In 1998, the clack of billiards balls met the clink of cold beers at the first Fast Eddie’s Sports Tavern and Social Clubs in Amarillo. Since then, 17 more Fast Eddie's locations have sprung up across Texas and Louisiana, each letting guests sink corner shots at 8- and 9-foot Olhausen pool tables while sharing a few drinks and snacks such as deep-fried hot dogs. Beyond the felt, home runs and touchdowns play out on multiple big-screen TVs as darts fly into targets and foosball tables re-create the exciting theatrics of gymnasts struggling to play soccer.
At Camp Niwana, youth and teens have spent their summers enjoying activities centered around environmental education, conflict resolution, and fostering leadership skills since 1953. Beneath a canopy of towering oaks and pines in the Big Thicket area, Camp Niwana invites campers to explore new things, learn new skills, and meet new friends outside the ones they have made back home playing xBox.
Much like the kids themselves, the camp has evolved over the years, too. In addition to its classic camp activities, it currently offers more modern experiences. And Camp Niwana doesn't limit their adventures to just the summer. Throughout the year, families and groups can visit the property to have some fun of their own and use the facilities for their own family activities, all while staying in electricity-equipped cabins with a full bathhouse but no air-conditioning units.
In 2010, two neighbors ? Troy Smith and Ryan Baird ? sat around sipping their favorite beverages when a startling idea occurred to them; maybe they could make better drinks. Taking inspiration from their great state's history, they founded Yellow Rose Distilling
before the year was out, but took two years to perfect their recipes and navigate legal waters before opening their distillery in Houston. Their carefully crafted drinks have drawn attention; they recently took home a Best in Class Award at the American Distilling Institute for their Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon, and their Straight Rye Whiskey earned the Double Gold at San Francisco Artisan Spirits. They invite visitors to come tour their facilities, taste their creations, and help them come closer to upgrading the distillery with a new tasting room.
Amid the Louisiana summer heat, Beauregard Country Club stands out like a desert oasis. The bright greens of its 18-hole golf course provide par-hunting recreation for players of all stripes. And guests hone their footwork, agility, and baseline game at the outdoor tennis courts?which provide a valid reason to take a dip in the club's outdoor swimming pool.
Water streams from wooden aqueducts and cascades down rock formations as families putt through Colorado Canyon's two 18-hole mini-golf courses. After rounds, guests can visit the arcade to play skee ball, build their own stuffed animals, or mine for gemstones and fossils, then hit the snack bar for some Noble Roman's pizza.
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