family farm. His verdant brainchild whisks golfers past the 30 acres of natural wetlands and six different ponds that provide plenty of water to foster the growth of deep scottish-heather rough, which grows abundantly beyond the fairways. Though 68 bunkers strewn about the course and jarringly beautiful vistas may attempt to disrupt a stellar round, the course plays true, with no hidden landing areas or golf-cart potholes. A log-cabin-style clubhouse awaits golfers after rounds, complete with a spacious back deck where players can watch fellow golfers finish and try to discreetly bury their scorecards.
Course at a Glance:
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.