Holiday Art Shows gathers together a wide array of contemporary and traditional artwork for arts and crafts fairs held in Lexington, Kentucky; Wilmington, North Carolina; and St. Augustine, Florida. Visitors can shop for paintings, photography, and sculptures to decorate their homes or drape themselves in handmade jewelry and fiber art. A knowledgeable jury reviews each artist's offerings to ensure a high-quality selection.
Despite the changing seasons, Lexington Ice Center holds strong as an unflappable polestar for family-friendly recreation. In the summer, each of three 18-hole mini-golf courses features a different Biblical theme, placing obstacles such as Noah's ark amid a landscape of streams and waterfalls. An indoor ice rink helps skaters escape the blizzards of candy canes and stinging tinsel that plague the winter months; coaches lead beginner lessons, and crowds hit the ice for public skating sessions. After detaching the skate blades from their tennis shoes, visitors can head to the center's three full indoor courts to practice basketball or soccer, or simply sit and ponder the flavors of Gatorade that have once graced their hallowed floors.
At Theatres of Georgetown, seven bright screens, booming speakers, and the thrum of cooking popcorn kindle guests' imaginations for nights of cinematic excitation. In preparation for celluloid adventures, moviegoers stroll past a concession stand bustling with staffers coaxing popped corn kernels into buckets and loading cups with sips of effervescing soda in preparation for coming film fiestas. Each theater’s stadium seating facilitates clear sightlines to enjoy current spectacles in wide release or the slideshow of the projectionist's trip to Pismo Beach. A friendly, outgoing staff mans the many stations of the theater and dons costumes of their favorite characters for big film releases, parading into the streets to generate a fervor for Theatres of Georgetown's next midnight showing or themed phantasmagoria.
Elk Creek Hunt Club sharpens shooting skills and sates hungers with outdoor sporting clay excursions. Like a Gumby-Seagal crossover film, duos traverse 2,500 acres of preserve lands hot on the pursuit of clay targets aboard a two- or four-person golf cart (use of four-person carts is based on availability). Upon arriving at a sporting-clay station, gunslingers prepare to tag fleeing clays as they veer towards the forest-covered or watery horizon. Afterward, hunters can rest their boots inside the Elk Creek Lodge for a hearty meal. The club's lunch menu lists a slew of sandwich and salad options, such as the Angus steak burger with cheese (an $8.95 value), dressed in the traditional garb of lettuce, tomato, and onion, and dinnertime selections include a grilled, 16 oz. rib-eye steak (a $27 value) and a cut of salmon enlivened with a bourbon glaze (a $27 value).
Lexington Tennis Club affords guests opportunities to be agile and active throughout the year with a full fitness facility and an array of indoor and outdoor courts. As the third largest tennis club in the country, Lexington hosts 15 indoor courts, in addition to five outdoor clay courts and two outdoor hard courts. Its dedicated staff of teaching professionals includes certified coaches with more than 35 years of experience, and some of its teachers currently compete at the college level. Members at Lexington Tennis Club enjoy benefits such as free outdoor court rental and access to the pool, fitness center, and daycare service. The facility also hosts a large shop stocked with tennis equipment, accessories, and gifts, ideal for players who always forget their rackets' birthdays.
Andover Golf and Country Club’s Clyde Johnston–designed bent-grass fairways and bluegrass roughs blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, swathing duffers in natural splendor as they swing. The 18-hole championship course caters to golfers of all skill levels with five sets of tees that range from 5,075 to 6,952 yards and several adjustable mini windmills, and water features threaten to engulf dimpled orbs on 11 holes. Additionally, a practice area whips players into shape with a putting green and a driving range. Though not included in this deal, Andover provides a full-service pro shop that purveys brand-name equipment and pairs of plaid-resistant sunglasses.