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

I cut the white edges off the paper and then using a safecoat decoupage mixture I layered under the print and then across the top of it (that is why you don't want to use a real photo).

Vintage Sign DIY Mad River Barn Guest Rooms

We are thrilled to say today’s blog post will be a guest post from our very own designer, Joanne Palmisano. If you’ve been to Mad River Barn and stayed in our rooms or even eaten at the pub or restaurant, you know that Joanne has some very fun DIY projects throughout the building. We have her picture and her books (Salvage Secrets and Salvage Secrets Design & Décor) on the front desk counter because frankly, we are so tired of answering questions about the designer of our project (no offense Joanne).  Here’s one of her DIY’s that we thought you’d enjoy making yourself!  So take it away Joanne…

Hi EVERYONE!  How much fun do I have getting to design for Heather and Andrew Lynds. Not only do they let me go crazy with the rustic industrial theme that they wanted for the barn, but they are so great to be around. (Of course, it took a little while to understand Andy’s dry sense of humor, but once I got it… :)  And Heather’s laugh is contagious!) 

As you can see by the Inn’s décor, we use a lot of salvaged and recycled material. I’m thrilled that the builders and artisans were willing (and even excited) to work with the material. Many of the items we had built by local artisans and companies (keep it local!) and many I made myself. Most of the signs, artwork and pillows, you see at the inn, I made — truly a hands on designer.

This vintage-inspired sign, I’m about to show you — is not only easy — but really budget friendly.  I picked up the old kitchen cabinet doors at the ReSource Center, Pine Street, Burlington, for $5.00 each.

These are the cabinet doors I picked up. Usually you can get them for about $5-10 doors. I like to use the flat panel ones. I make sure to leave any hardware with the Rebuild center so they can resell them.

These are the cabinet doors I picked up. Usually you can get them for about $5-10 a door. I like to use the flat panel ones.  Make sure to leave any hardware with the Rebuild center so they can resell them.

I happen to know that the top coat of paint on these doors do not contain lead, but if they did, I would follow the lead guidelines when sanding. I wanted them to have a vintage look so I sanded them slightly to let the other colors and original wood peek through.

 I wanted them to have a vintage look so I sanded them slightly to let the other colors and original wood peek through. I knew this paint did not contain lead, but if they did I would follow the lead law guidelines when sanding and finishing — you can find them online.

 

I took this picture while walking through Shelburne Farms. Then I changed the color setting to give it more of a vintage look. Cut and paste it into a word document and printed it on regular recycled white paper.

I took this picture while walking through Shelburne Farms. Then I changed the color setting to give it more of a vintage look. Just cut and paste it into a word document and printed it on regular recycled white paper.

I cut the white edges off the paper and then using a safecoat decoupage mixture I layered under the print and then across the top of it (that is why you don't want to use a real photo).

I cut the white edges off the paper and then using Safecoat AcriGlaze matte finish, I layered under the print and then across the top of it (that is why you don’t want to use a real photo).

Make sure to get all the bubbles out from underneath the picture and cover the whole thing, especially the edges with the Safecoat.

Make sure to get all the bubbles out from underneath the picture and cover the whole thing, especially the edges with the Safecoat. (You can also use regular decoupage glue.)

Once the print was dry, I then laid out my letter stencils (and if you know me, I didn't measure a thing). I wanted them to have a random look to them. Just make sure they are pretty well spaced from side to side and don't leave too much space between the letters or it won't look like a word.

Once the print was dry, I then laid out my letter stencils (and if you know me, I didn’t measure a thing). I wanted them to have a random look to them. Just make sure they are pretty well spaced from side to side and don’t leave too much space between the letters or it won’t look like a word.

Using my friend, Cari Cucksey's, paint line, Repurpose Chroma*Color Paint, in the Cast Iron Metal Black finish...Thanks Cari!

For paint color, I used my friend, Cari Cucksey’s, paint line, Repurpose Chroma*Color Paint, in the Cast Iron Metal Black finish…Thanks Cari!

You can use painters tape to hold the letters still, but I've done this so many times, I just use my fingers to hold it down while I dab some paint onto the stencil. Don't go too heavy with the paint or it will bleed under the stencil.

You can use painters tape to hold the letters still, but I’ve done this so many times, I just use my fingers to hold it down while I dab some paint onto the stencil. Don’t go too heavy with the paint or it will bleed under the stencil.

 

Okay...no just let the paint dry. La, la, la....Okay...now, fast forward...

Now just let the paint dry. La, la, la….Okay…now, fast forward…

Now bring the whole thing outside and spray or paint with a shellac or poly. I usually use shellac but was out of it, so I used a polyurethane. Either works great. I always seal my work, it keeps dust down and makes it easier to clean and if there was lead paint concerns, it is a must.

Now bring the whole thing outside and spray or paint with a shellac or poly. I usually use shellac but was out of it, so I used a polyurethane. Either works great. I always seal my work, it keeps dust down and makes it easier to clean and if there was lead paint concerns, it is a must. If I’m spraying or painting sealer on, I’ll do three light coats.  Let dry completely between coats.

The signs are done. Now they just need to be hung up in the Longhouse entrance way.  Of course, if any of you know me, I usually make my trips up to Mad River Barn around breakfast time or dinner time. Coincidence...maybe...

The signs are done. Now they just need to be hung up in the Longhouse entrance way. Of course,  I usually make my trips up to Mad River Barn around breakfast time or dinner time. Coincidence…maybe…

 

Thanks Joanne for doing the guest blog post.  Hey…maybe this winter we’ll do a Make Your Own Sign event. Anyone interested? Email us madriverbarn@madriver.com. :)  I’m sure there will be cocktails involved as well.

Signing…off… (again…couldn’t help ourselves)

Our Best, Heather and Andrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rehearsal Dinner Ideas…Vermont Style

As the weekend approaches, we’re getting ready for another amazing Rehearsal Dinner here at the barn. We’re having so much fun watching these couples and their family and friends enjoy time together– it really is special to be a part of their big moment.  And of course, the wedding gets all the credit, but we find the rehearsal dinners to really special because everyone is relaxed and excited in anticipation of the big day ahead.

Of course, decorating for rehearsal dinners can remain simple, no need to stress out about them. Here at the barn, the restaurant is so interesting in the décor, that couples only need to bring a couple vases of flowers and they’re done.

Here are some easy ideas to give your Rehearsal dinner a little Vermont style. Here are some interesting things we’ve seen and have done for our guests. Maybe you can add an idea or two to your rehearsal dinner to make it just as memorable (alright all most as memorable) as the wedding itself.

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This idea is so Vermont — but instead of a flower, you can get some vellum paper and decoupage on, a personalized thank you to your guests, or the shape of the state of Vermont or a picture of the two of you, and let them bring them home as memento coasters…

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We love that our guests think to use our Mad River Barn sign in the lobby as their postcard for the SAVE THE DATE card. We are honored!

postcard for a save the date event at Mad River Barn

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Love this idea! We made this board for our guests who wanted something besides the wine that was being served… if you want to allow your guests to get beer or soda, they just bring the button chip to the bar. Once you run out of buttons, then open bar ends :)

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If you’re rehearsal dinner group is small enough, you can enjoy a fit pit S’more evening together behind the inn.

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One of our signature pieces in our bar and game room are the tins filled with trival pursuit cards. How fun to make your own personalized rehearsal dinner cards. Another way to get folks having fun and interacting (not to mention learning something new about the couple). This wedding planning site has 10 great ideas for rehearsal dinners.

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Love these chalkboard cards. They remind us of our chalkboard wall in the lobby and around the bar and pub areas. Check out this Etsy shop that can make them for you.

 

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Our designer for the Mad River Barn, Joanne Palmisano, makes lots of fun projects for DIY NETWORK. These recycled glass jars are now filled with tiny evergreen trees that not only decorate the tables but you can give them to your guests to bring home and plant in your honor. Clever Joanne!

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Mad River Barn Inn Wool Blanket Pillow DIY

Our dining room can seat up to 84 people but we recommend no more than 60 people to be truly comfortable and have space to move around. And, of course, our chef will work with you, to create a menu that works best for your lovely evening. Not to mention we have some amazing rooms for you and your guests to stay in to continue to enjoy your time together.

We hope you will look at our special events page on our website, www.madriverbarn.com and our Rehearsal dinner page as well. We have been told that the Mad River Barn is one of the best places to have a rehearsal dinner in the Mad River Valley and Sugarbush area. But we encourage you to contact some of our references, and get their insight and not just take our word for it.  :)

Thanks again for considering the Mad River Barn for your special event, we feel honored to be considered as the location for one of the biggest moments in your life.

Our best, Heather and Andrew

madriverbarn@madriver.com

 

 

Add a dash of recycled wood and stone end tables, a pinch of custom made table lamps by Conant Metal and Light, a wall of reclaimed wood, two custom made pillows by Joanne and her daughter and the recipe is complete!

Introducing the Longhouse at Mad River Barn

Well…we did it! Rooms 1-4 of the once Annex, now called the Longhouse, are now open.  Four rooms…who would’ve “thunk” it would be so much work! But the entire infrastructure of the building had to be redone and basically brought down to the studs. There are so many people we need to thank for going the extra mile — really! BIG HUGE THANK YOU!

Now with all the comforts of a modern home, great lighting, ac and heating, updated plumbing, you will enjoy a comfortable night’s stay in these updated rooms, that still have the look and feel of Mad River Barn, past and present.

So without further ado… we’ll give you a quick recap of the final week and results. Soon we’ll have some professional pictures taken by Susan Teare, to give you the full effect, but for now, enjoy Joanne’s, our designer’s, iphone pictures.

believe it our not, this is how the rooms looked two days before opening! Everyone was burning the midnight oil!

Believe it our not, this is how the rooms looked two days before opening! Everyone was burning the midnight oil!

Then suddenly, it all started to come together. Joanne and Ethan, our son, put up Joanne's scrap wood artwork.

Then suddenly, it all started to come together. Joanne and Ethan, our son, put up Joanne’s scrap wood artwork.

The bed's were being brought in and made.  The platforms where built from the old beams from the farmhouse, with notched in red dimensional lumber.

The bed’s were being brought in and made. The platforms, built from the old beams from the farmhouse, fit perfectly up against the old barn wood walls. The quilts at the bottom of the bed are from the company Dignify. They are hand-stitched in Bangladesh from six layers of reclaimed sari cloth. The women who make them were previously living on the street, or working in sex work, or in a vulnerable situation at risk of such. Good design, good causes… win, win…

Reclaimed barn wood was once again used to create hooks for the bathrooms and bedrooms. Dang... we love these hooks and so do our guests!

Reclaimed barn wood was once again used to create hooks for the bathrooms and bedrooms. Dang… we love these hooks and so do our guests! Fun shower curtains Joanne picked out…

The custom made barn doors that separate the queen bed room from the two bunk rooms, is up and ready... so are the numbers on the doors... you can't miss which room is yours!

The custom made barn doors that separate the queen bed area from the two bed bunk rooms, are up and ready… so are the numbers on the doors… you can’t miss which room is yours!

 

Add a dash of recycled wood and stone end tables, a pinch of custom made table lamps by Conant Metal and Light, a wall of reclaimed wood, two custom made pillows by Joanne and her daughter and the recipe is complete!

Add a dash of recycled wood and stone end tables, a pinch of custom made table lamps by Conant Metal and Light, two custom made pillows by Joanne and her daughter and the recipe is complete!

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We can’t wait till you come and see these rooms for yourself…besides the great decor and amazingly comfortable beds, they also have televisions and mini refrigerators.  We can’t wait to personally introduce you to the Longhouse rooms.

Our Best, Heather and Andrew