Vibrant groves of trees and gardens provide a scenic backdrop for year-round driving range practice and miniature golf at Tualatin Island Greens. At the range, 43 synthetic hitting bays (including 25 covered and 12 heated stations) look out onto a vast field with plenty of real estate for Herculean drives and accuracy-testing target areas, including a green surrounded by a moat to keep area lawn gnomes from stealing the flagstick. The range also features target flags at 20, 30, and 40 yards to facilitate short-game practice or serve as the destination for balls hit out of the practice sand trap.
Water trickles over a tiny canyon of bedrock that runs alongside Tualatin Island Greens' mini-golf course. The 18-hole course is situated in the shade of towering pines that, paired with its well-manicured gardens, instill peace of mind as players read tricky slopes and avoid obstacles such as Lilliputian ponds, sand traps, and Olympic track hurdles. Golfers can improve their par-hunting prowess past sunset, as the entire complex has lights for nighttime use. Tualatin's Island Grill is also onsite to keep appetites at bay with burgers, chicken wings, and other savory fare.
Congress Street Social Club’s eclectic kitchen serves up familiar café staples with unexpected international touches. Meal recipients can take a world tour of sliders, such as the Danang, which teams tender pork shoulder with asian slaw and sriracha, or the brisket-loaded Tango, a petite patty of beef brisket mounded with hard-cooked egg and piquant south american chimichurri ($2.25 each). Sliders can also be ordered in ballpark-ready platters as a double ($6), triple ($8), or home run order of four ($10), all served with fries. The menu’s heavyweight entree-salads reach skyward with generous toppings, including the chopped cobb's bounty of grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, and hard-boiled egg ($12), which proves the old adage that eggs fix everything, from boring salads to failing penguin marriages.
The Savannah Beerathon mimics a marathon with a tongue-in-cheek lineup of 26 bar hops, each location pouring a different featured craft brew. The Savannah Morning News profiled the event, which taps into the city's burgeoning craft-beer culture for an eclectic tasting tour.
Each venue boasts beer specials—though the brews themselves are not included with admission as per Georgia law. The suds range from Left Hand milk stout and Blue Point toasted lager to Sam Adams' Octoberfest. Participants meet new friends and new beers throughout the day, raising a glass to good taste and soaking up the sounds of live bands and DJs. The organizers encourage the wearing of team outfits and welcome designated drivers and sober pack-horses to join their friends at the venues.
For more than 40 years, British expats Wally and Doris welcomed guests into Wally’s Sixpence in Savannah, where Wally would talk their ears off and Doris would feed them with lunch she’d prepared in her home kitchen. In 1999, two men who considered Wally’s their favorite watering hole took it over. They renamed it Six Pence Pub, renovated the interior, and converted the menu to a full array of English and American comfort food. The success of bread bowls brimming with Guinness-stout-marinated beef tips and classic reuben sandwiches has enabled the duo to launch another two locations. Although each pub has its own menu, they all pay homage to the Queen’s country with steaming shepherd’s pies, bangers and mash, and more than a dozen sandwiches. On-tap brews, bourbon, or single malt scotches help evenings pass more enjoyably than a staring contest with a Kit-Kat clock.
Each location’s atmosphere is unique: in Savannah, diners can lounge among plants on the patio or perch at a glossy wood bar guarded by unfurled British flags. In Fort Mill, guests know they’re at the right place when they see the unmistakable cherry red of a British telephone booth outside.
A mother-daughter team happily helps clients craft stylish looks with colorful and creative blouses, dresses, and accessories that fit current junior and misses trends. Walls twinkle with a wealth of necklaces and earrings fitted with silver, turquoise, and precious stones. Racks and mannequins invite browsing in search of seasonal outfits ranging in color from earthy reds and browns to bright pastels and light bulbs.
At Comedy Planet's monthly showcases of live standup comedy, nationally touring comics hold tight to their mics as they weather a storm of laughs inside the vortex of hipness that is The Wormhole. On May 5, the quick-witted Tim Kidd calls upon an eventful childhood marked by multiple run-ins with the law as he expresses his feelings toward authority through energetic, rib-tickling routines. His commanding stage presence and undeniable charisma culminates in his retelling of captivating life stories, tiptoeing on the line of edginess without ever resorting to vulgarity. Producing the show is Steve Hofstetter, a New York–based comedian and one of the original columnists of CollegeHumor.com. In an interview with SavannahNow.com, Hofstetter details his interest in helping harvest a comedy circuit in Savannah, where he had incorrectly surmised that the lush weeping willows and verdant spanish moss had siphoned the community's entire supply of funny.