Rome’s Landscape dispatches efficient crews of outdoor professionals to ensure clients' landscapes are maintained throughout all four seasons. In the spring and summer, the lawn experts assess their clients' grass, determining its type and condition before carefully shearing each blade to uniform height, pulling up plugs of earth to aerate roots, and collecting leaves, dead grass, and snowmen noses left over from winter with thorough dethatchings. During spring and fall, the team keeps yards safe by clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways, which enables cars and horse-drawn chariots to navigate garages and driveways with ease.
Country Apple Orchard was established in 1984 and opens its arboreal doors to eager pomme pickers every year in the middle of August, staying open through late October. Thirteen varieties of crisp, juicy apples sweetly seduce orchard visitors, and today's Groupon lets you hand-select the contents of your own 10-pound satchel. Connel Red, Fireside, Sweet Sixteen, Regent, and Cortland apples are vibrant and crisp, just right for snack seekers, pie makers, and children who need extra incentive to get good at playing catch. Haralson and Haralred apples tout tongue-tickling tartness, making them marvelous in cold-weather desserts and when paired with feather earrings. If you're seeking an apple that's as sweet as an apple pie all on its own, track down a tree of Jonathons. An afternoon at the orchard makes a wholesome autumn excursion ideal for families, outdoorsy friends, and curious proto-humans. Approximately 6,000 fruit-bearing trees make up the orchard, flaunting a diverse body of flavors.
Stalking through the prairie grass, a guide leads his labrador retriever and a hunter into a stretch of foothills. They hear a rustling ahead, prompting them to pause. Peering through the brush, they see a bird with red plumage around its eye, a green head, and a white ring around its neck—the distinguishing marks of a pheasant. The hunter readies his gun, the labrador poises, and both wait for the guide's signal.
The hunting guides at Pheasant Bonanza lead hunters through experiences like these and ready them for similar outings with sport shooting. The sporting-clay course, for example, supplies beginning through advanced shooters with 20 stations whose targets simulate the movements of animals such as quail and rabbits. To further sharpen hunters' aim, the guides also oversee trap, skeet, five-stand, and snooker ranges. This diversity of shooting scenarios prepares clients for guided hunting trips—which include the retrieval and tracking service of trained labradors or german shorthaired pointers—on Pheasant Bonanza's grounds. Spanning hundreds of acres in the Loess Hills, the grounds sustain game such as pheasant, waterfowl, whitetail deer, wild turkey, and rogue Yahtzee dice.
The lodge accommodates guests on extended trips, surrounding them with rustic touches such as a stone fireplace, knotty-pine paneling, and furniture upholstered in hunters' orange. Further services range from expert advice at the pro shop to Pheasant Bonanza's boarding, training, and breeding programs for hunting dogs.