The family that created A Bounceable Time has already walked—and jumped—a mile in their customers' shoes. They started out as renters themselves, tracking down inflatable fun for birthday parties and backyard barbecues. So they know what people are looking for: clean bounce houses, obstacle courses, and slides that are easy to order online and delivered in a timely fashion. That's why staff members arrive one to four hours early to set up the equipment and talk clients through the dos and don'ts of operation. The technicians wipe down the units with disinfectant after each rental, ousting germs and blocking the bounce houses' continual attempts to develop a protective exoskeleton.
Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill pays a deep resemblance to the kind of farm one might have visited during a fall field trip, with trees laden with ripening apples ready to be plucked. But, take a turn in the orchard and you'll encounter the piney scent of something else entirely: towering Cascade hop plants. The fresh juice that flows from the apple presses ferments for six months, emerging as mildly bubbly hard cider or accidental alcoholic applesauce. Concoctions infused with strawberries, peaches, and fragrant spices spill from bottles and taps, pairing with sugar-dusted cider donuts.
When rock-climbing couple Christy and Scott Thrift got engaged, Christy was dangling off the side of Stone Mountain. The same adventurous spirit that elevated their engagement informs their married life, which they spend running their wilderness guiding service, Thrifty Adventures. While some of the duo’s trips require previous outdoor experience, most welcome all participants, and range from ice climbing adventures to rock climbing and backpacking trips. Along the way, Scott and Christy teach safety basics, climbing techniques, and strategies for preserving natural surroundings, such as refraining from nibbling on the mountain.
At the Color My Spirit Run, colored powder rains down on participants as they jog toward the finish line, brightening their clothes. The event is more than a run, though—participants also dance to live music, and kids frolic in a bounce house.