Eleven detached pine cabins house visitors at Grand Canyon Ranch, a historic Western ranch sprawled over 165 square miles just two hours from the Vegas Strip. Woodwork interiors lend the standard cabins a rustic ambiance complemented by Western artifacts such as saddles and wagon wheels. Queen beds proffer a restful night's sleep, and separate bathrooms come with antique cowboy tubs for showering after long days of horseback riding or lassoing bandits plundering the hotel's towel supply. In the morning, diners gather at the Historic Ranch House restaurant for breakfast (included in the package), and nighttime visitors dine on homestyle fare illuminated by an open fire and candlelit tables. Beer and wine flow freely next door at the Diamond Bar, where Western performers regale guests with live music and banjo fights.
River Parasail's expert navigators unite guests with panoramic views and invigorating experiences on the Colorado River obtainable only by parasailers and waterfowl. Up to six passengers can board the custom-built human-aircraft carrier, which features an extended deck and an on-board winch to provide parasailers with a dry takeoff and landing. The captain will send human kites to a desired height between 50 and 500 feet, allowing them to catch aerial views of the Colorado River before coming closer to snuggling with low-lying clouds.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
As winner of BeadStyle Magazine's Favorite Bead Store award, Bead Jungle bedecks the bedazzled in a bevy of beads and all that clinks, clatters, shines, and strings. Boasting one of the largest assortments of sterling silver, 14-karat gold-filled, vermeil, plated, and pewter supplies, Bead Jungle provides crafty craftspersons with the means for master jewelry-making (items start at $0.49 and the cost of class supplies ranges from $15–$60 on average, depending on beads and implements chosen).
Scubafy Dive Center's veteran dive instructor, cofounder Charlie Franks, an instructor, regional training director for IDEA, and evaluator, draws on thousands dives’ worth of experience while teaching scuba courses. Charlie and his instructors guide small-group classes of budding divers aged 12 and older through open-water certification courses, which impart the skills needed to explore the liquid depths of nearby Lake Mead, international waters, or Zeus's hot tub. The shelves and racks of Scubafy's well-stocked dive shop are laden with new and pre-owned gear for divers of all skill levels. Rental equipment is available by the day or week, and air-tank refills, repair services, and all-inclusive introductory packages equip those who are getting their feet wet for the first time.
Rated the top nursery for the last 10 years by AZ Business magazine, Moon Valley Nurseries complements its extensive inventory of plants and trees with services such as delivery, installation, and tips for care. The knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the green aisles of trees and plants, which encompass such Plant Kingdom constituents as Palm Trees, Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and, during the holiday season, Christmas Trees. They also grow their own inventory so they can maintain direct control over the health and well being of their plants, whether treating them with the correct combination of fertilizers or pressuring admittance boards to make sure each seed gets into the best of nursery schools.