There's no better way to get a fresh perspective on the everyday than at JigScape. After all, where else could you transmute the endless wait to get out of work on Friday afternoon into a daring escape plan that requires every brain cell to work in unison? At this mind-bending business, "The Office" is just one of many themed escape rooms, which range from spooky to hilarious to romantic. Take a look at a few of the other experiences on the menu:
Lover's Escape: Unlike most escape rooms, this is a breakout built for two. Whether it's your first date or your 10th anniversary, this is a great way to strengthen your bond by working together to solve the puzzle.
Tiki Hut: Most people couldn't imagine wanting to escape from a tropical getaway, but that's exactly what your mission is here. This room's also a great option for groups with kids.
Gas Chamber: This is the most difficult room available, terrifying participants with a harrowing theme, immersive special effects, and a grueling series of puzzles, riddles, and codes.
The Basement: This is bad—you're locked in a very cluttered basement, and from the looks of your surroundings, the owner is a little...off-balance. Besides breaking out, you've got to figure out if you've been taken captive by a killer, or simply fallen in with a messy eccentric.
The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, which was improved by Civil War general Herman Haupt, the late 19th-century Historic Murray's Mill, which boasts a 28-foot high waterwheel, and the Harper House, which showcases its intricate Queen Anne stylings, all have something in common: They're maintained and shown by the Catawba County Historical Association, an organization dedicated to preserving and exhibiting historical sites throughout North Carolina.
The Catawba County Museum of History, situated in the former Catawba County Courthouse, depicts the lives of the Catawba River Valley's original settlers and their decedents through artifacts such tools made from hand-dug iron ore, military uniforms, and hand-stitched quilts. Visitors can step back in time into the ornately decorated, Queen Anne–style Harper House, whose period-accurate color schemes, wallpaper, and architectural details paint a picture of southern life in the Victorian era. The Murray & Minges General Store's shelves are still stocked with old-fashioned toys and treats, which at one time must have kept the Murray family children occupied as their parents helmed the Murray Mill. Guests can tour the mill and imagine workers grinding corn and wheat with the tools on display, toiling away to make their sacrifices to the Corn Gods in hopes of one day receiving Fritos.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less
Parking: Parking lot
Brands Used: Zapata racing flyboard, Yamaha
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Arrive dressed in swim attire with shoes or sandals.
Q&A with Ashley, Owner/flyboard Instructor
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
It looks hard, but the truth is, most people are up on the board flying in just a few minutes.
What special training do you or your staff have?
I am a certified Zapata Racing Flyboard Instructor and a U.S. Navy recue swimmer and veteran. I'm also CPR certified.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Having traveled to many places and done so many things, this is one of the most exciting things that I have tried. In fact, I liked it so much that I decided to share it with others.
Love Valley, located at the foot of the Brushy Mountains, is a quaint town modeled after an Old West settlement. Automobiles aren't even allowed within city limits—residents travel by horse, carriage, and wagon. The Love Valley Roubaix, however, doesn't strive to be so charming.
The 50-mile cycling race's scenic course is inspired by one of the oldest cycling races in the world: Paris–Roubaix, also known as "Hell of the North." Chip-timed cyclists will cross the finish line streaked with grit, grime, and sweat after conquering paved and packed-dirt roads at varying elevations. And it's just the first race of six in the Appalachian Grinder Series, a challenging task set by Blue Mountain Revival Productions.
For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Taste Full Beans.
Not to be overlooked is Taste Full Beans' no-charge wifi.
Whether you have a large or small group, Taste Full Beans can accommodate both.
Wear what you like when you dine at Taste Full Beans — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Taste Full Beans prides itself in its delicious catering.
Parking is easy at Taste Full Beans, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
So when you need a morning boost, treat yourself to a cup of Joe from Taste Full Beans.
Embrace nature with a stroll through Granite Recreation in Granite Falls.
When you're out and about in the area, you'll love that this park has a restaurant to take care of any last minute hunger.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this park — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little customers and their folks.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For some tranquil green space, head directly to the only park that matters in the area. Of course, it's Granite Recreation!