Save 20% on 3 special trips.
It helps us dramatically to fill these trips, and if you are ready, you can save. Special offers and discounts presented in this e-mail newsletter are subject to availability. You must mention the discount offer when you sign up since the discount publicized on the web is only half of what we are offering here; it is our way to encourage you to let us continue to have access to your Inbox. These discounts are not available to guests already enrolled on the departure
Save 20% on the September 9 departure of Canoe France. We discover in Southwest France, a land of quiet calm, where rivers wander gracefully through ancient valleys of towering limestone cliffs. Paddling down the rivers we will take in breathtaking sights, have the opportunity to visit small hamlets and stroll through local markets. Four magical rivers offer an abundance of canoeing, prehistoric history and medieval villages to stimulate our minds and fine wines and regional cuisine to satisfy our gastronomical needs. This trip can put present day life into perspective. Regular departures are $2769.00 for 12 days/11 nights and are offered on: June 3-14, July 1-12, and Sept 9-20, 2009($2215.00 for this departure), and a just announced new date of October 21 –Nov 1.
Join us on the Vermont River Sampler July 26-31 and save 20%. Canoe the best of Vermont as part of a free-spirited band of travelers, moving from river to river and inn to inn. Vermont is a kaleidoscope of rustic and panoramic beauty. Our days are simple and loosely structured, and evenings at the inns are relaxed and laid-back. It is Vermont distilled to its essence. Panoramic landscapes, quiet backroads, picturesque villages and isolated rivers come together like a patchwork quilt to give us a true insight to this special place. Regular departures are $1417.50 for 6 days/5 nights and are offered on: July 12-17, July 26-31($1134.00 for this departure), Aug 16-21, Sept 27-Oct 2, and Oct 4-9, 2009.
2009 marks the return of a great trip, with a new Inn. Three great Green Mountain rivers: the West, the White and the Batten Kill. The ambiance of Landgrove Inn, lively water, mountain and meadow scenery, rapids and pools, all with some fine hiking thrown in. They constitute a rare collection of elements that blend together for a spectacular two days. Safari on the White Breakaways are $497.00 for 2 nights/2 days trip and is offered on; July 24-26, Aug 21-23 and Sept 25-27, 2009.
The Valley of Vemont -- an embroidery of art and nature blanket the pastoral charm of the Valley of Vermont. Join us in our backyard to experience with us the best of all things that make Vermont special. Travel by foot and canoe. Valley of Vermont Rambles is $967.50 for 4 day/3 night trip, and are offered on: July 20-23, Aug 24-27, Sept 21-24 and Oct 5-8, 2009.
Scotland Highland Ramble is a melodic fabric of green hills, winding rivers, and meandering footpaths. The natural beauty of Scotland’s Western Highlands has been the subject of song, poetry and legend since the Celts first explored these far-flung islands, lochs and hills. Like Robert Burns, you’ll soon sing “My heart is in the Highlands wherever I go.” Scotland Highland Rambles are $2925.00 for 11 days/10 nights and is offered on: Aug 27-Sept 6, 2009
Newfoundland is a land of magnificent contrasts with its rugged coasts, majestic fiords, sparkling rivers and open valleys. From the coastal village of Burgeo to the awe-inspiring landscape of Gros Morne, our Newfoundland Explorer trip takes us deep into the heart of this enchanting province. Newfoundland Explorer trips are $1597.50 (US) for 10 days/9 nights and is offered on: July 30-Aug 9.
St Croix Voyageur is a Canadian Heritage river and that really means something in Canada. Bald eagles, easy rapids and isolated campsites make a perfect introduction for families and beginning paddlers to canoeing and camping. St Croix Voyageur is $1095.00 for a 4 day/4 night quietwater camping trip and is offered on: July 20-24, and August 17-21, 2009.
Winter Trips in Costa Rica and Nicaragua
We have just finalized trip dates for the upcoming season and are pleased to announce them here for you along with our EarlyBird Discount offer. We are entering our seventeenth season of running trips in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and we are filled with the same anticipation and excitement we had our first year. We have organized three distinctly different trips exploring Costa Rica and Nicaragua - review or visit with us to decide which is right for you.
Canoe Costa Rica is the ultimate encounter with nature’s boundless variety. Traveling by canoe, we experience several distinct ecological zones--tropical rainforest, mountain cloud forest, fertile valleys, and even walk on the lava flow of an active volcano. Comfortable lodging and fine food awaits us every night. Canoa Costa Rica trips are $2675.00 (US) for 11days/10nights and is offered on: January 14-24, 2010, February 11-21, 2010, and March 11-21 2010.
Solentiname & Rio San Juan journeys to some of the most remote yet peaceful areas of Nicaragua. The rich history, diverse wildlife and artist community all come alive during our travels to the Archipelago of Solentiname and then down the Rio San Juan. This trip beckons the traveler wanting to experience new cultures and be immersed in nature’s lush surroundings. Solentiname trips are $2375.00 (US) for 11days/10nights and is offered on: December 23, 2009-January 3, 2010, January 28-Feb 7, 2010, Feb 25-March 7, 2010 and March 25-Apr 4 (Easter Day).
For lovers of tropical flora and fauna, Rica Nica, Canoe & Coffee is a dream date, a romance of tropical proportion. From the islands of Solentiname to the mountains of Matagalpa our journey takes us deep into Nicaragua, the heart of America. Rica Nica trips are: $2375.00 (US) for 11days/10 nights and is offered on January 14-24, 2010 and February 25-March 7, 2010.
Our Big News is that
We Were in the News.
On April 5, we were on the cover of the New York Times Travel Section. If you missed it, you can read it here:
While Christopher did not take our trip, he stayed at most of the same inns and paddled the same rivers and visited the same places. Carolyn just returned from the June trip, and Steve and Paul are meeting a trip today. It is not too late for you to experience this trip for yourself. Plan to join us in September and we have just announced a new date for October.
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We have enjoyed seeing many of you on the Batten Kill this season and look forward to seeing more of you throughout the summer and fall. River trips are more than just a journey. A canoe allows us to adapt to the calm rhythm of life as we work with the natural flow of the river, rejuvenating our soul as well as the body. It's sometimes a tangled web that we weave as we move through life. Some of the threads reveal a work-a-day world of commitments, duties and obligations. Other threads are of a quiet fabric of hope and responsibility enriching both our lives and others and the environment.
Our guests continually stimulate and challenge us to learn more and do our professional best. Sharing our passion for the world’s extraordinary people, places and wildlife is what BattenKill is all about.
In a world that seems to have gone mad, Costa Rica shines like a light of sanity. We are proud of our Canoa Costa Rica trip that has been the cornerstone of our international trips. This trip combines comfortable lodgings with lively paddling and excellent birdlife. In recent years we have become more and more enthralled with Costa Rica’s neighbor to the north. Nicaragua, once the black sheep of Central America, is sorely misunderstood in the world. Since disappearing from the headlines in the early 1990s, life in Nicaragua has moved steadily forward.
As many of you know, we are living most of the winter in Solentiname Nicaragua. Solentiname alludes to the art of playing with will and consciousness for creating your dreams. This comes easily in Solentiname where living is much like dreaming in other places. Dreaming is a fine pastime, I am not sure we do enough of it in our regular life. Will and consciousness blend easily with the forces of nature. It is a privilege of NO roads, NO cars, NO motorbikes, just a few phones, almost NO TV; the only means of transportation is by boat, canoe or kayak, a few horses and your own feet. I always think I am going to catch up on my reading, but I often get distracted by the quietness of being ‘here’, just being here in the now of being here
Let us be your hosts as you travel, secure with the knowledge that you are backed by a solid organization where most travelers become friends.
Join us…see you on a river, sometime, somewhere... but make it soon.
Jim Walker and Carolyn Parker,
For the staff at BattenKill: old Jack Quinn, Doug Campbell, and Young Jack McCoy, along with international students, Viktor from the Czech Republic, and Memhet and Levant from Turkey.
Daytrip Canoe & Kayak Rentals on the BattenKill.
We are open for Day Trip Rentals on our home river, the Batten Kill. It is one of the nation's outstanding streams -- just about the perfect all-around river. Famous the world over for trout fishing, it rises in the Green Mountains, flows through some of the most beautiful countryside in southern Vermont, and passes under four covered bridges on its way to the Hudson River.
We run an operation as good as the river. The water on the Batten Kill is lively and crystal-clear. Beginners float easily in the quietwater, while experienced canoeists enjoy other sections of quickwater and play in the eddies. We float past lonesome country lanes, quiet meadows, deep woods and high mountainsides bathed in the sun. This is a small world apart made especially for canoeing. It is intimacy without equal. We won't be surprised if you linger awhile in this special corner of Vermont.
Day trip rentals are offered 7 days a week between 9:00-4:30. Rentals include a canoe or kayak, paddles, pfd, a drybag and shuttle service. Midweek rentals are $35/kayaks and $55/canoe. Weekend and holiday rentals are $45/kayak and $65/canoe.