Adventure East, The Rendezvous partner on discounted paddling, food

  • The Rendezvous restaurant on Third Street in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The Rendezvous restaurant on Third Street in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • A group of kayakers paddle on Barton Cove. Sunderland-based outdoor recreation company Adventure East is offering a series of paddling events in August, with most taking place at Barton Cove. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

  • Adventure East owner Brian Pearson prepares to take a kayak for a paddle. Contributed Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 7/28/2022 3:00:33 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Sunderland-based outdoor recreation company Adventure East has partnered with The Rendezvous restaurant on Third Street to work up appetites and serve discounted meals throughout August.

The collaboration, announced this week, entails a series of paddling events that each conclude in time for dinner at The Rendezvous. While most events take place at Barton Cove, the schedule is highlighted by a “meteor shower paddle” on Aug. 12 from Sunderland’s Poplar Street to the Sunderland boat ramp that invites paddlers to view the annual Perseid meteor shower from their kayaks. In addition to Adventure East offering a 15% discount through their website to promote the partnership, participants also receive a 10% discount on their meal at The Rendezvous.

While this is their first time joining forces, the owners of both businesses said they have taken pride in partnering with other local companies in the past. Adventure East owner Brian Pearson said that in particular, his recent collaboration with Sunderland’s Bridgeside Grille was “sort of the impetus” for him reaching out to Chris Janke, co-owner of The Rendezvous.

“It worked really well,” Pearson said of the Bridgeside Grille collaboration. “It helped both our businesses, so I approached Chris to do something similar in August.”

“I said, ‘Absolutely,’” Janke recalled. “That sounds like a fantastic idea, just him looking to expand into our neck of the woods.”

Pearson said that in addition to Barton Cove being a great place for paddlers of all skill levels to hone their skills, Turners Falls was desirable as a destination due to its lively downtown.

“It’s a beautiful spot, and Turners Falls’ downtown being right next door (to Barton Cove) … you can do something nearby and it’s a really nice combo,” Pearson said.

“The fantastic part about Turners is how walkable it is,” Janke added.

Janke expressed particular excitement in the paddling collaboration further contributing to a culture he said has been nurtured by the town. He said the waterfront and the various programming enabled by it has made the village a great place to set up shop.

“I think Turners Falls is a fantastic place to do business and I really enjoy the support of the town in the way RiverCulture, and the town as a whole, participate in making the town vibrant,” Janke said. “This is a product of the town’s growth over decades and I’m excited to see it happen.”

August’s event calendar includes three $45 “Sunset Paddles,” five $55 “Intro to Kayaking” sessions, a $45 “Mindful Birding Paddle” and the $85 “Meteor Shower Paddle.” Equipment is provided by Adventure East. Dates and additional details can be found at Those interested can use promo code AE15 to save 15% at checkout. Additionally, those who mention that they’re doing a trip with Adventure East at The Rendezvous can get 10% off the bill through August.

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