Fright Planet Haunted Theme Park's outdoor theme park acts as a library of the world's most potent phobias. Every year, cast members reimagine its catalog of haunted environs, crafting new sets, props, and characters to prey on guests. Its dedication to genuine scares calls for only the best actors and the most grisly scenery, which is constructed with the help of a former Disneyland artist and a bulldozer possessed by the soul of a 1700s architect.
The lineup includes eight attractions. Though the houses all have distinct themes and decor, they share two factors: a richly painted backstory and a population of live, ghoulish denizens. Staring toys line the shelves at Hobart's Doll Factory and tight passageways put the squeeze on those brave enough to enter Jatinga: The Forbidden Temple. Other experiences play on claustrophobic fears?for example, Buried Alive: The Ride shuts patrons into a coffin where they endure a simulated hearse ride, burial, and the chilling sound of worms calling dibs on their body parts.
"It's great having daughters smarter than you," says Robert Smerling, owner of Cabana Winery and Bistro. He runs the dual winery and tasting room with his daughters, who carry on the family legacy. For Smerling made Zinfandel for 17 years in the Sierra foothills. After his long career, he took a beachside vacation, which was the catalyst for what was to become Cabana Winery, an urban winery, tasting room and bistro.
At the beach, he discovered a passion for the laid-back lifestyle of seaside dwellers, and his daughters convinced him to make wine with that lifestyle in mind. So he simplified the entire process to take into account only two factors: the quality of the drink at a reasonable price. After opening the winery, Smerling eventually opened The Bistro to expand Cabana's offerings. The tasting room boasts a menu of scratch-made fare, prepared using local produce whenever possible.
Day hikes can cover a variety of locales around the Sierras, including Woods Lake and Grouse Ridge. The basic mountain bike trip can be tailored to both those newly liberated from training wheels and experienced shredders. Those with tenacity to spare (kept in extra jars) might consider joining the Cult of Rock Octopus with the basic rock-climbing course, where they'll find a fittingly challenging introduction to entry-level techniques, knot tying, and belaying (intermediate climbers will have plenty of time to play and build upon their pre-existing skills). Check Peak Adventures' calendar to reserve the next time that works for you, and the friendly adventure specialists will add more excursion dates to accommodate a high volume of Groupon customers.
Arcadia Sports Bar and Grill revolves around three words: family, fun, and food. The eatery caters to the whole family, from its comfort food to its arcade games for the kids. A menu of burgers, chili dogs, and baskets of fries or onion rings keeps dinner casual, and there's also a menu of kids' combo meals that include a free toy. Thanks to a pool table and TVs playing sports games, the grownup kids stay equally entertained.
Velocab’s emission-free vehicles—extended-frame bicycles encased in a car-style body—transport up to three riders or hooky-playing scooters for all manner of occasion. In addition to performing utilitarian tasks, such as giving cab rides or delivering goods, drivers can also be commissioned for services such as history tours, pub crawls, and shuttles to and from baseball games.