Astride their trusty snowmobiles, the knowledgeable guides at Jay Snowmobile Adventures help visiting adventurers conquer the winter landscape during tours of picturesque Vermont snowscapes. One- and two-person tour packages begin at the outfitter’s home base, located 3 miles from the entrance of Jay Peak Resort. From there, groups wind through the wilderness of Jay, Vermont and parts of Westfield for up to two hours, exploring the snowy nooks and frost-covered crannies of Jay State Forest and the nearby countryside. They rarely make the trip alone, though; moose and white-tailed deer often dot the secluded paths, ready to pose for snapshots in their most photogenic outfits.
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.
Lake George Steamboat Company's fleet of cruise ships?which range from a charming paddlewheel to a 107-year-old steel-hulled vessel?regularly set sail on scenic Lake George, nicknamed the "Queen of American Lakes." What passengers see, however, depends on the cruise. A moonlight cruise ferries them beneath the stars, whereas a fireworks cruise grants breathtaking views of fireworks displays. Sightseeing cruises chug along the shoreline, passing by the Adirondacks and slipping between the small islands known as the Narrows after the boat sucks in a large breath. Throughout the tour, a knowledgeable captain expounds on the history and ecology of Lake George.
The Italian countryside has inspired poetry, music, paintings?and after a visit from George Landis and Sue Small?a new business venture. When the duo toured the Tuscan region, they did so at the helm of a Fiat 500 while a tour guide in another car ahead of them narrated the history of the undulating, vineyard-rich area over the radio. After returning to the States, the duo established Country Driving Tours of Vermont to give visitors to their area their own car-based tour.
Guests head out in BMW Z4 sports cars?nicknamed Bruno, Deiter, and Fritzi?for all of Country Driving Tours' trips. During the picnic tour, sightseers leisurely traverse through the Champlain Valley, making stops at vineyards and shops before dining on a catered picnic back at Country Driving Tours' home base, Dreamhouse Country Inn, also operated by George and Sue. The Dinner Tour treats guests to views of the sweeping countryside on the way to Tourterelle Restaurant, and the Classic Tour zips visitors around and over the Green Mountains and past its waterfalls that run with maple syrup.
Spanning 140 feet and welcoming up to 424 shipmates, the Spirit of Ethan Allen III stages public and private cruises along Lake Champlain's shoreline in prime view of the Adirondack and Green Mountain ranges. Furnished with heating and air conditioning, each of the ship's three decks seat guests for an array of occasions, including luncheon cabaret shows, brunches, dance parties, and murder-mystery dinners all fueled by the ship's executive chef. The captains disclose historical tidbits and folklore during daily narrated scenic cruises and remain quiet during nightly sunset cruises to let guests groove to background music, sip on spirited beverages, and fill out long-overdue tax forms.
Thanks to its size and seven trillion gallons of water, Lake Champlain creates the perfect microclimate for growing grapes. East Shore Vineyard is one of its direct beneficiaries, with more than 8,000 vines creeping across 11 acres along the lake's shores.
Bob and Linda Livingstone planted the vineyard's first grapevines in 2000. In the years since, they've weathered the Grand Isle's challenges?including the notoriously unforgiving weather?to create award-winning wines that are now available in 160 retailers and restaurants throughout Vermont. But fans don't have to go shopping or hide in a sommelier's cummerbund just to get a taste of the vineyard's products. Instead, they can visit its Burlington-based tasting room and pair sips with Vermont-made cheeses and chocolates.