“Where to Eat and Stay in Vermont’s Mad River Valley”- Travel + Leisure Magazine
Home to both Sugarbush Resort and the intense, more “locals-only” Mad River Glen, Vermont’s Mad River Valley is beloved by travelers all year round. Skiers flock to the slopes every winter, and in spring the place draws fly-fishing enthusiasts. The summer means arts festivals and in fall, you’d be hard pressed to find more vibrant foliage anywhere in the world.
Other than a brief period in the autumn (locally known as “sticks season”) between late October and mid-December, when things temporarily shut down, the area is always inviting to people who enjoy spending time outdoors: after all, even the coldest winter days are attractive to well-prepared hikers.
Here’s everything you need to know to have the perfect stay, no matter when you go:
Where to Stay
In true Vermont style, you’ll find no shortage of charming inns and B&Bs here. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or looking for something upscale, the Pitcher Inn(a Relais & Chateaux property) stands out. Each of its 11 rooms has a unique theme—ask for “Ski,” which features vintage memorabilia, or “Trout,” which boasts a porch suspended over a brook. Both rooms have large, wood-burning fireplaces. The daily breakfast, included in your room rate, is also worth calling out. Think: banana-chocolate-chip pancakes with local maple syrup and housemade granola.