Originally Posted by Jamesj
Maine Roadhouse is not operating this winter. I emailed the lady who runs it, she is also involved in managing the Stratton Motel which is closer to Sugarloaf. Stratton Motel (in Stratton, ME) has a hostel section with 12 beds for $25 per night, and regular rooms for $60 per night. Cash only. Looks like Vince and I will make the last two days of the gathering and possibly stay at Stratton hostel/motel unless someone can twist my arm with a real good slopeside condo deal on Sat and Sun nights at Sugarloaf, but that doesn't look promising.
@Jamesj, you guys still planning to show?
Perhaps this represents poor leadership on my part, but I just got done being the point person on a condo rental last week and I decided I did not want to try to take that on right away again. (Since condos are expensive, there is risk involved if people start backing out. Kevin and I don't want to get stuck holding the bag. No reflection on YOU; just being realistic about life.) If there was a sensible way to rent ONE place for the whole long weekend I might have been more motivated. Sorry about that. It's hard to get a really good deal on a slopeside unit except possibly at the last second (e.g., Friday morning). I have acquaintances with condos at both mountains, but the schedules did not work out in either case.
Meanwhile I pulled the trigger on a room at The Rangeley Inn for Friday night. This is the big hotel right downtown. I stayed and ate there once years ago and it was horrendous, so I've kept my distance since. However, they are under new ownership as of six months ago, and are getting some good press on Trip Advisor. A friend ate at the pub a few weeks ago and said it was good. So I'm giving them a second chance. Expect to split the room with Kevin (although he doesn't know that yet). Not really cheap, but does include breakfast. Note that the cancellation policy here and at the Mountain View Motel is pretty liberal ... full refund up to three days before, or something like that. (Verify this for yourself, though, if it matters.)
As I mentioned to @mdf, Stratton is enough of a backwater, and far enough from Saddleback, that I would prefer not to stay there for the whole weekend. Personal preference.