Plan Your Visit
to Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley
The Mad River Valley is quintessential Vermont. It's the stuff postcards are made of! Tranquil valleys surrounded by majestic mountains, with red barns dotted along the landscape and towns filled with quaint outdoor cafes, artisan shops and friendly locals.
At its centerpiece is Sugarbush Resort, the area's recreational hub and home to world-class winter skiing and outdoor opportunities that stretch through every beautiful season Vermont has to offer.
The Mad River Valley is a hidden gem, just over an hour from Burlington, Vermont's only real "metro" area. To get here, you'll travel winding roads alongside glistening mountain streams and historic covered bridges. You'll find yourself in picturesque towns like Waitsfield and Warren, filled with unique, neighborly charm that will capture your very heart and leave you longing for more.
There are endless things to do in our neck of the woods, but these are a few of our favorite, unique, off the beaten path things to do, eat and enjoy!
GOOD EATS & DRINKS
A true Vermont gem. The Warren Store is an authentic Vermont country store, and MORE. Dine on the outside deck overlooking Freeman Brook. Great food in a perfectly perfect location, with local craft brews, locally sourced ingredients and goodness beyond imagination. When your tummy is full, head upstairs to explore their "emporium of unexpected treasures".
LAWSON'S FINEST LIQUIDS
Get a Sip of Sunshine (IPA) and learn about this local brewery and its humble beginnings in a small Vermont sugarhouse. Their new taproom in Waitsfield serves up their finest brews (including some world cup and national championship winners) along with some light fare in a great atmosphere. Check out their tap specials and featured music before you go!
OFF (and on) THE BEATEN PATH
MAD RIVER BYWAY
Characterized by classic New England landscape, with steepled villages and hillside farms, mountains and rolling hills, the Mad River Byway may be one of the most beautiful drives you'll ever take. This is a must-do during the fall months when the foliage is so spectacular it looks like it's on fire! Here's a video to get you inspired!
MAD RIVER PATH
Discover the natural beauty of our valley by foot! The Mad River Path is a system of trails between Warren and Moretown that takes you through forests and woods, along meandering rivers and into the heart of our communities. Get maps and information by clicking below!
GAPS AND FALLS
Nature is always on full display in the Mad River Valley and our surrounding Green Mountains. If you enjoy waterfalls and mountain gaps, you're in the right place! This circle tour will take you to Granville Gulf, Moss Glen Falls (photo on left), Texas Falls, Middlebury Falls and the Appalachian Gap. Get the tour route at the link below, pack your lunch and camera, and spend a day in our beautiful natural environment.
AMERICAN FLATBREAD @ LAREAU FARM
On Rt. 100, just miles from Sugarbush Resort, you'll find the historic Lareau Farm. Settled in 1794, the farm is now home to The American Flatbread bakery and restaurant, which is housed in the original hog barn at the farm. Great setting for some super delicious pizza and a casual evening out! Watch the video on the left to learn more, or click below.
Quaint and convenient for those spending time at Sugarbush Resort. Full slate of food and drink provisions and a deli that will blow your socks off. [HINT] Get there early in the morning for homemade cinnamon buns fresh out of the oven and locally roasted AWAKE coffee with a shot of espresso to kick start your day. Everything you need and amazing deli food to top it off! [HINT] The Cuban Panini is over the top good (but everything is)!