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2014 Summer Press Kit - Fact Sheet

May 1, 2014

Press Release

Media Contact Information
Darcy Morse
Director of Communications

Sunday River Resort
P.O. Box 4500
15 South Ridge Road
Newry, ME 04261
207-824-3000 phone
207-824-5110 fax

Contact Information
Website: www.sundayriver.com
General: info@sundayriver.com or 207-824-3000
Reservations: 800-543-2754 

Summer Season
Summer season for mountain activities: Thursday, June 26 - September 1, 2014, open Thursdays through Sundays and holidays including Monday, July 4 and Monday, September 1. After Labor Day, Sunday River is open Fridays through Sundays (and Columbus Day, Monday, October 13) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.. The Sunday River Golf Club is open seven days a week with tee times available from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. *All summer activities are weather dependent.

Sunday River Resort boasts one of Maine's most spectacular natural playgrounds with ample excursions for the true adventurist and just as many ways to relax. Located amidst the Western Mountains of Maine just five miles from the quintessential New England village of Bethel, the resort sits on nearly 11,000 acres of land and includes eight interconnected mountain peaks perfect for hiking, mountain biking, scenic lift rides, and zipline tours. Couples flock to Sunday River to share their "I dos" with loved ones, while families find it to be the perfect escape from the city heat and day-to-day grind. Spa-goers find relaxation at the resort's two spas, while golf enthusiasts are always in awe of the wide open fairways at the award-winning Sunday River Golf Club.

Sunday River is located 1.5 hours from Portland, Maine; 3 hours from Boston, Massachusetts; and 1 hour from North Conway, New Hampshire. 

By the Numbers

  • Sunday River Base Elevation (South Ridge) - 500 feet (152.4 meters)
  • Sunday River Summit Elevation - 3,140 feet (957.1 meters)
  • Vertical Rise - 2,340 feet (713.23 meters)
  • Designated Downhill Mountain Bike Trails - 20 miles (32 kilometers)
  • Designated Hiking Trails - 12 miles (19.31 kilometers)

Mountain Bike Madness
Sunday River is home to over 20 miles of lift-serviced downhill mountain bike terrain ranging from all-out crazy to just starting out. The Bike School, located out of the South Ridge Lodge, offers 90-minute lessons for any rider just starting out or looking to take their skills up a gear. Lesson and rental packages start at $59.  

Sunday River Sports, also located in the South Ridge Lodge, carries the latest adult and junior downhill mountain bike equipment from Kona. Rental packages are $80 for full-day use of a full-suspension mountain. *Prices are based on adult rates.  

Bike Park Lift Tickets and Season Passes 
2014 Lift Tickets
Adult (13 years and older): $29
Junior (12 years and younger): $18
Trail Access Only (no lift service): $10

2014 Season Pass
Adults (13 years and older): $269
Juniors (12 years and younger): $139  

Mountain Activities
Open Thursdays through Sundays from June 26, 2014 through Labor Day (September 1) and Fridays through Sundays from Labor Day through Columbus Day (October 13). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Mountain Activities are also open select holidays (July 4, Labor Day, and Columbus Day). Please note that the Bike Park and Zipline Tours will not be available during the Tough Mountain Challenge on Saturday, July 26. All summer activities are weather dependent.  

Scenic Lift Rides:  Ride Sunday River's Chondola to North Peak for access to mountain biking, hiking, and spectacular views from the Peak Lodge. Part chairlift, part gondola, the Chondola is comprised of eight-passenger gondola cabins and six-person chairs. Attached bike racks are an added benefit for those mountain bikers looking for gravity to do most of the work. Round-trip scenic lift tickets are $15 ages 13 and older, $10 ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under, 80 and older, and 2014-15 winter season passholders.

Zipline Tours and Twin Zips: Sunday River's Zipline Tour and Twin Zips are the perfect all thrills, no skills activity for guests looking to try something new. The two-hour Zipline Tour takes participants across six separate lines ranging from 100 to 300 feet in length and is located in hidden sections of the resort's forest. The 750-foot parallel Twin Zips back to the South Ridge base area rounds out the Zipline Tour or, for those guests looking for a quick thrill, Twin Zips can be tried separately before committing to an entire tour. Tours including a Twin Zip finale are $49 for juniors and $59 for adults; Twin Zips are $15 all ages for two "zips."  Reservations are required, 800-543-2754. Height and weight restrictions do apply.  Bungee Trampoline: Reach for the sky as you're propelled in that direction by bungee cords and a trampoline. As an added benefit, the harness feature allows you to flip forward and backward as you bounce up to 20 feet into the air! A three-minute session on the Bungee Trampoline is $9 for all ages, or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass.

Climbing Wall: Sunday River's outdoor Climbing Wall is a great way to test your strength and nerve. Standing 25 feet tall, this wall offers climbers three automatic belay stations to try multiple routes to the top from, all while safely harnessed in. Climbers can make their ascent as easy or challenging as they want based on the route they select and the hand and foot holds they use. A five-climb session is $9 for all ages, or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass.

Disc Golf: Disc Golf offers the fun of traditional golf but in a cross-country setting using discs rather than golf clubs and balls. Sunday River's course offers nine walkable holes spread up and down the slopes of South Ridge featuring elevation changes, doglegs, trees, and additional challenges just like traditional golf. It's a course designed to be scenic and fun for professionals and amateurs alike. Course access is $5 for a round. Three-disc sets (short, medium, and long distance) can be rented for an additional $5. All-day course access is also included in our Adventure Pass.

Spa Services and Wellness Classes: Relax and indulge yourself with a spa visit. Whether you're interested in a deep-tissue massage to ease tired muscles, a refreshing facial, or wellness programs you'll find options right at the resort as well as in the local area, 800-543-2754.

Area Activities
Sunday River Golf Club: Voted "Best Public Golf Course in Maine" by Golfweek Magazine, the Sunday River Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and features an 18-hole championship course that winds through one of Maine's most picturesque forests. The Sunday River Golf Club is open seven days a week, 207-824-4653.

Canoeing and Kayaking: The upper Androscoggin River is an ideal place to spend a few hours or a full day exploring Western Maine from the water. Sunday River's reservation agents can help guests connect with local outfitters who offer canoe and kayak rentals with drop-off/pick-up services from the resort, 800-543-2754.

ATV Tours: Explore the upper Sunday River Valley on a guided ATV tour. Nearby Sun Valley Sports operates half-day and extended tours the summer, in addition to fly fishing or canoeing and kayaking on the scenic Magalloway and Androscoggin Rivers. 

Fishing: The upper Androscoggin River and several area ponds and lakes offer great trout fishing throughout the summer and fall. Several local outfitters offer guided trips, instruction, and equipment rentals. 

Scenic Drives: Two nearby state parks and easily accessible lakes and mountains in Western Maine and New Hampshire provide excellent car or motorcycle tours for those looking for the perfect scenic drive. Mountain Washington's scenic drive is just 30 minutes away.

Hikes and Nature Walks: With Grafton Notch and Evan's Notch State Parks nearby and the White Mountains just across the border in New Hampshire, you can find hikes ranging from easy loops suitable for kids to multi-day backpacking adventures.      

Mining Tours: Explore Western Maine's mining history by touring local mines, learning about minerals, and even searching for gems and other treasures. These unique trips are great for the whole family.

Antiquing: Western Maine offers several antique tours for treasures large and small. Explore locally or venture farther afield around the state.Swimming: The Mountains of Western Maine offer numerous rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and ponds with a wide variety of beautiful secluded swimming holes. Some popular locations include Frenchman's Hole, the Letter S Pool, and the Artists' Covered Bridge.

Whitewater Rafting: North of Sunday River there are a number of options for whitewater rafting and kayaking, ranging from beginner trips to more advanced adventures with Class II to Class IV rapids.

Horseback Riding: Local ranches offer riding trips for all ages and experience levels, ranging from one-hour to multi-day trips.

Boating: With Bethel's location just above Maine's lakes region you can visit a number of lakes to rent boats and jet skis or take arranged tours.

Cultural Attractions: The local Bethel Historical Society plus a nearby theater group offer plenty of cultural options.

Shopping: Bethel and the surrounding area offer a number of options for those interested in some shopping. Among the unique products you'll find are wood sculptures, antiques, and various Maine-made products.

Sunday River Dining 
South Ridge BBQ: Located slopeside at the South Ridge Lodge, the South Ridge BBQ offers a selection of made to order grill favorites including sausages from Maine's own Sausage Kitchen, burgers, and classic lobster rolls, plus all the fixings. Open Thursdays through Sundays (through Labor Day) from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays from Labor Day through Columbus Day from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

Camp: Camp celebrates the Maine tradition of escaping daily life with a trip to camp. From a space that blends a rustic feel with modern touches to a menu that celebrates comfort food made from local ingredients, Camp will be your new favorite spot at the resort and is located in the Grand Summit Hotel. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. daily (breakfast), 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 207-824-5858 for information or reservations.

Grand Avenue: One of the best restaurants at Sunday River to grab a casual burger or fancy porterhouse steak, Grand Avenue is a great choice for every age and is located in the Jordan Hotel. Grand Avenue is open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursday and from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 207-824-5300 for information or reservations.

Moonstruck Café: A comfy atmosphere serving breakfast and lunch daily, Moonstruck Café's menu includes warm pastries, soups, made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, fresh salads, and burgers. Its slopeside location in the Grand Summit Hotel makes for a quick and convenient stop for an energy boost before a day out on the mountain. Open 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. 207-824-3500, ext. 2424 for more information.

Northern Lights Café: A cozy café tucked away in the Jordan Hotel, the Northern Light Café serves breakfast and lunch daily, specializing in hot and cold beverages, fresh pastries, soups, made-to-order sandwiches and salads, and daily specials. Northern Lights Café is located at the top of the lobby stairs on the second floor of the Jordan Hotel, adjacent to the hotel's slopeside entrance. Northern Lights Café is open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. 207-824-5327 for more information.Mountain Grocer: For those guests looking to make their own meals or grab something quick to go, the Mountain Grocer offers pantry staples as well as sandwiches and snacks to pack up and take with you. 207-824-5066.

Sunday River Lodging
Jordan Hotel: The Jordan Hotel is set in a spectacular mountain location in the heart of Jordan Bowl with access to the Sunday River Golf Club. Accommodations range from standard rooms and studios to three-bedroom suites.

Grand Summit Hotel: The Grand Summit Hotel combines the amenities of a full service hotel with the convenience of location close to Sunday River's designated scenic lift and many mountain bike and hiking trailheads. Accommodations range from standard rooms and studios to two-bedroom suites.  

Snow Cap Inn: The Snow Cap Inn offers standard rooms with two queen beds. This quiet, comfortable property features an outdoor hot tub and is located a short walk from South Ridge Lodge.  

Condominiums: Sunday River offers nine condominium complexes spread across the resort. Unit sizes range from studios to three-bedroom townhouses, and amenities vary by complex. 

Getting Here
Air: Portland International Jetport (PWM) is located 65 miles (104.6 kilometers) south of Sunday River via Interstate 95. Portland International Jetport (portlandjetport.org) offers numerous daily flights to and from most major U.S. cities and connections to destinations around the world.

Ground Transportation: For those flying into New England, the most convenient airports are the Portland International Jetport (PWM) or Manchester, New Hampshire Airport (MHT). You'll find the majority of car rental agencies at both airports or call the Northeast Charter & Tour 888-593-6328, Sunday River Stagecoach Shuttle Service 207-357-5783, or Mountain Valley Taxi Service 207-364-9900 for door-to-door transportation services.  

Area Information
Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
8 Station Place
P.O. Box 1247
Bethel, ME 04217
207-824-2282 or 800-442-5826 phone
207-824-7123 fax