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Zoar Outdoor Becomes Full Resort

by Blair Winans

Charlemont, MA, – Zoar Outdoor becomes a full resort with the recent opening of its guest lodge (www.hawkmountainlodge.com ) that will provide new packages for rafting, biking, kayaking and climbing. The 6-room lodge, open year round, has several room configurations to allow for different combinations of quests. The lodge sits overlooking the Deerfield River in western, Massachusetts far from the bustle of city life. All of the rooms have comfortable bedding in a friendly, quiet atmosphere. Zoar’s recreational offerings can be combined into two, three day or full-week vacations for families, couples or groupswww.zoaroutdoor.com

People can choose to spend several days learning the finer points of whitewater kayaking, canoeing or rock climbing, or can try out each sport for a day as an adventure sampler. There are self-guided kayaks on easy river sections or biking on country roads for a lazy afternoon activity. Camping and cabin tents are available for those seeking a more primitive overnight experience.

The Deerfield River valley is rich in undeveloped land and natural resources with fine dining, arts and culture close by. The quaint village of Shelburne Falls is a short drive and offers café dining, classic movies, concerts, antiques and artist studios (see www.shelburnefalls.com). It’s an easy (2-3 hour) weekend getaway or weekday road trip from most metropolitan areas in New England. This trip is a good value for families seeking adventure close to home who don’t want to spend a lot of time driving or lots of money on gas.

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