When Kandace Martin and her husband began their weekend business of renting inflatable jump houses for children's parties, they dreamed of being their own bosses on a full-time basis and having more control over their busy schedules. As luck would have it, their collection of bouncers, wet and dry slides, and obstacle courses became so in-demand that they were booked every weekend—prodding the couple to finally quit their day jobs and focus on bounce houses full time. A few months later, they expanded their business model by setting up permanent, air-filled residence inside an 8,000-square-foot building. Hoppity Hop Inflatables' indoor playground hosts nine inflatable obstacles for sock-footed kids to climb, bounce, and slide on. A 15-foot slide introduces children to the nonpunitive aspects of the law of gravity, which is further explored by walking the plank of the pirate-ship-themed bouncer. Toddlers, meanwhile, romp in an exclusive area filled with soft toys and miniature bounce house. Free wireless internet access keeps adults occupied, and the snack bar fills bellies with a vast selection of concessions, including chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and pizza.
After more than 13 years slinging cold beer and pub favorites at their original location, Piranha's Bar & Grill opened a second location overlooking Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville. There, they continue to fill mugs and serve up their signature sandwiches, half-pound burgers, and specialty dishes, such as the mini donut burger, which was named Best Appetizer at the Taste of Hendersonville in 2013. The new location sports 3 party rooms and a 2,000-square-foot patio with views of the lake as well as five garage doors that let fresh air stream in when the weather's warm. Live music, a game room, and flat-screen TVs keep patrons entertained during every season.
Golfers teeing up at Country Hills Golf Course motor across the emerald hills of Middle Tennessee aboard electric golf carts while giving chase to their dimpled white orbs. Each player attempts to navigate the 18-hole course in less than 70 strokes, a feat impeded by hazards such as sand traps, elevation swings, and a smattering of ponds. Dense foliage directly abutting the fairways further complicate matters, especially if a previous group has shamelessly scratched a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem into the tree bark.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,174 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees
Designed by Jerry Lemmons and sculpted into the Tennessee countryside in 2001, Riverside Golf Course challenges golfers with 6,500 yards of winding fairways and greens. Clubbers can unsheathe their collection of golf-ball tenderizers and attempt to conquer the par-71 layout, which demands precision to avoid three water hazards that loom throughout the course. Riverside Golf Course is situated alongside a large driving range and a 9-hole, par 3 course, where golfers can practice their short game and enjoy the entertainment as the pint-sized course deals with the constant noogies supplied by its 18-hole bigger brother.
Amid the sprawling halls of Hendersonville Expo Center, outdoor enthusiasts wend through upwards of 100,000 square feet of displays helmed by thousands of local and regional purveyors of outdoor recreational equipment for land and sea. Fleets of RVs and personal watercrafts sit patiently as visitors daydream about future fresh air adventures or daring action movies they could film aboard the crafts. An onsite food court prevents stomachs from interrupting leisurely strolls through the show with whining growls.
Big HD screens, a menu of savory pub fare, and hospitable, scantily kilted servers, whom the restaurant calls cast members, populate the Tilted Kilt’s lively, Celtic-inspired consumption quarters. Congenial nights kick off with a mouthwatering appetizer, such as the Tilted Kilt irish nachos, whose freshly cooked potato chips arrive sporting a delectable cheese sauce, seasoned ground beef, and tomatoes, or the roasted garlic fries tossed in garlic butter and parmesan cheese. Dining duos return from rousing billiards games to celebrate sunken 8 balls or puzzle over levitating cue balls with creatively topped flatbread pizzas, or the classic Big Arse hamburger, a 10-ounce patty of choice ground chuck delivered by mini-kilt-clad waitresses. Amid a sea of sports-tuned HDTVs, soda and coffee hydrate throats parched from shouting answers during Wednesday trivia or from shouting improvised choruses at live-music performers on most Fridays.