Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel is certainly grand, and it was packed with skiers including many families with kids. Guests were there from all over the northeast, and we even saw three vehicles from Nova Scotia. The views are really spectacular here, and we enjoyed riding up and down the mountain to check out all the inns and restaurants.
We didn’t realize that the normal 4 pm check-in time was changed to 6 pm on weekends, so we arrived much too early. Fortunately, while we waited for our room, we could luxuriate in the outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, and later enjoy a cold microbrew at the inn’s great restaurant, Camp, where we visited with bartender Aaron, a very friendly guy.
Dinner was really good. From Brian, who greeted us when we first entered and talked hunting and fishing with me, to our server Sarah from Skowhegan who has worked here for 3 years, we felt right at home.
Earlier at the bar, we talked with Hollie who recommended the meatloaf, and now I really owe her for that. The meatloaf panetta wrap ($18) covered with wild mushroom whisky sauce included fried shallots and a vegetable and was superb. My Maine Beer Company’s Mo brew, an American pale ale, was perfect for this dish.
My appetizer of venison chili ($8) was also tasty, with Pineland Farms smoked cheddar, scallion, and cilantro sour cream. And don’t worry, the meat didn’t come from one of Maine’s wild deer. It actually came from North Dakota.