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Ride the rapids in the Capital Region USA



Posted on: 16 Jul 2017

Capital Region USA is an up-and-coming hot-spot for whitewater enthusiasts on the Eastern seaboard. Home to the Shenandoah, Potomac and James rivers - the region offers aquatic adventures for all experience levels, from stand-up paddle-boarding and rafting to whitewater kayaking.

Visitors to the Capital Region can whitewater kayak with Harpers Ferry Adventure Centre and navigate a seven-mile stretch of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Ride a Duckie; a specially engineered sit-on inflatable kayak that will let you explore the Grade Two and Grade Three whitewater rapids of Maryland and Virginia where these two iconic rivers converge. Experience the thrills of Bull Falls and the wild currents of Mad Dog in a kayak from $55 per person. Reservation required.

Visitors to Virginia’s capital city, Richmond, can experience whitewater with Riverside Outfitters - paddle the iconic James River between Pony Pasture and Reedy Creek; a guided adventure that allows thrill seekers to gain a unique perspective on Richmond’s inner-city wilderness.

For visitors looking to take SUP to the next level, those daring enough can also take to the whitewater on a stand-up paddleboard with Riverside Outfitters from $75 per person. Upper-River Kayaking is priced from $59 per person. Flat-water kayaking and rafting are also available.

Just 20 minutes from Downtown Washington, DC, Potomac Paddlesports offers Mather Gorge whitewater rafting excursions. Featuring Grade Two and Grade Three rapids, this guided four-hour excursion takes in the unique cliff formations of the Mather Gorge, from just below Great Falls on the Potomac River in Maryland.  Rafting excursions are priced from $125 per person.

Looking for a unique aquatic experience? Riverside Outfitters and Potomac Paddlesports also offer SUP Yoga from $49 per class, reservations required. Challenging balance and core strength, sunrise and sunset classes with Riverside Outfitters allow yogis to take in the serenity of the river while being conveniently located in Downtown Richmond while Potomac Paddlesports offer two-hour SUP Asana yoga classes allowing yogis to connect with nature on the calm waters near Angler’s Lot, Maryland.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing in the Capital Region USA
Have the ‘time of your life’ with a stay in Virginia where the movie was filmed

Dirty Dancing is set to celebrate the 30th anniversary in August 2017. Filmed on location at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia, the resort is offering Dirty Dancing fans the chance to stay on the set of the movie; including a tour of Baby’s cabin and the fictional Kellerman Resort. 
Located in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Mountain Lake Lodge is offering themed weekends throughout the summer where guests can take advantage of dance lessons  in addition to a Dirty Dancing Film Location Tour which takes in sites such as the lakefront gazebo, Baby’s cabin as well as newer additions to the property; a Dirty Dancing memorabilia exhibition and Patrick Swayze Memorial. Themed weekends have sold out for 23 – 25 June but bookings can still be made for the 28 – 30 July and 25 – 27 August 2017 with an additional weekend due to be added on the 15 – 17 September 2017.
Set amongst 2,600 acres of wilderness, Mountain Lake Lodge has a range of varied facilities from hiking and biking trails to a Treetop Adventure course. The Lodge offers a range of accommodations from rustic cabins to modern cottages as well as guest rooms within the main lodge.

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Weekend Packages can be booked direct with Mountain Lake Lodge from $350 per person based on double occupancy.  Packages include all meals, two dance parties, Dirty Dancing film tour, group dance lessons and two nights’ lodging at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia.

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