Northern Outdoors Resort, The Forks
The Forks , Maine
Tel: 800 765 7238 (toll-free)
Tel: 207 663 4466
Concierge.com's insider take:
Maine has some places so quiet you'd swear you could hear the blueberries growing and the maple syrup flowing. This is not one of them. Northern Outdoors is a rollicking resort for white-water rafters, snowmobilers, fly fishers, and microbrew lovers. The resort is actually split among three locations. The vast majority of guests stay at the Forks, a 180-acre mixed-use property near the Kennebec and Dead rivers, which has cushier digs than the other locationsa complex of full-service cabins, "logdominiums," luxury tents, and campsites. There's also Kennebec River Brewery inside the main lodge. (Try the Magic Hole IPA or Big Mama Blueberry Ale, both named after raft-tossing rapids on the Kennebec.) Four guesthouses and six cabins, meanwhile, are available year-round at the Lakeside Center on Wyman Lake, a ten-minute snowmobile ride from the Forks. (In the winter, the Forks location is surrounded by 130 miles of snowmobile trails.) Hard-core rafters choose the Penobscot Outdoor Center, located about a three-hour drive farther northeast, near the more turbulent Penobscot River and Baxter State Park. And while no part of Northern Outdoors is the Ritz, the soft beds sure feel like first class after a day in a raft or on a sled.