Exotic animals from six continents call Hollywild Animal Park home, though many have also firmly planted their paws and hooves in the entertainment business?hence the name Hollywild. Tank the rhino, for instance, has appeared in multiple national advertising campaigns, avoiding the paparazzi by hiding himself in his dressing room. But the nonprofit park gives visitors more than a brush with stardom, as many of the animals they shelter are extinct in the wild. Virtually nowhere else on earth will guests get to visit a Syrian Brown Bear or get up close and personal with a waffalo (a cross between an African Watusi and a buffalo).
Hollywild gives visitors a bounty of ways to experience this variety. On Safari Rides, knowledgeable guides drive tour buses through more than 70 acres where zebra, emus, donkeys, camels, antelope, and other animals roam free. In the ampitheater, audiences get close encounters with fascinating fauna thanks to interactive Creature Feature shows. And throughout the park, visitors have ample opportunities to pet and feed the animals.
Silence fills the forest as a masked paintball player creeps over logs and leaves, unable to find the opposing team he knows is there. Suddenly, a shower of colored paint spews from behind a nearby tree, and the battle begins. Such moments unfold daily at PBC Paintball Park's facilities during the regular season. Their staff, all of whom are paintball players themselves, have designed both wooded and concept fields at Greensboro, Charlotte, and Greenville. At Greensboro, wooded landscapes transform into a battlefield with bunkers, creeks, and large forts. Felled trees and dense foliage give players ample cover amid the undeveloped woods of Greenville's fields, while tournaments unfold across PBC Charlotte's level terrain. Additionally, PBC Paintball Parks are affiliated with Paintball Central, which runs two stores in North Carolina and one store in South Carolina where players can stock up on enough paintball gear to ready themselves for the inevitable cartoon-character rebellion.
Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses. A 30-day all-access membership (a $69 value) gives bodies access to enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them capable of running a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud.
Willow Creek's 6,890-yard course is woven into a landscape of shimmering water features and lush groves to create a placid, yet challenging, course. Send orbs soaring over meticulously maintained bermudagrass fairways and land them atop subtle, rolling Crenshaw bentgrass greens. Aboard the included cart, players can zip from tee to green, avoiding exhaustion and sentient windmills while saving energy between flurries of orb whacking and divot flinging. After a round spent navigating Willow Creek's bunkers and trees, take repose at the course's grill, or seek out expert advice and new equipment in the fully stocked pro shop.
A licensed massage therapist and the president of Studio Rejuvenate, Hunter Jones worked as a registered nurse for years before returning to school to learn the stress-melting techniques of massage. He calls upon his wealth of academic and medical experience to ease chronic pain and tension alongside a team of fellow therapists trained in various massage modalities, from the gentle strokes of Swedish to the firm taps of Morse-code lullabies. Hunter and his team also treat soreness or recurring pain with reflexology techniques that target pressure points and deep-tissue strokes that run against the grain of muscles to break up knots of tension. Regardless of the modality you choose, expect to receive expert tips on at-home exercises to help you to further manage pain.
When their own nimble fingers are not enough, Studio Rejuvenate’s massage therapists enhance the efficacy of their treatments with heated pebbles, soothing aromatherapy, and hot or cold therapy courtesy of Biofreeze products. They pride themselves on soothing backs and shoulders of all ages and even dispatch outcall services to those who prefer to remain at home.
The fairways of Greer Country Club’s 18-hole course arch over rolling hills and weave through groves of trees, offering up narrow landing zones on a layout that rewards accuracy over power. Like a putting green that began as a shag carpet, the course emerged from humble beginnings. A group of local businessmen backed its construction in 1955, and many early supporters spent time extracting rocks from the turf by hand; the first round of golf cost $6. Since then, the 6,300-yard course has matured into a well-manicured circuit of Bermuda grass fairways and small, bent-grass greens, outlined by Carolina pines and dotted by water hazards on four holes. Open year round, the course complements its course with a driving range, where golfers can find their swings or discreetly practice archery before taking to the first tee.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Bermuda grass fairways and bent grass greens * Length of 6,300 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 70.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 121 from the farthest tees