Tarka Kumal always loved the water. After a childhood spent on the rivers of Nepal, he was inspired to not only lead the nation's freestyle kayaking team to the world championships in 2001, but also to take rafting trips in more than a dozen countries. Today, Tarka has transformed his passion into a globe-spanning career—his Nepal- and Wisconsin- based company schedules adrenaline-pumping sojourns from rock climbing and safaris to whitewater rafting. Tarka's experienced guides have led hundreds of trips, and they each hold certifications in CPR, river rescue, and wilderness first aid to keep guests and nearby fish in safe hands. The company's website is stocked with helpful tips for watery adventurers, from advice on what to wear to details on trips down American and Nepalese rivers.
Nestled in the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula, Pine Mountain Resort encourages guests to relax in its full-service lodge before winding up on the sprawling golf course, which was ranked one of Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play in 2011. The impeccably manicured TimberStone Golf Course is a five-star, par 72 course designed with emerald greenery, glassy waters, grassy hills, and gassy sand traps. A virtual tour shows a 360-degree panoramic view of every hole, dispelling unfounded rumors that the verdant forests and azure ponds are actually a series of plexiglas cutouts. Zip around the course behind the wheel of the included cart, which carries bags and bodies like a pack mule and expects only a handful of wooden tees in its feedbag as a sign of thanks.