Manned by master artist Jana G. Gambrell, Palmetto Paint & Pour outfits its guests with all the necessary tools to channel their creativity into original paintings. Jana hosts BYOB paint parties for any occasion inside her studio or at the client's chosen locale, steering her pupils through easy-to-follow brush strokes that result in an acrylic opus. Her open-studio hours also allow attendees to compose their artwork in a more freeform setting. Jana welcomes patrons of all ages and artistic backgrounds, from complete beginners to professional American Gothic reenactors.
Solarice Wellness Spas rejuvenate exhausted extremities with the essential mani-pedi treatment. As you relax in the cozy sanctuary, Solarice's skilled keratin-croppers will shape your nails and give your cuticles a compassionate caring for previously only afforded to fallen baby birds. With their tips shiny and polished, clients’ glove-fillers and boot-occupiers will leave the spa feeling clean and refreshed, boasting a healthy sheen that rings of tension relief and increased circulation. The essential manicure and pedicure lasts approximately 75 minutes. You can also apply the value of your Groupon toward add-ons or upgrades; just pay the remainder of the cost during your visit.
Guided by the spiritual tenets of mindfulness, MindBody Health's owner, director, and teacher Diane Barnes watches over a spiritual sanctuary in her studio. In the Three Hours of Bliss renewal retreat, minds and bodies withdraw from the stressors of everyday life, focusing on the present moment and casting aside worries of morning traffic, speeding tickets, and upcoming mail-fraud trials. Because every mind and body is different, the theme and focus of every session depends on the needs of its participants—though each remains rooted in the spirit of mindfulness and balance within the individual. Previous and planned retreats include Learning to Let Go and Mindful Eating. Holding the highest of yoga training and education, Diane leads a supportive, disciplined classroom, strengthening her students' minds while expelling stress, tension, and chronic spit ballers.
Discover World Cuisine promotes local agriculture through a series of community programs that highlight locally sourced ingredients as well as the restaurants and cafeteria food fights that use them. The consortium of chefs, sommeliers, and foodies hosts cooking classes and dinners throughout the summer months that spotlight dishes from Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Organic food and wine festivals also feature international nibbles as well as live music and giveaways.
Proceeds from the events support Discover World Cuisine’s community outreach program, which partners with area schools to introduce kids to new foods and help them develop healthy eating habits. Classroom sessions balance hands-on instruction with activity sheets to teach students to select and prepare low-cost, nutritious meals.
Neither gym nor spa, The Balance Institute cobbles together something wholly unique, blending the best of both to alleviate pain and prevent future maladies. The buzzing, anonymous atmosphere of a gym gives way to friendly, personalized attention. Trainers and massage therapists join forces, working with clients one on one to unravel the underlying cause of pain and reverse years of unhealthy habits, such as poor eating or only ever using your right arm. Personal training begins with a health assessment and veers into moves and stretches designed to strengthen bodies and assuage pain. In private rooms, massage therapists quiet the cries of sore muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue work, or myofascial release therapy.
Winding through a dense assemblage of mature hardwoods and vibrant carolina pines, Hidden Valley Golf Club's 18-hole course spans 6,757 yards of immaculate greenery. The rolling midlands terrain challenges golfers with testy sand traps, drive-impeding tree lines, and shape-shifting greens. Though the pristine par 72 takes the form of a relatively difficult layout when played from the tips, the course graciously sprouts four tee options to cater to players of all abilities. Groups hunt birdies and eagles from the comfort of a golf cart, which nimbly navigates the cart path, fueling itself by absorbing the life forces of discarded tees.
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