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IN VERMONT'S MAD RIVER VALLEY

Summer IN VERMONT'S MAD RIVER VALLEY

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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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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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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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 on Rt. 100 and turn left just beyond the Golden Lion Riverside Inn into the parking…

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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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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 tour that brings you through 8 covered bridges around the Mad River Valley: Lincoln Gap…

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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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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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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 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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Valley Arts VT (802) 496-6682

The Valley Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration of the Arts in the Mad River Valley. The Vermont Festival of the Arts is held from August 1st through Labor Day weekend.  Valley Arts also runs the Festival Gallery, exhibiting local and regional artists year-round.

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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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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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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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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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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 smooth movement. By emphasizing these things you learn to move in a controlled manner from…

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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 July 12, 2020 in the gorgeous Mad River Valley, located in Central Vermont. You…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 even a small sailboat or sailboard out if the wind picks up. It is boardered…

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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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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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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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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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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 over the Appalachian Gap at 2,365′, the highest gap open all year. Special features of…

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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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Bridges Family Resort (802) 583-2922

Give “The Bridges” This Holiday Season! Holiday Gift Specials: Day Passes – Buy 10 day passes get 2 free. Year-round Membership – Buy a 12-month membership as a gift and receive 2 additional months for free. Fitness Classes – Buy a 10-fitness class punch card as a gift and receive 2 day passes free. A…

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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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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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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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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 in the middle of the river when the river is high.

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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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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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Clearwater Sports (802) 496-2708

Vermont’s source for outdoor clothing, gear and guided adventures. For 44 years we have been Central Vermont’s four-season source for outdoor clothing, gear and guided adventures. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking, stand up paddleboarding or tubing the Mad River and surrounding lakes in the summer. Explore backpacking and hiking in the summer and fall, or backcountry…

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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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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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