3 (Okay, 4 or More) Things that We Love About the Mad River Valley in Summer
August in the Mad River Valley offers too many summertime choices. We know, tough problem.
But when our guests push us to name the three best things to do in August, we don’t hesitate. Together our three recommendations (with options) make a splendid day.
Start with a walk (and it’s more a walk than a hike) in the Scragg Mountain Town Forest in Waitsfield (not to be confused with the beer of the same name; see below), about six miles from the inn. There’s an information kiosk and a few short well-marked loops, but if you’re up for a longer adventure you can actually hike to the top of Scragg Mountain (4.2 miles out and back, according to AllTrails).
Once you’ve worked up a sweat and an appetite, head to the Warren Store across Main Street from the inn for a sandwich-to-go (consider the ever-popular #6) before driving on to Warren Falls. There is nothing more refreshing than a dip in the Mad River at the height of August. The water is at its warmest but still mountain-stream cool. Rest, relax, dip, repeat. The falls are just two miles south of the inn and there’s plenty of parking.
Now you’re ready for refreshments, and we have two options to consider. Canteen Creemee makes some of the most outrageous and delicious confections for miles around. You can keep it simple with a classic Vermont maple creemee or go all in with a Mojito Sundae (no worries, it’s alcohol free), and everything in between. Canteen is in the center of Waitsfield, about six miles from the inn. (We also love The Sweet Spot in Waitsfield.)
If your taste buds tend more toward hops than dairy, head to Lawson’s Finest Liquids taproom just north of Canteen on Route 100, where you’ll find a wide selection of beers on tap (IPAs are a specialty), brewed in the building next door, including the aforementioned Scragg Mountain Pils (4.8 ABV). (You might also check out Collaborative Brewing on your way back to the inn.)
Top off your adventurous day with a fine dinner at the inn, presented by Chefs Jacob Ennis and Peter Heaney. Now that’s August in Vermont.