Fall Foliage Workshop in Western Maine: Waterfalls & Covered Bridges

On this multi-day adventure you will photograph the breathtaking autumn colors, the cascading waterfalls, and the distinguished covered bridges in an area that Yankee Magazine ranks among the top destinations for New England fall foliage.

Covid update: As Maine CDC guidelines are right now, I feel confident that we will be able to implement safety measures during our outings and our classroom session. In addition, our lodging facility has made changes to their resort operations to support the national effort to slow the virus. (See more about lodging below.) If you are willing to follow the guidelines then this will be a safe event for everyone. 

Covid cancellation update for your Photo Tour portion of your Fall Foliage Workshop:

With the future so uncertain, lets make this process easy and with as little risk as possible. You will receive a full refund if you need to cancel due to the pandemic; Maine state, or nation wide shut-downs, quarantines, shelter-in-place requirements, state-of-emergencies, new spikes, travel limitations, or any other direct restriction declared after you have registered.

Since there are still other reasons why you may need to cancel, other than the pandemic, I recommend that you purchase travelers insurance and make sure that you shop around and compare plans. Here is a helpful article that explains some options.

Lodging at Jordan Hotel: Our lodging facility will be taking full precautionary measures for your health and wellbeing, and following the state guidelines for guests. Their protocol can be viewed here.  And they have a very flexible cancellation policy through October 31, 2020: Cancellations made more than 48 hours prior to arrival are fully refundable.  If cancelled within 48 hours, 50% of the total reservation value will be withheld. 

 

October 4-12, 2020,  Fee $1325  (not including lodging or meals ) (Discounts for non-photographing companions are offered on an individual basis.)

Your photography guide will lead you to the areas best shooting spots, help you with composition and camera handling techniques, and offer you ways to expand your photographic eye. There will be individual review of your images in the field and at the lodge, as well as many group discussions. All skill levels and all camera types are welcome.

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As you journey through the region on our daily scenic  excursions there will be other photo opportunities with meandering streams, stunning river valleys, impressive mountain vistas, gorges, farms, quaint New England villages, night sky, and possibly some wildlife. This area is on the eastern edge of the White Mountains and is rich in geographical beauty with the Mahoosuc Mountain Range, Grafton Notch, Maine Public Reserve Lands, and the Androscoggin River Valley.

Most of the waterfalls that you will visit have easy accessibility with only a couple that require a hike in. The longest being about 1-mile. Once you receive more detail information, participants can choose whether or not to engage in certain activities, however, none of the waterfalls hikes are highly difficult. They are all rated as easy to moderate.

There will be free-time planned into the schedule; explore or return to shooting locations on your own or; perhaps a drive into the town of Bethel to walk the national historic district, visit the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum or the Bethel Historical Society Museum, peruse the Maine-made craft shops, art galleries, and antique shops, or go apple picking, or drive over to Mt. Washington, or if a little rest is called for, spend some spa time at the lodge.

Registration: If you’d like to pay with a credit card you will need to go through the online booking by clicking the Book Now button. You will be required to pay 100% of the tour fee and there will be a service charge of 6% by the booking company.

If you’d like to pay with cash or check, contact us for a registration form. Fill it out and send along with a minimum deposit of $150. Your balance is due 90 days before the tour date. See below for lodging reservation information.

Cancellation Policy: See Covid cancelation changes above. The following does not apply for 2020. If you have to cancel your registration more than 90 days before the start of the event, your tour fee will be refunded to you, minus a $150 processing fee. If you cancel less than 90 days before the start of the event, your tour fee (minus a $150 processing fee) will be refunded only if we are able to fill your slot in the program. We suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Accommodations: Jordan Lodge at Sunday River Ski Resort, (1-800- 207-2365), is in a very remote, beautiful location with an extremely helpful staff. Amenities include; restaurant, café, pub, heated outdoor pool, 2 pool side hot tubs, sauna, steam room, exercise room, spa services such as massage for an extra fee.

Our very generous, special group rates for double occupancy lodging start at $125 (plus tax) for a studio which has a kitchen and living area, $147  (plus tax) for a one bedroom suite, which has a separate bedroom, kitchen, and living area. Other room options may be available. All hotel deposit and cancellation policies apply. Once you register for this multi-day adventure you will be given more lodging info and a code to use for making your reservation.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – meet and greet dinner, orientation, slide discussion

Day 2 – head out after breakfast for an all day excursion; explore villages, rivers, covered bridges, dinner, downloading session

Day 3 – after breakfast image review and group lesson, lunch, afternoon into evening shoot, dinner, social time

Day 4 – sunrise shoot, breakfast out, more shooting, lunch, free time, dinner, night shooting in town

Day 5 – breakfast, location shooting, late lunch, free time (perhaps private meetings with Dee), scouting trip to find moose, night sky shoot

Day 6 – private meetings in the morning, free time in afternoon, re-group for evening activity

Day 7 – shoot, download, group critique, group celebration & farewell dinner

Day 8 – (time goes fast) breakfast, wrap-up, departure

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