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.
Joe Schmo's doesn't claim to be anything it's not. In fact, the restaurant stakes its reputation on being a simple, down-to-earth place to enjoy good food and friendly service. The pizza here certainly fulfills the "good food" portion of that equation with a selection of 15 specialty pies and more than 20 toppings for customizable creations. Wings are another of Joe Schmo's specialties, and three of the flavors?Hell Fire, Brimstone, and Diablo?require you to sign a waiver before eating them or taking them sky-diving. Calzones, hoagies, and burgers round out the menu, and a pizza and pasta buffet starts at noon every day for lunchtime diners.
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.
The Skate Place knows that one of the best ways to have fun is to strap wheels to your feet and fly across the floor. For 30 years, they've been providing families with a safe place to do just that, offering rental skates, birthday party packages that include pizza and drinks, and a calendar of special events such as teen nights.
With a focus on full-body training rather than muscle-isolating machines, Vaughn Bethell’s sprawling 12,000-square-foot gym eschews the traditional rows of high-tech equipment for functional gear such as giant tires, kicking bags, and training ropes. Of course, Bethell—a qualifying World Cup soccer player who has trained many pro-athletes-to-be—believes that the best piece of equipment is the human body itself. He relies on his bevy of fitness-related certifications to craft effective exercises that draw from the body’s own weight to create muscle-toning resistance. He uses these functional movements in a variety of services at his high-ceilinged studio, including athlete training, women’s boot camps, and personal-training sessions.
Bethell also prides himself on cultivating a welcoming nature in his gym, inviting guests to cool down in the lounges or showers before playing a round on the ping-pong tables or dead-lifting the communal computers.
Everyday Organic?s culinary wizards seek out chemical-, hormone-, and preservative-free ingredients from local farms to healthify mealtime with an organic menu that features light and fast eats alongside hearty sandwiches and salads. Starters encourage pre-entree nibbling on roasted-veggie dip, which perches atop pita wedges like a proud, amorphous bird of prey. Grilled, marinated tofu tumbles over tabbouleh salad, whereas provolone, muenster, and baby-swiss cheeses melt in unison inside a gourmet grilled cheese. Guests can wash down big bites with gulps of milk massaged from mature soybeans.
At the restaurant, a small service counter welcomes guests inside the cozy eatery, where chalkboards announce daily specials and sage-colored tables hover over cherry-wood chairs. White and beige walls soak up the sunlight that pours through a large storefront window, where budding local vegetables can watch their future careers unfold.