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Maine Guide Bonnie Holding heads Guided Adventures Program at Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME – She has taught fly fishing throughout the country, guided clients through the mountains of Maine for more than 20 years, been featured in Outdoor Life Magazine, and now Maine Guide Bonnie Holding is sticking closer to home as she once again heads up the popular Sugarloaf Guided Adventure Program.  

“This area has been my home for the past 20 years, and I’ve been teaching people to fly fish and guiding them through the wilderness for just as long,” said Holding, who owns and operates GoldSmith Gallery during the winter months, an art gallery and jewelry store located in Sugarloaf’s Village West. “I’m truly excited to be able to share my knowledge and my passion for the outdoors with guests at Sugarloaf.” 

Sugarloaf Guided Adventures offer resort guests the opportunity to explore the western mountains of Maine by signing up for any of six prearranged programs with Registered Maine Guides. 

Holding, whom Outdoor Life named one of North America’s top guides in 2005, has lived and worked in the Sugarloaf area for the past 22 years and is a Master Maine Guide, specializing in fly fishing instruction. Bonnie has led the Tim Pond Fly Fishing School in Eustis for the past 22 years, and has taught fly fishing to clients in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Minnesota. 

She is active in a number of programs, including Becoming and Outdoors Woman (BOW), and Casting for Recovery, an educational retreat and fly fishing weekend for breast cancer survivors, acting as the retreat leader for the past 10 years.  

The Guided Adventures Program begins for the season on July 1, and guests will be able to choose from the following programs: 

Bullwinkles Wilderness Cookout: Back again for the second season, guests will be able to enjoy a scenic ride up the Bucksaw Chairlift to Bullwinkles, where they can explore the natural beauty of Sugarloaf in the summer, while Bonnie prepares a four-course Maine Wilderness Feast featuring fresh Maine lobster. On the ride back down, guests will get a one-of-a-kind view of a mountain sunset. 

Sunrise Canoe Trip: One of Sugarloaf’s most popular programs in years past, guests will once again have the opportunity to enjoy a mountain sunrise from the gentle waters of the North Branch of the Dead River. Breakfast will be served, and guests will be able to view wildlife up close in its natural environment. It is not uncommon to see a family of otters, bounding deer, or a moose during the trip. 

Fly Fishing School: Learn to cast, tie knots, and tie flies with Bonnie, who has been guiding guest and fishing western Maine’s heralded waters for more than 20 years.  

Twilight Moose Cruise: The day would not be complete without a drive through the mountains with a local moose enthusiast sharing his favorite moose-spotting sites. Meet your guide at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel and then head out to spot one of Maine’s favorite forest friends. 

Flagstaff Pontoon Boat Tours: View the magnificent Flagstaff Lake from the comfortable and unique setting of a pontoon boat. Guests will see striking views of the Bigelow Mountain Range, as well as native wildlife in its natural environment, including moose, loons, and eagles. 

Due to popular demand, some programs may be offered at extra times.  

For more information and lodging reservations, please call 1-800-THE-LOAF or visit sugarloaf.com.