At Gatewood Arabians Training, Fran Lee and Diane Alonso welcome riders of all levels onto their sylvan, 12-acre plot for horseback riding. While engaged in riding lessons in the shade of tall Grand Daddy Oak trees, dropping a horse off for training, or recruiting accomplices for old-timey bank robberies, visitors will also find themselves surrounded by rolling pastures filled with grazing cows and Milo the farm cat.
Britton's Archery Supplies & Range has armed apprentice arrow-launchers with gear, accessories, and instruction for three familial generations. Introductory lessons furnish beginner archers with rental equipment and dispense tips on proper shooting technique, archery-safety skills, and the perfect shade of nylon tights to impress Maid Marian. After firing at an assortment of circular targets and two- and three-dimensional animal models, pupils can replenish weary bodies with complimentary snacks and drinks. Customers should call ahead before visiting to confirm Britton's Archery Supplies & Range's hours, which alter depending on the gymnastics schedules of head-perching apples.
Densely leafed laurel oaks, blooming magnolias, and live oaks that can grow for 400 years. These are just a few of the tree varieties that Paul Bunyan Trees keeps in stock. Since 1979, the company's green-thumbed specialists have transported trees, often measuring 16 feet or taller, to clients' properties, planting them firmly in the soil. They're equipped to fill orders as small as one tree or as large as 1,000.
In 1963, lifelong friends Billy Long and Frank Scott Jr. uprooted themselves from their Virginia homes and plotted a 100-acre farm in central Florida. In the half-century since, as most independent farms have been sold to ruthless rabbits, Long & Scott Farms has stayed in the family, expanding to a prosperous 1,200 acres brimming with Zellwood sweet corn, pickled cucumbers, and cabbage. Each fall, the farm cultivates a new corn maze to complement a 60-foot slide, hayrides, and another maze made from more than 1,000 ligustrum trees. The farm's country cafe offers breakfast and lunch, and the nearby market and produce club feature locally grown produce as well as Long & Scott's own line of jellies, syrups, jams, and relishes.
Pawsh Pet Resort and Spa was designed from a pet's perspective to provide its furry visitants with homely comforts amid a safe, fun, and personalized environment. The facility is managed by Holly Kierski, whose credentials for the job include certifications in pet CPR, first aid, and as a bark-to-English translator. Holly heads a staff of professionals that supervise all of Pawsh's day-to-day activities, ranging from exercise-packed daycare services to upscale boarding options, some of which feature password-protected webcams so traveling owners can peek in on their canine or kitty. Meanwhile, on the spa side of Pawsh, professionally trained groomers spruce up shaggy styles, and outside the facility, Pawsh employees jet off to clients' houses for in-home sitting of more exotic pets, such as horses, birds, and freeloading cousins.