Today, Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad stands as a bridge to the past, whisking passengers through timbered foothills, alongside mountain streams, and across wooden trestles aboard trains led by restored locomotives. But roughly 30 years ago, the company was just an idea bouncing around the head of Tom Murray Jr., who made it his mission to preserve the sights, sounds, and experiences of a bygone era.
With the help of a friend, and later, many volunteers, Tom established MRSR as a tourist train service, a title the company retains to this day. As a result, the last three decades have been filled with weekly excursions that send customers chugging around the forestry that unfurls in the shadows of Mt. Rainier. Volunteers still maintain the majority of the company, and with every ride, passengers are reminded that railroads have linked the United States in a manner that airplanes, cars, and gas-powered pogo sticks never could.
Operation Milsim Paintball equips sharpshooters for four hours of weekend walk-on play on its 10 acres of outdoor fields. Pretend-mercenaries of all skill levels arm themselves with premium markers, air tanks, masks, and hot air balloon exit strategies before charging onto three fields dubbed TacTown, Bush, and OAS. There, players evade pigment-projectiles as they dodge behind stacks of tires, plywood structures, and abandoned cars, while referees maintain clean, safe games in adherence to Operation Milsim's rules and regulations. Visitors can restock their paintball palettes for an additional cost ($40 for 500 rounds) and check out the company's FAQs before arrival to enhance their experiences.
Home of PGA golfer Ryan Moore, Classic Golf Club challenges club wielders of all ages and skill levels with a 6,902-yard championship golf course that features bent-grass fairways, ball-gobbling water hazards, and well-raked sandcastle traps. Round up a foursome of real-life Caddyshack characters and tee off amid the natural serenity of the first hole or consult the scorecard to find the quickest route to Augusta before the Masters Tournament starts. After finishing a match, players can stop into Classic Golf Club's clubhouse to get information on upcoming tournaments or inquire about lessons for defeated friends. Though not included in this Groupon, golfers can opt to rent the services of a coal-powered golf cart ($14/person).
Body Fun Fitness’s owners, Melanie Hendershot and Debbie Mann, are passionate about fitness, a passion that manifests itself in a roster of high-energy classes that disguise heart-pumping exercise in fun alternative workouts. Melanie, Debbie, and their troupe of certified instructors demonstrate easy-to-follow latin dance moves during Zumba classes. Or, the team and its students shake hips along to live polynesian drumbeats during Hot Hula fitness classes. Since Melanie also believes in infusing exercise with joy early on in life, she leads a variety of kids' fitness classes that mask workouts in playtime like wearing no makeup masks the work of being a clown. She designed a workout in which kids wear trampoline-inspired Kangaroo Jumps shoes, which promote safe running and have many benefits. Melanie’s roster also includes drumming fitness classes that inspire youngsters to get in shape while enjoying music, practicing rhythm, and learning the drum solos from The Beatles’ experimental childhood years.
The Renaissance Faire takes place at the lush Maris Farms in Buckley. The theatrical event features fully costumed kings, queens, jesters, revelers, domesticated basilisks, bands of merry minstrels, and more in a celebration of all things post-medieval. The event entertains elegant lords and ladies alike with fun 16th-century-themed activities for the whole family, including puppet shows, games, and full-contact jousting. Drink in the musical stylings of Hawke the Balladeer, watch a dazzling alchemical display when Zinger's Royal Magick takes the stage, or brace yourself for the acrobatic equestrian trickery of Cavallo Equestrian Arts. Compulsive gambolers, meanwhile, can bust out their fly morris dance moves during the day's peasant dancing, which takes place before professional fencing demos at the Academia della Spada. For something more modern medieval, No Parchment Needed will be performing unscripted japery on the Queen's Stage, while the Hammered Troll Ale House boasts a full line-up of Celtic, Scottish, and even pirate troubadours. You can find a full list and times of the faire's events by clicking the schedule on the sidebar here.
Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.
Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.