More than 500 feet in the air, a climber pauses atop Looking Glass Rock, taking in the scenic views of North Carolina that stretch for miles in every direction. The AMGA-certified guides at Appalachian Mountain Institute aim to help climbers reach these elevated vantage points. Their guided trips range from beginner lessons to more advanced multipitch climbing, which exercises techniques that can be used to scale the peaks of Table Rock. As winter brings colder weather and more embarrassing pajamas, ice climbing beckons groups to tackle vertical flows of ice.
AMI also sponsors the Adventure for Kids Program, an outreach initiative designed to take local kids climbing. Additionally, they lead camps for teenagers and retreats that fuse climbing with yoga.:m]]
The referee surveys the field, his eagle eyes scanning the masked figures who silently dart behind inflatable cones and crawl through the forest. The silence breaks as a player makes a break from the woods only to be struck by green pellets slamming against his chest. Satisfied that the shot was fair, the ref keeps the game moving in all its paint-splattered glory.
This is a typical scene at Wolverine Paintball Park, where seasoned staff members are dedicated to maintaining rigorous safety during adrenaline-fueled games on the facility’s sprawling, tree-dappled course. Wolverine’s field rules keep play in check, whereas eco-friendly paintballs keep players away from toxic materials with colorful pigments that contain no oil or tree tears.
Travels in Beer Tours' chauffeured adventures make pit stops at breweries throughout Western North Carolina, where tourists sip samples of award-winning local beers. However, the tours are about more than drinking—the expert guides also let tour groups a peek behind the scenes and offer insights on the beer-making process and tricks for pairing beer with food. On select tours, participants also hike to picturesque waterfalls or feast on hearty bratwurst lunches.
TreasureKnit.com turns stiffly frozen memories into snuggly abode adornments, and its personalized products have been featured on the Today show, in Woman's Day magazine, and in gift baskets at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Customize protective coverings by uploading an image commemorating a wedding, a child's first day of school, or a photo finish in last year's Lens Cap Removal Derby.
Owned and operated by Greg and Sheila Paul, Carolina Ace Hardware adds comfort and convenience to daily life with products, tools, and project-solving expertise. Secure sheds, trunks, and Fabergé egg display cases with an Ace 2-inch padlock ($11.99), and illuminate midnight-snack paths with mood lighting using dimmable GE Energy Smart 100-watt CFL light bulbs ($13.99 each). Messy projects clean up their act with a six-pack of ultra-strong Scott shop towels ($17.94), retiring soiled materials to Glad Odor Shield kitchen bags ($8.99) after their heavy-duty absorption is done (prices and availability may vary).
Jenny’s Used Books is a hometown used book store where you will enjoy finding a wide variety at a fraction of the price of new books. Selections include Children’s, Paranormal, Various Non-Fiction, Thrillers, Christian Fiction, Westerns, Science Fiction and so much more!