Grove Station Farms' skilled instructors transform the casually riding-curious into ride-ready equestrians with technique and safety lessons on a stunning 65-acre plantation-style farm. During the one-hour horseback-riding session, experienced teachers guide herds of eager students through English riding techniques, including proper posture, balance, and balancing a tea set on one knee while ahorse. The spacious indoor arena protects classes from the elements as pony passengers of all ages and skill levels learn the grooming basics necessary to properly care for their hoofed charges and protect their vestigial wings from prying zoologists' eyes.
• For $25, you get a lawn fertilization treatment (a $55 value). • For $25, you get a lawn insect treatment (a $55 value). Cutting Edge Lawn Care spruces and shines limp lawns with health- and pest-oriented services. During each fertilization treatment, experienced hands nourish parched outdoor carpets with products aimed at promoting regrowth, minimizing the onslaught of weeds, and keeping blades green even in the face of August snow season. Insect treatments apply pesticides to grass and plants in a safe and effective manner, preventing unwanted invasions of six- and eight-legged creatures such as ants, spiders, fleas, and ticks. Both treatments take a mere 20–40 minutes to apply depending on the size of the lawn and how ticklish it is.
With 20 years of experience greenifying yards with a vast selection of wholesale plants, Landscaper's Market Wholesale Nursery gives aspiring green thumbs the tools they need to turn their outdoor spaces into jungles of flourishing foliage. Planters can fill yards with Knock Out roses, which are specially bred to resist disease, perfect for low-maintenance gardens and worry-free outbreaks of rose zombie viruses ($21.75/3-gallon container). Soft-touch holly lines walkways with dense evergreen shrubbery ($12.75/3-gallon container), and Encore azaleas brighten up dreary yards with multiseason-blooming buds ($26.25/3-gallon container). Pine straw can be used to cover muddy paths during planting ($3.99/bale), and Crape myrtles can be planted for flowery privacy, blocking nosey neighbors' views of backyard games of strip Axis & Allies ($87/15-gallon container).
Linda, a licensed massage therapist, and Diana, an aesthetician, join forces to keep clients relaxed and rejuvenated at Powdersville Wellness Spa. Linda's Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages focus on unraveling knotted muscles across the back, shoulders, and limbs. Diana clears away dirt and excess oil during facials, and smoothes fine lines with microdermabrasion treatments. She also applies airbrush makeup for special occasions, and waxes away unwanted hair on faces and legs.
The Pavilion cultivates every species of physical activity within its 66,000-square-foot indoor complex and adjacent outdoor fields. The eclectic indoor space hosts soccer, volleyball, and curling face-offs, as well as a year-round ice-skating facility, bounce house, and inline-skating space. Fledgling ice skaters slip and slide during public skating sessions or take part in the U.S. Figure Skating Association's basic skills program to grease their triple axels. As the temperature rises, members make a mad dash outdoors to one of six tennis courts and three soccer fields, or hail a ride on George, The Pavilion's historic miniature passenger train. The complex's Boundless Playground offers a space where children with disabilities can be included in play thanks to accessible slides, swings, and climbing structures.
Saluda River Archery's indoor facility invites both beginning and experienced bowmen to improve their coordination and concentration skills across 29 lanes. Those who need technical assistance can enroll in lessons, where National Field Archery Association–certified instructors teach proper holding, aiming, and shooting techniques. An on-site store outfits visitors with specialized archery gear from top brands, plus hunting-related products such as food plots and cover scents.