I am now back from Antarctica, where the adventures were amazing. Wish you could all be there, as there are not the words to describe what an incredible place it is. The scenery is awe-inspiring and as beautiful as the pictures are, it doesn’t even begin to capture the beauty of it all. I’ve heard you all had quite the winter here in Canada and USA, and believe it or not it was colder here than Antarctica, as it is their summer when I am there. Will be posting a few pictures for you to enjoy and maybe get you thinking about taking a trip of a lifetime down there! Would love to take you kayaking around the iceburgs and whales.
What’s new at Adventure High? Quite a bit actually, as many already know we purchased the Compass Rose Heritage Inn on December 31, 2013 – the day I left for Antarctica. This week was the first time I have had the opportunity to walk through the property as the owner! Really excited for the 2014 season and all the new things we have planned. At the Compass Rose we are planning to build a deck on the back of the dining room, overlooking the harbor, which will give guests another place to relax and enjoy the view. We will be doing more landscaping on the water side of the property to give an even better view of the water. There are lots of plans in the works, but timing is everything, so will do as much as we can before the summer and then look at doing more in the fall. One thing we will be doing soon is upgrading the parking area, giving more spaces for our guests and the dining room.
This summer we will have the dining room open 7 nights a week. Last year we only opened 3 nights a week, but from the feedback that we received it looks like it was a success, so we are going all out. We offer a lobster dinner that was very popular. From one guest who travels all over the province, declared it was the best she ever had!!
Easter weekend will be our official opening date for room rentals, so looking forward to another great season and meeting lots of new folks and hopefully returning guests. We met so many wonderful people last year and know that we will meet many more.
Our cabins, Nature’s Window and Post Office are now open and ready for the season. Its great that we now have accommodations to meet everyone’s needs. Whether it be a private retreat in the woods, a cabin for families or B&B for shorter stays.
We still offer all our day trips for kayaking, along with multi-day kayaking trips. Our newest addition is the “Grand Manan Experience”. This is a four night trip, which is the first and last night staying at the Compass Rose, including dinner. Nights two and three are spent camping on one of the outer islands and 3 days kayaking. This is a combination of luxury and camping at its finest.
Adventure High is also partnering with Outward Bound and have several trips scheduled to run this summer. I love how the company is growing and the direction it is going. Several of the programs we are working on in conjunction with Outward Bound revolve around children – celebrating life and overcoming obstacles. Very excited and proud to be involved in such noble pursuits!
We have just incorporated a new reservation system, which allows you to book either kayaking or accommodations on-line if you wish. However, you can still call or email us and reserve that way as well. Please give us your feedback on the reservation system, as well as our website. We are always looking for ways to improve and to do that we need your input!