Spring is in sight, and with it, the thought of warmer weather activities…
Planning to visit the Hudson Valley region of NY? Rent a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard from A Day Away and spend a day out on the water. A family-owned business, you’ll get great, friendly service in the historic Rondout section of Kingston.
Looking for a quiet, peaceful spot for snowshoeing or cross country skiing? Check out Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center in Tannersville, NY. They offer 35 kilometers of nature trails on 300 acres that are groomed, track-set, and marked to their degree of difficulty. Rental equipment is available, as are lessons. Mountain Trails relies on natural snow, so be sure to check their website or call before heading over.
When there is snow, they are open weekends and holiday weeks from 9 AM – 4:30 PM.
Featured company of the week: Pathfinder Hikes. Join Dave Holden, New York State DEC Licensed Hiking Guide, for an adventure in the Catskills. While trail hikes are an option, take advantage of his vast knowledge of the area and travel off-trail with him, exploring both the beautiful natural environment as well as learning about the natural and cultural history of the area. Dave leads hikes in the Woodstock area, and his wealth of knowledge ensures that your adventure will be beyond just the physical.
See and learn about ancient cairns and long-abandoned bluestone quarries. Watch and listen for signs of animals. Enjoy the uniqueness of each season.
Adding to your enjoyment of the adventure are Dave’s humor and kindness. You’ll come away from the experience not just with more knowledge and understanding, more appreciation and admiration, but also feeling like you have a new friend.
Have you traveled with Pathfinder Hikes? Leave your review in the comments below.
When you think of Hunter Mountain, you most likely think of skiing and snowboarding. However, Hunter offers a variety of other fun activities, as well. Snowtubing is another fun option, and the Zipline is open all year. Flying over the glistening snow is a beautiful winter adventure.
In summer, you can take the Skyride up, enjoy a hike to the fire tower, and then ride back down.
Getting away from the cold and enjoying some heat in Key West? For a fun adventure, rent bicycles from Eaton Bikes. They offer a variety of options, including beach cruisers, hybrids, and road bikes, along with trailers and bike attachments for kids, and kid bikes. They also will deliver to your hotel in Key West free of charge. The day rentals are good for 24 hours (and you can also get a week-long rental).
Once you’re set up, you can ride along the water, through town (stopping for lunch and to visit interesting and fun sites along the way), or head off Key West, toward the other keys. A strong wind can add to the adventure, making pedaling far more difficult than one would expect on the nice, flat land of Key West. Additionally, there are certain intersections where you feel like, even when walking your bike across, you’re playing Frogger. Definitely ups the excitement factor!
Have a chance to enjoy a taste of summer in Key West during wintertime? Rent a kayak from The Lazy Dog and paddle through narrow channels between collections of mangroves, explore an un-labeled salt pond where you can see multitudes of upside-down, photosynthetic jellyfish, and relax in the calm Atlantic Ocean. Other creatures you may see include starfish, tropical fish of all sizes, a cat standing guard on a dilapidated houseboat…
The Lazy Dog rents single and double kayaks and stand up paddle boards (and provides you with a map of awesome places to go). If you’re new to kayaking or SUP, take a lesson with them or join one of their guided tours.
Your adventure with The Lazy Dog is bound to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated.
For a fun winter adventure, rent snowshoes or cross country skis from the Viking Nordic Center in Londonderry, VT. They have 39 kilometers of groomed trails for all abilities. “On snow” babysitting is available, as well – while you’re out exploring, the kids are kept busy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or playing in the snow – hot chocolate included. Back at the center, visit their cafe and enjoy a warm cookie and hot chocolate.
Featured company of the week: East African Voyage. It is an officially registered tour operator based in Tanzania, and it is a member of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators and African Travel Association. Placing an emphasis on safety, the adventure tours are well organized, fun, and educational. Options include safaris, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and other mountains, and cultural tours. Family trips are also available.
Guide Onesmo Gabriel comes highly recommended, and we look forward to traveling with him at some point.
Have you traveled with East African Voyage? Leave your trip review in the comments below.
Featured company of the week: Arctic Wild. Around since 1998, they provide professionally guided adventure tours in Alaska. Canoeing, backpacking, and rafting are options, as well as base camp wildlife trips, photography trips, and family trips. Choose from one of their group trips or design a private custom one of your own. They also provide support for film and science expeditions throughout Alaska – pretty cool!
Arctic Wild is based in Fairbanks, and they specialize in one – three week adventures in arctic Alaska. Groups are small (1 – 8 people), and saftey is their number one priority in the remote, beautiful, wildlife-rich areas they visit.
Have you traveled with Arctic Wild? Leave a review in the comments below.