We finally found the perfect wedding idea!

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My boyfriend and I absolutely LOVED everything about this trip and are even talking seriously about how cool it would be to talk with Northern Outdoors about planning our wedding there...we're both in our 40s and want an affair that would be totally out of the norm and are pretty confident that a sunrise wedding with the guest loading up on buses to raft the Kennebec is the way we want to go!

The trip was incredible - we'll be returning next year for at least two trips (already in the works) - the guide (Rachel) was AWESOME! The slide show after had us in stitches and the brewery food was off the hook! The band - Susie and The Smelts - was definitely yet another highlight (also another thing to work into future wedding planning - LOL!)

Thanks so much to everyone who works there. It's people like you that make people like us want to return again and again and have us talking about our next adventure before the first one even ends!

Andrea H
Lewiston, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Adventure Wedding Venue


Friday, October 11, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Our daughter's wedding was catered, managed and held at Northern Outdoors / Maine Lakeside Cabins. The location is beautiful, the food was wonderful. Many at the wedding reported that this was the best food they had at the wedding. (Seafood sauté station)

The staff working with us did everything possible to make it a memorable day for everyone who attended. Many of us stayed for multiple nights at the cabins and enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. I would highly recommend this location to anyone planning a wedding.

Downingtown, PA

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Adventure Weddings

Awesome Weekend Getaway

Monday, June 3, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

When the best man in my high school friends wedding invited me to come to the stag party, I though "Eh, should be fun" Then I found out where and what we were doing... and I got super excited, since white water rafting was something I always wanted to do.

The folks at Northern Outdoors blew me away! The Lynx cabin was way beyond anything I had imagined, and the brewery on site served up some of the best craft beers I've had in quite some time. Then we got to the rafting portion of the trip and with all the rain we had that weekend I thought for sure the trip would scrubbed due to flooding in areas around us, but no we hit some of the fastest and biggest stuff the Dead river had to offer with our guide Victor (who looked like a kid in a candy shop back there steering on one quick glance back)

All in all, it was an excellent trip and I will definitely be making the trip back up to do the other 2 rivers they have to offer at some point. If you get the chance, dive right and go! These folks will make more than worth your while!

Bruce E,

Dryden, New York

Rating: 5 *****

Dead River Bachelor Party Weekend

Maine Outdoor Adventure Resort

Our soon to be wedding venue

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My fiance and I took a trip to Northern Outdoors on the opening weekend of spring/summer. We had randomly found the place online when we were looking for wedding venues. While we are both originally from Maine, neither of us had heard of it prior to this day.

Upon arriving we were a little shocked that there was very little to no cell phone service while we were there but decided it wasn't much of a con, it just happened to be a bonus to getting away from the city as we both currently reside in Boston.

We met with Dawn at the lodge and she was awesome and asnwered all of our questions and then we stayed over for the night. The cabins were extremely nice and cozy, there's a lake onsite which allowed for fishing to be close by and the lodge was very accommodating. We had the opportunity to play baggo, shoot some pool, play video games in the arcade room and of course hang out at the bar and watch the Kentucky Derby followed by watching the Bruins play. (Bad outcome to that game).

The drinks were reasonably priced, the food was great and also priced well and as for the beer, I highly recommend the Porter. However take into account it's about 9% alcohol by volume. We were unaware of this prior to consuming our fair share and it made for a rough morning that didn't include our goal of hiking. But overall the place is amazing and they sold us on having our wedding reception there. And now we can't wait to go back.

Matthew C
Revere, MA

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Adventure Wedding Venue

A Marriage Celebration to Remember

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

What a fantastic wedding party we had at Northern Outdoors Center Lakeside Resort. Everything was wonderful. The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! Our guests are still raving about the BBQ ribs & chicken. The staff effortlessy guided our guests through each stage of the event resultng in a beautiful evening for all.

We were leery about having a reception in a tent. The tent was great! Clear windows looking out on the inlet, beautiful lighting, heaters, and no poles, allowing for easy movement. Having many of the wedding guests staying right there in the cabins made the party last even longer and allowed for everyone to have fun without worrying about the noise bothering others or needing to drive anywhere. Those who did stay at the lodge were provided with free shuttle service. It all allowed for a fun and worry free evening for all.

Dawn Knowles and her staff did an amazing job of making Hilary & Dan's marriage party the perfect evening for them to remember. Throughout the evening we were able to enjoy ourselves and the company of our guests.

Sari O
Brewer, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Adventure Weddings

Nale Wedding

Saturday, October 6, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Recently I celebrated my wedding at Northern Outdoors Lakeside Cabins site. We met with the Event Planning team on New Years Eve, and got married in September 2012.

The past nine months of planning with Dawn and her team was amazing. Being from Maine and familiar with Northern Outdoors as a rafting and hunting outfit, I wasn't sure what to expect from them in terms of wedding planners. But in the end, ALL of our expectations were met, and often exceeded.

The staff was very warm and fun to work with. The food was great as was the beer we chose from the Kennebec River Brewerey which is located at Northern Outdoors main lodge. Kevin and his staff never said NO.

Our guests will be talking about our wedding for a long time. They couldn't get over the hospitality that Northern provided, from shuttle services, food service and overall positive attitudes. I have received so many compliments on the food offering. The food presentaion was clean and visually stunning. The beer was also a focal point of the wedding as our guests got to try many different flavors responsibly. It isn't very often a couple can reflect on their wedding and be 100% satisfied, but I can honestly say Northern Outdoors will not dissappoint. I would reccomend them to anyone that wants to experience a Maine destination wedding!!

Michael N
Standish, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Adventure Wedding

Kennebec River Brewery

Northern Outdoors Interviews Kate Imp, Director and AT Leader behind "Beauty Beneath The Dirt"

Monday, July 23, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

We had the great pleasure of talking wtih Kate Imp, Director, Thru-Hiker, and Executive Producer of the new and fascinating documentary about her journey with her brother and best friend, titled "Beauty Beneath the Dirt". It's takes place while thru-hiking on the Appalachian Trail, but this is no typical AT travelogue documentary, (there are plenty of those). You are in for a treat watching this new film - let's hear more from Kate!  

You can also learn more directly from their website Beauty Beneath The Dirt. The film will be screening at Northern Outdoors on Thursday, July 26th, at 7pm. See event details here.

Q1.  Kate, what a journey you have taken with your thru-hike, and then to pull off a film documentary about the journey, while it's going on! Has this ever been done before on thru-hiking the AT in this way?

A. No, and if there was, I wouldn’t have done it.  There are only a handful of Appalachian Trail documentaries in existence today, only a few of them were made by actual thru-hikers, none of them were made by women, and none of them have been successful outside of the AT community.  While many of these ‘travelogues’ have proved useful to hikers, they fail to capture the attention of a larger audience because they lack in story and relatable characters.  Therefore I knew that if I told a story about three young, entertaining, relatable, somewhat good-looking urbanites, and filmed it reality-show style, I’d have a sellable product in my hands.  And that’s exactly what I did.   

Q2. Northern Outdoors in The Forks, Me is your second to last screening for the 2012 season. What is your goal with this "film fest" at Northern? Why did you pick Northern Outdoors?

A. We picked Northern Outdoors as the second to last stop on our G2M Tour because we came through the facility during our thru-hike back in 2010 to reboot.  We bought nachos and two glasses of orange soda, mingled with staff for a few minutes, and then headed back to the trail. I remember wishing we could’ve stayed longer because everyone was so friendly and accommodating; this tour has given us the opportunity to reconnect.

Kate Imp - Beauty Beneath the DirtQ3. How has the response been to Beauty Beneath the Dirt in your G2M (Georgia to Maine) film premiere tour? It looks like you followed the AT locations for most, if not all, of your film showings, why is that?

A. Beauty Beneath the Dirt has been extremely well received by hikers and non-hikers, of all ages.  We’ve received a few emails and Internet comments from folks wishing they’d seen a movie about food, shelter, and water, and I happily point them in the direction of the travelogues already in existence.  This film is not about hiking the Appalachian Trail; the Appalachian Trail is a catalyst for a story about relationships and personal journeys.  Brandon, Emily, and I were young when we made this film and by no means perfect; but we made ourselves vulnerable on camera so that our audience could relate to us emotionally.  Film has the power to change lives. I believe that with all my heart. It can be used to inspire, to entertain, to inform, or to help us become better versions of ourselves; the screenings have been successful because this film does all four.

Hollywood is a tough business, and an Appalachian Trail docu-drama is a tough sell.  Based on test screenings in 2011, I knew we had a film that would do well in theatres and on television, but you can’t just call Oprah and ask her to put your film on OWN (believe me, I’ve tried).  You need connections, and I figured the best way to make those connections was to create my own buzz with a limited theatrical release near the trail itself—hence, the Georgia to Maine (G2M) Tour.  I chose the trail as my tour destination for business and personal reasons.  From a business perspective, I knew that: (1) people near the trail would see the film no matter what, (2) newspapers would run features because of the film’s relationship to the Appalachian Trail, (3) our sponsors would give us free products to raffle away because it’s their target demographic, and (4) we’d have free places to stay via friends and trail angels for a majority of the tour.  Knowing that we could get press and run a full-fledged 35-venue tour for under $3K was the reason I launched the G2M Tour.  On a personal note, there’s nothing more gratifying than reconnecting with people from your past.  This tour gave Brandon and I an opportunity to do that and as a result this has been one of the best years of my life.

Q4. What is the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while doing your hike?  How about in this process of creating and marketing your documentary?

A.Our tag line, “There is more to us than we know,” is derived from a quote by Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound.  He said, “There is more to us than we know.  If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.”  I’ve always been a dreamer, always thought God had a plan for me that was bigger than my mind could even imagine.  But I knew that plan would never become clear without taking some risk.  So, I gambled everything in my life—friends, job, money, sanity, health—to figure out what God had in store for me.  Through this process I have felt abandoned, loved, alone, depressed, euphoric, scared, stressed, strong, and depleted.  Transformation does not even begin to describe what this process has done to me; I now know what I’m capable of, what’s important, who I want in my life, and who I want to be.  I’m ready to reach for the stars and no longer feel like I have to “settle for less.”    

Beauty Beneath the DirtQ5. How can viewers learn more about Beauty Beneath the Dirt and support your goal of making it into a PBS documentary feature?

A.Viewers can learn more about Beauty Beneath the Dirt from our Website, Blog, and YouTube Channel.  We also use Twitter, Facebook, and E-newsletters to keep people updated on screenings, press, and eventual DVD release.  On the micro level, we are showing this film via film tours.  The G2M Tour will wrap up in Monson, Maine at the end of July; at that point we will immediately launch into a full-scale University Tour.  This gives us an opportunity to reach our target market: college students.  My hope is that by bringing this film to colleges and universities, we inspire a handful of twenty-somethings to take a hike, pursue a dream, or go on an adventure before “adult life” prevents them from doing so.  On the macro level, we are still searching for a commercial distributor to sell the film for release on TV and in theatres.  If we don’t find a distributor by the end of the year, we’ll cut the DVD and make the film available on iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon.  Viewers can help us achieve our goal of finding a distributor by: (1) sending the trailer to friends, (2) connecting us with producers, distributors, sales agents, and press, and/or (3) coming to a screening and writing a review on the Internet.

Q6. Why should people be interested in this film? Is it a coming of age story?

A.People will enjoy this film because it’s relatable, inspirational, entertaining, and informative.  I can’t categorize Beauty Beneath the Dirt as one genre because there are so many layers to the story; hence, the title.  On the one hand, it’s a story about hiking the Appalachian Trail, allowing viewers to see the natural beauty of the trail through the eyes of a thru-hiker.  On the other hand, this film is a coming-of-age story about three people trying to balance family, friendship, and personal happiness under physically and emotionally-demanding circumstances.  In my opinion, however, the most interesting element to this film is that … it’s real.  Drama, romance, pain, love, jealousy, achievement—basic human emotions we all feel—are thrown together in a heart-stopping 68 minutes.   

Q7. With the distance of life on the trail, how or did your perspective change about our intensely networked, real-time cyber society?

A. When you strip away social media, cell phones, and advertisement, the only thing left is your thoughts.  If you’re having a bad day in “cyber society” you can distract yourself with Facebook and the Jersey Shore.  On the trail you have to confront your emotions head on; the lack of inputs brought each of us to the brink of insanity, but the end result was an ability to find peace within ourselves.  The experience also allows you to find joy in something as simple as a water spigot.

Wedding at Northern Outdoors

Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Dawn Knowles at Northern Outdoors did an amazing job coordinating with my fiancé and I. We planned our wedding from out of state and Dawn was able to provide us with local vendor information and asked questions to help make our day custom to us and memorable for our guests.

At Northern Outdoors we found all of the aspects of a "destination wedding" we were looking for; our wedding guests went white water rafting during the day and then had a lobster bake rehearsal dinner that night at one if the fully equipped cabins.

The wedding over looked beautiful Wyman Lake, the food and catering staff was phenomenal and we were able to celebrate into the night at the Osprey Lodge! I whole heartedly recommend Dawn Knowles and Northern Outdoors as your choice for a beautiful wedding location with great food and great staff!

Shane and Nicole

Shane and Nicole A
Johnstown, Colorado

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Adventure Wedding

Wedding Weekend

Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
My husband and I live in Georgia and visited Maine for the first time this past weekend to attend our son's wedding. His new wife grew up in Maine and their dream was for an adventurous weekend with family and friends in a beautiful setting. Northern Outdoors exceeded my expectations.

The cabins were perfectly appointed and comfortable with beautiful views from every window. The wedding venue was gorgeous, overlooking the lake. We hosted the Welcome Party on Fri. night and everything was professionally done and presented so nicely AND the food was delicious. The reception dinner with lobster was fabulous. Northern Outdoors met every wish my son and daughter in law had of their perfect wedding. Many of the guests commented it was the best wedding they had ever attended.

Thanks for memories to last forever. Sincerely, Peggy

Roswell, GA

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Adventure Weddings

My FAVORITE place to be!

Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
First off I'd like to say, THANK YOU! This is how your resort became a part of our lives.....

I had always wanted to experience white water rafting. That being said, it seemed a big ordeal to plan. I run my own business as a pet care provider and finding time to vacation along with finding people to go with and accomadating everyone's schedules seemed a heavy load. Then, at a friends birthday party four years ago, a friend showed us his video from rafting on the Kennebec with his family. It was love at first sight. I said, "that's it! I'm going! Even if I have to go by myself!" I was obsessed and determined to plan this trip. My friend had said he stayed and rafted with Northen Outdoors. He said such great things about his time there, lodging, staff, pub and atmosphere....i just knew I had to call you guys! So, the next day, I Did! Let me just tell you....Debbie is a SAINT! I don't know how i would have survived planning that first trip. I swear I had a zillion question, changes in reservations from switching dates and number of people. I think one day i even called her like 5 or 6 different times! She was more than helpful, accomadating, professional, sweet and patient with my never ending questions! At the end of the day, I got nine people to venture out down the kennebec with me in 2009. Our group consisted of friends and family, ALL rafting VIRGINS! It blew our mind! I had no idea this would turn out to be a love affair with both white water and YOUR resort!

Last weekend we completed our third annual trip on the Kennebec Turbine release. Our group consensus-----best trip yet! At this point its no suprise to us that we are in for a great time. We always ask for the same cabin and luckily have always got it :) Great lodging, pub brews/food are great! Staff is always so wonderful. Feels drama free, inviting, safe and relaxing. In a nut shell----the BEST! We booked our trip for next year before leaving last weekend. It will be our first time down the DEAD river and I am already counting the days!!!! I think you do a fantastic job with the BBQ, photos and video presentation. Fun, FUNNY raft guides who know their stuff and make our trip a blast! Our group in particular is a fun and funny group. We really enjoy a guide who can keep up with the banter and inside jokes and at the same time lead us down the river in a safe yet adventurous manner. This year especially we hit the jackpot! Our guide was Mark Schaub. He is our FAVORITE! What a blast! We told him when we'd be back and he put us in his schedule as well as the girls in reservations put a note in for us requesting him to bring us down the DEAD in May 2012!!!! We miss him already!

In the future, We hope to visit at least twice a year. We look forward to also planning a winter trip and hitting the snowmobile trails! We have all taken away fun and everlasting memories over the years that shine on in our minds, hearts and endless candid photographs! Thank you for giving our friends and family special memories that no amount of money could buy......

We love you Northrn Outdoors,
Till next year, Lots of love,
Jeannine and family

Jeannine S
Allenstown, NH

Activity: Kennebec Turbine Test High Release Rafting

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Whitewater Rafting

Maine Adventure Weddings: Featured on Love and Lobster

Thursday, June 16, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Maine Adventure WeddingsNorthern Outdoors is the perfect destination for adventure weddings, just ask our friends at Love & Lobster who recently interviewed us for their blog titled Rustic Weddings: Northern Outdoors.  Love & Lobster assists creative couples seeking clever online inspiration in planning their wedding along New England’s beautiful coastline.  The site provides insider tips, interviews with local venues and vendors, and photographic eye candy. 

Here's a bit from the Love & Lobster interview regarding adventure weddings at Northern Outdoors:

"If the words “outdoor” or “adventure” describe your wedding plans, there’s a gem of a venue tucked in Maine’s upper reaches that’s well worth the drive.

Northern Outdoors boasts an authentic Maine lodge and scenic location in The Forks, a little town perched at the convergence of the Dead and Kennebec rivers, famous among white-water rafting enthusiasts for their thrilling rapids. We checked in with Stephanie Koetzle, a spokesperson for Northern Outdoors, to learn more about how they blend weddings with the wilderness."

To view photos and read the entire article on adventure weddings click here.
At Northern Outdoors, we love adventure and providing an outdoor destination for folks to create lasting memories. Whether it's adventure weddings or classic New England vacations, we've got ya covered!

Maine Adventure Vacations
Love & Lobster

Maine Whitewater Rafting: Be a River Guide this Summer

Friday, March 25, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff
Northern Outdoors Whitewater Rafting: It's a Guide's Life!We'd have to say that the coolest summer job in Maine is working as a whitewater rafting guide at Northern Outdoors.  If you love being outside, crave adventure and like meeting new people then guiding Maine whitewater rafting trips just might be your calling.

Northern Outdoors is known as Maine's premiere adventure resort and offers guests guided Kennebec River rafting, Dead River rafting and Penobscot River rafting trips throughout the summer.  During the month of May, we conduct a River Guide Training School that prepares students to become successfully licensed Maine Guides.  After becoming a Maine Guide, most students then continue on to work with us as Kennebec River rafting guides.  We also train our guides to lead several other of our Maine adventure vacations.

Interested?  Well here's a bit of what we're looking for:

- A well-groomed and neat appearance.
- A friendly, cheerful personality.
- A reasonable amount of athletic ability and good health.
- The willingness to work with others in a team environment.

Learn some new life skills, meet great people and spend the best summer of your life in Maine's outdoor recreation epicenter!  Oh and did we mention that our Kennebec River Brewpub is featured on Maine's Beer Trail?  Come join us on the river!

Contact Greg Caruso for more details


Maine Adventure Vacations - Maine Travel Tips

Friday, July 16, 2010 by Northern Outdoors Staff
Maine Travel Tips form USA TodayUp here in Maine, we do what we do best - work and and play hard.  We'd be doing that whether anyone else noticed or not, but every now and then we find ourselves the subject of some great, national level, news coverage.  Recently in the USA Today section 'Travel Tips', our beautiful state got some exposure and Northern Outdoors was right in the mix. 

We like that we do things well enough that other people can appreciate what we have to offer, from the adventure of Maine whitewater rafting, to the luxury of a fully-stocked cabin on the edge of a lake to the fresh brewed beer at the Kennebec River Brewery and Pub.  It's satisfying to know that visiting with us gives people a much needed break and offers many options for fun.  

Thanks to all those who have visited and continue to visit us over the years.  We look forward to seeing you for a long time to come! 

Maine Adventure Weddings

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 by Northern Outdoors Staff
Maine Adventure Wedding at Martin Pond Dock Northern Outdoors ResortAdventures Weddings in the Maine woods can be both thrilling and unique.  Whether the ceremony is planned for indoors in a timberframe lodge or outside by the pond or on a rocky backroad, there is something about a true north country setting that makes such an event special -- perhaps it is the casual nature of such a wedding. 

The informal nature of an adventure wedding is a pleasant twist on an often overly formal event.  The nice thing about Maine adventure weddings, is they can be causal or grand, back-woods or formal in every aspect from food to ceremony setting.

Single day wedding events are one of a kind happenings set in a rustic yet completely comfortable atmosphere filled with food, drink and fantastic scenery.

Multi-day adventure weddings at Northern Outdoors include cabin lodging, multiple evenings to enjoy live music and time in the pool or hot tub.  With clear rivers for Maine whitewater rafting, hiking trails to explore and stunning lakes to float, brides, grooms, wedding party members and guests will not be at a loss for things to do during the day. 

Great local bands and musicians, catered food from the Kennebec River Pub and fresh brewed beer provided by the Kennebec River Brewery make receptions simple to arrange, and the open, rustic main lodge is the perfect setting for dining and dancing.