Initially planting vines for neighboring wineries, Virginia Mountain Vineyards' staff slowly began to dabble in the art and science of winemaking. Then, in 2006, they began crafting their own varietals on-site. Today, staffers tend to more than 5,000 vines across nearly 10 acres of picturesque land, plucking ripe grapes to transform into red, white, sweet, and specialty wines. Events are regularly held at the vineyards, including a summer concert series, special tastings, and trying wines straight from their barrels.
Certified massage therapist Carrie Nolan coaxes sore and stressed muscles into a more relaxed state with a mitigating menu of clinical massages. The long, flowing strokes of the swedish massage are designed to increase oxygen flow in the bloodstream and oust toxins from their muscular fortifications and the deep tissue massage strives to evaporate stress caused by muscular misalignment, past injuries, and repetitive one-handed clapping. Athletes can prepare for big games and staring contests with the sports massage, which aims to relieve swelling and prevent fatigue as well as injuries. Expectant mothers can indulge in a prenatal massage, which seeks to reduce the flow of stress hormones to the baby and nourish them with increased circulation while relieving matronly lower back pains. This massage can also be enjoyed by new moms to help reduce the chances of depression following pregnancy and intolerably long rounds of marsupial-themed Pictionary.
Against the serene backdrop of the Appalachian Mountain foothills, the ancient Eastern traditions of aikido and yoga are alive and well. Blue Ridge Aikido & Yoga’s cofounder Irene Malochowky is a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor equipped with exactly the skill set she needs to help students safely discover their bodies’ potential during gentle or challenging yoga sessions. As a certified advanced teacher in cardiac yoga, yoga for osteoporosis, and yoga for multiple sclerosis (MS), she is uniquely positioned to help students who struggle with injuries or chronic health issues. The studio’s cofounder Ron Malachowsky has achieved the rank of sandan in aikido—the equivalent of a third-degree black belt. He infuses his martial-arts practice with mindfulness and body-awareness principles from yoga, which he has practiced for over 20 years. The result is a marital-arts class that not only teaches self-defense techniques but also the mental focus and discipline required to get through to you inner child when he’s busy texting.
At Oasis Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Tom Baader helps patients of all ages overcome chronic pain and live healthy lives without the need for invasive treatments or drugs. The good doctors treat illness and aches at the source with nutritional counseling and chiropractic adjustments, as well as an extensive health and weight-loss clinic through Dr. Tom's Metabolic BootCamp.
Curlicues of painted flame seem to crackle white hot from the mouths of dragons that come to life on the walls beneath the black lights at Glow-A-Rama. The echo of clacking billiard balls drifts past the painted knights, monsters, and underwater vistas, reaching the ears of players batting ping-pong balls back and forth. Patrons tap incandescent spheres across the 18-hole mini-golf course, which was designed and constructed by the owner and is free of the sand traps that slow traditional golf and attract nesting Jimmy Buffetts. Black lights also extend into the game room and party rooms.
Birthday-party guests master the lost art of golf bowling, which involves tapping a golf ball into 10 glowing, diminutive pins. Around Halloween, visitors run the spooky gauntlet of a haunted house festooned with shimmering graveyard murals and pictures of the wolfman without his makeup.