Whitewater Kayaking + Wine Tasting


It’s Tuesday and I’m still talking about the weekend, apparently — but I just have to share our fun Sunday adventures. Matt and I bought a LivingSocial deal for a whitewater kayaking + vineyard wine tasting trip with our friends Tom and Janice and Sunday was the big day!


Don’t worry, we went kayaking first and THEN drank wine, not the other way around. ;)

We started at 11 a.m. at the Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center on the Virginia/West Virginia border, ready to rock. We were given these really sexy helmets.


Here’s Tom and Janice, nerd bombing it on the bus out to the river.



And then it was go time!


Not sure why Matt was making such a weird face…


… but kayaking was a blast. :)


We went through some calm areas and some choppier areas of class I and II+ rapids. The rapids were the best part. We wanted more!


Every once in awhile, we’d all gather together and wait for people who got stuck on the rocks or capsized, heh. We also stopped for boxed lunches around the middle of the trip.


Tom, living the dream:


Janice, waving hi:


We were all sad when it was over!

But not THAT sad, because we knew that one quick outfit change and a short drive down the road later… wine awaited us.


We all headed to nearby 868 Estate Vineyards and were given vouchers for $10 worth of tasting/wine each.


We tasted a few, decided our favorite was the Pinot Grigio, bought a bottle, and settled at a picnic table outside to enjoy it.





We all parted ways with talk of going whitewater rafting or kayaking again soon. Next time, we’re ready for class 5 rapids. ;)

Have you ever been whitewater rafting or kayaking? Did you like it?

p.s. Happy birthday, Mom!! :)


  1. 1

    I went whitewater rafting a few summers ago and while I was totally scared beforehand it was super fun and I really enjoyed it!

  2. 2

    Thank you! :-) Looking forward to this evening!!

  3. 3

    That looks like so much fun! There are so many cool deals like that in DC. Jealous! I love both kayaking and white water rafting. I’m a big fan of guided tours on really big rapids though – at least class IV if not V!

  4. 4

    that looks like so much fun!! i love being on the water!

  5. 5

    That looks like, you all have so much fun there, Anne. I’ve always love to go white water rafting and kayaking. Hopefully, next summer I can try both.

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    Lauren T says:

    That looks like so much fun!!! I went white water rafting in CO last summer and it was a blast. And I’m with you, I wanted more rapids!

  7. 7

    That looks so fun! I always ignore my Living Social adventure deals, but I need to not, clearly!

  8. 8

    I’ve never been…I don’t know if I’d try it or not, TBH. I’m not a huge water person and the thought of drowning absolutely petrifies me.

  9. 9

    I went kayaking for the first time last year on my birthday and I loved it! So much fun. It’s a pretty good arm workout too!

  10. 10

    I haven’t been yet, but your pictures sure made me want to! Looks like a blast!!

  11. 11

    I’ve always wanted to go to a wine tasting, so jealous!!

  12. 12

    I’ve been both kayaking and white water rafting, but i can’t say I’ve ever whitewater kayaked! How fun! That vineyard looks gorgeous too – what a great weekend!

  13. 13

    I’ve never been but it looks like a blast!!

  14. 14

    your life is so adventurous. i like to live vicariously through it :)

  15. 16

    I’ve been kayaking a few times, but never whitewater rafting–it looks like you guys had a ton of fun! Now, wine tasting on the other hand, that I’ve done once or twice ;)

  16. 17

    Whitewater rafting is the best! We did it in Thailand and found it to be a great, active way to get around and see the beautiful islands. We took our snorkels along and jumped out every now and then to check out the sea life ;) Looks like you had a gorgeous day… and what a perfect way to end with a nice glass (or 2) of wine.

  17. 19

    I’ve never been either whitewater rafting or kayaking, but I really want to go! Hopefully, I can buy one of DC’s daily deals in the future :)

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