• Aerial view of glider over Warren Vermont in autumn

Mad River Valley

The Valley was formed by the pell-mell, 60-mile northward rush of the Mad River millennia ago. Many come to the Mad River Valley for its celebrated ski slopes, but winter sports are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Remarkable beauty, bucolic towns, alluring shops, farmer’s markets, welcoming locals and endless activities—from apple-picking to road-racing, hiking and biking—prompt visitors to come back again and again. Some even decide to stay forever. www.madrivervalley.com