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TDIFest 2013 Discussion about TDIFest 2013 on the Labour Day weekend (August 30th to September 1st, 2013) in Sunday River, near Bethel, Maine. Latest information in the TDIFest wiki.

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Old February 19th, 2013, 10:22   #46
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He wants to know if there will be additional mandatory fees for use of optional amenities like golf courses, ski runs, WiFi, etc. All the resort type places have these fees in addition to their excessively priced rooms (funny that non-resorts can provide WiFi free with their lower, more reasonably priced rooms). When negotiations for an event at one of these resorts are going on, it is best to get these fees waived. Once at a Miata event the resort decided to not waive these fees and those who had planned on coming told the organizers that we would not do so. They went back to the resort and told it either waive the fees or we walk. The resort waived the fees.
Gotcha. This being a ski resort in the middle of the summer, you're not going to get any skiing in, so you don't have to worry about those fees.

Golf course is not part of the resort, so they can't waive whatever fees are associated with golfing.

WiFi is complimentary in the entire hotel. Heated pool use and fitness center use are both complimentary.

Otherwise, event rates such as hotel room prices, food prices, food minimums, and other charges have been or are being negotiated. This isn't my first time at the rodeo. That said, you're right - hotels aren't cheap, but we can't really have TDIFest at Uncle Bob's Dive Bar over in the industrial park. The trick is to find a great venue that is in the off season and negotiate pricing accordingly... I think we've been able to so that with Sunday River.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 11:46   #47
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Another really cool drive idea would be to drive the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire (from Conway to Lincoln) through the White Mountain National Forest (where Mt. Washington is). It's not that far away and it is a spectacular drive. Labor day weekend is probably a few weeks too early for the peak of the foliage season, but it is still incredible scenery.
That's my new car test drive road. Great fun.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 12:27   #48
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Gotcha. This being a ski resort in the middle of the summer, you're not going to get any skiing in, so you don't have to worry about those fees.
You'd be surprised at what resorts try to do. I've heard that some have developed a non-snow use for their ski runs. Again it seems to be only these "resort" places that are so greedy.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 12:44   #49
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I will actually be able to go to this now. SWEEEEEEET!
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Old February 19th, 2013, 15:39   #50
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Well, the topic of resort fees has been in the news lately. Also, in the last few years we've been hit with resort fees even at group rates in places like South Miami, Las Vagas, etc. Since, I'll be coming off a month trip to Alaska next summer, it was something I wanted to make sure I plan into the event and my budget.

I am very excited about this Fest. It is in a neck of the woods that I've longed to return to. As I age, my hopes to "thru" hike the Appalachian Trail dewindles. So, while I am up there, I'd like to swing by Baxter State Park and see what Mt. Katadin is all about.

My hat is off to all those who have worked so hard making arrangements for this Fest.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 15:56   #51
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That's my new car test drive road. Great fun.
The Kancamagus is fantastic but wait till you try the "Height of Land" in Maine. Better views and a lot fewer cars. That said why not both and Mt. Washington too? After all we are a CAR club are we not?
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And me in my Miata? Actually, that's not a bad idea.
Our Alfa....hmmm....
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Great suggestion! The summit of Mt. Washington is an hour and twenty minutes from Sunday River and would definitely be a great afternoon jaunt. There are also a number of other great local drives - we'll be putting together some sort of a group drive this year, for sure!
Labor Day should be a little milder than today...

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php
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Only a possibility since it's snowed every month of the year up there and the snow in Tucks lasts until July.

I've climbed it a few times, but only in winter, when it's a lot more fun.
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I'd love to do the climb in the winter - I'm a sucker for snow.
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Come on up then, I've got all the hiking and climbing gear needed.
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