Summertime and the living is easy. This is especially true in the southern hills of West Virginia at ACE Adventure Resort (http://aceraft.com/) where a summer full of fun can be captured over a long weekend on 1,500 acres that add up to a world of adventure in one place.
Rated the #1 Adventure Outfitter in West Virginia, the primary draw here is world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities such as zip lines, paintball, disc golf and more. In addition to its own many-acred playground, the adjacent 70,000-acre New River Gorge National River (a unit of the United States National Park Service) is an option for miles of wilderness exploring afoot and by mountain bike.
To make things even more inviting, ACE is offering several summer specials (see: http://aceraft.com/collections/specials-deals-discounts/summer) to consider. August All-In-A-Day Special #1 (Aug. 11 to Sept. 1) includes a half-day raft trip on the Lower New River or a Zip Line Tour plus a half-day Resort Gold Pass with breakfast, lunch and dinner for just $129 per person. The August All-In-A-Day Special #2 (Aug. 10 to 31) features a half-day Climb & Rappel, Scenic New River Bike Tour, Stand Up Paddleboard or Lake Tour plus a half-day Resort Gold Pass with breakfast, lunch and dinner for just $109 per person.
A typical weekend here begins when vacationers roll onto the property Friday afternoon prepared to set up their own campsite or with reservations in hand for bunkhouse or log cabin accommodations (see: http://aceraft.com/collections/lodging). On Saturdays guests usually schedule a whitewater rafting adventure on the New River, home to Class I to Class IV rapids that can be enjoyed by ages six and up, or on the Gauley River that is recognized as a National Recreation Area for its challenging Class II to Class V rapids targeting thrill-seeking enthusiasts.
After splashing in the rivers or in the on-site five-acre water park known as ACE Adventure Lake, guests can enjoy dinner before the Saturday night movie, pondering Sunday activities that might include zip lining, mountain biking, disc golf, stand up paddle boarding or rock climbing.
ACE understands that parents and their children aren’t always up for the same activities. Parents have the option to bring their children (ages 5-10) to the Kid’s Camp while they take off on advanced adventures, leaving kids under trained supervision to enjoy wall climbing, bungee jumping, arts and crafts and more.
For those who want to enjoy a full outdoor vacation experience, ACE offers lodging options for a party of any size. Families can bring or rent a tent and spend the night at a campsite with a fire pit and a picnic table, or they can rent a cabin from ACE with air conditioning, cable television and unique Amish Country furniture in many of the rooms.
“While we never claim to be a five-star resort, we are fun, comfortable and welcoming, not formal or uptight. We have dirt roads, not paved paths. We are in the heart of the New River Gorge, surrounded by friendly and proud people. We have beautiful facilities with amenities that will meet any guests’ needs. We don’t have saunas or spas, but we have everything from charming and cozy cabins with relaxing hot tubs to rustic camping. We are a break from the norm…we are where you come to have fun and truly connect to the outdoors” said Heidi Prior, Marketing Director.
About ACE Adventure Resort
ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service. ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a 5-acre lake plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.