Five generations of the Sells family have tilled the land, including Clodbuster Farms’ current owner, Zane Sells, who hopes to continue that tradition well into the future. The farm hosts a pick-your-own strawberry patch, seasonal produce, and greenhouse tomatoes. The farm’s store stocks everything from its own products to locally made jelly, pickles, and honey, in addition to feed for picky animals that also prefer locally sourced fodder. At the end of the year, the Sells family puts on a fall celebration, inviting guests to take a spin on the hayride, find their way through the corn maze, and tell spooky stories by the campfire. The crisp fall weather and the changing colors of the farm scenery make the perfect backdrop for guests to stock up on pumpkins, play a round of corn hole, and roast marshmallows for s’mores.
For more than a decade, the Taste Carolina Wine Festival has created an outdoor menagerie of locally bottled libations, live musicians, and art vendors. Local wineries set up booths where guests can sample their liquid wares before purchasing bottles that will be tagged and ready for pick up after the festival. On the stage, bands that range from rock ‘n’ roll to adult contemporary strum and sing, forging a melodious backdrop to booths showcasing sculptures, home crafts, foodstuffs, and pamphlet arrangements rivaling the beauty of those in the Sistine Chapel’s gift shop.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Flight Simulation
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Learn the basics of flight—a few dogfight maneuvers wouldn't hurt either.
You feel the rush of adrenaline as you soar through the air, your F-16 plane's engines roaring and guns booming as you pump the rudder pedals and dip, turn, and attack in a Top Gun–worthy dogfight. Such is the experience at The Wright Stuff, where visitors strap themselves in to flight simulators and pilot fighter aircraft from WWI, WWII, and later eras. On screens, they shoot down enemies on their own or during multi-player simulations. In addition to the flying experiences, which can also be done with civilian aircraft, the center's staff sets up Call of Duty simulations and organizes birthday parties.
A fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do, Master Dennis Wood teaches sophisticated combat and self-defense techniques at Triple Tigers Martial Arts. Flattened hands and foil blades slice through the air as Master Wood calls upon his experiences as a pupil in Korea and a dragon rancher in Texas to guide students of all ages and abilities along their chosen paths. The studio’s martial arts disciplines include Tai Chi, fencing, and a style of Tae Kwon Do that adheres to the World Tae Kwon Do Federation’s 2,000 year-old methodology of practical self-defense. The weekly class schedule includes up-to-date group class times; students may call ahead to reserve times for private lessons.
Built in 1969 and having hosted the 2001 National Golf Association Triad Classic, Pine Knolls Golf Club has a long and sparkling history. In 2006, two brothers-in-law from Ireland—Graham Ruttle, a retired professional motorcycle racer, and Pearse Mahon, a class-A PGA professional—purchased the course. Today, they carry on its tradition of challenging and enjoyable play. To conquer the 6,338-yard layout, golfers must decipher the course’s small and complex greens, which requires even more concentration than geocaching for holes on a course that spans an entire city. To calibrate their swings before tackling the course, golfers can warm up at the grass-tee driving range or enlist Mahon's advice in a private lesson.
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