Safari on the
White Breakaways meet
at the Harrington House Inn in Bethel VT and are offered on:
2013 Trip Dates
Trip Price: $527.00
Requested Single Supplement: $100.00
Private Bath: 2nights
Safari on the
Two great Green
Mountain rivers...the ambiance of the Green Trails Inn
Lively water, mountain and meadow scenery, rapids and pools.
all constitute a rare collection of elements that blend together for
a spectacular two days.
We gather at the Three Stallion Inn, a Vermont country inn nestled near the quiet village of Randolph. Originally a farmhouse on a working stock farm the inn now combines charm and friendliness to capture the distinct character of rural Vermont.
We immediatelybegin to unwind as the staff offers us a warm greeting. The Three Stallion Inn is a perfect retreat with the off road seclusion, lawns, high meadows, and flower gardens. The quiet setting encourages us to enjoy our day to the utmost, with the promise that our spirits will be soothed in the evening.
The first morning we're off to the Winooski, a name given by the Abenaki
Indians that means wild onion". The river threads its way through
meadowlands offering distant mountain views, including profiles of Camel's
Hump and Mount Mansfield, the tallest mountain in Vermont.
We'll also run some mild rapids, and see lots of birds, including an
occasional seagull or cormorant, visitors from Lake Champlain.
second day will be spent on the White River in central Vermont. The
White is the cornerstone of our most popular trip. It's a clean, bouldery
and handsome stream, alternately broad and narrow, in a picturesque
unspoiled valley. The White is one of the most beloved canoe runs in
all of New England; it's white as its name in the spring, varied, lively
and sweet in the summer, and spectacular in the fall colors, and always
with sparkling, clear water.
We'll have several choices for put-ins and take-outs, depending on whether
we're in the mood for rapids, quiet pools, or both. We'll see mountains,
gravel bars, riffles, rapids, quiet water, pools, ledges and more ledges
with water so clear you can see fish 10 feet below the surface. In fact,
the White is so clean that the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project chose
it as the major watershed for salmon returning to spawn.
The White flows through a picturesque, open valley with quiet rural
surroundings. We'll find dozens of private places to swim, sun and picnic.
The river, including tributaries, is over 100 miles long, so we won't
run out of water. At the end of two days you'll be ready for more.
The White is a fairly sporty stream with a number of short class I-II
rapids. This is a good trip for someone who likes rock dodging and waves,
and wants a bit more excitement than flatwater, but may not yet be quite
ready for big whitewater.
Safari on the White Itinerary
Where and When to go...and how to get thereA
Bit About Three Stallion Inn
We meet at the Three Stallion Inn in Randolph Vermont. To get to the inn from the south take exit 4 off of I-89, turn left off of the exit and follow for two miles. Turn left onto Stock Farm road and go approximately a half mile to the inn. . From the north take exit 4 off of I-89 and turn right off of the exit and follow for two miles. Turn left onto Stock Farm road and go approximately a half mile to the inn.This classic Vermont stock farm has been restored and remodeled to provide the ideal combination of charm and comfort. The grounds and surrounding hills provide an idyllic setting. The innkeepers will be expecting our arrival between 3 and 7 p.m. We will gather together for dinner at 7:00pm. Welcome. Three Stallion Inn – phone 802.728.5575
First Canoe Day:
After breakfast we are off to the Winooski River. The Winooski is a
splendid river with smooth and easy sections as well as quickwater,
such as that at the mouth of the Mad River. The Winooski winds its way
through both secluded and civilized areas.
The river sets the pace as we enjoy wonderful views of Camel's Hump,
keeping an eye out for kingfishers and great blue heron as they escort
us down the river. A short side trip up the Mad River rewards us with
an isolated rocky gorge and a refreshing swimming hole. We will enjoy
a picnic lunch along the river's edge and perhaps linger in these peaceful
At the end of the day we will return to the Three Stallion Inn, perhaps
for a swim or a walk before gathering for dinner and reminiscing about
Second Canoe Day:
Today we plan to paddle a section of the main branch of the White River
-- one of the best loved canoe runs in the state. It is a clear, clean,
bouldery, ledge drop, pool river with generally easy rapids. White as
its name in the spring, varied, lively and sweet in the summer in an
unspoiled valley. Wilderness no -- but great canoeing with plenty of
secluded, rocky ledges and islands for swimming and lunching.
We have many miles of river to choose from, and actual put-ins and take-outs
will be determined by our mood and water conditions. We'll run a mixture
of flatwater, quickwater, class I and a few class II rapids over the
White's ledges. Our trip will probably include a run through Sharon
Dam, an old abandoned dam that provides thrills for all and the opportunity
to run it twice. Quartermile rapid is also a stretch that will stimulate
adrenalin, yet is wide enough to give plenty of choice between mild
or difficult water. Whatever we choose, the White will be great fun.
Our trips may be varied to take advantage of the best canoeing water
available, as well as the weather.
Points of Interest:
We encourage you to explore the area further before or after your stay
with us. The White River National Fish Hatchery is a large facility
that hatches, raises, and imprints nearly one million salmon smolts
for the Connecticut River restoration program. A visitor center is open
daily, located on route 107 just south of Bethel.
The Chandler Music Hall and Cultural Center in Randolph is known for
its acoustical excellence and elegantly restored interior. The music
hall, which was built in 1906, presents musical and theatrical productions
The small villages of South Royalton and Rochester provide a quiet,
unhurried picture of Vermont. South Royalton is an attractive village
gathered around an oversized green with an elevated bandstand in the
middle. It is the home of Vermont's first and only law school founded
in 1972. Rochester is a quiet village tucked into a narrow valley between
the Green Mountains and the Braintree Range. A drive through the Hollows
provides superb views and a delightful mixture of field and forest.
In addition, the area provides an array of picnicking and hiking choices.
list is intended to be skeletal, and we anticipate you will have your
own ideas of what is "necessary." In general bring half the
clothes you think you will need and twice the film.
Getting wet is always a possibility when participating in outdoor activities.
Clothing has to keep you warm even when wet. Try to avoid cotton. The
problem with cotton is that once it is wet it absorbs water and does
not dry out quickly.
and B&B are casual so cotton or cotton mix clothing--for off
river and evenings is appropriate.
*Polypro or capilene undershirt and pants for Fall trips
*Lightweight nylon pants (the type where the legs zip off into a
pair of shorts are very handy)
*Lightweight/medium weight long sleeve top.
*Wool sweater or fleece top for Fall trips
*Rain jacket and pants
*Wide brimmed hat.
*Sunglasses with security strap.
*Sunscreen, insect repellent
*Lip balm, chapstick
*Camera and film
Additional Clothes for Paddling
*T-shirts or comfortable paddling tops
*Canoe shoes that can get wet for paddling such as sandals, or booties.
*Field guides, bird books, and travel books
*Journal notebook, pen, good book
*Extra eye glasses, sunglasses, security straps
you have any questions on what to bring or how to pack please give us
a call at 1.800.421.5268
If you have any questions or need special arrangements please call our
office. Regular office hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday
in season. We are open Saturday and Sunday for day trip rentals, but
our office staff is limited on weekends. We are generally closed Saturday
through Tuesday November through April, although you may catch us in
by chance other times.
Trip prices include lodging, all meals (except when noted) guide services
and accompanying support van. Trips generally meet mid to late afternoon
of the first day, and disband mid to late afternoon of the last day.
We may be compelled to increase or decrease trip prices on trips due
to matters beyond our control, such as currency exchange, airfare, taxes
or price increases. Gratuities for BattenKill guides and other staff
are appreciated, but are left entirely to your discretion.
Often it is easier to call our office to check for availability and
to make reservations. We request a deposit of $250.00 per person for
the two to four day trips, $5000.00 for five day trip, and longer trips. Immediate confirmation is possible using
your credit card for the deposit.
On receipt of your deposit we will prepare a complete confirmation packet,
including a full itinerary, person equipment list, meeting location
with directions, and application for short-term trip cancellation insurance.
Your confirmation letter will outline the balance which is due at the
trip meeting for domestic trips, and 60 days prior for Canadian and
other International trips. We strongly recommend that you obtain this
cancellation insurance, which reimburses you for nonrefundable costs
and deposits should you have to cancel your trip due to a personal emergency.
Notification must be received by BATTENKILL CANOE LTD. (BCL) in writing.
If you must cancel, but wish to reschedule for another trip, we will
do our best to accommodate you. If you must cancel more than 45 days
prior to departure, a refund of 50% of the per person deposit, OR a
100% credit valid for another trip. There are no refunds possible with
less than 45 days notice or for leaving a trip early or arriving late.
Your balance is due when we meet on the first night of the trip and
may be paid by cash, check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex or
Discover). Please refer to your confirmation letter for the amount due.
Gratuities for the inn and food portion of your trip are paid by BCL.
Gratuities for BATTENKILL guides are appreciated, but are left to your
discretion. Each year the guide staff of BATTENKILL CANOE pledge to
pool a portion of their tips and donate them to an outreach program.
Over the past several years these outreach programs have included a
scholarship program for a high school student in the remote village
of Yorkin in Talamanca, Costa Rica, supporting the Ninos in la Calle
program (alternative education program for the street kids) in Somotillo
Nicaragua, financial and educational support to the BattenKill Watershed
Council and an annual donation to the Vermont ACLU.
If you would like to find out more about these projects or have suggestions
for other projects your guides would be happy to visit with you. This
is just one of the ways we are able to reach out to the greater community
and practice socially responsible travel.
Our airline desk is able to assist you in making our airline reservations,
and we are pleased to do so. We can book with all the major carriers
and would be happy to assist you with your travel plans.
We almost always follow through with our entire trip schedule. However,
we must reserve the right to cancel a trip or to make changes to the
itinerary if necessary due to weather and/or water conditions, insufficient
reservations or other factors outside of our control. Although it is
unlikely, if we must cancel your trip, you may choose between: 1. A
100% refund of all monies paid, or 2. A 150% credit of your original
deposit for a future trip with BATTENKILL. This constitutes full settlement,
and BATTENKILL can not be held responsible for other costs incurred.
Dates & Small Trip Charge
Since you plan your vacation around our trip, it is our responsibility
to run every trip scheduled if four or more persons are on the roster.
A number of fixed costs make it more expensive to operate a trip with
six members than one with 12. We budget our trips with a nearly full
sign up, to enable us to price them at the lowest possible cost.
We will still run your trip if four or more guests are on the roster.
However, we will be obliged to add a small trip surcharge if there is
a low sign up of between four (4) and seven (7) participants. The small
trip surcharge is ten (10) percent of the published price.
If you make your reservations 6 months prior to departure, you will
qualify for our Earlybird Discount which guarantees your departure regardless
of the number of people on the roster.
Our standard accommodation is two per room, generally with a private
bath. Usually singles and triples are available. BCL provides three
meals per day, beginning with dinner on the first evening and ending
with lunch on the last day (except where noted).
On our Voyageurs we provide top quality tents along with all other group
camping gear. You are requested to bring only a sleeping bag and pad,
as well as your personal gear. If you choose not to bring your own sleeping
bag, you may rent one of ours which includes a cotton liner and foam
If you're traveling alone and would like to assure yourself of a private
room, there is a single supplement surcharge of $45.00 per evening.
Singles willing to share will be matched with a roommate. If unavailable,
a forced single supplement of 50 percent of the full supplement will
We believe that sharing an adventure with your kids or grandkids
is a life-enhancing experience. Children twelve years of age or older
are welcomed on all trips. Special arrangements must be made for all
children 7-12. Regular discount is 25% off the trip price for folks
under 18 years old.
You must understand that river trips involve some risk. Guests are responsible
for: choosing a trip that suits their abilities, level of fitness and
state of health; arriving at the trip start with the clothing and gear
recommended in the confirmation packet; respecting the laws and customs
of the countries visited; following environmental guidelines and regulations
while on the trip in accordance with guides direction; and respecting
the rights and privacy of other trip members. You will be asked to sign
a Hold Harmless and Release of Liability form prior to your trip.
BATTENKILL CANOE reserves the right to substitute lodges, leaders and
to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary or advisable. BCL shall
not be liable, directly or indirectly for any delay, cancellation, mishap,
inconvenience, expense, personal injury or death, or damage of property
for any reason whatsoever, including acts of God. BATTENKILL reserves
the right to decline to accept, retain, or ask to leave any person whose
actions or deportment impede trip operation, or rights, welfare and
enjoyment of other trip members. No refund is possible under these circumstances.
Payment of deposit, and release of credit card number represents your
acceptance of these terms and conditions. All disputes shall be settled
by binding arbitration in Bennington County Vermont.
BattenKill Trip Guides
We are proud of the folks who lead our trips, and help make an extra
special adventure for you. Each recognizes, welcomes and encourages
the varying skills and interests of each guest.
On the first evening of our get-together, we will conduct a simple orientation
of the trip to come, and go over safety regulations. You will be asked
to sign a liability of release form, and we will collect your final
Word About Equipment
Canoe rental is included in your trip price. You are welcome to bring
along your own canoe if you would like, just let us know. We furnish
premium canoes, paddles and PFD's (life jackets). We feature canoes
by Mad River, Dagger, Old Town and others. If you have a particular
canoe you would like to demo, please give us a call and we will attempt
to have one available.
Happens if it Rains
It does rain, so rain gear is a must. So are dry clothes, which can
be stored in the waterproof bag that we furnish. If it's raining hard,
we don't all have to go canoeing. The nice thing about Vermont is that
there are plenty of other things to do...visit museums or go antiquing...spend
some time in a general store. Or, we can just have another cup of coffee
and wait till the rain abates. Whatever makes sense, we'll do.
Also, enclosed is our suggested personal equipment checklist. Little
things like lip balm, sun blocks and dry socks make a big difference,
so check it over carefully.
BattenKill Canoe, Ltd.
800.421.5268 or 802.362.2800 fax--802.362.0159
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