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If you check out any of the local search engines, you’ll see a common sentiment when it comes to where to eat near Sunday River, ME…there isn’t a big selection. And it is so true! Unlike some ski resorts that support a cottage industry of nearby restaurants and shops, the area surrounding Sunday River is pretty bare. With such slim pickings, you might be better off cooking in your condo’s kitchen, but if you are staying in a hotel or just want to get out, here are some options.
To get started, I asked Shelley Bowen, Digital Marketing Communications Manager for Sunday River for her suggestions for families visiting Sunday River and she delivered with some great insider tips:
Our Dining Adventures
We’ve also tried a few options including:
On our first trip to Sunday River we briefly explored the nearby town of Bethel, but since we didn’t discover many dining options there either, we mostly stick to places along the main access road. Again, these are primarily mediocre pizza and burger places, but a couple strive to be more.
I still think one of the better options after a long day skiing is a soak in hot tub or shower and curling up in some sweats in your condo, so given the lack of food choices, consider packing some groceries or, better yet, make something you can freeze and reheat so you don’t have to cook OR go out in the cold.
If you’ve been to Sunday River, I’d love to hear your thoughts on where to eat. We’ll be back soon and are always looking for new options. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.
When it comes to skiing, I’m what I call a perpetual beginner. I’ve skied a few times in my teens, a few more in my twenties, once in my early thirties, and now one weekend a year for the past few years in my forties. While I’m no longer a hot mess on the bunny hill and I haven’t knocked down any kids in a while, I’m perfectly happy on green trails and have no ambitions to ever ski a black diamond. I enjoy it, but I don’t LOVE it, if you know what I mean. Unfortunately, we have a bad habit of introducing our daughter to expensive sports (horseback riding, golf, and skiing) that she then LOVES and wants to do more. If only she was into team sports — but too late!
It all started a few years ago we “won” a three-night stay at a condo up near Sunday River; in Maine and we figured, why not try a family ski weekend at Sunday River? It had been about 10 years since either my husband or I had been on skis but we decided to give it a try and headed north. While I marvel at the parents out on the slopes with their toddlers in harnesses, controlling the child’s actions, or skiing backwards and providing direction to their kids, we were clearly not in a position to teach our daughter anything except, perhaps, how to fall. So we signed her up for Sunday River’s Mogul Munchkins Ski School, had a minor panic attack, and sealed our fates to coming back year-after-year (more about Sunday River’s awesome ski school later.)
Why We Love Sunday River
Every year we tell ourselves we need to break out of the rut and try somewhere else as there are plenty of options within the same four hour drive (Jiminy Peak in the Berkshires, MA, White Mountains of NH, Green Mountains in VT, Sugarloaf in ME…) Maybe it is that we are novice skiers who are finally getting comfortable on one mountain and we are scared that won’t translate somewhere else. Or maybe it is that as much as we love traveling to new places, it is also nice to go back to the something you know. All I know is that it really is our #HappyPlaceFound.
Here is what we like best about Sunday River:
On this trip I actually successfully braved a blue trail so maybe someday I might break away from the Beginner Terrain. All this Olympic fever is definitely inspiring. Plus I know that at some point we’ll have to stop paying for ski school and need to either have the little one bring a friend at her skill level or do more than just the occasional family run. I have a lot of work to do before I’m ready to be responsible for anyone but myself on the slopes.
More soon on where we’ve stayed and where we’ve eaten but for now, I need to start planning our next trip. What about you, do you have a favorite ski mountain? Any where you recommend for a beginner family to try? Leave a comment below.