Birds and Clays, Inc. equips 12 forested stations with automatic traps that shoot sporting-clay targets high in the air, where they attempt to evade hunters’ bullets with swift, aerial maneuvers. Sporting clay professionals acquaint visiting duos with their weapons and equipment before waving them on to solve vendettas against clay in a manner that doesn’t terrorize local pottery shops. Trappers man the stations and load six to eight disks at each as guests take aim, hoping to shatter as many proxy pigeons as possible before heading through the woods to the next station. A limited number of golf carts swiftly shuttle patrons between stations when available, and cartless dischargers can trek the woodsy paths via foot or off-roading skateboards.
Featuring 53 miles of track and 25 bridges, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad transports guests to majestic mountain locales in western Carolina, allowing travelers to view nature's splendor while sitting on a modern marvel. The four-and-a-half-hour trip offers coach seating to train setters tired of driving through the mountains with the Space Shuttle and its noisy transmission, instead surrounding them in 1920s-inspired train cars, complete with heat and ceiling fans for climate comfort.
Dent Master Express' skilled technicians nurse hail-damaged cars back to health using a machine-less, paint-less technique. During the repair process, adroit frame menders shape and form the damaged metal by hand, kneading out dents without the use of body fillers or chemicals. Prices vary depending on the amount of damage, the duration of service—which can last anywhere from a day to several weeks—and how much the car squirms during treatment; the average cost of a full repair is $4,500.
Dynamite Detailing’s expert crew descends on dusty vehicles, scrubbing away grime and leaving rims and wheels shiny with a bevy of services. The licensed and insured techs dab away wet spots during hand washes and waxes, removing from the exterior bugs, tar, and the steamrollers that put the tar there. They can also immerse cars in a thorough detailing, shampooing carpets and conditioning all leather before cleaning vents, gauges, and knobs with cotton swabs. In addition to its car-washing expertise, the team can also evict grime from vinyl siding, brick walls, or patios and change vehicular oil and clean engines.
Tucked in North Carolina's southwest corner, the small town of Bryson City sits amid the woodsy slopes of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. The bisecting Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers create picturesque waterfalls that cascade through the mountainous terrain, a natural setting for outdoor recreation throughout the year. On clear days, one can catch a 360-degree view of the entire range from Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the national park at more than 6,500 feet. In winter, lodgers can take a scenic half-hour drive from the cabins to Cataloochee Ski Area, a challenging downhill course with 16 illuminated trails and slopes. Once all the snow thaws or is exported as ice cubes for Hawaii, whitewater rafting and kayaking become popular attractions at nearby Nantahala Gorge. And Bryson City itself charms tourists with antique stores, handcrafted pottery, and homemade chocolate amid the fetching natural landscape.