Amazing Time for Our Corporate Incentive Trip

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Thank you Northern Outdoors! Our snowmobiling trip this past weekend was PERFECT! As an event planner for our company, Combined Benefits United, I wanted to create a memorable adventure for our group of sales agents, and Northern Outdoors delivered!

Some members in our group came all the way from California just to experience snowmobiling in Maine. They were all more than impressed with the lodging, accommodations, service, food, and micro brews at Northern Outdoors.

The sleds we rented from Backcountry Excursions were all top notch and had plenty of power for our high energy sales team to enjoy. Everyone is already talking about our next incentive trip - whitewater rafting with Northern Outdoors on the Kennebec River this summer!

Thanks for making our snowmobile event a success (and my job easy)!

Hallowell, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Winter Wedding

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

When my daughter decided to have a winter wedding just days after Christmas at Northern Outdoors this mother-of-the-bride was a little skeptical but I was also quite wrong!

Hannah and Nicholas had a really lovely ceremony in front of the massive fireplace in the main lodge which was beautiful. Northern Outdoors did the rehearsal dinner the night before and we chose a casual affair with homemade pizza and the special brews from Kennebec Pub, everything was yummy!

All the bridal party stayed in cabins and decorating was done the next morning. The Northern Outdoors staff was fantastic, so helpful and accommodating with any of our requests! We would send a special thank you to Kevin for the wonderful meals, Debbie for all her patience with our decision making via email and Nicole for taking care of our decorating needs at the last minute, you all were great!! I will definitely recommend Northern Outdoors to family and friends and we will see you all again this summer for a rafting trip!

 Jana P
 Rome, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

December Wedding in Maine

Stellar Job - Outstanding Hunting Trip!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

All aspects of my trip to Northern Outdoors were outstanding! The staff went out of their way to make our stay comfortable, successful and fun. The food was well prepared and presented. The portions were more than ample. The lodging was spacious, clean and well maintained.

Our guide Jim, did a stellar job of putting us in locations that would produce deer sightings. As a result, both my son and I harvested good bucks. At the end of the day we especially enjoyed the "Deer in the Head Lite" drafts.

I would recommend Northern Outdoors to all my friends and hope to return again someday soon. Thanks for the great memories!

Charlie S
Essex Junction, VT
Rating: 5 *****

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Good Week for Deer Hunting

Monday, December 9, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

It was good to get back to Northern Outdoors it's been a few years, And the place was as great as it always was. We had good results with Greg the (Term.) as our guide 2 bucks with 3 hunters. That was my son and step son getting there first buck. That was a great week for me also.

Thank You


Leon W
Delran, New Jersey

Rating: 5 *****

Deer hunting in Maine

Maine hunting and guide service

2013 Deer Hunt

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We had 4 guys there the last week of November for a short hunt. Everyone was very accommodating. Cold and windy. Everyone had a great attitude. We saw 6 deer, (2 small bucks we passed on) 1 decent buck that gave no shot, 1 moose, 6 turkeys, and about 30 grouse.

Food was awesome. Denise was super. Greg was a super knowledgeable guide and easygoing. King pine cabin was a perfect set up. Only thing missing is that the hot tub isn't in service during the hunt. We will return maybe for a week.

Thanks for the great time!

Greg Anderson
Pennfield, New Brunswick, Canada

Rating: 5 *****

Deer hunting in Maine

Guided Deer Hunting in Maine


Special Year

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

This year (my seventh with this outfitter) I returned to Northern Outdoors and had a very special year. I've always enjoyed hunting here, great stand locations, their food and beverages (brewery)are excellent. Add the camaraderie, hard working guides that are good people that know there business and Hunting in Maine doesn't get any better. Yes there have been years I haven't even seen a deer but that is the way it is hunting in Maine, however there is always that next day, hour or minute.

This year on the first day of the hunt I was able to take an eight point 210lb Maine Buck, it was a morning I will never forget. The guide, Greg Caruso, did an outstanding job, he was there to help with the dressing and then "man handling" that deer out of the woods, not an easy task. For the rest of the week Greg allowed me to tag along with him and I got to see the life of a guide 1st hand. We scouted numerous areas, checked existing stand locations making sure there was still fresh sign, set up both ground blinds and climbing stands for hunters and then checked on hunters around noon time every day. Being part of all this I realized Greg was always trying to get his hunters in the best place for success, However, the thing I really appreciated was the fact that it was easy to see Greg loved the outdoors. He also was very patient with me trying to keep up with him and certainly generous with his knowledge.

I can't wait to go back!! .

Stephen B
Pittsfield, MA

Rating: 5 *****

Guided Maine Deer Hunts

Deer Hunting in Maine

Awesome Penobscot Rafting Trip

Monday, November 25, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My two twenty-something sons told me that they wanted to come home from Colorado and New York City to celebrate my birthday, so after figuring out a time that would work, I called Northern Outdoors and booked us on a Penobscot River rafting trip and a night at the Penobscot Outdoor Center in a cabin tent.

There were many memorable moments on the trip, but one thing that stands out in my mind is how great all the Northern Outdoors folks were to deal with, from the person who took my reservation over the phone, to the people behind the desk at the Outdoor Center, to our trip leader and his mustache, and especially our raft guide Greg, who was just awesome.

I have gone on trips with Northern Outdoors before and would heartily recommend them to anyone for any kind of outdoors fun. It is a very professional, competent, relaxed and knowledgeable outfit that has just the right attitude about keeping things fun, interesting and safe. The accommodations at the Outdoor Center are well thought out and definitely embrace getting back to nature.

We had a ball, and we'll be back!

Tim K
Portland, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

The Penobscot Outdoor Center

Rafting Maine's Penobscot River


Friday, November 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My boys and I spent the day at Northern Outdoors. Our rafting trip was awesome. The boys, teenagers, had never been whitewater rafting. They now want to experience bigger and faster rivers. I was amazed at the gourmet lunch the staff provided on the river. My chicken teriyaki was delicious. After rafting, the boys swam in the pool while I sampled the freshly brewed beer.

All the staff, from the desk attendants to the rafting guides to the waitstaff, were all very friendly. We enjoyed it so much that we stopped back there for lunch with my husband on our way out of the state.

Thanks for the great time!

Boyne City, MI

Rating: 5 *****

Kennebec River Rafting Day Trip


Friday, November 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We has so much fun on our vacation with Northern Outdoors. We went white water rafting and Kris our guide was very cool, funny, and made us 1st timers very comfortable.

We decided while we were enjoying some of the awesome blueberry beer after the rafting that we would like to take a sunset atv trip and enjoyed it very much. I like that you were a 1 stop vacation location and provided the different excursions along with food and especially the home made beer!!


Rating: 5 *****

Maine Adventure Resort for Rafting and ATV Fun

Rafting guide Elliot

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Our guide Elliot was outstanding. It appears all of you guides are. We were in a raft with two families with children between 10 and 15. He was wonderful with all the ages in the raft. One particular was the youngest boy from the other family. Elliot noticed right away he was not comfortable. He seemed a little scared and did not want to paddle. Elliot took the paddle away from him and had him hold the rope. After the first set of rapids he noticed the boy was shaking. Not sure if it was fear or temperature Eliot gave him his fleece jacket to warm him up and make sure he was all set.

On the lower part of the river, Elliot talked to the boy to find out what his fears or concerns were. He taught him how to paddle in the slower water so the next time his family came, the boy would be ready. Although this was not my child, it was comforting and reassuring to know he would take such good care of this boy. Elliot is a special young man. His calmness, friendliness and history lessons were the right mix for our family. Upon leaving that afternoon, I did not get a chance to thank him. I know my two daughters did. I hope you will share my thanks with him.
Fred Vogel

Fred V
Greenland, New Hampshire

Rating: 5 *****

Family Rafting in Maine


Rain or shine Northern Outdoors on the Penobscot Rocks

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

The day our family scheduled to run the Penobscot River was a complete downpour. I know they do this all the time in all weather, but I still had my doubts that it would be quite as much fun. No worries, it turns out.

Our awesome guide Luke and the rest of the crew got us outfitted with wetsuits and adjusted the trip, food, and timing to make it work. We had a blast--best raft trip we've ever taken. Luke gave us a fantastic ride and I'm sure all the guides are good. The surfing and going over the waterfall were great thrills. We even saw four bald eagles. The wall tents we rented were dry, warm, clean, and scenic.

Yes, I'd recommend Northern Outdoors to anybody. We'll be back ourselves. Thanks!

Rem H
Sedona, Arizona

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Rafting on The Penobscot River


Rafting with young kids

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We had an extraordinary time on our trip last week. My daughter kept telling me she did not want to leave Maine because everyone was so nice. She even went as far as saying that she liked rafting better than DisneyWorld.

Your amenities allowed us relaxation while the kids enjoyed the pool and jacuzzi. The staff was a well-oiled machine with an upbeat, fun attitude. I will highly recommend your trips to friends and families and we will be back. Thank you!!

Dave B
Salem, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Family Rafting Adventures


Wish We Had More Time To Spend With Northern Outdoors!!

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

All I can say is WOW!!! What a great time my family had at Northern Outdoors.

We spent a week exploring the beaches and mountains of Maine and wanted to go ATVing. We are avid snowmobilers but never ATV'd before in Maine and came across an advertisement for Northern Outdoors. We were able to secure a small cozy cabin (River Driver), reserve ATV rentals and have a fabulous dinner at the pub. I want to complement your staff - they are very personable welcoming and informative.

What a great experience and we will be back to go white water rafting. Thanks again!!!

Lawrence P
Madison, Connecticut

Rating: 5 *****

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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

Northern Outdoors is nothing but the best!

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My husband and I have been white water rafting with Northern Outdoors for the past 15 years and every year we have come we have had such a blast!! You're facilities are clean and accommodating. The staff is fun and friendly. I can't say enough great things! You are truly the best!! We always look forward to coming back.

We have rafted with Greg as our guide a few times now and he is great! We will definitely be requesting him again next year.

Thank you so much Northern Outdoors for another awesome trip down the Penobscot!!

Allison LaFrance
Cotuit, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Fifteen years rafting with Northern Outdoors

The Developmentals

Sunday, November 3, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We were a party of 10 with 9 of us rafting. 7 of us were 1st timers and we all had what we are describing as the "best weekend of our lives".

We stayed in the TimberDoodle Condo, which was absolutely perfect for us. We can't say enough about our raft guide Erica. Although she was very conscious about safety and rules, she had fun with us and really enhanced our raft experience.

We can't believe how hard all of your staff work to make things go so smooth. See you next year!!!!!!

Audrey O'Leary
Woodstock, CT

Rating: 5 *****

Group whitewater rafting weekend in Maine

Becca's 18th Birthday

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Nick our guide was OUTSTANDING...we've had Nick as a guide before & highly recommend him. We had two newbies on our trip this year & Nick made our ride both enjoyable & safe.

Dominick G
Newburyport, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Fun way to enjoy a birthday - rafting in Maine

What a Thrill

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I had no expectations as to what this white water rafting was all about. I had been tubing before but that was when I was in college. That was a very long time ago. I was a little nervous, excited and really wondered how I would react to this venture. When my girfriend and I immediately raised our hands when asked who would want to sit in the first row seats of the raft, the guides looked at us and said, This is going to be interesting".

All I could do was laugh and smile wondering what he knew that I did not. When we finally settled in and were about to hit the first challenge, Big Momma, I yelled and screamed and then proceed to fall into the middle of the boat, and could not move, felt like a turtle on its shell, Janet fell out of the boat. Our guide Josh was very expert in getting people back up into their seats either from inside the boat or outside. He was a fantastic guide. He had wonderful stories and loved to talk.

The lunch was also very good and expertly organized and presented to so many people. By the end of the trip I was so excited I was exhausted. I love all the pictures and was amazed at how great the actions shots were captured. I will definitely be back for another out Josh here come the J x 2.

All the guides and staff were very pleasant and helpful no matter what kind of questions was asked. There was always a smile on their faces. This experience was one I have wanted to do for a very long time; it was on my bucket list.

Thank you so very much for making it so memorable. J (aka Turtle) & J will be back!!!
Thank you again Northern Outdoors

Joanne V
Methuen, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

First time rafting the Kennebec River in Maine

We willl be BACK!!!

Friday, October 25, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My party of 8 made a 5+ hour treck. By the 3rd hour driving I could tell we all were questioning our decision to come so far for only two nights and just one full day. From the second we step foot on the property we all knew it was going to be a blast and every minute in the car was totally worth it.

Food at the lodge - tasty and delightful
Micro brews from the brewery - top notch delicious with a wide range.
Lodging - condominium, entertaining and cozy, great location.
Rafting - speechless, first outfitters on the river, solid equipment, highly educated river guides, and an epic vibe.
On river cook out - must experience A+
Night life - plenty to keep you busy till you pass out.

All 8 of us will be back as we plan to make this an annual event.

Thanks for a spectacular time.

SPIKE, aka the floating Ball

Wilbraham, MA

Rating: 5 *****

First annual Maine rafting trip

We had an Amazing Time!

Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Words cannot express the wonderful time we had rafting on the Kennebec. Northern Outdoors has to be one of the best adventure activity centers in Maine. The experience was highly professional and the staff friendly and knowledgeable and willing to assist and make the time very enjoyable.

We traveled with a team from work - went rafting and spent the night in the lodge and it created a wonderful atmosphere of adventure and bonding opportunities for our work group.

The only regret is that we didn't go sooner. It is certain to be an annual experience going forward.

Thank you Northern Outdoors and please keep up the good work!


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Jefferson H
South Portland, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Maine whitewater rafting teambuilding and bonding