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A stay at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center places you in the heart of Bar Harbor, convenient to Bar Harbor Whale Watching and Abbe Museum. This motel is within the vicinity of Acadia Repertory Theater.
Mount Desert Island has been a playground for the country's elite since the Gilded Age, when the era's captains of industry—such as the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, and Astors—inhabited summer cottages there. Today's notable residents include media mogul and ladies’ arm-wrestling champ Martha Stewart. The Quimby House Inn sits only a few blocks from the heart of downtown Bar Harbor, an eastern port town that hearkens to a bygone era with pedestrian-friendly streets brimming with boutique stores, restaurants, and specialty shops. Nearby at the Village Green stop, the Island Explorer shuttle bus provides access to Acadia National Park. Depending on the weather, visitors can cross-country ski, hike a trail, or drive the 3.5-mile road (open on April 14, 2012) to the peak of Cadillac Mountain, which reaches an elevation of 1,530 feet. On a clear day, visibility can stretch 100 miles to encompass Maine's highest mountain, Mount Katahdin, and the Canadian province of Nova Scotia in the distance. Early birds who arrive before dawn during a portion of the winter months can experience the earliest sunrise in the United States.
The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail lies at the foot of Mount Katahdin. Beneath the mountain's silhouette, moose graze along the shorelines, and eagles roam the skies above Baxter State Park's chromatic woods. Nearby, outdoorsmen and environmental enthusiast Matt Polstein has unveiled the area's natural beauty and abundant adventure opportunities for more than 20 years through New England Outdoor Center.
During the early summer through fall, Polstein’s team leads whitewater-rafting adventures on the Penobscot River. The raucous waterway possesses a stretch that drops 70 feet per mile through a narrow, granite-walled canyon into Class V rapids with monikers such as Exterminator and Cribworks. Further excursions include trips on the Dead River and Kennebec River, as well as Family Float trips appropriate for kids as young as age 4. Come winter, Polstein rents snowmobiles so guests can zoom across the area's powdery expanses, perhaps to catch a view of the Northern Lights.
In addition to the plentiful year-round activities, New England Outdoor Center encompasses dining and lodging facilities, including cabins, green-built guesthouses, and campgrounds.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: White Water Rafting Maine - Kennebec, Penobscot, Dead Rivers
Pro Tip: Advance Reservations (2-6 weeks) required, vouchers only accepted with advance reservations and subject to availability.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Kennebec River Rafting
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I began whitewater kayaking and rafting in 1980, and never turned back.
What special training do you or your staff have?
All river guides are Registered Maine Whitewater Guides. This requires extensive training and a state of Maine examination.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Extensive on-river and off-river training and company policies. 38 years experience.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
In addition to fun and exciting whitewater trips, Maine Whitewater offers kayaking, ATV tours, wildlife tours, snowmobile tours and packages including deluxe cabins, tent camping, RV camping, and meals at our Maine Resorts.