Clearwater Sports (802) 496-2708

Rocket-Sledding Adventure

Carve and weave your way down 1,000 vertical feet on the famous Mad River Rocket sled. Locally born, this sled carves, floats and stops like no other. Snowshoe up into the scenic Green Mountains, then sled for over a mile with enough twists, turns and drops to truly excite the young at heart. Bragging rights are earned by all that experience this exhilarating adventure.

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

This two hour introductory clinic will touch upon the basic skills necessary to start exploring the backwoods of Vermont on skis. The emphasis is on fun and will give the beginner a good background on all aspects of off trail skiing including equipment, safety and basic maneuvers. Come and join us in a beautiful setting away from the crowds and discover the joy of backcountry skiing.

Guided Backcountry Snowshoe Tours

Explore winter’s beauty in the backwoods of the Mad River Valley with Clearwater Sports Guided Snowshoe Adventures. Experience the soothing quiet of the winter forest, breathe clean fresh air and relax for a few hours. Whether you are looking for a rolling trek on the Valley floor or a spirited hike to the top of one of our majestic peaks, Clearwater Sports has the experienced guides and equipment for an unforgettable, safe and educational adventure. Come join us for a wo

Full Moon/Head Lamp Snowshoe Dinner Tours

Throughout this winter Clearwater Sports and the Lareau Farm Inn will be offering Full Moon Snowshoe dinner trips. Come join us on this fun adventure and discover the unique pleasure of snowshoeing under the full moon followed by a delicious dinner at The Lareau Farm Inn. We will gather at Clearwater Sports at 5 PM to meet your guide, get your gear and then head off for the trails.  Once there we will explore the woods behind the inn for about an hour. After working up an appetite we will enjoy  a delicious dinner featuring local fare. After dinner you can head out to enjoy a roaring fire and homemade s’mores.  If the full moon dinner dates do not fit your schedule give us a call. We offer head lamp tours under the stars as well. Gather a private party of ten or more or come join a group for this unique Vermont experience.  All equipment will be provided by Clearwater Sports. For more information call (802) 496-2708 or email info@clearwatersports.com
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Zoe’s Pilates (802) 583-2673

At it’s most simple, Pilates is a non-impact form of resistance training. Not only is Pilates a form of exercise but also a means of injury prevention and rehabilitation. Pilates focus’s on correct spinal and pelvic alignment, proper breathing, and … Continued

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Sugarbush Soaring (802) 496-2290

Sugarbush Soaring offers scenic rides for those who want to experience the Joy of Silent Flight over the beautiful Mad River Valley. We offer 4 types of rides ranging from a 15 minute to a 45 minute Mile High Ride. … Continued

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Blueberry Lake Cross-Country Ski Center (802) 496-6687

Come and enjoy the warmth of the sheltered trails! There are 33 km of trails for classic skiing, skating or snowshoeing. All trails are engineered and graded for the average skier’s ultimate enjoyment — set skating width, with heavy duty … Continued

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Dana Forest Trail

The Valley’s own “Enchanted Forest” beckons. So-called because of the hauntingly beautiful stand of pines about halfway along the trail, the Dana Forest Trail traverses a piece of Camel’s Hump State Forest and is enjoyable on both snowshoes and cross-country … Continued

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Junior Golf Camp (802) 583-6727

Sugarbush Resort Golf Club presents two great weeks of golf learning for juniors. Led by our staff of PGA Professionals, participants will spend four days developing skills and acquiring knowledge about how to play the great game of golf and … Continued

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Fuller Hill – Warren Village

A 7.5 mile road-walk loop that starts in Warren Village. Trek up the Freeman Road, locally known as the Dump Road. Continue walking east as the road becomes Airport Road. Cross east Warren Road onto Roxbury Mountain Road then turn … Continued

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Bragg Hill Road Walk

Bragg Hill Road Walk Moderate, 4 mile loop, elevation gain 850’ (paved and dirt roads) Bragg Hill Road has few panoramic rivals in the Valley. The mountains are so close, you can almost touch them. The vista of Mount Ellen, … Continued

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Blueberry Lake: Lenord’s Loop Mountain Biking

The Blueberry Lake Mountain Biking Trails With help from the US Forest Service, the Mad River Riders, VT Mountain Bike Association, Sustainable Trailworks, the Town of Warren, Sugarbush Resort, the VT Youth Conservation Corps, Green Mountain Valley School and many … Continued

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Mad River Riders

The Mad River Riders is a local, member-supported organization that works to improve cycling in the Mad River Valley, both on-road and mountain biking. The Mad River Riders have worked with both the Vermont Mountain Bike Associations (VMBA, www.vmba.org) and … Continued

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Waitsfield Country Roads Loop

Waitsfield Country Roads Loop Moderate, 5 mile loop, elevation gain 500’ (paved and dirt roads) This walk offers beautiful views of the Green Mountains across the valley. Along Common Rd, notice the Skinner Barn, a beautifully restored historic dairy barn … Continued

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Vermont State House (802) 828-1411

In Montpelier you can explore one of the nation’s oldest and best preserved state capitols. As you tour our halls and chambers, you will develop a sense of what makes this historic building, and the state for which it was … Continued

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Long Trail: Sunset Rock

The Sunset Rock hike is relatively short hike that quickly takes the participant to absolutely spectacular views of the Valley and the Adirondack Mountain Range from an elevation of over 2000 feet. Once at the trail head, follow the white-blazed … Continued

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Long Trail: General Stark Mountain

A 6.2 mile round-trip hike through forest across the top of Mad River Glen to the summit of General Stark Mountain. Begin at the Appalachian Gap and hike south. Your first challenge is Stark’s Wall, a steep uphill climb. You … Continued

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Great Eddy Swimming Hole

This swimming hole has something for everyone. There is a rocky beach stretching out from the edge and a deep pool located right below the bridge. A little upstream is a less-frequented spot and there is a strip of rocks … Continued

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Mad Marathon 802-363-9863

The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon! Take it easy or take it tough…we have a race for every runner at any level. The Eighth Annual Mad Marathon, Mad Half and relays are scheduled for July 8, 2018 in the gorgeous Mad … Continued

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Warren Falls

If you were to visit only one swimming hole in Vermont, make sure you visit Warren Falls. With its multiple waterfalls, deep pools, natural waterslide, and remarkable rock formation, Warren Falls is the blueprint for all other swimming holes. Period.  … Continued

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Skatium: Outdoor Ice Skating Rink (802) 496-8845

Enjoy fresh air, and family fun. Hockey and Figure skates available for rental- or bring your own skates and get them sharpened for $5. Heated changing rooms and rest rooms available. Rink is divided so everyone has fun safely: one … Continued

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Mad River Byway

The best way to experience the Mad River Valley is to explore the scenic Mad River Byway. The Mad River Byway is one of a collection of scenic Vermont roads recognized for their archeological, cultural, historic, natural recreational or scenic … Continued

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Sugarbush Resort (802) 583-6300

Experience the charm and hospitality of a country inn. Whether you prefer a relaxing evening reading in the wood paneled library or a chat by the sitting room fireplace, we look forward to showing you our hospitality. Our floors creak … Continued

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Mill Brook Trail

This pretty trail takes you above Rt. 17 through a hemlock forest and a deer yard. It is wooded, and although not very long, rolls up and down moderately steep hills which makes it more vigorous than its length would … Continued

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Mad River Glen (802) 496-3551

Mad River Glen is a ski area like no other. It’s a place where skiing is still a sport, not an industry. A place where skiing remains an outdoor adventure in a pristine, natural setting. Mad River Glen offers challenging … Continued

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Burnt Rock Mountain

A steep, 5.2 mile round-trip snowshoe that takes you up to some of the best viewing on the Long Trail. The trail begins at the parking lot at the end of Big Basin Road before the steel pipe gate. You … Continued

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Kingsbury Bridge Greenway

This 1.3 mile trail connects the Warren Riverside Park to the Sugarbush snowmaking pond on the Mad River. From the park, walk north along Rt. 100 for a short distance crossing the Clay Brook to the Golden Lion Riverside Inn. … Continued

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Lake Champlain

The lake offers scenic cruises, luxury cruises for those who wish to be wined and dined, and sailing for those who like to chart their own course. The lake may even have its own monster called of course Champ. Samual … Continued

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Green Living Now/My Turning Point Coaching & Retreats (802) 922-1832

My Turning Point Coaching & Retreats Offers: Summer Sale: 40% off of Amy’s rates for a solo VIP retreat through September. Life Changing, Customized, Solo VIP, Couple’s Renewal, and Group Leadership Retreat Experiences In The Mad River Valley One-On-One Coaching (Life, Business, Spiritual & … Continued

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Vermont Teddy Bear Factory (802) 985-3001

Check out the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour where the Best Teddy Bears in the Universe Are Born! Vermont Teddy Bear Company is the largest maker of hand-crafted, American-made Teddy Bears! On the tour you will see all the steps … Continued

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Waitsfield Farmers’ Market (802) 472-8027

You can find fresh produce, flowers, seedlings, honey, wool, eggs, meat, cheese and other farm products. In addition you can find crafts made in Vermont, baked goods, and prepared food. Every Saturday there is live entertainment. Visitors are welcome to bring … Continued

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Rock of Ages Quarries (802) 476-3119

Experience Rock of Ages, the world’s largest deep-hole granite quarry which is nearly 600 feet in depth! The factory tour enables visitors to observe the master sculptors and talented artisans as they create from granite enduring works of art and … Continued

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Mad River Path (802) 496-7284

The non-profit Mad River Path Association manages a series of community paths in the Valley, including this “West Side Loop” section of the Mad River Greenway. This is an easy, 2-mile (out-and-back) trail along the Mad River and through riparian … Continued

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Valley Players (802) 583-1674

The Valley Players is in its thirty-third consecutive year of successful community theater and we invite everyone to participate in our wide variety of activities. Look at our Theater Calendar, for the latest events Every Labor Day Weekend join us … Continued

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Covered Bridges

Vermont covered bridges are a unique feature of the landscape. There are more covered bridges per square mile in Vermont than any other place in the world, with 107 authentic covered bridges located throughout the state. Here is a circle … Continued

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West Hill Loop

This 5-mile loop will take you on a ramble through back-country roads with good views along the way. Park in Warren Village, cross Rt. 100, and start up the steep Lincoln Gap Road. Turn right onto West Hill Road and … Continued

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Sugarbush Resort Summer Camps

SHARC Day Camp AGES 6-13 Available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 29 through August 7. A traditional day camp with a touch of adventure. Activities include: swimming, tennis, golf, arts and crafts, rock climbing, zip line, … Continued

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Cabot Creamery Cooperative (802) 496-1200

Cabot Creamery Cooperative is a cooperative of 1,200 dairy farm families located throughout upstate New York and New England. The Cooperative manages four plants in three states, employing over 1,000 people, who make the best dairy products on the planet. … Continued

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Northern Foliage Loop

This tour takes you north to Stowe and beyond and back to Montpelier with lots of opportunity for leaf-peeping and visiting some of Vermont’s best attractions along the way. Don’t miss: Ben & Jerry’s Cold Hollow Cider Mill Smuggler’s Notch … Continued

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Lake Champlain via Hinesburg and Charlotte

A beautiful drive over the 2,365′ Appalachian Gap to the crystal waters of Lake Champlain with some opportunities for sightseeing along the way. Of special interest: The Shelburne Museum The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory The Charlotte – Essex, N.Y. Ferry … Continued

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Warren Riverside Park Swimming Hole

This quiet Mad River swimming spot, right off of Rt. Rt. 100, is shaded, shallow, and welcoming. There is a parking area, a picnic table, and a rope swing and is perfect for a family outing. From Waitsfield, go south … Continued

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Long Trail: Gap to Gap (Monroe Skyline)

A full day, or overnight, and 11.6 miles along the Long Trail will take you to the Summit of Mount Abraham, across the top of Lincoln Peak, Mount Ellen, and General Stark Mountain and end with an exciting descent to … Continued

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Long Trail: Molly Stark’s Balcony

A 2.6 mile round-trip hike that gains over 500′ of elevation to a unique lookout. From Rt. 17 you hike north on the Long Trail, which climbs steeply, passes a spur to the Mad River Glen Lookout, then reaches a … Continued

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Long Trail: Lincoln Gap to Mt. Abraham

  The Lincoln Gap to Mt.Abraham portion of the Long Trail is a challenging hike to one of the most impressive summits in New England. At over 4000 feet you have 360o views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain to … Continued

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Long Trail: Mt. Abe from Battell Trail

Challenging, 5.8 miles out and back, elevation gain 2500’ One of Vermont’s five 4,000’ mountains, the rocky summit of Mount Abraham offers 360 degree panoramic views of the White Mountains, the Adirondacks and Killington Peak – called “one of the … Continued

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The Northeast Kingdom

One of the great foliage drives takes you into Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and beautiful Lake Willoughby. You’ll pass through the charming towns of Hardwick, Barton, and Greensboro and after a stop at the Cabot Creamery and Hope Cemetery you return … Continued

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Mountain Driver’s Delight

A drive which features spectacular mountain views, thrilling ups and downs, and the very best foliage that Vermont has to offer. You travel over the Lincoln Gap which, at 2,410′ is the highest one in the state as well as … Continued

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Hemlock Hill Trail

A new trail in the Phen Basin Wilderness, it was a former logging road and is now acknowledged by the state of Vermont as a public hiking/showshoeing trail. As the trail ascends into the Phen Basin, it crosses two upland … Continued

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White Birch Cottage (802) 244-7251

Owned and operated by Karen Cavoretto, White Birch Cottage is nestled in a private setting with easy access. It offers a spacious floor plan which can welcome 2 to 6 guests. Minutes from Camel’s Hump State Park and Bolton in … Continued

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North Fayston Road Biking Loop

North Fayston Loop Easy to Moderate, 4 mile loop, elevation gain 540’, (dirt roads) A fun back road loop on North Fayston, Center Fayston and Randall roads, with nice views of Burnt Rock Mt. and the high valley. The Route: … Continued

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Mad River Riders’ Expert Mountain Biking Loop

Mad River Riders’ Expert Loop Challenging/Expert: 8.25 mile loop, +/- 2087 vertical feet The route consists of: Revolution (1.2 miles/425′ up/60′ down), Dana Hill Rd (.75 miles/530′ up/30′ down), Clinic (1.3miles/511′ down/150′ up), Busternut (.8 miles/397′ up/64′ down), Dana Hill … Continued

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Ward’s Swimming Hole

Just north of the Mad River Valley, on Rt. 100B is a gem of a swimming hole and small park.  There are rocks to climb, boulders to hop, and a large grassy area to enjoy on a warm summer’s day. … Continued

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Waterbury Reservoir

Paddle on the Waterbury Reservoir, or spend some time camping at this quiet State Park spanning 850 acres. Located a short drive from the Mad River Valley, this state park is open spring, summer and winter. View Location Map

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Mad River Greenway Swimming Hole

After a hike along the Mad River Greenway, take a dip in this lovely swimming hole. Good for the whole family, go down the bank to the pebbly beach and wade into the cool, flowing Mad River. There are rocks … Continued

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Ben & Jerry’s Homemade (802) 882-2040

No visit to Central Vermont is complete without a tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory in Waterbury Center. This famous company has become an icon for Vermont the world over. The company was started by Ben Cohen and … Continued

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Enchanted Forest Lollipop Mountain Biking Loop

Enchanted Forest Lollipop Loop (Mad River Riders’ Intermediate Loop):   Enchanted Forest – Dana Hill Rd – Cyclone Connector – Enchanted Forest (Download Printable PDF) Moderate, 3.4 miles and +/- 400 vertical feet (open seasonally for mountain biking from late May … Continued

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Gulf and Gap Loop

The Mad River Valley is close to several spectacular waterfalls and scenic gaps through the Green Mountains. This circle tour brings you to: Granville Gulf Moss Glen Falls Texas Falls Middlebury with its large waterfall in the town center The … Continued

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Mad River Chorale (802) 496-4781

The Mad River Chorale celebrated its Twentieth Aniiversary in 2012-13. We’re a non-auditioned but highly-reviewed community chorus which entertains the Mad River Valley residents and guests year around, performing at various venues in the area. For specific information about singing … Continued

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Sunset Ledge

(Download Printable Hike Description PDF) Easy/moderate 2.2 miles out and back, elevation gain 400’ Sunset Ledge is a favorite, family-friendly destination. As the name implies, this short hike is well known for its grand sunsets over Lake Champlain and the … Continued

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Phen Basin Hike

The trail begins at the Battleground Condominiums. It is about 4 miles out and back but can be made longer by connecting to the Catamount Trail which then crosses the Long Trail. After passing the Battleground’s tennis courts, the trail … Continued

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Wilder Farm Inn (802) 496-9935

Beautifully restored 1850’s farmhouse with wood-burning fireplaces, hardwood floors and 8 spacious guestrooms with private baths, feather beds, antiques.

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Camel’s Hump

This challenging and spectacular 7.4 mile round-trip hike takes you above the trees to the 4,083′ summit of Vermont’s highest undeveloped peak. You hike through birch, beech, and maple forest at lower elevations, ultimately reaching a delicate alpine plant community … Continued

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Moretown Common Road Biking Loop

Moderate, 5 mile loop, elevation gain 560’ (dirt roads) This loop features good climbs in the forest before opening up to some of the best views in the Mad River Valley. The Route: From Moretown village, go up the Moretown … Continued

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North Fayston Walk

Easy, 4 mile loop, elevation gain 540’, (dirt roads) A fun back road loop on North Fayston, Center Fayston and Randall roads, with nice views of Burnt Rock Mt. and the high valley. The Route: Park on the side of … Continued

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Camel’s Hump from Huntington

A lesser-used 5.6 mile round-trip loop trail to the summit of Camel’s Hump approaches the mountain from the west. The Forest City Trail begins at a road junction east of Huntington Center. Going right from the junction, the trail is … Continued

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Bridges Family Resort (802) 583-2922

The Bridges is consistently ranked among the 50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts by Tennis Magazine Adult Tennis Clinics Daily Grand Slam Packages 90 minute Wide Open Workout 60 minute private lesson Unlimited court time Bridges gift Game matching Bridges tennis … Continued

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The Punch Bowl Swimming Hole

For many years, the Punch Bowl has been a recognized nude swimming hole so discretion is advised. It is a beautiful spot with water cascading over boulders and pools as much as 10-feet deep. There are also some picnic tables … Continued

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Long Trail – Mount Ellen via Jerusalem Trail

Mount Ellen via the Jerusalem Trail Challenging, 8.4 miles out and back, elevation gain 2500’ Views of Stark Mt., Camel’s Hump, Mt. Mansfield and Lake Champlain are part of this peak’s spectacular scenery. The Jerusalem Trail climbs steadily to the … Continued

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Blueberry Lake

This wonderful, clean lake gets warm earlier – and stays warm later – than the rivers. It has a gravelly bottom that is shallow enough for kids to have a safe blast and deep enough to take kayaks, canoes and … Continued

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Yellow Farmhouse Inn (802) 496-4263

Romantic & secluded Vermont farmhouse. Stylish guest rooms and spacious suite with elegant private baths, in-room Jacuzzis & fireplaces.

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The Warren Path

(Download Printable PDF of Hike) Moderate, 2 miles out and back, elevation gain 420’ The trails feature easy grades in a beautiful mixed hardwood forest, then some more challenging steep sections on the Vista Trail. The view is well worth … Continued

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Hartshorn Organic Farm 802-279-8054

Healthy Food: Hartshorn Organic Farm is a certified organic farm selling delicious, healthy vegetables and fruits, as well as beautiful flowers.  CSA shares and pick your own strawberries and blueberries are available. Farm to table dinners are all the rage in … Continued

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Stetson Hollow

A 4-mile round-trip flat hike that is a local well-kept secret. Equally good for snowshoeing or hiking, you begin at Stetson Hollow (marked by a small sign) on the west side of Rt. 100 south of Warren Village. This is … Continued

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Blueberry Lake RecreationTrails

Recreational trails ideal for non-motorized recreation. Good for beginner and intermediate levels. Add the element of speed and experts will thoroughly enjoy these trails. Access by the dam at Blueberry Lake.

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Mad River Distillers (802) 496-6973

Now an “awarding winning” distillery!  The Maple Aged Rum won two gold medals in recent competitions and the Corn Whisky won a silver and bronze.  The Mad River Valley is nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. In a state … Continued

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