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The MaD River Valley

The Green Mountains’ best kept secret

We’ve fallen in love with the Mad River Valley over the years, and because we want you to enjoy it as much as we do, we’ve provided some background and recommendations for your time here.

About the Valley

Authenticity is the hallmark of the Mad River Valley. You’ll discover a place with a unique combination of scenic beauty, recreation, and community. “The Valley” exudes an ethos and sense of place that is truly palpable. “The Valley”, as it is known colloquially, gets its name from the Mad River, which runs through the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains. It includes the towns of Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, and Moretown. Explore all the reasons to visit the “The Valley” in every season of the year. You’ll find an abundance of “things to do”, special events, a vibrant culinary and beverage scene, unique shopping experiences, and much more.

Our Recommendations

Each member of our family loves the Mad River Valley for a different reason. We’d like to share with you some of our favorite things. 

If he could, my husband would ski every single day, so having the lodge so close to Sugarbush Resort sure is nice. When the powder gets deep you’ll see him up on Castlerock or in their famous glades. If you look closely, you might even see him ripping the powder in Mad River Glen’s legendary trees.

Quinton, the oldest of our three boys is a hiking fanatic. He loves the Mad River Path’s Kingsbury Greenway which starts right from our backyard at the Warren Lodge. His favorite hike is Mount Abraham and the Long Trail  which starts on the top of the nearby Lincoln Gap Road. He highly recommends that you take the time to learn more about all the other trails in the MRV.

Blaine, our middle son, has really taken a liking to mountain biking, and “The Valley” has well over 50 miles of single track for every ability level. He and my husband love to bond while single-tracking at Sugarbush

Chance, our youngest, has always been a jumper. He spends his summers exploring the MRV’s abundant swim holes, looking for rope swings and rocks to leap from. It just so happens that Warren Falls, arguably Vermont’s most spectacular swim hole is just down the road.

As for me I just adore spending time in the various neighborhoods of the Mad River Valley. I just love sending time in Warren Village, shopping, relaxing and enjoying “The Valley’s” pace of life. Another one of my favorite places is Knoll Farm, a retreat center, farm stand and organic pick-your own berry farm. For my money, it’s one of the prettiest places in the whole valley. 

One thing we all agree on is our love for food. Lucky for us (and you) the Valley has an incredibly dynamic culinary scene. It has been at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement since farm-to-table was even a thing. And of course, the Mad River Valley is at the epicenter of the craft beer movement with three local breweries right in town including my personal favorite, Lawson’s Finest.  Again, this is nothing new, as the Valley has been an entrepreneurial hot-bed for beverage makers for many years.

These are just some of our favorite things to do here in the Mad River Valley. We invite you to explore our community for yourself and discover your own favorites. Here’s a seasonal guide of all the activities to consider as you plan your Mad River Valley adventure.

Things to do, see, eat & drink

von Trapp
The Alchemist
Rock Art
Prohibition Pig
Lost Nation
Lawson's Finest
Hill Farmstead
Frost Beer Works
Foley Brothers
Fiddlehead
Bent Hill Brewery
Worthy Burger
Tucker Hill
The Warren Store
The Sweet Spot
The Reks
The Pitcher Inn
The Mad Taco
The Hyde Away
The Blue Stone
The Big Picture
Rumble's Kitchen
Peasant
Paradise Provisions
Mutha Stuffers
Mad River Barn
Localfolk
Hogan's Pub
Fit To Be Thai'd
China Fun
Chez Henri
Castlerock Pub
Canteen Creemee
American Flatbread
Sugarbush Resort
Mad River Glen
Blueberry Lake Cross Country
Waitsfield Farmer's Market
Knoll Farm
Warren Riverside Park
Warren Falls
Ward's
The Punch Bowl
Lareau
Great Eddy
Blueberry Lake
Warren Path
Village Path
Millbrook Trail
Mad River Path
Long Trail Loop