NEWRY, Maine — Sunday River opens for the summer season on Friday, June 26 with new scenic Chondola rides, 26 miles of Maine’s only lift-serviced mountain biking terrain and direct access to guided fly-fishing, ATV and Ranger tours all from the resort’s South Ridge Base Lodge. As well, Sunday River is home to the award-winning Sunday River Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Sunday River’s convenient location, just 1.5 hours from Portland, ME, 1 hour from North Conway, NH and 3 hours from Boston, MA, makes Sunday River an easy choice for a nearby “staycation” or weekend getaway. Value-added vacation packages make planning for a summer adventure that much easier.
Daily Activities and Vacation Packages:
Mountain Biking – The Sunday River Mountain Bike Park offers 26 miles of Maine’s only lift-serviced riding with varying difficulty levels and terrain ranging from open dirt roads to single track. The Chondola bike transport runs to the top of North Peak to serve the mountain bike trail network, operating Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. ??вЂњ 4 p.m. Adult All Day Tickets with Chondola access are $27; trail access only tickets are $10.
Mountain bike vacation packages start at just $75 per person and include lodging at one of Sunday River’s Grand Resort Hotels, one day of lift serviced mountain biking and breakfast.
Golf – The Sunday River Golf Club provides golfers with an award-winning 18-hole course just a short drive away. Golf magazine named the Sunday River Golf Club “One of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play” while Golf Digest calls the Club one of the “Top 10 Best New Upscale Public Courses.” Greens fees are $95 Sunday through Thursday and $120 Friday through Saturday; cart included.
Golf and stay vacation packages start at just $99 per person and include lodging at one of Sunday River’s Grand Resort Hotels, one round of golf plus cart and breakfast.
Scenic Chondola Rides ??вЂњ Sunday River offers scenic rides on the Chondola to the top of North Peak allowing visitors to view the Mahoosuc Mountains anytime during the summer and fall foliage season. Lift service is available Friday ??вЂњ Sunday, 10 a.m. ??вЂњ 4 p.m., beginning June 26 through mid-October. Roundtrip Chondola rides are $8 (ages 5 and under ride for free).
Guided ATV/Ranger Tours ??вЂњ Explore Sunday River’s surrounding wooded mountains on an ATV or on a Polaris Ranger. Both forms of motorized rental vehicles come complete with guides through Sun Valley Sports located out of the resort’s South Ridge Base Lodge.
ATV/Ranger vacation packages include lodging at either Grand Resort Hotel as well as a guided ATV or Ranger tour. ATV vacation packages start at just $189 per person; half-day Ranger tour vacation packages start at just $119 per person. Both vacation packages are available through October 17, 2009.
Guided Fly-Fishing Tours – Sun Valley Sports also offers organized fly-fishing trips from Sunday River that includes both drift boat and wading options with Orvis-endorsed guides.
Fly-fishing vacation packages start at just $159 per person and include lodging at one of Sunday River’s Grand Resort Hotels, a guided fishing trip, Orvis equipment and lessons. Fly-fishing vacation packages are available through October 17, 2009.
Guided Canoe and Kayak Tours ??вЂњ Nearby outfitter, Bethel Outdoor Adventure (BOA), offers outdoor canoe and kayak recreation to everyone, regardless of age or ability level. BOA will shuttle you up the river allowing for you to paddle back to their riverfront location. Choose from full day, half day, or even one-hour trips. The river is easily navigated by those with minimal experience, however registered Maine Guides are available upon request.
Sunday River Spas ??вЂњ From signature deep tissue and Swedish massages, to body treatments including a milk and honey body polish and aroma body wraps, there are plenty of ways to unwind and reward. Sunday River offers guests two spa options located within each Grand Resort Hotel.
Spa vacation packages starting at just $275 per person include lodging and a 60-minute Swedish massage at either one of the resort’s Grand Resort Hotels and are available through November 5, 2009.
For more information or to book any of these packages, visit www.sundayriver.com or call (800) 543-2754.
Sunday River is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in western Maine’s Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, the resort offers 26 miles of Maine’s only lift-serviced mountain biking, two Grand Resort Hotels and golf at the acclaimed Sunday River Golf Club. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.