A private club, The Dogwood Hills Recreation Association whisks patrons away from workday stress and into the upscale comfort of its outdoor swimming-pool and golf facilities, which include a driving range, pro shop, and nine-hole golf course. With two distinct sets of back tees, the nine-hole layout takes the form of an 18-hole, 6,447-yard, par 72 course as golfers play through its bentgrass greens, bermuda fairways, and divot-dwelling gnomes twice over. Water hazards come into play on five holes, adding to Dogwood Hills' stately scenery and moderate challenges. Golfers can groom their game or upgrade their equipment by consulting the resident aces of the full-service pro shop or bulk up for more powerful drives with a meal of savory grill fare from the Dogwood Hills Clubhouse, which offers complimentary WiFi and permits entry for 9-irons that are housebroken and leashed.Course at a Glance:
Navigating 80 acres of wooded valleys is easy when you're flying. At Valley View Camp Zips and Adventures, you can navigate more than 2,000 feet of six zip-lines that traverse lush scenery, sailing over creeks, valleys, and a lake. All lines are overseen by certified staffers, who outfit visitors to safely navigate the course during up to two hours of hiking and racing across the zip-lines. Overnight facilities are also available, with cabins and tent sites to set up camp.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
The Tailgate-Music Valley Antiques Show and Vintage Marketplace have been going strong for more than 30 years and have offered inspiring design ideas to everyone from new homeowners to seasoned antiquers. The more than 140 vendors display a treasure trove of architectural and industrial items, fine and decorative art, furniture, and vintage and estate jewelry. On Saturday, February 16 at noon, expert designers will also host a hands-on decorating seminar. They'll share ways to incorporate vintage items into a traditional, contemporary, or industrial interior, such as pairing a modern coffee table with a 1920s-era lamp or stuffing a throw pillow with Federal Reserve bank notes.
Guns and Leather is as much an artists' studio as a shooting range. As onsite gunsmith for more than 30 years, Jeff Walle spends his days restoring and customizing firearms, sometimes machining a part for an antique rifle or working on an engraving.
Walle's respect for the tradition and history of firearms characterizes Guns and Leather, started by the Williams family as a humble 800-square-foot shop in 1999. By 2004, the Williams nearly tripled the size of their operation, moving to a 2,100-square-foot facility in Greenbrier. Today, they oversee a 75-foot indoor range split into five standard lanes with electric target retrieval and five computerized lanes with a Mancom system that can make targets pivot and moonwalk. They also supervise a 35-foot, 15-lane range in Hendersonville, which, like its predecessor, is outfitted with climate-control and air-filtration systems. Beyond supervising the ranges, the Williams also oversee a team of state licensed, NRA-compliant instructors that runs the Guns and Leather Shooting Academy, an instructional suite with courses tailored for everyone from everyday citizens to military personnel. To further demonstrate their commitment to responsible firearms practices, the Williams also coordinate a Junior Shooting Sports Program.
Growing up, C.V. Hunt spent more time around Christmas trees than the typical kid; during the summers, he'd make extra money helping out on Christmas tree farms, including one owned by his uncle. In 1980, he decided to open his own farm, naming it Hunt Tree Company. On 500 acres, he grows fraser firs, douglas firs, and other evergreens, some of which stand up to 12 feet tall.