Somewhere in Oregon every November, a flatbed truck trundles down the lone dirt road past row upon row of fir trees. Every mile or so, one of a team of winter-weather lumberjacks jumps down from the cab of the truck and gets to work cutting and piling eight-foot firs. That's when a duo of choppers circles the man-made forest, air-lifting each tree and dropping them off near the truck where they're bundled and loaded for the long drive back to Texas.
For the Bell and Lane families, this annual excursion is a Christmas tradition. For 12 years, the two families have made the trek out to the Pacific Northwest. There, they set to work harvesting Douglas, Frasier, Grand, and Noble Firs in an effort to outfit homes with yuletide cheer and reduce the number of hiding places for D. B. Cooper.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: 7' - 8' Noble Fir Christmas Tree
Pro Tip: We will fresh cut the bottom of your tree. Please be sure to put it in water within 2 hours.
The aquatic playland at Surf and Swim aims to bring the quintessential beach experience to a controlled water park. Inner tubes and their passengers float atop a wave pool's sprawling waters, splashing as the sun lovingly stares deep into their eyes. Pipes, plastic animals, and fountains pepper the kids area, and the aptly named Chill and Grill Cafe serves up burgers and fries. On select nights, the park transforms into an outdoor movie theater, where groups can swim and bob for their ticket stubs while watching a full-size screen.
U-Stor's gabled roofs, brick walls, and watchful video surveillance cameras guard over stored goods and valuables like a ruthless yet elegant gargoyle. Haul in your storables to one of U-Stor's four locations, where they'll be put in the tender confined care of U-Stor's sturdy units, each featuring 24-hour access and unique access codes that allow owners to toggle their personal mini-warehouse's alarm system. Protect your investment in collectible Nora Roberts books in a 5' x 5' unit (starting at $35 per month) or stack the large-print editions in a 10' x 40' facility (starting at $189 per month). U-Stor's units come in a large variety of sizes to suit your needs—visit U-Stor's website to see the available options. All driveways are well lit, and each facility is eminently accessible at any time thanks to the convenient drive-up entryways, allowing you to tow out and restock at your discretion.
Assured Self Storage has anything and everything necessary to safely store supplies for the short or long term. Most facilities boast climate-controlled storage spaces within larger fenced-in facilities, complete with key-coded gates, surveillance cameras, crocodile moats, and door alarms to protect your goods from vengeful ex-roommates and hopelessly lost apartment dwellers. The individual storage rooms, like summer romances, are available in month-to-month leases and range from the closet-sized 5'x5' unit ($34) to the expansive 10'x30' space ($189), which rivals a two-car garage in roominess and number of power tools.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Culinary Connection curates handmade home goods and recycled sculptures. An Italian handmade Medici dinner plate with painted fleur-de-lis ($40) makes a bold statement while also making up for a chef's poor pronunciation of italian pastas. Sparkling home decor includes candles ($33–$329) and candle holders ($48–$78) and hand-blown glass decanters ($75 each), which can aerate an entire bottle of wine in two minutes. And on the purely aesthetic end, a one-of-a-kind Baby Longhorn yard stake ($29)—constructed out of recycled metal—adds orange hues to any yard, garden, or low-maintenance petting zoo.