In the 1780s, blacksmith John Davidson moved from his log cabin, Rural Retreat, into Rural Hill, a majestic plantation-style house he built on his 265 acres of fertile farmland. The land and two houses were passed down through the Davidson family in the ensuing years, but in 1886, the mansion burned down. Then, in 1898, the log cabin also burned down, and the family was forced to live in a log kitchen building.
Visitors can still visit that log kitchen building today (it's the only historical residence remaining on the property) and see how hard life could be in an era without such modern conveniences as easy-squeeze mayo. The property has become, among other things, a field-trip destination, where historical re-enactors teach youngsters how 18th-century people baked, lit their homes, and did other basic tasks.
There's plenty of other reasons to visit, too. The secluded hill plays host to special events throughout the year, such as a fall corn maze and a Scottish festival with Highland games. And visitors can hike through nature on its peaceful 5K trail or entertain wedding guests at the cultural center.
Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, Birkdale Golf Club’s course transforms natural beauty into challenging obstacles, with 200 acres of rolling hills intersected by streams and framed by mature pines. The course’s bermuda fairways lie beyond elevation changes that give way to greenscapes festooned with ponds and deep, stone-lined bunkers that test players to use every club in their bags before desperately reaching for the oversized soup ladle. Once approach shots find the green, golfers must putt precisely atop the firm and true crenshaw bentgrass greens.
Birkdale Golf Club pampers players before and after rounds with a practice range and onsite tavern trimmed with rich wood hues and green leather barstools. The club also staffs a team of PGA pro instructors who school pupils in the arts of swinging and scorecard penmanship with private lessons and group clinics.
Course at a Glance:
Four sets of tees
Length of 7,013 yards from back tees
Course rating of 74.3 from back tees
Slope rating of 138 from back tees
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Paddles churn the crystal waters as a rainbow of boards slips silently across the surface of Mountain Island Lake. The shoreline, dappled with trees that shiver with cavorting wildlife, falls away behind the board's passengers as they stand in the middle of the aquatic expanse. Though the view is much different from the oceanic coastlines more commonly associated with the sport, the meditative calm and athletic challenge remain.
With roots in Hawaiian culture, the unique method of riding a board takes advantage of the surfer's panoramic viewpoint and ability to avoid far-off swells and bossy tugboats. The act of constantly balancing and paddling, while simple, tones core muscles and enables participants to silently observe surrounding wildlife. Sup Charlotte keeps adventurers afloat on Riviera boards, which they sell and use in lessons to keep riders of all experience levels gliding more gracefully than swans looking for parking.
Black Jack. Dottie. Topaz. Crackers. While Latta Equestrian Center brims with experienced instructors, the true stars of the staff are the horses. Numbering about 30, the Latta steeds include Shetland ponies, Arabians, and a slew of other breeds—even a Clydesdale named Tonka. With such a wide range of equine personalities, it's easy for even novice riders to find a good match for their lessons and therapeutic riding sessions. The center even offers birthday party packages, which include group rides, as well as cakes shaped like the birthday kid's favorite Triple Crown winner. For a just-for-fun retreat, riders can also sign up for carriage rides, sunset rides, and other outdoor riding adventures.
History comes alive each and every day at the Historic Latta Plantation. The painstakingly-preserved cotton plantation was first built in 1800, and now exists to educate school groups and other visitors about what life was like more than 200 years ago. Guests are welcome to take guided tours of the home, and self-guided tours of the grounds year-round, where they'll have the opportunity to encounter livestock, watch cotton being grown and harvested, or watch beekeeping demonstrations. But the site also plays host to various events throughout the year, including Civil War reenactments and day camps.