The sparkle of coal is a common sight in mineshafts, but no minerals have ever been found in Warpaint International's mineshaft. Instead, the splatter of fired paintballs covers the walls, just as it does in the newly renovated, 20,000-square-foot arena's other three play zones. Within the exciting facility, competitors can navigate the small homes of an indoor shantytown and crouch behind stacked barrels in an otherwise sparse mock-hotel.
JT SplatMaster Paintball offers a gentler version of paintball for younger players who have outgrown Extreme Contact Face Painting. And Warpaint International has partnered with Sniperz Den Paintball in St. Paul to host once-a-month events on more than 50 acres ripe for play, including seven bases replete with flags. Players can also stop by the full pro shop to stock up on markers, paintballs, and other related apparel.
In the mild climes of the Willamette Valley, gentle slopes and low elevation nurture the 35 acres of wine grapes that produce Ankeny Vineyard's collection of pinot noir, pinot gris, and other signature wines. Vineyard owner Joe Olexa planted his first grapes in 1982, and with the help of winemaker Andy Thomas, the varietals have stood the test of time to become perennial award-winners at the Oregon State Fair and beyond. Visitors converse on the winery's patio over glasses of pinot noir and mélange blanc, surveying the scenic Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge and its droves of migratory waterfowl. An onsite outdoor, wood-burning pizza oven allows for wines to balance with the flavors of melted cheese on weekends during the summer months, which will have to suffice until cheese agrees to be bottled.
A stripe of bright green skirts each LimeBerry Yogurt's ceiling, leading patrons' eyes to a bank of stainless-steel dispensers framed in petite tiles. There, patrons fill paper cups with swirled ribbons of fro-yo flavors, such as rich chocolate truffle, tart wildberry, and creamy cake batter?up to 15 varieties in all. Confectionery caravans then move on to a toppings bar where they load on up to 80 choices of edible provisions, including warm fudge, fresh fruit, nuts, and marshmallow cream. Bright-green chairs host noshers beneath framed action shots of blueberries sticking triple backflips off a Yurchenko vault.
Off the beaten path in downtown Salem, Felicity Boutique keeps wardrobes fresh with fun, trendy apparel and accessories created by local designers. Inside, plum-colored walls orbit colorful shelves, racks, and displays, all showcasing an eclectic, ever-changing selection of style. The boutique also hosts special events, and it makes sure to help local causes through its business.
Nestled among the crawling vines and rich views of the Willamette Valley, Redhawk gives wine hunters a cornucopia of notes to subtly detect—or thoughtlessly sip—in the accessible, informal tasting room. Curious tongues will cavort with the last whispers of grapes, such as "I have chocolate undertones," and "is the wireless grapevine down again?" at a wine tasting consisting of four white wines, three pinot noirs, one red blended wine, one syrah and one dessert wine. In the event that any wines—like the earthy 2008 Grateful Red Pinot Noir ($15 per bottle), the fruit-laced 2007 Stainless Steel Chardonnay ($12 per bottle) or the peppery 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah ($16)—catch the tongue, feel free to adopt a bounding bottle of joy at discount of 25% off the total purchase.