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Valley Arts…Promoting, Encouraging and Sharing Particiation in the Arts

 

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For a small Valley, we have big dreams and in 1997, a group of folks got together and dreamed up The Vermont Festival of the Arts to share the work of local artists as well as encourage residents and visitors to participate in the arts. Well, it worked! And the Festival has grown immensely since then, and has been has been named one of the “Top Ten Summer Events in Vermont” by Vermont Chamber of Commerce, a top Vermont activity by Yankee Magazine, one of the top 100 attractions by American Business Association and, wait for it…Top 5 Summer Festivals by Travel and Leisure!

 

Last year's schedule of event for the Festival of the Arts

Last year’s schedule of event for the Festival of the Arts

 

But there is so much more to Valley Arts than their incredible August festival. In their newly renovated and expanded space, on Main Street, in Waitsfield, Vermont, they have gallery shows, discussions, presentations, workshops, and events!

For example, now showing at the Festival Galley are the amazing watercolors of Amanda Amend.

Amanda Amend's Watercolor Show at Festival Gallery in Waistfield

Amanda Amend’s Watercolor Show at Festival Gallery in Waitsfield.

There is a weaving class…

Rigid Heddle Weaving with Susan Nider

Rigid Heddle Weaving with Susan Nider

There is so much to see and do, and participate in through the Valley Arts, that this blog post doesn’t do it justice. So check out their CALENDAR of EVENTS. It’s just amazing in a small Vermont valley, we have such big talent, dedication and artistic love.

How lucky are we!

Our best,

Heather and Andrew

Ski Trail Names…Do They Do the Trails Justice?

So we’re finally ready to hit the slopes. The trails are open and more snow is on the way. So which trail to do we do first? Sometimes, we think we should go all out and hit a tough one, then other times…we think…let’s start slow.

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So we start checking out the trail map and see the names. It makes us wonder? What if they didn’t have the colored trail symbols next to the names? Would we feel like we understood the type of trail is was by the name?

So we started searching some trail names. We had to share a few:

  • Alta: Amen and the Devil’s Castle  (Making sure they have heaven and hell covered)
  • Jay Peak: Deliverance (Love it!)
  • Snowbird: Barry Barry Steep (That’s helpful)
  • Lake Louise: Ghastly! (Feel like we should have an English Pipe while traversing down this one)
  • Attitash: Idiot’s Option (That’s just daring us to go down it)
  • Sunday River: Agony (Thank you for the heads up)
  • Snowmass: AMF (We’re told it stands for Adios Mother F….)
  • Sugarbush: Ripcord, Rumble, Spillsville and the famous, Exterminator
  • Stowe: Lookout! (Need we say More)
  • Mad River Glen: Vixen (Believe it or not, this is a beginner trail…)
  • Snowbird: Steeper than Hell and Steeper than Shit (These leave no room for misinterpretation)
  • Whistler: Doom & Gloom (Someone needs a happy pill)
  • Breckenridge: Lower Psychopath & High Anxiety (Or a therapist…)
  • Aspen: Naked Lady (More info please…)
  • Mt. Snow: Jaws of Death (We think it’s named, just Jaws now…chickens)
  • Vail: Tourist Trap (Telling like it is for the beginner slope)
  • Sugarloaf: Widowmaker (See…that’s all it needs…one word to give us  full description)
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Photo Credit: Authentic Trail Signs

Now, you get our drift…snow drift that is! The point is…with these names, you know what type of trail it probably is and what you’re in for. Depending on the day (and our mood) we may be feeling a little like a “Slowpoke” or a “Lower Psychopath.”

If we’re ever leaders of the free world — our first rule of business would be to change all the names to reflect the type of trail it is. For example, if you looked at a trailhead that said, Breakfast Blend, you’d know it was a pretty easy trail. If it was Break-Up Alley, you’d know that was a rocky, steep and treacherous path. Right?!?

So think about some fun names while your heading up the lift…What would be your Blue Circles and Black Diamonds?

Until then,

We are heading ”OUT TO LUNCH.” (That’s an easy trail, just in case you didn’t know.)

Our best, Heather and Andrew

Christmas Week and Holiday Break

 

 

 

 

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Snowmaking happening up on the mountain. Colder weather coming soon!

Well, It’s officially here…Winter!

Today officially starts winter and we’re happy to say that we’re finally feeling it! This past weekend, it snowed but even better news was it was cold enough for the mountains to make snow. This week, during Christmas,  we’ll get a day or two of warmer weather but around the corner the cooler weather is coming to town!

As you know we are taking December 24 and 25th off to celebrate Christmas with our family and to give the Mad River Barn team a chance to be with their families as well. BUT THE DAY AFTER we’ll be well rested and ready for you!  The pub is already hopping and there are lots of fun things to do and see in the valley if you want to do more than ski!

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Of course, we’d love it if you came and hung out with us in the pub — or watch a game on the big TV or play a game–air hockey, shuffle board, and foosball, in the game room.

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Try one of our local beers on tap — or even better — the local chamber of commerce is listing some organized brew tours next week!  Visit some awesome breweries and let someone else do the driving!

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Teach your kids how to play cribbage. When do you get a chance to sit down and play a game? Cribbage rules here.

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Check out Andrew on the FAT BIKE. These conditions are perfect for this type of biking.

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Our friend Gabrielle, snowboarding on the slopes — taking advantage of the snowmaking days!

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Trail map for Shelburne Farms. In the winter, when the Inn at Shelburne Farms is closed, the trails are still open. They are free this time of year and you can bring a dog (on leash) which you can’t in the summer months. The trails and views are amazing, worth the drive.

First snow at The Inn at Shelburne Farms along Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont.

The Inn may be closed this time of year but the miles of trail systems are open! Enjoy!

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Joanne’s friend Sarah Lavoie took this amazing picture of Church Street in Burlington the other day. An evening out on the town would be another great outing!

The Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce has a large list of HAPPENINGS and EVENTS! Art Shows, Bands Playing, Tours, Workshops, Cooking Classes, Cookout and more! Don't miss out on the fun happening during the holiday week!

The Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce has a large list of HAPPENINGS and EVENTS! Art Shows, Bands Playing, Tours, Workshops, Cooking Classes, Cookout and more! Don’t miss out on the many things to do in and around the Mad River Valley and Sugarbush.

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Hope to see you during the Holiday Week and this coming winter!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season,

Our best, Heather and Andrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Holidays From Our Family to Yours!

We’re ready! The decorations are up (thanks Joanne) and we just had a very fun staff holiday party. We’re looking forward to having you visit us soon. We wanted to share some pics with you to help get you in the spirit to come visit us!

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Joanne always makes a mess :)– but we love her for it. Thanks Joanne for putting up the holiday décor this year.

 

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Joanne’s little holiday DIY — wrapping the Poinsettia plants. She cut the top part of the gold foil.

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Then she ripped craft paper and hot glued it to the foil.

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Then she wrapped in it twine.

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I’m sure it does not surprise you that she glued on a vintage plumbing handle — in keeping with the Mad River Barn motif.

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Here is our dear friend Joanne (the designer of the Inn, Pub and Restaurant) in her Mad River Barn attire — flannel shirt, jeans and her winter hat.

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Of course, the inn would not be complete without the lighted star. Andrew found a great place for it — you can see it from the road.

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Love the holiday vignettes around the inn–they are getting us in the spirit.

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Look how cozy the game room looks. It’s ready for you!

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Even the bar has some festive décor. We love it so much we may leave it up most of the winter (and no…it is not because we are too lazy to take it down… mostly, not because of that.)

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That’s right! Welcome!

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Let the party begin! Here’s Andrew with Jerry, our dear friend, and bartender of the year–no century — no millennium! Honestly, we don’t know what we would do without Jerry. Thank you!

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Sergjio, chef extraordinaire, Andrew and Jerry — getting the staff holiday party started!

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Yup! A gorgeously displayed platter or lobster tails — that’s right — lobster tails — Sergjio — went all out on this menu –nothing but the best for our staff.

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Sergjio really out did himself on all the food. This holiday Yule Log cake is amazing — I mean look at it — it looks like real bark!

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Andrew, our new sous chef, is putting out the oysters…Yup, oysters. (Don’t you want to work for us :))

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Then came the cheese platters…

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Then the charcuterie…

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Andrew helping put it all out.

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Heath, another amazing bartender and staff member with his lovely wife, Melissa.

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First fire of the year, and lots of great gift exchanges.

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The staff mingling. They’re getting to enjoy the pub tonight!

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You gotta love Will! He always has the best attitude and spirit. A great attribute for an amazing bartender.  And he is a lot of a fun at a party. Will… who’s jacket did you throw on? We think that is Heather’s, another amazing staff person.

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Gary, our all-around helper- lugging, hauling, building–you name it, with his lovely wife, Jean.

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Meredith, Jenny, and Adrienne — who won’t love being here with these fun gals. We’re so lucky to have them as part of the MRB team.

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Another course of food!?! Yes — homemade Ramen noodles — not your store bought ones we can tell you that. AMAZING!!  Sergjio, really, how lucky are we to have you as our chef!

 

This may be one of the last times we can relax before the busy winter season begins. Rachel, one of our amazing serves, our dear friend Tracy, myself, and Jess, another amazing staff person, all enjoying each other's company. What a lovely evening!

This may be one of the last times we can relax before the busy winter season begins. Here we are…Rachel, one of our amazing serves, our dear friend Tracy, myself, and Jess, another amazing staff person, enjoying each other’s company. What a lovely evening– celebrating with our MRB family! We hope you get to meet them all and see why we think we are the luckiest people around!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS…See you at the BARN soon!

Our Best, Heather and Andrew

Giving Thanks…Staff, Guests, and Gardens

We can’t believe another holiday is upon us.  The three years we’ve been in Vermont has flown by and we feel that you all have embraced us and made us part of your family. We are so grateful.  There are so many people we are thankful for and we hope that each and every one knows how much we appreciate them.

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As we take a break for Thanksgiving week, we wanted to say a thank you to Gary for building our tiered landscaping in front of the farmhouse and Inn.  The amount of work he has put into building all of these by hand–placing each stick, lifting every rock and moving all the dirt– is unbelievable. For years, Gary been helping us with many jobs and he’s part of the Mad River Barn family. Thank you Gary!

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We look forward to planting the blueberry plants, peas, flower and more, next spring but we wanted to share with you what the space looks like before the plantings went in. As with anything that’s great in our lives, it starts from the ground up and it requires a lot of hard work (okay that’s philosophical as we’ll get today).
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We cannot even begin to say how much we appreciate all the folks that are now part of our lives…regular guests, our staff, vendors and our communities in Waitsfield and Warren. Thank you all.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

From our Home…Mad River Barn, to Yours,

Heather and Andrew

 

 

 

November Already? Time to Start Working Out for Ski Season

It’s November!?!? Why didn’t anyone tell us! We cannot believe how fast time is flying by.  It’s almost time to get our skis on — we could be on the slopes as early as 3 weeks from now! Yikes!

We don’t know about you — be we haven’t done a single squat (unless you count, sitting down in front of the computer, or picking up the fries we dropped from our dinner plate). Otherwise — nada, nothing, a big fat zero– is how much we’ve prepared our bodies for skiing.

So here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to look up some of the best “get ready for skiing workouts” and pick 6 exercises we like (may not be the perfect ones but it will be the ones we are comfortable with doing).

Let’s start with the article — 3 weeks to Skiing — From Couch Potato to the Slopes. Hello! That’s us! Of course, after looking it over, it looks a little hard, so we’ll just pick one  from this. (Photo courtesy of article.)

1. The speed skater. Hardwood floor and socks — we have those!

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2. This article from the Daily Burn is… 5 exercises to Get Ski and Snowboard Ready! All of them look great but we like Supermans! Another exercise we can do on the living room floor. Our lower backs always seem to get neglected during ski season. Not this time!

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3. This article from the National Geographic — Preseason Ski Workout has two excerises we like. The ski squat and side lunges.  Let’s face it, it’s all about the quads and hamstrings. If these puppies are strong then they’ll protect our knees.  We’re going to start slow — maybe 10 on each leg and work our way up from there. (Drawings courtesy of same article.)

4. We also like the SIDE Lunges from the same article. Okay…let’s be clear, we don’t really like lunges… but we like this exercise for getting ready to  carve up the slopes.

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5. Skiing is like a sprinting sport — high bursts of cardio and strength. So we can’t avoid it… no matter how much we want to… but we have to do — Squat Jumps.  Here is pro skier Paula Moltzan showing us at Shape.com how it’s done. We’re going to start without weights and the moment we can actually get to 20 without stopping (or fainting), we’ll “consider” a small dumbbell or two.

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6. Hamstrings. It is another muscle that protects the knees.  Straight leg dead lifts are probably the ones we’ll stick with — something we can do in the living room and build up to using weights. This photo is courtesy of Women’s Health Magazine.

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OKAY! That’s our six… we won’t add stretching as a number — just do it! We also know there are lots more great exercises but we want to be realistic as well.

So start here. We’ll try and join you!

See you on the slopes!

Our Best,

Heather and Andrew

 

 

Mad River Barn T-shirt and Sweatshirts!

Mad River Barn T-shirts and Sweatshirts are now available!

Mad River Barn T-shirts and Sweatshirts are now available!

It was 39 degrees when we woke up today–sweater and sweatshirt weather! And what better way to celebrate than with our very own Mad River Barn T-shirts and Sweatshirts–just in time for the cooler weather and the holiday season (shameless, we know).

Sweatshirt has printing on the front only. Soft, soft, soft...gray color.

Sweatshirt has printing on the front only. Soft, soft, soft…gray color.

 

T-shirt has M.R.B. on the front and Mad River Barn, Vermont on the back. Great vintage style gray.

T-shirt has M.R.B. on the front and Mad River Barn, Vermont on the back. Great vintage style gray.

The back of the T-shirt!

The back of the T-shirt!

The Unisex T-shirts are only $20 each and Sweatshirts are $40 each. Sizes — small, medium, large, xlarge, and xxlarge. We have limited sizes of each — so call and make sure we have your size, or come in and try one on.

We know… you guys are saying…finally! It took us a little bit but we have finally managed to get a few made. We are not selling them online (yet).  It took us a year to finally make it happen — it will take us a little bit to manage to sell them online. But you can walk into the Inn and grab them. Can’t manage to come in, then we can send you one the old fashion way — by mail. Just give us a call to make sure we have your size and then send us a check (add $6 for shipping)  and we’ll mail them to you!

How much fun it will be to see you wearing our t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Our best,

Heather and Andrew Lynds

 

 

 

 

Boston and Cape Cod Modern Wedding and Portrait Photography

A Magical Vermont Wedding at the Mad River Barn

 

Nikki and Eric were a joy to work with. Their family and friends were fun and laid back...and ever detail was simple and stunning, including have photography taken down by our stream. All photography is by Todd Wilson, photographer extraordinaire.

Nikki and Eric were a joy to work with. Their family and friends were fun and laid back…and ever detail was simple and stunning, including have photography taken down by our stream. All photography is by Todd Wilson, photographer extraordinaire.

We love the Mad River Barn…it’s true…but when we can host a wedding that truly is the essence of everything Vermont…than it becomes more than a place we live at and love… but a magical location where family and friends create memories that will last a lifetime.

And that’s what happened at Nikki and Eric’s wedding this summer here at the Inn.  We can’t even begin to describe all the amazing details, so we will show you through the eyes of their incredible photographer, Todd Wilson Photography and the words of the lovely couple themselves (at the end of the pictures).

Thank you for sharing your special day with us and allowing us to share it with those who dream of their own Vermont wedding.

Ours, Heather and Andrew 

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We love the fact that Nikki and Eric incorporated lots of the Inn itself in their wedding preparations… including this gorgeous shot of the dress on our sign.

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Getting ready in one of Inn’s rooms. We were so happy that most of their friends and family stayed with us for over four days, allowing them to really spend some quality time together.

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Photo opportunities abound in the Mad River Valley, Waitsfield, Warren area…including a historic covered bridge…

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Group shots down by the stream next to our inn… does it get any better?

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Ohhh… We see that it does get better. Having fun in Sunglasses….

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The creativity of this wedding astounded us…there were enough DIY Craft wedding projects to fill a book. And so tastefully done. Simple, Vermont, Country, Elegant…these are all the words that describe how Nikki, Eric and their family created their romantic gorgeous tent wedding in our backyard.

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Birch Logs sliced for name cards for place setting…

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Painted terra cottage pots as center pieces…

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Family and friend pictures clipped onto a cloths line — okay this was our favorite!!! Clever you guys!!

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Even a “leave your fingerprint” family and friend tree — that they will frame as artwork.

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Put it all together and WOW!

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Our backyard is so large that they even put out some lawn games for all to enjoy!

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Of course, a Vermont wedding is not complete without some famous Vermont beers and ciders… Heady Topper… Citizen Cider… these guys really know how to throw a party! Since we already have a great bar and some amazing bartenders, we’re able to make life easier for the wedding party by serving the wine, beer and alcohol.

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Vermont’s summers and falls are pretty amazing…and this day did not disappoint. Let the games begin.

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We loved the fact that not only did Nikki and Eric have their wedding reception on our back lawn but they also had the ceremony there as well. No need to drive from place to place. Chairs were set up outside and it was lovely, no-stress, ceremony… Perfect for Vermont!

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We’re so happy that our outdoor bar that we had made out of reclaimed wood got some fun use… It looks so pretty!

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Look at that picture! Stunning…Love the streamers they hung from the trees… it gives an amazing backdrop to their outdoor wedding ceremony.

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Lovely…

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More great pictures in our very own backyard… They really took advantage of all the spaces we have. That made us so happy!

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Wooden Spoon Catering did an amazing job with the food and their displays.

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Happy Times had by all…

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Okay… love the decoration this cake…wood circles with letters…you can’t help but say….Ahhhhh….

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Time to turn on the lights…no one wanted to stop dancing, everyone was having so much fun.

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We’re happy they took advantage of our fire pit and made some S’mores…This is such a great picture of Eric and Nikki — it really shows how fun they are and how in love they are.

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The stars decided to come to the wedding as well. Todd Wilson captured the wedding at night beautifully.

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It is hard to find words to describe this picture and this weekend filled with fun and laughter. All we can say is thank you Nikki and Eric for making Mad River Barn a part of the most special day (and days) of your lives.  And for the kind words below…

Dear Heather and Andrew,

Eric and I just got back from 2 weeks of honeymooning and celebrating our wedding and I am still in awe of how amazing the entire weekend was.  Thank you so much for all the help in coordinating 200 people over the course of the weekend. I have heard nothing but rave reviews of the entire event and how awesome the two of you were, and really we couldn’t agree more!
We wanted a wedding where our friends and family could spend a weekend together and share our love of Vermont and the mountains and just being outside as well as have a central location to meet up and the MRB was so perfect for everything. 
The wedding itself was unbelievable, of course we are bias, but it was the best night of our lives for sure. Between the awesome dance party, standing in the river in our wedding outfits, late night fire pit, amazing food and beer, lawn games, star gazing and fresh air (dancing on the bar late at night?) the day was everything we ever imagined and more.
Many people wish they could do relive their wedding days, but we both agree that the whole 4 days we were up there could not have been any better and there is no way we could ever repeat that weekend.  We are so very content and grateful for everyone who helped make our wedding unforgettable.
So thank you thank you thank you for everything!  
 
We will be seeing you this winter for sure!
Nikki & Eric
Thank you again Nikki and Eric and Todd Wilson Photography for the use of your photographs.

A Guide to Fall Foliage…a leafy education

Does it get any prettier? Vermont in the fall — one of your must visit bucket list places. Photo Credit: https://lightcentric.wordpress.com

We can’t believe we’re already starting to see changes in the leaves…it’s around the corner…FALL that is! Personally, it’s one of our favorite seasons in Vermont, especially here in the Mad River Valley. Some of the best fall foliage drives are right in our back yard — the drive over the gap, Route 100, even just our back country roads, are perfect for viewing the changing of the season.

We feel that while you’re driving around, it’d be great to enjoy the view and look really smart while your doing it. So here is a little info about the leaves…Vermont trees and the changing of seasons…

Deciduous tree on your left…conifer tree on your right. Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org

There are more than fifty species of trees in Vermont, split into two groups — coniferous trees (evergreens, like your pine trees) and deciduous (broad leaf trees that lose their leaves in the fall).  See, knowing that you already look cooler!

It’s the deciduous trees (these are also hardwood trees) that get all the attention in the fall. These trees make Vermont look like a ROCK STAR! Combined with pops of deep green evergreens (that’s right…conifers…you’re getting it…) are what picture perfect postcards are made of.

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See the variety of colors…depending on the weather…will change the reds but not the yellows…Photo Credit: sawig.wordpress.com

The most common deciduous trees in Vermont are Sugar Maples, Beech and Yellow Birch.  The Sugar Maple is Vermont’s state tree (of course, it is!). There is also oak, white birch, ash…we could go on and on.

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Study this chart and when you are walking through the woods, you can point out the different trees — again…how cool will you be? Photo Credit: L.L. Bean

The color changes are caused by chlorophyll (green), carotenoid (yellow, orange and brown) and anthocyanin (red). Basically, in the fall, the trees stop producing chlorophyll, so they stop being green and their other colors (the carotenoid that is already in the leaves) shows through. The trees that turn to red leaves, get anthocyanin (which is like a knight in shining armor)– it protects them before they fall, so the tree is ready for next spring. The temperature, rain fall and cloud coverage, all effect the red colors but the other colors (yellows, oranges, browns) remain mostly consistent, since the carotenoid is already in the leaves. That is very general, and of course, there are some tweaks to those rules, but that’s the basic principal of the changing of the leaves.  That’s all we are going to say about that  — any more technical and you’ll need a cheat sheet while you drive.

The famous red leave of a fall Maple tree.Photo credit: Bombay Outdoors.

The benefits of the fall are too numerous to mention, but we’ll throw out a few reasons… cooler weather (humidity drops), less bugs, the colors of the leaves, stunning vistas, getting to wear a sweater that goes great with new jeans…

Fall foliage drives and tours around Vermont are famous around the world.  We hope your drive, hike, bike trip, motorcycle adventure, brings you to us this fall for a goodnight sleep, a glass of wine on our deck overlooking our spectacular mountainside backyard, a cold beer by the fire, a hike in the woods, or dinner in our cozy restaurant with our fall menu.

Hope your ready for fall foliage in Vermont. We are! :)

Our Best, Heather and Andrew

 

 

We are so happy how are gardens are looking -- what till you see the raised beds of veggies and herbs -- OHHH!!!

Summer Road Trip…Last Minute Getaways to Vermont

 

We are so happy how are gardens are looking -- what till you see the raised beds of veggies and herbs -- OHHH!!!

We are so happy how our gardens are looking — wait till you see the raised beds of veggies and herbs — OHHH!!!

ROAD TRIP! Vermont HERE WE COME!

If you’re anything like us, when August hits, we start thinking about all the last minute things we want to do in the summer before school starts up.  (And no, it is not school shopping — who created that marketing frenzy anyway?) It’s last minute getaways and road trips. Where can we go to get away and enjoy the last weeks of summer? Vermont, of course! Mad River Valley to be exact…

Summer is a great time to visit us because, unlike winter, were we get people booking a year in advance, we are more likely to have a room available for last minute getaways — so check our availability…we think you’ll be shutting down the office early on Friday afternoon and jumping in the car.

Come and have dinner or a drink in the pub -- enjoy the deck or hang out and have some fun in the game room.

Come and have dinner or a drink in the pub — enjoy the deck or hang out and have some fun in the game room.

Come for a swim in the famous  Lareau swimming hole. It’s great for families with deep ponds, gentle rapids and a place for picnics on the edge. You can be more energetic and go for a hike just a mile or so up the road at the top of the Appalachian Gap– you can go do General Stark Mountain (or just enjoy the amazing view). Some folks even bike this route –impressive!

Or, like family from Denmark who is visiting now, just heading out for day trips to enjoy the sites and scenes of Vermont, to come back in the afternoon to relax and enjoy the Inn, backyard and deck.

Less than an hour away is the historic, amazing, totally fab, Shelburne Farms. Walk their trails, visit their farm, watch cheese making.. see the chicken parade... so much to do there.

Less than an hour away is the historic, amazing, totally fab, Shelburne Farms. Walk their trails, visit their farm, watch cheese making.. see the chicken parade… so much to do there.

It really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you enjoy the rest of your summer and get away with your family and create memories to last a lifetime.

Whether you want to just hang out or be adventurous, use Mad River Barn as you base. Our historic, newly renovated inn will be here waiting for you.

Whether you want to just hang out or be adventurous, use Mad River Barn as you base. Our historic, newly renovated inn will be here waiting for you.

Sometimes, it is just grabbing a good book and heading out to relax and unwind. We have some more newly renovated rooms, the Longhouse…that we think you’ll love.

Our newly renovated Longhouse rooms, 2 of them can sleep 6 people and 2 of them can sleep 4. All rooms have AC, televisions and small refrigerators.

Our newly renovated Longhouse rooms, 2 of them can sleep 6 people and 2 of them can sleep 4. All of these rooms have AC, televisions and small refrigerators.

Whether you’re getting away for a night or 3, we are just a hop, skip and a jump away from Burlington, Boston, New York and Montreal!  So grab the kids and jump in the car and yell…”Road Trip!”

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Hang out in the pub and plan your next adventure!

We hope we’ll be seeing you in August! Here’s an easy way to check out our room status. Just look for the green check marks :)

Our Best, Heather and Andrew