Salad and beer may not be a common pairing, but Royal Brewing aims to make it a successful one. As the Dinuba Sentinel reported, the brewery, which was formed by three Reedley College students, incorporates fruits from the San Joaquin Valley?an area sometimes called "the nation's salad bowl"?into its beers. Its Tigers Blood red ale, for example, is brewed with local blood oranges, while its peach pilsner uses real local peaches. The brewery's other offerings include Golden State lager and Hopnation IPA, as well as several seasonal brews, such as the King Pumpkin imperial pumpkin stout. Guests can pair these fresh, local beers with one of the pub's snacks, such as cheese fondue or Belgian-inspired fries, or take them in a to-go growler so they can enjoy them in their home or backyard mead hall.
With the Pacific Ocean on one side and scenic Strathcona Park on the other, Mount Washington Alpine Resort is a sought-after destination for all forms of winter sports. But the natural beauty and winter bounty of the area?which includes an impressive average of 11 metres of annual snowfall?has been made even more accessible and skier-friendly since the privately owned resort opened in 1979. What began as two double chairlifts and a single rough road has evolved into more than 1,700 acres of skiable terrain with five lifts, four magic-carpet conveyors, and tube park, all reached by the paved Strathcona Parkway. The park?s crystalline snow glitters under the stars during night skiing, acts as fodder for nordic skis, snow tubes, snowshoeing, and covers rails, decks, and boxes at The Stomping Ground terrain park.
To further familiarize guests with the mountain slopes, trained snow-school instructors lead programs designed for beginners, as well as group and private lessons. Adults can drop off little ones at The Bear's Den daycare center before sitting down for burgers and craft beers at Ted's Bar and Grill or quick bites at a number of grab-and-go eateries. The resort also offers accommodations ranging from private chalets to vacation condos and breathtaking chairlift rides in the summer.
Though it's a shortened version of the Mud Factor 5K, Mud Factor Kidz is no cakewalk. Instead, it's a fun, mud-splattered 1.5- to 2-mile obstacle course for adventurous 4- to 13-year-olds. During the run, kids climb ropes, step into tires, and slide into mud pits, cheered on from the sidelines by their parents or the storks that delivered them. These obstacles?as well the achievement medals handed out after the run?mirror the ones in the adult-sized Mud Factor, along with the race's overall philosophy: less focus on competition, more focus on having a good time.
Getting into shape can often be intimidating. That's why the trainers at Xcelerate Fitness do their best to create a comfortable, community-centric space where clients can feel encouraged and respected as they follow their path toward physical well being. Whether finding their own way through the fully stocked gym, joining an energetic group class, or enlisting the aid of a professional trainer, clients can find the kind of workout that fits their personality and needs.
Cedar View Winery has spent the last decade perfecting their craft to produce distinctive wines with an emphasis on rare and eclectic varietals. The tour peels back the curtain to offer curious quaffers an inside look at the art and science of viniculture, narrating the epic journey of their flagship Alicante Bouschet grape from its infancy on the vine through the high hopes of graduation day, and onto the physical and spiritual crush of the fermentation process. At the end of the tour, older and wiser connoisseurs file into Cedar View’s elegantly appointed tasting room to test their freshly honed sommelier skills on six separate wines, as well as nibble on smoked-salmon finger sandwiches, balsamic-dressed grilled sausage, and other gourmet appetizers.
On October 18, 19, 25, or 26 , families roam about Billy Bob Hobb's Pumpkin Grove while taking part in its numerous kid-friendly activities. Visitors snap pictures with characters on the hayride; they find a way to escape the twists and turns of the fun filled forest; and they pick out a pumpkin to take home after confirming that it's house-trained. Amidst all the seasonal excitement, on-site vendors add to the festivities with face-painting, story time with Billy Bob, and other kid-friendly activities in the midway.