The white wings of the FPNA A22 Valor slice through clouds as they soar high above the Georgia wilderness. With a cruising speed of 100 miles per hour, the small, agile plane is ideally suited for new pilots. Having already been trained on the ground, these pilots feel pretty comfortable behind the controls, but there's something to be said for the rush of steering an actual plane for the first time. Adding to that rush is the fact that both of the plane's doors can remain open during the flight, allowing in crisp air and skydiving hitchhikers. Atmosphere Aviation's team of professional instructors trains students at any level of experience, so you can come back after your first flight to hone your piloting chops or rent a plane for a joyride through the sky.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
The Rhett House Inn, situated one block from the Intracoastal Waterway, is nestled among 18th-century mansions and moss-draped oaks within Beaufort’s downtown district. The seaport town’s three centuries of history are on display throughout historic forts, churches, and homes—including the pre-Revolutionary War William Elliot House. Walking tours showcase select homes such as the John Mark Verdier House Museum, which illuminates the life of a 19th-century merchant planter before the days of robot tractors. The Saltus River Grill, a five-minute walk from the inn, specializes in Lowcountry fare, a cuisine unique to coastal South Carolina. Chef Brian Waters, a Beaufort native, sources local ingredients for dishes such as clams steamed in beer with roasted-garlic puree ($7) and sea-island shrimp with creamy stone-ground grits ($23).
By founding Bon Bicycles, Adam Kurtz is just following his natural inclination to assist those in need. In his free time, when he isn't delivering rental beach cruisers across Hilton Head Island, Adam works as a paramedic. He is devoted to helping others, and his business reflects that. A portion of the business's profits goes to Hope in the Light, a mission in Boucan, Haiti, committed to providing safe living conditions, clean water, nutritious food, and an education for the children in their orphanage and school.
Adam helps out his clients by making the rental process as simple as possible. Customers reserve a HHWheels beach cruiser and arrange to have it delivered anywhere on Hilton Head Island at any time of any day. A week later, a Bon Bicycles representative picks the bike up. Five sizes of bike are available, from attachable trail-a-bikes up to full Adult models. Youth sizes and above come with a basket, and renters receive a combination lock for every two bikes to keep them from being stolen or to help them, maybe, fall in love.
Up to 20 gamers can fit into a 50-foot GameTruck, which still leaves ample space for the mobile video-game center to be packed with five high-definition flat-screen TVs and every major game system. Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii are all part of the party packages, as well as video games fit for every age (ratings range from Everyone to Mature). Plus, a GameCoach keeps watch over parties and offers advice honed from personal gaming experience, so parents can stay inside and avoid awkward questions about Ms. Pac-Man's marital status.
The female photographers at Bonjour Belle Photography are experts at highlighting subjects’ best features, ensuring images capture each customer in the best possible light. With a combination of makeup, flattering poses, and artful lighting, they draw viewers’ eyes to women’s natural beauty during their private boudoir shoots. To ensure natural-looking shots, photographers ask subjects to pose in their own outfits, ranging from lacy lingerie to men’s shirts.