Biplane Rides Over Atlanta, Inc.'s practiced pilots leap into the air in fully restored antique aircraft to grant passengers a glimpse of natural and manmade majesties from above. In the open-air cockpit of a classic antique biplane, adventurers can taste the whipping winds of high altitudes over Downtown Atlanta, glimpsing Turner Field, the Georgia Dome, and Centennial Olympic Park, where the Farmer's Almanacs of previous eras are put out to pasture. Alternately, they can surmount the igneous crown of Stone Mountain and soar above the Mississippi riverboats that dot the surrounding lakes, or gently flit over the cityscape bathed in a golden aura during a romantic sunset flight.
In The Rum Diary, a recent Hollywood release, Johnny Depp worked with an unlikely costar—Schooner Heron’s 65-foot wooden schooner, which graced the screen in the role of Sanderson’s yacht. When not avoiding the relentless flash of paparazzi, the boat traverses Penobscot Bay’s pristine archipelago of islands during three styles of daily summer cruises. The cruises run the gamut from tours covering local history and wildlife to BYOB adventures, on which guests can watch the sun set and the fish turn on their night lights. US Coast Guard-certified captains helm these journeys, drawing on expertise from their days sailing the Gulf of Maine, the Caribbean, and the trans-Atlantic passages.
Inspired by a childhood spent in the outdoors and his self-professed obsession with Maine’s woods, lakes, rivers, and streams, Richard Yvon eventually achieved his dream of becoming a registered Maine guide. So he and his wife Maryanne established Twin Maple Outdoors, and follow a credo "to provide all people the opportunity to enjoy Maine's outdoors" when leading hunting, fishing, and recreational outings. Immersed in the beauty of central Maine, groups head out for a single day of fishing on the lake, or multiday camping trips on the dirt lake, otherwise known as land. Visitors can also take a leisurely float down the Penobscot River to observe eagles, black bear, and river otter in their natural habitat, or learn to ice-fish in a warmed hut during colder months.
Having operated out of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport for nearly two decades, the certified instructors of Central Maine Skydiving have completed over 10,000 collective jumps as USPA-certified educators. Instructors guide tender-footed jumpers through tandem and static line jumps, and offer solo flights to seasoned free-fallers and direct descendants of Icarus.
Since the first swing in 1962, Pine Hill Golf Club & Course has been an oasis of outdoor recreation for golfers to hunt birdies and pars. The 9-hole course actually plays like an 18-hole course due to the two sets of tee boxes on each hole, which present unique approaches and shot-making opportunities when looped twice over. As an 18-hole course, the layout stretches 5,571 yards for a par 72. Golfers of all ages and ability levels delight in the course's numerous opportunities to overcome challenges and wave flagsticks over a conquered green.
Prior to a round, golfers hone swings at the driving range, where all-grass tee boxes mimic the feel of on-course shots. For a better grasp on the game, players can book a lesson with PGA professional Mark Hall, who offers corrective advice to improve swing mechanics, such as how to develop consistent muscle memory or how to maximize drives with a bedazzled scepter. An on-site snack bar refuels hungry golfers and a pro shop carries select equipment and apparel.
Course at a Glance:
Before they discover the wealth of games hidden just past the front entrance, visitors to The Sports Arena are met with an outdoor challenge on the undulating greens of its 18-hole outdoor miniature golf course. After putting their way to recreational immortality, visitors can check out indoor activities; pool sharks roam freely among the billiard hall's tables, and the arcade’s vintage and modern games frequently spit forth tickets redeemable for prizes. Good times continue to roll at the bowling alley, which hosts casual and competitive frames, private games in the VIP lounge, and Moonlight Bowling sessions until 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. Visitors in need of a recharge can grab a bite at Pat's Pizza's onsite eatery.