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Battenkill Valley Outdoors Is A Destination Worth Discovering

Summer is here and the paddling is perfect.  Here's how to get in on it...
Battenkill Valley Outdoors is both wide open spaces and an adventure destination with a specific location.  It's an outdoors store with great clothing and gear where you can rent or buy canoes and kayaks, rafts, tubes, bicycles and much more.  And it's the best place to start  when planning your get-away to the Battenkill Valley.  Just getting there is a bit of an adventure.  Head east out of Cambridge  on Rt. 313 , toward Arlington, VT,  and turn  right at the kayak sign.  You head up a long pockmarked dirt road to an off-the-grid log cabin where a giant black bear with huge claws (carved) will greet you.  Talk with owners Don and Lisa Otey and they'll show you maps of the Battenkill and surrounding 900+-acre Battenkill State Forest and set you up with whatever you need for your day of adventure, from a 2-hour paddle to an arduous all-day hike. Get on their mailing list and learn about special programs, like their upcoming women's yoga, paddle and lunch catered by local food guru Spoonful Catering.  Might be just what the doctor ordered! 

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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