Outdoor adventure adds to offerings at North Country B&B
Mark Peabody and his dog Ziva (named after Ziva of the TV show NCIS) in the reading corner of the Mahoosic Inn. (DEBRA THORNBLAD)
Mahoosuc Inn in Milan has added white water rafting to its outdoor adventures. COURTESY
Hockmeyer's father, Wayne, started Northern Outdoors, of The Forks, Maine in 1976.
"The Androscoggin River is the perfect entrance to white water rafting for families," he added.
Northern Woods Rafting is the newest addition to the mix offered from the Mahoosuc Inn property, but it is far from the only activity available there.
He went to work on the barn first, and the first outdoor activity offered was horseback riding. Peabody had previously offered horse boarding at Bell Hill farm in Stark. Over the years the barn was rebuilt to house not only horses, but three separate housing units that are now used by Peabody and Hockmeyer and other family members. There is also a banquet room for serving meals to guests.
A few years ago, the large dwelling was no longer needed for the family. Renovations started, and the Mahoosuc Inn, a bed and breakfast, opened four years ago. It has six rooms with a capacity of 15 guests. There is also a full kitchen and a reading area with a fireplace on the main floor.
"As we've been building the business, we've been building it with a real vision for outdoor recreation," Peabody said. "I firmly believe we have to provide a high quality experience to visitors who come to the north country."
Corridor 19, one of the main snowmobile corridors, runs right through the property. In exchange for using the land, the local snowmobile club grooms a trail right to the inn's door. Other winter activities include cross country skiing, hiking (year round) and dog sledding.
In warmer seasons, entrance to the Ride the Wilds ATV trail is only a half-mile away, and there are plans to bring it closer, which will enable visitors to access it right from the property.
The entire property is pet friendly. They just ask that dogs stay on leashes until past the horse pasture areas.
Another new project about to get under way is the yurt ground. Peabody said he has been approved for 14 yurts and hopes to have four done by this fall. These will be available year round, will be heated by solar and gas and have small kitchens.
With all that's going on, Peabody said he's decided to combine all of them under one business umbrella he's calling "Mahoosuc Outdoors." He expects that to be accomplished this month.
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