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IN VERMONT'S MAD RIVER VALLEY

Things to Do IN VERMONT'S MAD RIVER VALLEY

This is Vermont at it’s truest and most enjoyable!  The Mad River Valley is full of fun and fresh air, a combination that is found in every season here.  Vibrant events, an arts scene, endless recreation from the mountain tops to the river bends, farms, foods, craft beverages, beautiful vistas, quaint villages, historic barns and bridges, cool shops, and warm hospitality.  We love it here, and we love to share it with you!

Bridges Resort (802) 583-2922

Bridges Resort has options for everyone looking to enjoy the beauty of Vermont. Check out all your rental options. It’s Vermont’s Four Season Recreation Destination – “Where Locals and Visitors Meet!” The Bridges has been the diamond of central Vermont tennis for decades, it’s a place that you’ll build lasting relationships with players and coaches while being…

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Sugarbush Resort 802-583-6300

A world-class, independently-owned ski resort celebrating its 60th year this season!  Sugarbush Resort includes 2 mountains: Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, a health and recreation center, multiple on-mountain lodging options and restaurants.
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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 and diverse terrain with an uphill capacity that guarantees un-crowded trails. It is one of…

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Salt and Sand Studios: Yoga Studio, Glass Blowing School 802-583-2559

Our Purpose: Inspire people to create + connect. SALT & SAND STUDIOS inspires people to create, connect and create joy through yoga and glass blowing.  For group classes, private study, workshops, events and more, visit us in Warren Vermont, right across from the famous Warren Falls and find a place of discovery. To top it all…

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Sugarbush Resort Summer Camps

  Adventure Camp Hiking, biking, zip lining, rock climbing, creek cruising, nature exploration, Euro Bungee- trampoline access, golf and more! Ages: 6 – 12 Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday (no camp Wednesday, July 4th) Dates: Weeks of June 25 through August 24, 2018. LEARN MORE   Mini Campers Activities include lift…

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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 others, Phase 1 was completed in 2012. Phase 2 planning is underway. Fund raising efforts…

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Blueberry Lake Trails: Flying Squirrel 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 others, Phase 1 was completed in 2012. Phase 2 planning is underway. Fund raising efforts…

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Local Covered Bridge Tour

This trek begins at the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce office on, well, Bridge Street in historic Waitsfield Village. The scenic drive takes you on a 19 mile trip that takes in 3 bridges: The Great Eddy, the Pine Brook and Warren Village covered bridges. There is spectacular scenery along the way on the,…

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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 effectively get around the golf course. Camp will include: games, prizes, on course activities, full…

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Mad River Taste Place 802-496-3165

The MAD RIVER TASTE PLACE offers a curated retail experience where locals and visitors can learn about, sample, and purchase food and beverages originated in the Mad River Valley and throughout Vermont. Occupying a thoughtfully repurposed bank building you can read the stories of the makers, meet the artisan of the day and sample their products, take…

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Long Trail – Mount Ellen via 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 intersection of the Long Trail. At the Long Trail, turn right and head south toward Mt. Ellen. Along the way, traverse…

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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 heads right, into the woods, and climbs steeply for a ways then becomes more gradually…

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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 forests. Towards the end of the path is a lovely gazebo set up on the…

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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 built, unique. The Vermont capitol also operates on the principle of open government and all…

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Art in The Village 802-496-5605

Rita Ioannidis, famous for her American Flag paintings, whether its on old barn doors or bells has opened a gallery in the village of Warren.   The gallery space is gorgeous, warm and inviting. The selections come from a variety of Vermont artists.  On display are all types of mediums including sculptures.   Rita’s talents…

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Warren Skate Park

The Warren Skate Park is located beside the Warren Elementary School where the “DIY” skate park’s first concrete ramps were built in 2004.  The park is always free for anyoneto use and open to all skill levels and abilities. Pierre Hall has been the driving force behind the parks development. The Warren Skate Park is a…

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Sugarbush Soaring (802) 496-2290

Welcome to one of the most beautiful places in the country to fly gliders – Vermont’s Mad River Valley.  At Sugarbush Soaring we offer flight instruction, scenic rides, rentals, introductory flights, and aero tows. What makes Sugarbush Soaring special? The Warren Sugarbush airport (0B7) is one of the premier soaring locations in the US. On any…

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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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Open Studio Weekend at the Festival Gallery 802-496-6682

“Combine fall foliage viewing and harvest activities with purchases from local artists across Vermont. Bright yellow signs compete with oranges and reds of October along Vermont’s roads enticing visitors to the studios of craftspeople and fine artists across Vermont during the 2019 Fall Open Studio Tour over October 5 & 6. Open Studio Weekend is…

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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 and dogs are welcome. From Waitsfield, go south on Rt. 100 and turn right onto…

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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 qualities. The Mad River Byway stretches 36.5 miles and winds its way through Middlesex, Moretown,…

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Double Gap Tour

This drive 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 over the Appalachian Gap at 2,365′, the highest gap open all year. See the Map! Highlights…

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Bundy Modern 802-583-5832

The Bundy Modern, built in 1962 as an art and sculpture gallery, was conceived to be in harmony with its surroundings in nature and to bring the outdoors in through the use of walls of glass. The building is a stunning example of Bauhaus International-style architecture. Today Bundy Modern is a modern and contemporary art…

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The Silver Trout 802-496-3110

Fly fishing shop in Historic Waitsfield offers fly fishing equipment and accessories to outfit the beginner fisherman all the way to the expert angler!  The Silver Trout carries high quality Umpqua flies and locally hand tied flies. The Owner and Founder, Stuart Hayden, is a Chemist and all his products have no silicone, are non-toxic…

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Mad River Valley Libraries (802) 496-3913

The Moretown Memorial Library, the Joslin Memorial Library and the Warren Public Library have joined together as an informal association to promote libraries, library services and library programs in the Mad River Valley. All three libraries utilize technological services in their library programing. Patrons may download audio and e-books, can take free online courses, or…

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Mad River Valley Arts (802) 496-6682

The Mad River Valley is the geographic center of Vermont, and Mad River Valley Arts is the center for the arts — a hub for creative activity. For more than two decades, MRVA has fostered creativity in the Mad River Valley. We produce art shows, workshops, and numerous activities for for artists and art appreciators. The Mission…

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Blockhouse Studio

BLOCKHOUSE STUDIO is a community pottery studio in The Mad River Valley and artisan shop. We offer classes, memberships and workshops (in clay and other mediums from time to time). We have handmade goods and pottery for sale in the shop as well. OPEN STUDIO HOURS ARE AS OF JANUARY 2ND TUESDAYS – 10:30-3PM WEDNESDAYS…

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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. From Waitsfield, go north on Rt. 100 and where the road splits, continue north on…

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Mad Marathon 802-363-9863

  The Mad Marathon, Mad Half & Relays The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon! Take it easy or take it tough…we have a race for every runner at any level. The Tenth Annual Mad Marathon, Mad Half and relays are scheduled for September 12, 2021 in the gorgeous Mad River Valley, located in Central Vermont. You…

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Country Mile Vermont (802) 560-5519

Country Mile Vermont offers all-inclusive inn-to-inn walking tours in the heart of the Green Mountains. Guided day hikes are also available for guests in the Mad River Valley, Waterbury, Stowe, and Montpelier areas. We love the outdoors, and we love hiking. But we also know that sleeping under the stars isn’t for everyone. That’s why…

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Umiak Outdoor Outfitters (802) 253-2317

Umiak Outdoor Outfitters is Vermont’s outdoor adventure center. We are a full-service outfitter offering retail sales, demos, safety instruction, tours, rentals, children’s / custom programs and more. Our staff is comprised of some of New England’s top trained and respected outdoor enthusiast who love any opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with others. ​

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Choose Your Own Adventure (Chooseco LLC) 802-496-2595

Chooseco is a purpose-built publishing house which brought the groundbreaking Choose Your Own Adventure series back to print in 2006. Since the series relaunch, Chooseco has sold over 15 million copies as well as expanded its list to include linear fiction with the YA trilogy Weregirl. An originator of interactive narratives, Choose Your Own Adventure has been translated into 40…

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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 their pets on leash.

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Clearwater Sports (802) 496-2708

Rocket Sledding Self Guided 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

Join Clearwater Sports for an adventurous day of backcountry skiing in the solitude of the Vermont backwoods. Unlike cross country skis, Backcountry skis are wider and handle deep, untracked snow with elegance and ease. Once our guides help you perfect your form, we are off to parts unknown to see what we can find in the untracked wilderness of the Mad River Valley.

Guided 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.

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.   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

Zoe’s Pilates physical location is open for business as usual! Mat classes and reformer classes are a mix of in person and Zoom clients. Privates can be done in person or via Zoom. Five reformer classes and three mat classes per week. Privates day and times vary. Pilates was developed and taught by Joseph Pilates…

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Enchanted Forest Lollipop Mountain Biking 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 to mid-November) This fun lollipop loop for aspiring riders is a mix of Class IV road and wider trails, with easier stretches, moderately technical…

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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 streams. You might sight evidence of moose, bobcats, or bears, as they are protected in…

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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 skis. Trailhead access is from Tucker Hill Road. Sign in and follow the blue blazes…

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The Full Monty – Covered Bridge Tour

This 39 mile driving tour that begins at the MRV Chamber Visitors Center takes a leisurely one and a half hours that brings you through 7 covered bridges while offering spectacular views and pleasant opportunities to sample the local flavor along the way. Here are the bridges you’ll discover along the way; The Great Eddy Bridge,…

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Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports 802.786.4991 ext. 26

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports a nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year-round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. We are…

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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 half for skating only and one half for stick-and-puck.  Lessons, groups and parties can be…

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The Northern Loop

This 76 mile tour takes you north to Waterbury, Stowea dn up through Morrisville. Then it wraps around the Worcester Mountains through Scenic Elmore and Worcester along scenic Route 12. You end up in our state capital of Montpelier before retuning back to “the valley” via the Mad river Byway. See the Map! Highlights: Legendary…

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Mountain Rose Integrated Wellness Center 802-496-6346

Taking time for oneself on a regular basis is important in the lives we live now a days. Whether it is by practicing yoga, meditating, getting acupuncture or through some other means, these modalities can transform one’s life with more calm, peacefulness, joy and health. Ana has been teaching yoga since 2002 and received her…

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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 Jerry Greenfield in 1978 and moved to its current location in 1986. Their fun range…

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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 Mt Rd and, staying right, climb 1.75 miles to Howes Rd. Turn left on Howes…

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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 follow the Hedgehog Brook Trail along a stream. The trail ascends gently at first, becoming…

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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 Appalachian Gap Be sure to stop and enjoy the views along the way! The photographs…

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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 opporunities and instruction and about upcoming concerts, please visit our website, linked above.

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Downstream Enterprises Vacation Rental Management 2088700599

Welcome to Downstream Enterprises vacation rental family. We know that choosing the right professional management team is an important decision. It’s important to work with people who manage your investment as if it were their own. Ryan and Rebecca Diehl, owners and operators of Downstream Enterprises, are active vacation rental owners in Vermont’s charming Mad…

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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 a scenic snowshoe along the brook and is marked by small waterfalls and cascades. The…

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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 suggest. The path is narrow with a series of wooden footbridges and rocky terrain underfoot.…

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Valley Players (802) 583-1674

The Valley Players is in its 40th 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 at the Mad River Valley Craft Fair, which we own Read about the annual Vermont Playwrights Award, to encourage new plays…

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids 802-496-HOPS

Lawson’s Finest was founded in 2008 by Sean and Karen Lawson. Lawson’s Finest Liquid’s goal is to provide beers of the highest quality and outstanding freshness, featuring world-class IPA’s and unique maple brews, while emulating the best of widely appreciated styles. In 2018 Lawson’s Finest opened their Waitsfield brewery, taproom and retail store. The Waitsfield hand-hewn…

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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 Champlain himself supposedly saw it when he visited the lake – so perhaps you will…

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Luke Ianuzzi Pottery (802) 839-9650

A full service pottery studio in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains featuring custom design for your home or business. Work directly with the potter to bring your ideas to life. Specializing in custom service ware for chefs & restaurants. Luke also offer private pottery lessons. Make your own curriculum of study. Want to throw larger,…

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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 that form a gentle “rapid” to play in. Good for kids as well as the…

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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, snowshoeing, or fat biking. All trails are engineered and graded for the average skier’s ultimate enjoyment — set skating width, with heavy duty track setting equipment, for the best in tracks. The trails are groomed every…

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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 From VT-100 in Waitsfield, turn onto VT-17 and head WEST over the Appalachian Gap, the…

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Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design 802-496-6611

Welcome to the Madsonian, a museum of Industrial Design.  Our collection represents a lifetime of appreciation for and devotion to good design, displaying over 2000 of the best designed and most artistic manufactured objects. Ranging from the early 1900s to present day, the museum features everything from cars, bikes and motorcycles to toys, canoes, golf…

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Covered Bridges

This 42 mile driving tour that begins at the MRV Chamber Visitors Center takes a leisurely one and a half hours that brings you through 7 covered bridges while offering spectacular views and pleasant opportunities to sample the local flavor along the way. Here are the bridges you’ll discover along the way; The Great Eddy Bridge,…

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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: Park on the side of North Fayston Rd in Fayston west of Route 100, then…

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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.   – David Hajdasz, Take the Plunge: An Explorers Guide to swimming holes of Vermont “10…

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