The Phoenix Equestrian Centre's owner and lifelong horse expert Linda Gonzalez draws on her professional racehorse-training experience while teaching riding lessons and caring for her fleet of steeds. Having trained racehorses that have breached the upper echelons of the nation's Experimental Handicap top 200 and gone on to race before the queen of England, Linda has an expert eye for tending to the needs and birthday wishes of each horse. Set on 19 acres, her horse boarding and training facility features 60'x60' indoor and 100'x200' outdoor riding arenas, where ponies are free to strut and students take their first tentative gallops atop well-trained mounts. Aside from private lessons and day camps, Linda also breaks and trains unruly horses, leases trustworthy steeds, and hosts a variety of informational seminars about the future possibilities of a centaur composite race.
Circle Storage keeps scurrying pack rats organized with its endless rows of self-storage units, which protect assorted valuables within the comfy confinement of their clean, well-lit walls. Converse with the on-site management and choose between a standard unit and the cozy chill of a climate-controlled cavern. Security-gate access allows night owls to rendezvous with their collections of popsicle-stick birdcages under the moon, and 24-hour security surveillance ensures that no preserved bovine skeletons are looted by the Hamburglar. The inclusion of two moving boxes helps ensure the smoothness of the packing-away process, especially convenient for haphazard marble collections and uncontained vintage water.
When the sun sets on the Baker-Bird Winery, and its proprietors depart, the sturdy stone walls come to life, whispering stories across the expansive space. They rehash the 150-year history of the estate winery, which sheltered women and children during a key Civil War battle. Their tales outline the German immigration, which brought those wishing to cultivate a new life to the region to work the rich Kentucky soil. Then the sun rises, and the walls close their stony eyes, allowing the winery's history to speak for itself through guided tours.
In the warm afternoon, groups wander amid framed historical photographs, documents, and wooden cabinets lined with wines, artisanal cheeses from Kentucky, and exotic chocolates. Because all proceeds from the sale of the wine goes to restoring the historic estate and supporting Kentucky farm families, visitors can feel that they’ve done a good deed without rescuing a cat from a tree and taking it to see the ocean for the first time.
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With more than 15 locations nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes. These talented brush wielders guide students of all abilities through a landscape, portrait, or abstract artwork via step-by-step instructions. Though each Wine and Canvas location is home to an art studio, the classes are taught in students’ living rooms or at local hot spots—many of which mix up tasty drink specials during classes. Instructors provide their artists-in-training with all the supplies they need to create eye-catching masterpieces, from paints and canvases to Ouija boards with a direct line to van Gogh. Though adult painting classes are Wine and Canvas’s bread and butter, they also help little ones unleash their creativity and satisfy their sweet tooth with Cookies and Canvas classes.
The Northern Kentucky Bowling Association partners with various bowling lanes in the Cincinnati area, several of which offer additional activities such as billiards, arcade games, and cornhole. Bowlers can lob their selected urethane orb down a sleek wooden boulevard for two rigorous games, doing their best to beat a friend, relative, or imaginary godparent. Bowling shoe rentals are not included in this Groupon, but rental is $1.50–$2.50 per person, depending on location.
Herlyn Stables trains students of all experience levels with riding lessons for equestrians age 3 to adult. During a one-hour semiprivate lesson, a member of Herlyn Stables' experienced staff will school groups of two to three students in the basics of hunter/jumper- or dressage-style riding. Herlyn's new indoor-riding facility allows for year-round practice during rain, snow, or moon phase. The facility supplies a team of horses and ponies in a variety of sizes, abilities, and Twizzler-jousting records, as well as safety helmets, for each lesson.