Chris Strout picked up his first paddle as a teenager, beginning an ongoing exploration of the Mount Desert Island area’s diverse waterways. Now, as a master guide and certified as a Level II standup paddleboard instructor by the American Canoe Association, Chris shares his passion for Maine’s dramatic terrain through SUP rentals, as well as lessons, tours, and morning SUP yoga. Within Alpenglow Adventure Sports, Chris supplies clients with high-quality gear from brands such as BIC Sport SUP and Hyperflex Wetsuits. He also recommends what to bring, and posts an FAQ page to answer questions such as, “Is the board better in water or deep fried?”
From a distance, Xtreme Adventures might look like a giant playground. But that's not all it is. Its aerial adventure course also serves as a fast-track education in teamwork for its visitors, who include families, groups of friends or coworkers, and dysfunctional ant colonies. Safety-minded staff instruct guests ages 4 and older in the basics of the ropes course, but after that it's up to each climber to rely on a buddy to scramble across tightropes, cargo nets, and hanging vines, all suspended up to 35 feet off the ground to ensure safety from wandering giraffes.
The giant swing and eight ziplines?some of them six stories high?offer a different kind of rush. The swing sets hearts pumping with a 35-foot drop, and the ziplines send guests soaring through the treetops on guided flights up to 600 feet long.
Fairways cleaved between dense forest groves demand precision and strategic course management. That’s exactly the way Donald Ross wanted it. The nine-hole course at Lucerne Golf Club bears the inimitable stamp of the legendary course architect, designer of the famed Pinehurst No. 2. In 1926. Ross built the course on the eastern shore of Phillips Lake, giving players pause as they drink in the dramatic vistas and mystical lake water, which has been known to turn golf carts into submarines. Trees are omnipresent throughout the 3,270-yard course, looming treacherously over shots as players attempt to solve the par 36 puzzle.
Since 1968, lovers of dance as young as 2 have twirled and sashayed their way through classes at Morita's School of Dance. Instructors teach tap, ballet, jazz, musical theater, ballroom, swing, hip-hop, and contemporary moves in a group setting, and offer private lessons for those who want one-on-one attention. Other athletic-geared classes include TRX, tumbling, yoga, and Zumba. The instructors can also devise customized choreography for a couple’s wedding reception or a kid’s first Communion.
Certified yoga instructors Ellen Sevigny and Karen Roper lead outdoor yoga classes amid picturesque settings, such as beaches, lakeshores, and mountaintops, encouraging their charges to connect with nature as they unite their minds and bodies. Along the serene shores of Sand Beach or Echo Lake Beach, they lead guests on guided, yoga-centric hikes or swims in Yoga Adventures sessions. During public yoga classes, students can salute the sun atop Cadillac Mountain’s Blue Hill Overlook, one of the earliest spots in the continental United States to see the sunrise each morning. Yoga in the Park also offers wellness coaching to help clients reach their health goals, such as improving their mood or learning to dice vegetables with their feet.
Harsh chemicals such as sulfates and formaldehyde have no home at TL Studio. Instead, the beauty hotspot boasts a wealth of products from earth-friendly lines including wheat-protein-infused Chromastics and Soma, which is chock-full of organic ingredients. The team of stylists wield these nondamaging formulas during services such as highlights, chemical straightening, and deep conditioning. They also swap out harmful UV rays for airbrush tanning and adopt gentle skin-cleansing practices during facial services.