The XGolf simulator at BirdieFinish Golf virtually transports players to 93 golf courses worldwide, where they can play and practice while enjoying the comfort of the indoors. The apparatus faithfully re-creates playing conditions at the chosen course, even adjusting the hitting surface to mimic lie angles, and improves upon them by canceling out the possibility of rain, excessive heat, and pelicans that perpetually hum "Happy Birthday to You" in a mocking tone. When not whisking foursomes off to imitations of exotic international courses, the simulator can also be used for club fitting and lessons under the expert guidance of golf coach Jari Hakonen. Repair services are also available for clubs that refuse to play on anything other than tangible courses.
A family-run nursery, Blooms-N-More cultivates a photosynthetic menagerie of water and bog plants, fruits and veggies, and more than 40 varieties of ornamental grasses. As guests arrive to leafy fields of potted plants and perennials, the nursery's friendly canine greeters Boogie and Calamity Jane bark out the scientific nomenclature of 30 varieties of tomato, multiple cultivars of peppers, and more than eight types of basil. In addition to loading up dinner plates with edible plants, the nursery also accents landscapes with trees, prairie grasses, shrubs, and vines.
The family-helmed Wheeler Tree Farm furnishes families with their choice of a grand fir tree and doles out complimentary beverages and holiday snacks within a cozy barn. Lumberjacks pro tem choose their desired tree from a selection of natural 6- to 10-foot trees ($6/ft.), sizing up each evergreen for its shape and ability to whistle "O Tannenbaum" through its shiny, aromatic needles. Opt to cut your own tree, or hand over the provided saw to one of Wheeler's expert staff for a precise severance and tree bailing. The nearby pole barn entices visitors with complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, Christmas cookies, and candy canes. Visitors can warm up beside the potbelly cast-iron stove, take in the life-size Nativity scene, or peruse the antique collection for Santa Claus's aged tax documents.
Against the breathtaking backdrop of Mt. Hood, you'll explore 20 gorgeous acres as you and your family hunt the deadliest prey of all—trees. When you find a pine-smelling beauty that meets the height requirement, chop it down after successfully answering the tree's cryptic riddle. Santa's helpers will help you load it and tie it to your car, and will throw in the baling and twine for free. They'll also treat you and your fam to hot cider and candy canes for a job well done. Six- to seven-foot Nobles start at $45, and 15-foot Nobles run about $90.
For more than 20 years, Smart Wireless, an AT&T authorized dealer, has outfitted mobile talkers with helpful cell phone holsters, graphic cases, and other accessories that add personality and functionality to cellular devices. On-the-go chatters can converse without need of their busy hands thanks to a Bluetooth headset ($79.95–$99.95), or simultaneously protect touch screens and wink at people behind them with cell phone screen protectors ($24.95). iPhone cases ($29.95+) enable phone owners to garb their monochrome devices in protective covers emblazoned with realistic designs such as options mimicking forest scenery. Additionally, Groupon customers who sign a new cell phone contract on the day of their purchase will receive Portland Trail Blazers tickets for a February 8 game or their very own retired basketball player.