Resorts: Snowmobile tours in the wintertime and whitewater rafting trips in the warmer months, whatever your pleasure Northern Outdoors offers a bit of adventure for everyone. You may choose to raft New England's wildest whitewater on the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead Rivers, view moose, loons and bald eagles on a pontoon boat cruise or take a snowmobile ride along some powdery trails.
Once you check in at the main lodge, you can request the rental of a snowmobile for the weekend and drive right up to your cabin. Located on more than 150 acres on the shores of the Kennebec River, The Northern Outdoors Forks Resort, which is about a 4.5 hour drive from Boston, offers stand alone cottages and luxury cabins deep in the Maine woods. The luxury club cabin named Bobcat (where we stayed) was able to accommodate up to 10 people. Our cabin was spotless and one of the most spacious we have ever stayed. The main floor has a full living room and separate dining area, pull out couch (double bed), and a complete kitchen. There are also two bedrooms and a full bathroom on this floor - one with a double bed, and the other with a double bed/bunk combination.
On the lower level, there is another full living room and dining area, pull out couch (double bed), kitchen and the master bedroom with Jacuzzi tub and adjacent full bathroom. We stayed here with another couple and were all able to enjoy some privacy while staying in the same cabin.
The main lodge is where you will find their own Kennebec River Brewery where we sampled some local brews (Big Mama Blueberry Ale and Magic Hole IPA were our favorites). Northern Outdoors has been handcrafting these beers since 1997 at the on-site brewery.
The resort's lodge had a restaurant that offered everything from burgers and chicken fingers to lobster ravioli with a light wine sauce and their signature Penobscot porter barbecue ribs. After dinner, grab a pint and relax in one of the couches in front of the enormous floor to ceiling stone fireplace. There is also a game room in the lodge complete with a pool table, air hockey, and foosball.
First time snowmobilers can sign up for a tour with one of the experienced guides who will take you on a half or full day tour of the area. We went out with a guide for a couple of hours and saw many deer along the way. Touring with a guide is a great idea if you are not familiar with the area as you will ride through some untouched trails off the beaten path. After some time out on the trails, we saw many guests unwinding the huge hot tub just outside the main lodge.
If you visit Northern Outdoors during the summer, there is also an outdoor swimming pool that is open during the warmer months. There are three options of rivers to whitewater raft as well - the Penobscot, Kennebec, or Dead River. Take a single-day trip where your guide will cook you lunch on the riverbank or plan a longer adventure and stay a few days.
For more information, call Northern Outdoors at (800) 765-7238 or (207) 663-4466.