Every fall, as the leaves turn orange and the air becomes crisp, owners David and Patricia Hand open up a portion of their operating farm to the general public. Aptly named the Green Hand Farm Park, the agricultural attraction features an 8-acre corn maze that challenges families, students, and office groups to work together to find their way out. The labyrinth takes on a new theme each year—such as a salute to the American soldier—and incorporates facts and clues. As maze participants interrogate corn stalks for directions, hayrides journey to a pumpkin patch and young visitors leap and bound over bales of hay. At night, campfires spring to life for cooking hot dogs and s'mores. Aside from these attractions, there is a farm market to lure visitors.
Diamond Resorts International's Polo Towers cradle Vegas vacationers with streamlined comforts just steps from the storied Las Vegas Strip. Queen-size Murphy beds enable sound sleeping inside plush 300-square-foot studios, equipped with satellite cable TVs, iPod docking stations, and mini kitchenettes perfect for storing leftover casino chips. Prepare a drink at your own personal wet bar and gaze gallantly across the city of a million light bulbs from the personal balcony/terrace.
Though the definition of "waterman" has changed over the centuries, The Watermen's Museum mines the history of the profession for anyone who has made their living on the Chesapeake Bay. Focusing on bayfarers ranging from 18th-century boat builders and ferrymen to modern commercial fishermen, the non-profit museum demonstrates the vital role that the industry has played in our nation's history. In fact, the very founding of the museum in 1981—the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown—paid homage to the Chesapeake's role in American independence.
Today, visitors to the museum's waterfront perch on the York River can partake in some of the same activities that watermen carried out on a daily basis. The museum's boat-building projects offer a peak into the attention to detail in each watercraft. And educational programs for kindergartners to high-schoolers touch on maritime-related subjects, including the diversity of wildlife along the York River, Yorktown's colonial history, and a day in the life of a crab.
In 1998, Lisa Ziegler’s passion for home gardening inspired her to found her own small business, staking claim to an acre of farmland where she began growing field-cut flowers destined for Virginia’s vacant vases. Nearly 15 years later, Lisa’s single acre nearly quadrupled with the blossoming success of The Gardener’s Workshop, where she continues to woo flowers into maturity using completely organic and sustainable practices.
Her all-female team, which proudly shares its gardening wisdom with patrons, cuts 8,000–10,000 stems during each week of growing season, which yields a kaleidoscopic array of lilies, sunflowers, snapdragons, and ready-to-adopt Cabbage Patch Kids. The Gardener’s Workshop supplies flowers to local farmers’ markets through a subscription service and via a garden-share program, all powered by each lady’s powerful green thumbs and John Deere equipment.
Across hundreds of stores in the U.S. and Canada, Lumber Liquidators provides homeowners and contractors with more than 340 flooring options. Lumber Liquidators, which has been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and HGTV’s Dream Home, lays down floors such as solid and engineered Bellawood pre-finished hardwood with a transferable 100-year warranty and eco-friendly bamboo and cork. An array of professional-grade tools, such as table saws and floor nailers, help homeowners easily install their new floors, and the company's Flooring 101 search engine and Ask Bob customer-support team answer any questions that arise on the fly.
At Swing Kingz, athletes and families enjoy indoor and outdoor recreation or brush up on the particulars of golf, baseball, and softball. Year-round, rain or shine, golfers practice swings at 40 driving-range hitting stations—with heated and enclosed stations available—and ballplayers hone their at-bat prowess in slow- and fast-pitch batting cages. An outdoor mini-golf course immerses families and friends in 18 holes of friendly competition. The fully-lit facility boasts a deli serving Boar's Head meats and cheeses, and can play host to birthday parties. Gift certificates and monthly VIP memberships are available as well.