Summer Experiences Program
People come to Vermont and the Mad River Valley to get out and explore our mountains, farms, fields and waterways. To make it easy for guests to find and explore the hidden gems in the valley, we have put together an Experiences Program to help you optimize your stay and to leave the details to us and our Experiences Director Sam Chambers, who was recently profiled in Vermont’s alternative weekly Seven Days. Sam has curated six summer and fall adventures to help you relax and explore our beautiful corner of Vermont.
We also encourage you to pursue self-guided adventures, including relaxing walks around Warren village. Sam will happily share tips about local gems and send you on your way.
Biking (road or mountain, from $175 for a two-hour adventure, plus rentals)
Whether you’re a casual cross biker, a road warrior or a mountain biking maven, we have some of the best biking in Vermont here in the Mad River Valley (naturally, we’re biased). Sam will guide you along our rural roads or on our extensive, and growing, network on mountain biking trails.
Hiking (from $260 for a three-hour adventure)
Sam will make sure that you’re properly prepared with the right footwear and safety gear and guide you to one of the many high points in the valley where you will get to experience Vermont from a birds-eye view. One of our favorite easy hikes is to Burnt Rock.
Fly Fishing (from $260 for lessons and a three-hour outing, plus rental equipment if needed)
Vermont is known for some of the best fly fishing in the eastern U.S. And Sam knows where the fish are. He’ll guide you to his favorite spots for some catch-and-release fun.
SUP (from $260 for a lesson and three-hour outing, plus rentals)
There are plenty of calm waters nearby, ideal for stand-up paddle boarding. Sam’s favorites include Blueberry Lake and Waterbury Reservoir.
Kayaking (from $260 plus rentals)
Vermont is a kayaking haven and the lower Mad River, near Moretown, is one of the best spots. Sam will arrange for rentals, transport you to the river, and then show you the way.
Icelandic Horse Riding (from $175 plus stable fees)
It’s Vermont not Iceland but believe it or not there is a long-established Icelandic horse farm right here in the valley. And trail-riding on a small Icelandic horse is a hoot, according to Sam.
For our more adventurous guests, we will gladly make arrangements for soaring above the Mad River Valley, for paragliding nearby, or for sailing on Lake Champlain. Reach out to a guest assistant about your ideal adventure, and we’ll do all we can to help you make it an experience to remember and treasure.