As RHC Riding Academy’s head trainer, Erin Reid shares a passion for horses that began when her family founded RHC in 1985. A devotee to all things equine since age 5, Erin quickly caught onto the finer points of riding and has instructed students for the past 19 years. Barn manager Debra Reid, who discovered her life’s passion while growing up in Kentucky, managed 70 horses at a breeding facility in Southern California and unites her experience with Erin's. Together they oversee nine horses, several of which are Arabians—prized for their distinctive beauty and superior intellects.
Students come to the facility from all backgrounds to learn proper saddling and riding techniques. Erin supplements her technical training with lessons in horse psychology, helping students bond with steeds or to get them to open up about complex relationships with their mothers. Horses in need of discipline or a hay-filled couch on which to crash can be boarded and trained at the facility, which boasts box stalls, an indoor riding arena, and a large outdoor arena.
Sun rays and sweltering temperatures fill Bikram Yoga Louisville's colorful studio, bolstering minds and loosening muscles during daily Bikram yoga classes. Flexibility, balance, and focus grow as certified instructors guide groups through 26 challenging poses suitable for both beginners and seasoned yogis. The studio's heat makes muscles more pliable, deepening stretches and extracting submerged toxins. Deep breaths draw fresh oxygen into the lungs and expel pent-up stress, filling students with relaxation that lasts long past 90-minute routines, lingering pleasantly as they climb into bed or tickle piranhas in their dreams.
Occupying the former gardens of late nursery and landscape leader Theodore Klein, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens displays graceful garden arrangements and lush foliage while striving to improve the botanical world through research and community-education programs. The Silver Cloud family membership gives you—and family members residing at the same address—free year-long access to the sprawling grounds and their leafy residents that welcome visitors with the friendly stoicism of a granite butler. Espy new varietals of ornamental plants, the hortichildren of Yew Dell's plant development program, wander through the alternately arborial and floral gardens, and practice your standup comedy on the dogwoods, sugar maples, and other plants that flourish throughout the property.
GlenOaks challenges the driving, putting, and chipping skills for golfers of all abilities with an 18-hole bermuda-grass course and expansive driving range. The course's bentgrass greens and well-manicured fairways meander between sphere-snatching hazards, including sand traps, sparkling ponds, and surface-to-air golf-ball missiles. Orb-smashers can visit the driving range to hone distance shots on the 10,000-square-foot chipping green, flanked by two sandy bunkers to simulate the hazards. Afterward, recharge over-oscillated appendages with a tasty hot-dog, bratwurst, or sandwich lunch, complete with a bag of chips and a soft drink.
The Game Room’s 5,000-square-foot facility boasts 30 50-inch TVs, body-enveloping furniture, and enough pixilated thumb-candy to keep fingers on their toes. An all-day pass grants button-massagers access to Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Atari, and Nintendo systems—as well as chips and a drink to generate the brain power needed to wage computerized warfare. Stealthily stalk a buddy through the streets of Renaissance Italy in Assassin’s Creed II on the Xbox 360 or pit Peach against Donkey Kong against Teddy Roosevelt during Super Smash Bros. on the Wii. If none of The Game Room’s hundreds of games dragon-punch your fancy, bring along a game of your own, such as Capcom’s violent shoot ’em up adaptation of The Sound of Music. You can also pre-order the latest releases for 10% off. Though not included with today's Groupon, $1 pool games and 25¢ stand-up arcade games are also available; alternately, the Gamebulance will bring the fun right to your party.
The avid paddlers at River City Canoe & Kayak draw upon years of experience navigating Kentucky’s waterways to empower budding aquaphiles to do the same. They stock their vast showroom with boats, accessories, and apparel, and happily help paddlers hone in on an ideal vessel for whitewater or sturdy paddle for impromptu jousting. Their expertise extends beyond the showroom: American Canoe Association–certified instructors lead classes in water safety, and rent out a fleet of kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards from their Harrods Creek launch site.