West Virginia’s Adventures on the Gorge Offers “Learn to Adventure” Options
NEW RIVER GORGE, W.Va., May 29, 2015 – Instead of just taking guests rafting, kayaking and other activities, the country’s premier adventure resort – Adventures on the Gorge (AOTG) – is offering participants the option to “Learn to Adventure.”
The programs are a cross between recreation and instruction with a goal of helping participants gain valuable knowledge and skills while enhancing the enjoyment of the activities.
“One thing we have learned over the years is that people who want to learn more about an activity increase their enjoyment and the likelihood they will seek that adventure again,” said Brian Campbell, co-founder and chief marketing officer for Adventures on the Gorge. “I can point out many of our guides and instructors who have gone from beginners to experts over the years. They started out just asking basic questions and never stopped learning.”
The Learn to Adventure clinics are available as stand-alone day adventures or as an upgrade to the Explore the Gorge vacation package. Most clinics range between $144-169 per person based on the number of participants with Explore the Gorge upgrades at $25 per person. The fishing and fly fishing clinics are $415 per boat of two anglers. “Learn to” activities include climbing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), rafting, inflatable kayaking (duckie), bicycling, hiking and camping.
All of the programs present fundamentals and emphasize safety procedures. Technical skills such as steering strokes for rafting, duckies and kayaks; moving through the water for SUP; maneuvering around objects for biking; climbing and belaying for rock climbing; and basic survival skills for camping.
Located on the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, W. Va., the resort features rafting trips on two of the best whitewater rivers in the country – the New River and the Gauley River – some of the most distinctive zip lines and aerial adventures on the planet and an array of other land– and water-based adventures. Additionally, AOTG offers three full- and two limited-service restaurants, a pool and a fun, casual, relaxed atmosphere that is appealing to travelers of all ages.
The resort offers individual activities as well as packages combining activities with accommodations and meals. The popular “Explore the Gorge” all-inclusive packages are available in two-, three- and four-night vacations with “Action Packed” and “More Relaxed” versions to allow flexibility among groups or couples who enjoy themselves at different paces. “Learn to Adventure” programs are not part of the all-inclusive packages.
Located near Fayetteville, W.Va., the resort is within an easy drive of many cities in the Midwest, East and South such as Charlotte (four hours), Cincinnati (five hours, 30 minutes) and Washington, D.C. (five hours, 30 minutes).
AOTG offers accommodations for a variety of group sizes and budgets. High-end luxury homes with multiple bedrooms and spectacular views of the New River Gorge are often the top choice among couples and their families. There are also a variety of other cabins, including deluxe cabins with hot tubs, kitchens and multiple bedrooms. For guests on a budget and for those who simply like to sleep in the great outdoors, there are tent camping sites, platform tents already set up, bunkhouses that sleep up to eight people.
AOTG offers three restaurants as well as two popular bars. Smokey’s is a full-service restaurant overlooking the New River Gorge and serving a wide variety of items. Monday “Wing Night” has taken on a life of its own at Chetty’s Pub and is one of the most popular events in the area for both guests and locals. Buffler’s BBQ & Pizza on the Mill Creek Campus is a casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Rendezvous Lodge features live music and is the perfect way to end an active day.
For more information and to reserve packages, travelers should call 1-855-379-8738 or visit www.adventuresonthegorge.com. Travelers can find out more about Adventures on the Gorge and learn about specials and other offers by connecting on Facebook or Twitter, signing up for AOTG e-newsletter or following the AOTG blog.