I've been to the Birches Resort during the winter a number of times for apres-snowmobiling drinks and dinner over the past ten or so years and I've had very few problems with the whole experience. It is THE place to be after a day on the trails, ice fishing or just enjoying a winter day. Great atmosphere - sit down by the fire and enjoy your favorite adult beverage while you thaw out. Yeah it gets cold up on the lake. Living in Salem, Massachusetts, it is about a five-hour drive for me and well worth a stopover during a long weekend up north. Dinners are usually very good - prime rib on weekend nights (usually around $24.95) is sometimes sold out so you want to get seated earlier than later. The menu is not overwhelming but there is a decent selection. I tend to stick with pork, beef or chicken since I live on the Massachusetts coast and am used to off-the-boat seafood. Breakfasts are also very good. Yes the bar can get crowded late afternoon or early evening and you might have to wait a few minutes for a drink. This is deep woods Maine and not Newport or Manhattan, so things are a bit slower here. If you are expecting a dedicated waitress or personal cook, you're about 300 miles too far north. One thing on which I will agree with a previous reviewer is that the well water does taste a bit funny - I usually ask for bottled water. Ask for Karen at the bar - she makes a great Stoli-Raz.