How the Pros View Foliage

With our dirt roads, mountain vistas, rolling farmland and sinewy river the Mad River Valley offers an ideal backdrop for spectacular foliage viewing. The big question is; What’s the best way to experience leaf peeping?  The answer depends on who you talk to. Here are a few suggestions;

One of the most common ways to view the leaves is to simply take a walk, ramble or hike on one the Mad River Valley’s array of trails.

Biking is world-class here in the MRV. Whether you like road riding, mountain biking or just a leisurely meander down a dirt road there are a wide range of accessible options.  The Mad River Riders, our local biking group, offers recommendations for road rides as well as suggested mountain bike trail loops.

A leisurely foliage drive has been an enjoyable pastime since the automobile was invented. Our dirt roads, highways and byways offer an amazing array of options of varying lengths. Check out the nationally recognized Mad River Byway  or stop on into the Mad River Valley Visitor Center on Bridge Street. We’d be happy to map out a custom itinerary for you.

Another interesting option is take a trail ride over mountains, meadows, and forests on one of the oldest horse breeds in the world at the Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm . The tireless and efficient movement of the Icelandic Horse makes it the ideal saddle horse, seeming to dance effortlessly over the earth with lightness and power.

Perhaps the ultimate way to see foliage in Vermont is a soaring experience at Sugarbush Soaring. The Mad River Valley is place where topography, meteorology and spectacular beauty intersect to create a world-class gliding venue.  Even if your just curious, come on up and see what is arguably the most beautiful airport anywhere. To be honest, the drive to the airport is a spectacular foliage drive in an of it self.

The Mad River Valley is home to some of the best skiing in New England. In the fall both of our ski areas offer foliage rides.  Sugarbush Resort offer rides at Lincoln Peak  and at Mad River Glen you can take a foliage ride on the iconic Single Chair.

Another great way to enjoy this season in the MRV is to enjoy an amazing meal with a view at one of our fine eateries. Nearly all of which offer a deck, patio or windows with spectacular foliage views.

At the end of your busy day kick back and relax at your lodging accommodations which certainly will almost certainly offer a a room with a view.