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A Day in the City: Chinatown & The Dragon Boat Festival
with Chris Toy
Experience the flavors of Boston’s Chinatown with cooking instructor Chris Toy! Enjoy a guided tour of Chinatown and explore the traditions, customs, and history of Chinese culture in Boston. Savor traditional Chinese Dim Sum at one of Chinatown’s oldest restaurants, where Chris and his family have been dining since before he could speak English! Don’t miss out on the action at the 40th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival on the Charles River! Get ready for dragon boat races, traditional arts and crafts, cultural performances and vendors, and the authentic flavors of Chinese culture! Make the most of your day in the city with international flavor! Transportation is included in the cost of the trip and will be provided by Amtrak and MBTA. Meals are not included in the cost of the trip, so please plan accordingly. Please dress appropriately for the weather; bring layers and comfortable walking shoes. Please bring snacks and a water bottle, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure!
Maine Bucket List: Acadia National Park with Chris Toy
with Chris Toy
Explore the best of Acadia with Registered Maine Guide (and cooking instructor!) Chris Toy for an experience you won’t forget in one of America’s favorite national parks! Enjoy a weekend full of great food, great company, beautiful scenery, brisk outdoor adventures, personalized cooking lessons, and so much more - during peak foliage season! Weekend highlights include: Cadillac Mountain sunrise and hike, lunch at Jordan Pond House and Jordan Pond Loop Trail, sightseeing and photography opportunities along the Park Loop Road, shopping and dining in Bar Harbor, and cooking lessons with Chris (followed by two delicious, locally-sourced dinners)! This is one weekend adventure you won’t want to miss! The cost of the trip includes: 2 nights’ lodging at a 6 bedroom AirBnB (shared rooms), park admission and vehicle passes (carpool), 2 continental breakfasts, 2 dinners with cooking lessons from a professional chef, and guided hikes with a Registered Maine Guide. Lunches are not included in the cost of the trip. Transportation arrangements for carpooling from Freeport in personal vehicles will be made in advance. Additional information and a pack list will be provided prior to the trip. This trip is designed for active individuals with a sense of adventure and a willingness to participate in group activities, i.e. shared accommodations and family-style meals. Space is limited.
Maine Bucket List: Baxter Park with Chris Toy
with Chris Toy
Join Registered Maine Guide (and cooking instructor!) Chris Toy for an adventure-filled weekend at Baxter State Park! Explore the beauty of the Katahdin wilderness with hiking, canoeing, delicious meals (and gourmet camp cooking lessons!), campfires, photography opportunities, wildlife sightings, and so much more! Get away from it all and enjoy the simple pleasures of being off the grid! Don’t miss this chance to experience all that Maine’s northern wilderness has to offer! The cost of the trip includes: 3 nights of camping at a bunkhouse in the park; breakfast, lunch, and dinner for three days; guided hikes with a Registered Maine Guide and canoe rentals. Transportation arrangements for car-pooling from Freeport in personal vehicles will be made in advance. Additional information and a pack list will be provided prior to the trip. Tentative dates are August 23 - 26 (dates will be confirmed closer to August). Space is limited. THIS TRIP WILL NOT BE HIKING UP MT KATAHDIN
Maine Bucket List: Mt Katahdin with Chris Toy
with Chris Toy
Mt. Katahdin is #2 on National Geographic’s top 10 summits worldwide! Check Baxter Park and Mt. Katahdin off your bucket list (weather permitting!) AND enjoy great camp cooking with Registered Maine Guide and chef Chris Toy for 3 days in early September. Park rules only allow reservations 4 months in advance. There will be a required meeting one month before the trip. This is a highly strenuous trip! Participants must confirm that they have hiked for at least 6 hours, gaining 2000 feet carrying an overnight pack weighing 20 lbs within the last 6 months. Please note: Our group will stay together for the whole trip. We will gain the summit as a team or no one will. Fees TBD. For more information, please email Kelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sea to Summit: Maine Lighthouses & More!
with Kelli Park
How many lighthouses can we visit in one day?! We do live on the coast of Maine, so why not find out? Let’s start the day with Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, made famous by everyone’s favorite movie, Forrest Gump! We’ll make our way up the coast to Owl’s Head Lighthouse and enjoy expansive views of Penobscot Bay from rugged seaside cliffs. Let’s grab a picnic lunch at Market Basket, a gourmet market and bakery with something for everyone. Next stop: the summit of Mt. Battie! We’ll enjoy a relaxed mountaintop lunch while admiring the scenery that surrounds us in the Camden Hills. After lunch, let’s head to the Rockland Breakwater, an impressive man-made, mile-long granite breakwater that leads us to our third and final lighthouse of the day! Three lighthouses and one seaside mountain summit in one day- what more could you ask for?! Lunch (sandwich, chips, bottle of water, and a cookie) and park admission are included in the cost of the trip. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Please bring layers, snacks and water, an insulated cooler bag for grocery purchases (if you plan to shop along the way) and a sense of adventure!
Seguin Island: September Sun
with Kelli Park
If you’ve never been to Seguin Island, this is your chance! This beautiful little island is a true gem! Enjoy hiking trails, 360 degree views from rugged cliffs, and an endless ocean horizon! Seguin Island is a 64-acre island two miles off the coast of Phippsburg, home of Maine’s second oldest lighthouse! Seguin Light is the only lighthouse in the state using a first-order Fresnel lens and is also the highest lighthouse in the state at 180 feet above sea level. Let’s tour the museum and the lighthouse with the caretakers, and learn about local legends - Seguin has the reputation of being the most haunted lighthouse in Maine. This is one island you’ll want to visit again and again! Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the little-known secret of this gorgeous island! We will travel to the island on a small ferry boat. Please dress appropriately for the weather; bring layers, shoes that can get wet (sandals) AND shoes for walking, a bag lunch and a bottle of water, sunscreen, motion sickness treatment (if desired), and a sense of adventure! Please note that everything is carry in-carry out and there is one outhouse available on the island. The initial hike is a steep incline, so please note that this trip is designed for active individuals. In the event of rain or rough seas, the rain date will be Wednesday, September 11.
The Schoodic Experience with Chris Toy
with Chris Toy
Enjoy a weekend of relaxation and exploration in Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula! Join Chris Toy, cooking instructor and Registered Maine Guide, for this weekend excursion full of off-the-beaten-path experiences and breathtaking views! The lesser-known, less crowded section of the park is just as beautiful (if not more!) than Mount Desert Island! Enjoy a live musical performance hosted by Schoodic Arts For All, a local nonprofit arts organization in Winter Harbor, and cruise aboard The Schoodic Ferry on a trip to Bar Harbor. Discover the beauty of the Schoodic on a guided hike with Chris Toy and explore the nooks and crannies of the more obscure parts of Acadia. Spend your evenings learning the art of gourmet cooking and exploring locally-sourced flavors with Chris in a beautiful house overlooking the ocean - dinners don't get much better than this! The flavors, and the views, are unbeatable! This is one weekend excursion that will change your definition of getting away from it all! The following are included in the cost: 3 nights of lodging in an oceanfront house, 3 continental breakfasts, 2 dinners (with cooking lessons), ferry passage, concert admission, park admission and vehicle passes for car-pooling, and a guided park tour with a Registered Maine Guide. Please note that meals and lodging will be shared family-style. Accommodations will be arranged primarily in pairs - each bedroom sleeps two people. Transportation from Freeport will be arranged in advance using personal vehicles to car-pool.
Tour of Berlin, Germany
with Valeska Hornschild-Bear
Whether you are interested in history, art or culture, Berlin offers it all! Guided and organized by a native from Berlin – now living in Freeport, ME - you will dive into the city from day one, and bring back unforgettable memories. Everything will be organized for you, so you can relax, while absorbing the city's vibe.
Click here for more detailed information about the trip, including the itinerary and travel information! The cost of the trip is $1800, with airfare not included. Payments will be made directly to RSU5.
Please email Kelli at email@example.com with questions!