After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.
But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.
During spring at Jones Orchard, families gather to bound through the territory’s rows of fruit, peeling back leaves to get at the ripest morsels hidden deep within the thicket. Since growing their first peaches more than seven decades ago, the Jones family continues to ripen juicy varieties of peaches, strawberries, and other fruit on their 600-acre farm, eschewing long-distance produce shipping for local distribution, mostly available at farmer’s markets and during the orchard’s pick-your-own fruit season. Inviting families to pick fruit together is one of many ways the Jones family lures visitors to their orchard seasonally—come autumn, the farmers transform the fields into a vast corn maze. Visitors not content to wander the idyllic grounds can enjoy the orchard’s bounty at the Country Café, where matriarch Juanita Jones flavors her fresh pies and preserves with fresh-plucked fruits.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
A branch of Primary Health Care of Millington, the PHC Medical Spa adds an aesthetic outpost to the organization's body of services. Under the watchful eye of Dr. Regina Lindsey, who either performs or supervises all treatments, the med-spa staff helps to treat problematic skin conditions, slow or eliminate unwanted hair growth via laser, and lessen tension with relaxation and medical massage. Experienced tattoo artist Mamie Shannon fine-tunes faces with permanent makeup, and a range of laser treatments, peels, and cosmetic injections rejuvenate the skin and help lessen the tiny accordion pleats left by aging.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Formula Drivetech provides classroom instruction for fledgling racecar drivers on a variety of professional racetracks across the country. The intro to road racing package hands you the reins of a Porsche Boxster, a Chevrolet Corvette, or a Formula car. After one hour of orientation and 45 minutes of classroom instruction with a master motorist, you'll learn the bends and curves of the course in a standard streetcar before gripping your chosen racer's controls and speed-wheeling through about 15 laps on the raceway's track (students are guaranteed at least 15 minutes of track time). The experience eschews straight, open road in favor of high-speed turns and will leave your hair mussed, eyes bulged, and torso coated in corporate sponsorships. Check out the schedule here.