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Our Mad River Valley in central Vermont has been recognized as a Historic District with the National Register of Historic Places, and also designated as a Scenic Byway by the  National Scenic Byways Program. Whether it’s seasonal sporting activities or scenic Vermont covered bridges you seek, our beautiful Mad River Valley has it all. We offer an incredible Vermont vacation to remember.

Spring & Summer

summer-activitiesVermont offers many simple pleasures in summertime: hiking, biking, horseback riding, fly fishing and canoeing on the Mad River. The Round Barn Farm is five miles from the Sugarbush Golf Course and less than an hour from three other outstanding golf courses. The Green Mountain Club can help you plan a hike along the Long Trail. Clearwater Sports offers kayak and canoe rentals, and various adventure packages. Consider a bike tour, or visit one of the local bike shops and plan your own route. The Mad River Valley is also a mecca for aviation enthusiasts and equestrians. Glider rides and camps are available at Sugarbush Soaring. There are numerous stables for horse enthusiasts in the Valley. You can explore our back country on a guided tour with the Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm.  If you're looking for the perfect swimming hole or mountain stream the valley has plenty to offer!

Fall Activities

fall-activitiesHiking and biking are great ways to enjoy the vibrant colors of autumn in Vermont. If you want to cover a lot of ground, a scenic drive is a great way to do it!  The Mad River Byway takes you along two of Vermont’s most scenic roads, Routes 100 and 100B. You’ll wind through Middlesex Village (Route 2), Moretown (Route 100B), Waitsfield, Warren, Granville Gulf Reservation (Route 100), Fayston, and Buels Gore to the top of the Appalachian Gap (Route 17). To see when the colors will peak this year, you can plan with the Virtual Foliage Forecaster.

Winter Activities

winter-activitiesIn the winter, snowshoeing and cross country skiing begins right outside our front door. The Inn has over 80 acres of marked snowshoe trails, and our guests have full use of Ole's Cross Country Center trails, where rental equipment is available at an additional price. Our famed ski resorts, Sugarbush and Mad River Glen, are but 10 minutes away, and Killington and Stowe are less than an hour's drive.

Year Round Activities


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Shopping

Our close proximity to the villages of Waitsfield, Warren and Waterbury allows for convenient perusing of numerous boutiques, craft and art galleries, country stores and restaurants. The five-month span of our Waitsfield Farmer's Market includes sampling of locally grown produce, meats, maple syrup and honey. A combination of local food and talent makes our Farmer's Market unique. From hand-painted wooden bowls to hand-blown glass, and freshly squeezed lemonade to delicious maple milkshakes, this market has it all.


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Arts & Culture

The Green Mountain Cultural Center is a nonprofit organization that promotes the visual and performing arts in Vermont. All events take place in our historic Joslyn Round Barn or outdoors on the property, when the weather permits. The month of August is filled with open studios, gallery events, and artistic demonstrations as part of the Vermont Festival of the Arts. Enjoy cooking classes, glass blowing displays, art in the garden tours, and much more. For current listings of area events, please visit our Mad River Chamber of Commerce Activities.


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Vermont Attractions

Nearby attractions include the New England Culinary Institute and the Vermont State House in Montpelier; the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, the Cabot Cheese Factory Annex, and the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury. Shelburne, located right near Burlington, is home to the historic 1,400 acre Shelburne Farms estate and the Shelburne Museum, hailed as New England's Smithsonian, and packed with rural treasures from the past. Northfield is home of the annual Vermont Quilt Festival. Nearby to Montpelier, the town of Barre features the Rock of Ages granite quarry.