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“The Forks Maine in the autumn.”

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Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

We stayed in the cabin called the Niperoon. We had our own space and absolutely loved the quiet and wilderness splendor. Kennebec River, Jackman and Greenville were visited.
Our interests are photography and hiking. We would visit here again,

Room Tip: Go to one of the cozy cabins.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

This is a gorgeous place to stay in a gorgeous location in western Maine. We found the staff very accomdating when we were scheduled to raft the Kennebec, and it turned out that the day we were supposed to go it was 25 degrees out. They changed plans without a fuss or expense, and we rescheduled easily.

The room in the lodge I would not reccommend, however, for reasons other travellers have remarked on. The boom-boom-boom of the band downstairs went on...and on...and on...with accompanying hollering and other drunken disorder. Not somewhere I would want to have kids with me. The room was spotless and spacious, with bunks for six...but also right on the porch, where others could literally look right into the room. Decor is ugly, but what do you want in a wilderness lodge? WiFi was spotty but not terribly slow, and free, but there is no cell reception, so make other plans.

If you plan to spend your days outside, which I highly reccommend, this place is great. They have free kayak and life vest rentals, and the pond on the property was fabulous, clear, beyond beautiful. Moxie Falls (a 150' breathtaking waterfall) is less than 10 miles away, and the Kennebec cannot be beat for whitewater, any day of the year. Our guide was fantastic. One caveat on the rafting, however, is that the literature says wetsuits are "available." What that means is that you can pay to rent them. Not too much, but a little annoying, nonetheless. Bring your own gear if you have it.

We would go again, and we would go here again, but we would get a cabin and bring our own wetsuits.

Room Tip: Get a cabin, and give up the wifi for the night. It's worth it.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

My sons 14th birthday was this weekand.We spent it rafting with northern outdoors.The whole weekand was one he will never forget and niether will I.
We had never been rafting before and after going with them we are looking forword to go again.The people were so nice and really made our stay a life long memory.
Thank you Northern outdoors!

Room Tip: we stayed in a cabin called the widowmaker.All the cabins seemed nice.Some had more things than othe...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

My boyfriend and I bought a white water rafting trip on groupon or buy with me. And decided to stay for a night because it is about a 3.5-4 hour trip from Boston. Glad we did. It was a lot of fun.
The trip up there is beautiful. Kind of the back roads up through Maine. And it was spring, so it was lush with beautiful flowers. Very nice. It is out in the middle of nowhere though, so be prepared. No cell service and the nearest beer/liquor store, food store is about a 20 minute drive. So come prepared if you want to eat in, stay in.

The resort is very cool. You walk into the main lodge and it is super cute. Big comfy couches, etc. There is a restaurant, bar and a little shop.

When we got there we were nervous because it was our first time there, there were tons of people around and everyone was drenched. So we figured out that everyone had just gotten back from a river trip. So we checked in, the people that work at Northern Outdoors are so nice and helpful and friendly. We felt very at home. Got all checked in, we got our room early. We got a "lodgeominium". It was just for the two of us. But it was cool. There was an upstairs and downstairs. Fridge, sink, etc. So you could stay there with a small family or a few friends and have a great time.
Then we went to have a late lunch/early dinner at the restaurant. It was good. Just decent bar food and great beer. They have their own brewery. So that was a fun plus.
At night they had a band. It was in the main lodge and it was bumpin'! So much fun. I wish that we didn't have to go on the rafting trip the next day, because people were dancing and having a great time. There were young and older people. Super fun.
The next day we went on our white water rafting trip. It was crazy and amazing! Something I think everyone should do!! It was freezing though. It had been a wet, cold spring so...but well worth it. We got back to the lodge and you got a free lunch which was GREAT. A lot of people commented on how large the portions were. It was a great time.
I can't wait to go back. Friends and I are planning a group weekend for next spring. There are campsites, tents, etc. Lots of different types of places to stay within the resort. It could be a lot of fun if you had a bunch of people. I cannot wait to go back!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

We arrived quite late on a Sunday night and in a downpour. The staff was waiting for us and was very helpful in getting us to our cozy cabin. We're glad we ponied up for the Cabin because the bar in the lodge was still hopping at Midnight. In the morning we had a great breakfast. The instructions were succinct and informative. Once on the rafting trip we felt both thrilled and safe all at the same time. Our guide Dan pointed out things along the way like the Bald Eagle we saw sitting on a tree waiting for his lunch. Even on a rainy day it was a great trip.

Room Tip: Cozy Cabin for sure - the lodge is noisey.
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

We anticipated a rustic escape and Northern Outdoors delivered. White water rafting was great, restaurant was very good with pleasant variety and great on-site brewed beers. Facilities to grill your own food as well.
The Forks is a tiny town with pop of 30 so don't expect to buy groceries in town if you want to grill dinner - you will pass larger supermarkets on the way so plan ahead.
I didn't expect the Maine Ritz, but rooms were clean, and staff were helpful and at times exuberant (especially rafting guides). We stayed in logdominium which had a window A/C unit and heat (for cool sept nights).
My biggest gripe is nothing that could not be remedied with a can of WD40 - the front door squeaked so entering or leaving when kids asleep was a gamble. The double beds in the loft creaked like crazy awakening me up more than once.
Overall, relaxing few days and no major gripes that a little maintenance couldn't fix.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We stayed in one of the large North Woods cabins. It is well equipped and easily held 5 couples. We stayed here as "home base" for ATV riding and it suited us fine for this. The restaurant was fine, but service was slow. I liked the many amenities- pool, hot tub, kayaks for Martin Pond, restaurant. We initially had to ask for fresh towels and more toilet paper, but after that second day, this was not an issue for the remaining 3 days. No A.C. did make for "sticky/humid" afternoons and evenings, but it cooled off well at night. The noise from the lumber and pulpwood trucks out on the highway starts around 5 a.m., so make sure you leave a window fan turned on to drown out the noise.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: 1771 US Rte 201, The Forks, ME 04985-3402
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Location: United States > Maine > The Forks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in The Forks
Price Range: $10 - $600 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northern Outdoors is a year-round adventure resort located in The Forks, Maine, only four hours from Boston. The company pioneered Maine whitewater rafting on the Kennebec, Penobscot, and Dead Rivers. Groups, families, and individuals enjoy affordable, fantastic adventure getaways. Relax at the big main lodge, onsite microbrewery, full service restaurant, 28 trailside and lakeside cabins and cottages year-round. Enjoy whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, ATV trails, team building retreats, university programs, camping, snowmobile rentals and tours, and direct access to miles of trails. ... more   less 
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