Holiday Happenings in the Mad River Valley
Magical is a word we love to describe the inn and its village setting. It’s truer this time of year, with the snow-dusted evergreens and the colorful, twinkling lights at dusk. Part of the magic comes from the happenings in the Mad River Valley this time of year, from the first turns on the mountains to the shopping all around. Here are a few happenings in the valley we think you might enjoy during your visit to the inn.
The Warren Store
Inn guests have the perfect view of what we consider the best general store in the state, the Warren Store, just across Main Street. And this time of year what a view it is. The store takes on a holiday glow outside and in, and the shelves are stocked with gifts aplenty, upstairs and down. It’s also a great place with street-side seating to watch the snow fall while enjoying a coffee, tea or warm Vermont cider.
This year Sugarbush has slated November 24 as Opening Day, Mad River’s is December 11, Mother Nature permitting. Both are a bit of a celebration of future skiing and riding to come. Are you ready? Is your gear tuned?
Moretown Artisans’ Sale
Vermont is a state of artists and crafters and there’s no better place to discover the perfect holiday gift than the annual Moretown Artisans’ Sale, back this year as an in-person event. December 11 and 12, 11 am to 3 pm at Moretown Elementary School.
Sugarbash (63 years young)
December 17 marks the 63rd birthday of nearby Sugarbush Resort. The festivities begin at 6 pm in Castlerock Pub.
Careful observers will see many lighted holiday stars at homes and businesses throughout the valley, often five in at a time. While their origin stems from the Waitsfield Festival of Lights in 2013, the stars took on a whole new meaning in 2016 when five of our teens perished in a wrong-way collision on the interstate. Today the stars serve a somewhat bittersweet reminder of the fragility of life and the hope of a brighter tomorrow. You can read more about the stars in the Valley Reporter.