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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

The Mad River Valley gets its name from the Mad River, which runs through the length of the area here in the Green Mountains. It includes the towns of Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield, and Warren.

The area has established a unique culture, cherished for its authenticity and focused on a genuine, sustainable relationship with the land. Though today it is an area well-known for its tourism, the Valley is rich in history; both Warren and Waitsfield were chartered by early settlers in the 1700s.

Our Recommendations

With so much to do and see in the Mad River Valley, we thought it would be helpful to tell you about some of our favorites. As a family, we’ve put together this handy guide to share with our guests.

Each member of our family loves the Mad River Valley for a different reason. My husband could ski every single day, so it doesn’t hurt that the lodge is right down the road from the Sugarbush Resort. My oldest son, Quinton, is fanatical about hiking. He loves the Mad River Path loop which starts from our backyard, but his favorite is the long trail loop off of Lincoln Gap Road. Blaine—our middle son—has really taken a liking to downhill mountain biking, and this is the area for it—he and my husband love to bond while single-tracking at Sugarbush. Last but not least there's Chance—our youngest— who is obsessed with all of the local swimming holes. He has always been a jumper, and it just so happens that one of the most famous Vermont swimming holes (Warren Falls) is located just three miles from us. As for myself, I just adore spending time in the community and touring all of the lovely villages and farms in the area. My favorites would have to be downtown Warren Village and Knoll Farm. I have to say, we all love food and luckily the Valley is one of the best places to enjoy a fresh farm-to-table course in about any style you could imagine. Oh, and I would be crazy not to mention the craft beer! People travel from all over just to pick up a few cans of Sip of Sunshine or Heady Topper.

I know it’s a lot to remember, but you don’t have to! We’ve included links to all of our favorites below. Please enjoy, and let us know if you’d like to learn more about any of our recommendations.