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About The mad river Lodge

We hope you love it here as much as we do

Just a short time ago, we came to Warren for the first time on an impromptu weekend get away. Since then, we've worked hard to provide a place where travelers of all kinds can rest and enjoy the paradise that is the Mad River Valley.

Our Vision

The Franc family is dedicated to providing our guests with a clean, friendly, simple, lodging experience with modern amenities at a great value. It’s a simple vision, but it is at the core of everything we do.


Our Story

Hi, we're the Franc family and we welcome you to the Mad River Lodge! We first came to the Mad River Valley when we tagged along with some friends on an impromptu ski trip to Vermont back in 2013. To be honest, we had no idea of what to expect. It was love at first sight and we began coming back to “The Valley” throughout the year, learning the subtle changes and the ebb and flow of the seasons.  Sure the snowy winters were great but we came to appreciate the hiking, swimming and the cool mountain air in the summertime. We discovered the magnificent foliage season and the crisp temperatures that portend the approaching winter. Truth be told, we fell in love with the Mad River Valley because of its natural beauty of course, but also its palpable sense of community.

 We saw our future here and began looking for a home. Finding a place on the river was important to us, but it proved to be a challenge. Then we stumbled upon what at the time was called The Golden Lion Riverside Inn, right on the banks of the Mad River in Warren. We never intended to own an inn, but the more we thought about it the more potential we saw and we decided to take the leap. We purchased the property in 2015 re-christening it The Warren Lodge. We took our simple vision and set to work creating a haven for visitors to enjoy everything the Mad River Valley has to offer. We were quickly welcomed into “The Valley’s” tight-knit community and have been so happy that we made the move.  So much so, in fact, that in 2019 we decided to jump into another adventure when we purchased The Garrison, just down the hill from Mad River Glen . While it was filled with memories and a long history of hosting skiers it also needed a ton of work.

Once again we dove right in, stripping the old structure down to its studs. We then re-built it with the same vision we had for the Warren Lodge.

The Garrison was filled with memories from long-time Mad River Glen and Sugarbush families which we embraced as we re-created this iconic ski lodge. We love the appreciation and energy that we see from the Garrison alumni.  It has been quite a ride, but we have no regrets. We have made amazing friends and have had the privilege of meeting and hosting so many kind and interesting people. We look forward to sharing “The Valley” with you too, so please do come visit us! We'd be honored to be part of your travels, and would love to help you plan your trip.