Rivers Northeast Adventures offers a deluge of summer activities along tranquil and feisty rivers in the picturesque Vermont countryside. The three-hour self-guided kayak trip lets riders glide along the currents of the Connecticut River or paddle around a nearby lake while gazing at the area's dense foliage and vast number of barges that carry sacks of rice. Adventurers are shuttled to and from their watery destinations and supplied with single or tandem kayaks, gear, and a quick intro to kayak navigation. Half-day whitewater-rafting trips on Sumners Falls or in the White River afford family-friendly or adrenaline-surging swells that entertain more effectively than watching a child tickle a horse. The Sumners Falls run sprints over Class III rapids and ends in a stomach-twisting drop, and the White River bounces between Class II rapids and stretches of flat water perfect for swimming. During the summer, bring along a friend or Mediterranean oarsman for a half-day float, captained by a seasoned, friendly guide.
Perched on I-93 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Exit 28 Ski & Snowboard Rentals fits slope-destined travelers with equipment. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages can pull off the highway to check out rental packages or peruse the equipment for sale, including gear by top brands such as Salomon, K2, and Armada. Once they’ve loaded rentals or new purchases into their cars, trucks, or street-legal snowcats, they can hop back on the highway and continue to the runs at Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley Resort, Cannon Mountain, and Bretton Woods.
Signature service: ATV /Snowmobile Repair and Service Shop
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Hoinda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Skidoo, Arctic Cat
Pro Tip: Schedule appointments early for same day service.
Andy’s Sport Shop draws upon four generations of expertise in peddling and maintaining gear for skiers, snowboarders, and scuba divers. During the winter seasons, the staff buffs and waxes snowboards and skis, reducing friction that can melt the snow surface and limit traction while careening downhill. The shop also stocks aqua-ready gear, including scuba fins and weight belts, which provide a useful dive-descent alternative to cement shoes. Outfitted explorers can enroll in a vast offering of scuba courses to pursue sundry certifications ranging from open-water diving to wreck diving to ice diving.
Continuously operated by the Lahout family since 1920, Lahout’s Country Clothing and Ski Shop has supplied four generations of shoppers with winter-sports gear and backcountry apparel. Patagonia, North Face, and Columbia clothing highlights their collection of seasonal apparel, while their on-site ski shop rents out skis and snowboards and offers fast turn-around on tune-ups.
With the tall pine trees of Hales Mills Country Club stretching out in every direction, Jonathan Hines has chosen a picturesque setting in which to teach the game of golf. Each day he sets up shop at Hales Mills Country Club, taking advantage of the ample facilities at his disposal. When students have mastered the nuances of the golf swing with the help of V1 video analysis software, they can try their hand at the 18-hole championship course.