How Much Should I Tip My Whitewater River Guide?

What Makes a Good Whitewater River Guide? Whitewater rafting trips are often enhanced by great river guides. River guides are often quite adept at handling the rapids on their rivers, but the great ones add so much more. When running the rapids, the skill of a top notch guide determines whether you have a thrilling … Continued


Whitewater Rafting in the Berkshires

Thousands of folks visit the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts each summer looking for things to do. Many are looking to enjoy the arts such as concerts at Tanglewood or dance at Jacob’s Pillow. Many visitors enjoy the fine outdoor dining in Stockbridge and Lenox. Everyone enjoys the fresh air and beautiful landscapes. Some visitors … Continued


Deerfield River Tubing in Massachusetts

What better way to spend a hot summer day than floating or tubing down a beautiful river? River users can float down the beautiful Deerfield River in Massachusetts in rafts, kayaks, canoes, tubes and on stand-up paddle boards (SUP). Tubing is great fun in deeper flowing waters that keep you safe from shallow rocks and … Continued


COVID Comfort & Safety at Crab Apple Whitewater

Now approaching a year into the Worldwide Pandemic, we all have many unanswered questions about COVID Science, Studies, new strains, vaccines, etc. etc. However, we have all had plenty of time to figure out what activities are safe and comfortable during these unprecedented times. If you think about it – what parts of our day … Continued


How Does A Wetsuit Work for Whitewater Rafting

Some whitewater rafting trips happen during cool weather and on rivers with cold water. In order to keep warm, rafters wear wetsuits that help insulate the body so that rafting is still enjoyable even when the air and/or water temperature are not ideal. How Do Wetsuits Keep You Warm? Wetsuits function similarly to warm clothes … Continued


Do Rafting Trips Ever Get Cancelled for “Flooding?”

When finalizing your upcoming commercial rafting adventure, make sure to ask about the Outfitter’s cancellation and refund policy. Outfitters that have been in business for many years have established clear policies based on safety first, good business practices and knowledge of the rivers that they are rafting. High-quality outfitters have been running rafting trips for … Continued


Cool Grandparents: Three Generations of White Water Rafting

Times certainly have changed. My Grandparents seemed old and sedentary – Grandma knitted, gave handwritten mail to the Mailman and baked delicious pies. Grandpa read the paper, rocked in his chair and napped. We never “did” much together outside of visiting at the Holidays, celebrating a birthday or an event such as a Graduation. Grandparents … Continued


The Top 5 Things To Do In Maine In The Summer

Maine is a fantastic place to visit in the summer. With lots of outdoor adventures at every level, there is something for everyone. Maine offers white water rafting, waterfalls, hiking, art and everything else you could ever want to do outside.  Crab Apple Whitewater guests often ask what else there is to do during their … Continued


Whitewater Rafting is the Best Day Trip in New England for Summer Fun!

Let’s go whitewater rafting! We are all looking for something fun, safe and thrilling for this summer. What can we do to get away from the screens and into a natural setting that is beautiful and challenging? Let’s go WHITEWATER RAFTING!! Let’s consider the alternatives: Amusement parks – been there. Stood in lines for hours … Continued


Things to Do in Western Massachusetts this Summer

This Summer Visit Western Mass for Great Things to Do! Visiting the Berkshire Hills of Western Mass this summer? Here are some suggestions on things to do in the area – get outside and active with whitewater rafting, kayaking or hiking. Spend a rainy day in a renowned museum or head to a theatre for … Continued


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