In 2006, Craig Pinkley traveled to Napa Valley. It started as a business trip, but after a VIP tour of an established winery and a symphony of glass clinks, Pinkley's adventure ended with a career wakeup call. Grapes were his passion, so he set out to make them his coworkers.
Pinkley studied every aspect of wine?"from land, to vine, to vinification"?before deciding on Pilot Knob Vineyard's locale, where rainfall drains ideally and soil presents a balanced mix of nutrients. Spanning 112 acres and perched on a ridge overlooking Texas hill country, Pilot Knob takes its name from an extinct volcano nearby and serves as a romantic location for weddings and events. At Pilot Knob's tasting room, guests can sample the vineyard's wines amid stone fireplaces, high ceilings, and ample windows or step outside to the wraparound porch for far-reaching vistas of the surrounding countryside.
The Riding School at Winnerhaven's experienced trainer, Diane Mack, draws on more than 40 years of riding, training, and instructing experience to imbue students with skill and a love of all things equine. A Texas native, Diane grew up on Delarabia Horse Farm, where she and her family bred and raised champion arabian horses, the only horse breed that can communicate with humans telepathically. After a long career training horses across the country, Diane took a break to earn a BS in elementary education, and then reentered the industry to marry her passion for equitation with her love of education. Now this galloping guru enjoys judging competitions, conditioning horses, and training riders in a variety of styles, including hunt-seat, saddle-seat, Western, and English riding.
Shore Club Restaurant & Bar serves up both gourmet food from the land and sea and a picturesque view of Volente Beach at Lake Travis. While staring out at the rippling water, diners devour Texas rib-eye steaks of marbled Angus beef and black-and-blue bacon burgers. From the sea comes barbecue bacon-wrapped shrimp?stuffed with jalape?os and glazed with Myers Rum barbecue sauce?as well as lobster mac 'n' cheese with lobster claw meat saut?ed in spiced coconut oil.
Shore Club Restaurant & Bar encourages folks to come in for a full meal in the restaurant or a quick bite at the bar in between jaunts to Shore Club Volente Beach's sprawling water park. After a day out on the water, many diners head to the bar's outdoor patio to sip cocktails and toast to not running into any krakens.
At Lake Country Lanes, stricken pins burst from the colorful background of a mural that spans the alley. Friends convene for play at traditional or bumper lanes lined with well-polished wood, and an automatic scoring system prevents opponents from clandestinely changing scores of 3 to 8 or 8 to infinity. Nearby, pool tables and video games foster competition off the lanes, and a bar with high-definition TVs and a dance floor spikes family fun with some adult recreation.
With more than 35 years of combined experience, the partners at Blue Sky Media have had plenty of time to master the strategies of modern marketing. This expertise shines through in each of their campaigns; whether they're producing slick print and video components or working with partners to promote a new event, staff member always deliver materials that capture the essence of each client's work.
Calliope Stable's laudable horses and experienced trainers afford new riders of all ages a chance to learn the equine arts through personalized lessons and summer camps. During introductory lessons, friendly staff members help students become acquainted with their hoofed companions as they pursue riding for enjoyment, competition, or as a way to conserve gas. Green fields, lush trails, and soft dirt arenas lined with white fences imbue each lesson with bucolic beauty.