The beautifully manicured golf course at Hidden Valley carefully incorporates the existing flora, streambeds, and outcropped rocks into its 6,860 yards of dimpled ball habitat, making players of every skill level feel as if they're teeing off in an unspoiled national park. A GPS-enabled cart will keep you from accidentally driving onto the Autobahn as you journey through a pleasantly challenging round of recreational golf (up to a $67 value, cart included). To warm up wrists before the game, guests can flick through a large bucket of balls on the practice green ($10), and once the 18th green has been conquered and purged of its mini-dragon guardians, it's off to the Villa Amalfi Ristorante to refuel. Sip on coffee, tea, or soda, and choose one food item from the breakfast or lunch menu, which includes tasty breakfast burritos ($6.95), mushroom-swiss burgers ($7.95), fried-chicken salad ($10.95), and more (up to $17.95 value). Customers also get their choice of either a hat ($20) or a golf shirt ($65), giving them a change of clothes when their astronaut suit is being dry-cleaned.
Halloween31 preps adults, kids, and pets with everything needed for a seasonally appropriate costume. Pair a Lady Gaga blond/yellow wig ($16.99) with a silvery spangled jumpsuit to pose as your favorite glam-rock astronaut. Three silent, wide-eyed percussionists can entertain haunted houseguests with a blue Navi Avatar makeup kit ($9.99), a few empty pots, and glow-in-the-dark paint left over from Columbus Day. A Meat Market bloody foot & calf ($14.99) can complete a Bill Gates costume and Leg Avenue mini top hats ($12.99) make for sexy Monopoly theme parties. Become a fan of Halloween31 on Facebook to get an additional $1 off in-store purchases, so you can look great for Halloween parties or costumed trips to the grocery store.
A 200-foot downhill tee shot opens Champions Club at the Retreat, rendering the 485-yard, par 5 first hole reachable in two strokes. Such elevational considerations color play throughout the 18-hole course, cradled as it is within the Temescal Valley's undulating canyons adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest. Bermuda grass fairways slink through the rocky outcroppings and low-lying brush, corralling foursomes onto smooth greens of bent grass. Yet despite its imposing appearance, a major renovation in 2011 tempered the course's difficulty a tad, eliminating some of the more punishing aspects of the course such as 16 bunkers.
Anchoring every round is the 25,000-square-foot clubhouse. Done up in a Tuscan theme and accessorized with trickling fountains and golden sunshine, the structure immerses visitors in creature comforts before they tee up. Players can stop for post-round drinks or fuel up for a round with pub-style eats on the grand patio, which overlooks the 9th and 18th greens.
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Jason DeLaughter arrived at the idea for Insta Glam Photo Booth after stepping inside a photo booth himself. In combining this experience with the glitzy aesthetic of Las Vegas, Jason's booths take on a high-class atmosphere, with certain packages even including red carpeting, velvet ropes, and surly inflatable bouncers. Guests play into the glamorous extravagance as they don peculiar hats and play with props before following the kiosk's simple instructions. The system's customizable nature allows for rentals to be set up as traditional booths encircled by curtains or as an open-air space for fitting in large groups.
The staff members at IE Gourmet Food Trucks strives to populate Inland Empire's roads with sanitary food trucks that sell, buy, and hire locally. To do this, they give food trucks a secure parking space inside their hot-food-truck-approved commissary and inspect the vehicles to make sure they meet current health-code standards. They extend their helping hands to the chefs of the food trucks by offering them use of their commissary's prep kitchen and equipping them with amenities such as roadside assistance and unlimited ice for building snowman interns. In an effort to showcase the inspected food truck's eats, the staff members organize events throughout the year.