Whitewater Challengers' certified guides steer paddlers as young as 5 across the skipping surf of the Poconos’ Lehigh River Gorge, the Black River Canyon, and the Adirondacks’ Hudson, Moose, and Salmon rivers. In the rafting industry since 1975, the guides have collectively traveled more than 16 million miles of rapids. They chart courses that satisfy a range of experience levels, from beginning jaunts down gentle rapids to advanced battles through coursing foam and wicked currents.
The crew’s ultimate goal is to make rafting a fun adventure, which means that they take care of the business end, providing all safety equipment, transportation to launch points, and lessons for novices. When not on the water, the outdoors-loving crew also organizes mountain-biking and camping trips in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
The Catskills B & B cradles guests in a historic 1898 Victorian home surrounded by the majesty of the northwest Catskill Mountains and an inviting community of art galleries, antique shops, and golf courses. In each of the 17 fully restored rooms, guests can cozy up to pieces of antique furniture and private bath accommodations. During the warmer months, early risers admire sleepy-eyed sunrises from the tranquil wildflower garden before taking advantage of a complimentary breakfast that includes pastries, waffles, fresh fruit, and herbal teas. With the third option of today's deal, vegetarian lunch and dinner meals continue to keep stomach furnaces well stoked with house-made soups, house-baked bread, and gourmet vegetarian recipes from throughout the world. Tension and vestigial dorsal fins are kept at by with a 60-minute kneading from a certified massage therapist, allowing guests to peacefully embark on ski and snowboard adventures at nearby mountains or covert birding missions on adjacent hiking trails.
Adam Towne, a Pan Am-trained pilot and full-time flight instructor since 2006, subscribes to the ideology of Wilbur Wright: "It is possible to fly without motors but not without knowledge and skill.” In this spirit, he leads custom instruction for students of all experience levels, from first-time flyers to out-of-practice pilots looking to refresh their skills. From his four-seat, 160 horsepower Piper Cherokee PA28-140 (which is also available for rental), Adam can take photographers skyward to capture landscapes, construction projects, or proof that birds run on tiny, feather-covered engines.
Implementing four generations of Italian winemaking techniques, Altamont Vineyard cultivates more than 20 kinds of grapes, carefully blending each variety to compose a small selection of handcrafted wines. Rolling green hills flanked by the Helderberg Mountains invite vineyard visitors to feast eyes on scenic vistas as they partake of scrupulously fashioned vintages.
Double M’s treats families to a day of fall fun with a bucolic hayride, mind-bending corn maze, and petting zoo filled with sociable farm animals. Duos can dangle shoes from the side of a tractor-drawn wagon, which hauls adults, kids, and stowaway phantoms on a 20-minute pilgrimage through the crisp fall air and toward the entrance of a labyrinthine corn maze. Maze-goers can showcase their navigational prowess as they wind their way through the towering earth-grown walls in pursuit of victory over racing companions. After the maze, huskers can refuel stomach engines with grub from the concession stand (not included with this Groupon) before hobnobbing with friendly animals in the petting zoo or indulging in the purest oxygen molecules by jumping atop a bouncy bounce. Double M’s invites tykes of all ages to join the autumnal festivities and welcomes children 2 and under free of charge.
Along 52 miles of track, an engine looking for all the world like it grew up on a Victorian model-train set chugs, cow-catcher first, through idyllic views of the Hudson River and the Adirondacks. The reproduction Leviathan No. 63—modeled after the Schenectady Locomotive Works' famed 1868 model—cuts a curious figure against the landscape, leaving nimbus steam clouds above the tracks. Enlisted for a special voyage in 2013 by Saratoga & North Creek Railway, the engine pays homage to the simple, time-honored alternative to modern-day travel that the company excels at.
The red, yellow, and coal-blue set-piece of vintage Americana has since been retrofitted with a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor and turned into a time machine, but that hasn't stopped the scenic journeys from taking place every weekend. In the Leviathan's place are clean-burning, diesel-powered engines pulling climate-controlled mid-century-style coaches and modern dome cars. The latter open onto panoramic vistas of fall foliage, the Adirondack foothills, and the Great Sacandaga Lake as seen from the bridge that traverses it. And while the train may embrace the spirit of a bygone era, it doesn't scrimp on the creature-comforts that create for a relaxing sojourn. As passengers trundle along the seven-station journey, they can take in the view during a meal in the dining car or enjoy snacks from the comfort of their own seat.