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24 Hours in Mad River Valley

Christine Mitchell Adams December 30, 2015

The third installment in our winter Vermont guide is the famous Mad River Valley. With its idyllic mountain slopes and charming villages in the valleys, it's a wonderful spot to visit in the winter. Below are a few of our favorite spots to eat good food, sleep in cozy rooms and play in the snow.


The Pitcher Inn: For those looking for a bit more of an experience from their hotel stay, The Pitcher Inn offers just that with its idyllic location in the center of Warren. The inn boasts five uniquely decorated rooms, a fine dining experience, and an apres ski-themed bar. Hop across the street to their sister business, The Warren General Store, for a hearty sandwich and some local beer before you hit the road home. 

Mad River Barn: This inn has been a fixture in the Mad River Valley for more than half a century. The current owners, Andrew and Heather Lynds, bought it in 2011 and invested a considerable amount of care into renovating and sprucing. Today? It's a delightful place to stay and dine, and only minutes from Sugarbush and Mad River Glen.


275 Main: The restaurant in The Pitcher Inn boasts a delicious and sophisticated farm-to-table menu with dishes like roast duck breast with hazelnut celeriac remoulade and parsnip pistachio ravioli. A great spot to celebrate a special occasion. 

Peasant: After a full day of skiing, nothing is more satisfying than a rustic, hearty meal. Peasant fits the bill with a menu of traditional European comfort food. Be sure not to miss their Vermont beef and pork meatballs. 

Red Hen Baking Co.: Don't miss out on this amazing bakery conveniently located off 89 in Middlesex. Although not exactly in Mad River Valley, it's an easy stop on your way out or in of Mad River Valley. Plus their wholesome bread, baked goods and delicious sandwiches make it worth the visit.

The Mad Taco: Regularly listed among the best food joints in the state, The Mad Taco is not to be missed during your visit to the Mad River Valley. The plates are authentic, fresh and delicious!

Photo by Corey Hendrickson via Yankee Magazine


Mad River Glen and Sugarbush: If you're a skier or snowboarder, than you can't visit the Mad River Valley in the winter without checking out the local mountains. Mad River Glen and Sugarbush are a couple of the best resorts in the state and are good fun for locals and visitors alike. 

Blueberry Lake: If cross-country or snowshoeing are more your thing, then head to Blueberry Lake for 33km of scenic trails. Stop by the center first if you need to rent some gear, sign-up for a lesson or grab a snack.

The Store: Nestled into the hustle and bustle of downtown Waitsfield, The Store isn't just a traditional Vermont general store. You can take cooking classes with The Store's chef in John Umbra, from cooking with cast iron to tackling Moroccan dishes. 

Bonus! Our Sublime Body Set features the topography of Mad River Valley on the custom belly band designed by our design firm Ptarmak making it the perfect set for relaxing and rejuvenating after a long day on the slopes. 

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