Summer in the MRV

The summer of 2020 is certainly not shaping up to be a typical one here in the MRV. Travel restrictions, social distancing and unusual business schedules have forced us all to think about summer recreation a little bit differently. Our local business and recreation community have conjured up all the energy and creativity they could muster to continue to offer visitors a unique and enjoyable experience here in the MRV.  There are so many options to consider, here are just a few;

Summer means swimming and the MRV has more swim holes than you can shake a stick at. Here’s a guide to some of our local favorites.

  • Clearwater Sportshas been putting people and the outdoors together for over 40 years here in the MRV. They rent tubes, kayaks stand-up paddleboard and canoes and offer tours on the Mad and Winooski Rivers too. Their retail shop is also open for all your outdoor needs.
  • Covered Bridges are always a favorite Vermont Attractions and here in the MRV you can take a leisurely one-hour drive and cross seven of themwhile  enjoying spectacular views and opportunities to sample lots the local flavor along the way
  •  Umiak Outdoor Outfitters offers offers river trips on the Winooski river & Lamoille river and car-top canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals. Heck, they even have inner tube rentals, an amazing retail space in Stowe and Richmond, and a rental outpost at Waterbury Center State Park Day Use Area.
  • The Mad River Valley has an amazing network of trails to explore. They reflect the Mad River Valley’s love of the outdoors and commitment to stewardship. These trails are a friendly playground for recreation, including: mountain biking, hiking, walking, picnicking, kayaking and canoeing, birding, and more.
  • The Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm offers a most unusual Vermont experience. Tour our mountains, meadows, and forests on one of the oldest horse breeds in the world. They offer daily rides of varying lengths including multi-day packages. Rides are by advance reservation, but you’re also welcome to come visit the farm any time and see these extraordinary horses in one of the most beautiful locales imaginablekayaking on the Mad River
  • The Mad River Valley is truly a bicycling Mecca. The Mad River Riders are our local biking club and they are the experts of the local scene. Check out their website to see the trail network and recommended road route options.
  • Interested in the fiber arts? The The Mad River Fiber Arts Mill offers one-of-a-kind private weaving, spinning and dyeing workshop. Their retail shop is brimming with gorgeous, locally produced wool and knitting supplies. Retail and workshops are by appointment only so give Susan a call, she’ll set you right up.
  • Vermont is famous for our barns and covered bridges and the MRV has the both in spades. Take a driving tour of our local barns and bridgesto access more photo opportunities than you could ever imagine, you’ll be an Instgram star! There’s lots of shopping and dining to distract you along the way too.
  • Everyone LOVES to shop (well maybe not everyone)! There a veritable plethora of unique shops, boutiques and galleries to explore. They’re located throughout all the villages, nooks and crannies of the MRV. Here’s a guide to shopping the MRV!
  • While your out enjoying all the MRV has to offer it’s important to stay hydrated and fueled up. Our local restaurants, eateries and breweriesare here to help. Check out all the options along with their hours and information about enjoying them all safely.