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….

Boston and Cape Cod Modern Wedding and Portrait Photography

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…

Boston and Cape Cod Modern Wedding and Portrait Photography

Painted terra cottage pots as center pieces…

Boston and Cape Cod Modern Wedding and Portrait Photography

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!

Boston and Cape Cod Modern Wedding and Portrait Photography

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.

Boston and Cape Cod Modern Wedding and Portrait Photography

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!

Boston and Cape Cod Modern Wedding and Portrait Photography

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.

Boston and Cape Cod Modern Wedding and Portrait Photography

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

 

 

Ohhh…the people you meet.

Obviously the best part about owning an inn are the amazing people you meet.

First off, the type of folks who stay at Inns are already sociable and fun because they know that most of the time, an Inn  is owned by a family and it’s their home as well.  Plus, most of the time at an Inn or B&B, breakfast is served in a room you can say hello to other guests.

With the added bonus of a bar, pub, restaurant and game room, we really get to mingle with our guests and have met some amazing people… gardeners, chefs, musicians, talented skiers and snowboarders, television producers, sports stars, authors, staff for the President,  even rock stars (in their own minds, of course, but we like that positive attitude). You get the point…Some really friendly folks! (No whiners here…well…one or two but we can usually shake it out of them by the end of the evening.)

So I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that we enjoyed having a film crew with us this week. They were working on a project in Vermont and picked Mad River Barn as their home away from home (and possibly filming some here.) We can’t tell you who they are filming for — but as soon as it’s okay too — we’ll let you know!

But we can be social and say thanks Dave, Emily, Brian and Buddy for visiting! It’s been fun. Come back soon.

Our best, Heather and Andrew

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The Longhouse Rooms Design Revealed…

We hope that you guys get just as excited about all the fun and unique design work that goes into our spaces as we do. So we thought it only fitting to give you a detailed “report” of all the fun things that are incorporated into the new Longhouse rooms (formally known as the Annex Rooms).  The recycling, repurposing and reclaimed materials abound… Big huge thank you to Susan Teare for taking some amazing pictures and to Joanne Palmisano, the designer of the project.

Ta Da! The longhouse rooms! In each picture we will reveal a little Salvage Secret about them spaces. Here we'll tell you a little about the side tables. They are made from recycled 2 x4's and plywood. Painted red and then Joanne picked up some scrap pieces of stone at a stone shop and had them cut to fit the tops. The reclaimed wood sliding barn doors separate the bunk areas (this room has 4 bunk beds).

Ta Da! The longhouse rooms! In each picture we will reveal a little Salvage Secret about the spaces. Here we’ll tell you a little about the side tables. They are made from recycled 2 x4′s and plywood. Painted red and then Joanne picked up some scrap pieces of stone at a stone shop and had them cut to fit the tops. The reclaimed wood sliding barn doors separate the bunk areas (this room has 4 bunk beds).

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Where to begin! Let’s start with the vanity. Joanne picked up some reclaimed 2 x 4′s at the Rebuild Center on Pine Street in Burlington. They are from an older building because they are actually true 2×4′s :). Then she designed the look she wanted and asked Brett Bundock, a friend, neighbor and carpenter, to build them (he did all our farmhouse tables at the Inn). Then Joanne did a fun painting technique on them and we polyed the top like crazy. Dropped in a sink and voila — very fun and unique vanity made from recycled materials. Then Joanne had Conant Metal and Light turn the turkey feeders she picked up in Nashville at the Country Living Fair into pendant lights! The subway tile, birch log shower curtain, oversized mirror from Portland Glass, and ceramic wood looking floors, round out the space. The reclaimed wood hooks, reflected in the mirror come in handy and we can never seem to put enough of them up :) And of course, the vintage maple bucket, Joanne picked up at Champlain Valley Antiques, is like the exclamation point on this fun bathroom!

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So here is L2! Each room is slightly different in configuration and number of beds but the look and feel is the same in all the them. Let’s start on the bottom and work our way up. The carpet tiles are made by a company called FLOR. They are made from recycled carpet fibers! We love the pattern and look and the eco friendliness about it. The platform beds are made from plywood (painted red) and reclaimed beams from our first major renovation project.The spread across the bottom of the bed are called Kantha Throws–which is a type of embroidery popular in East South Asia were old saris are stacked on each other and hand stitched to make a thin piece of cushion. Not only are we thrilled about the recycling part but the more important part of the story of these throws, from ShopDignify, are made by women who once were previously living on the street, or working in sex work (often these go hand in hand), or in a vulnerable situation at risk of such. The four throws in these rooms account for one month’s worth of work for these women. (Together we can make small steps to big changes).

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Two of the four renovated rooms have four (4) bunk beds. So those traveling with six people — these two rooms are perfect for you guys! The curtain rod is made from old piping.

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More about the rooms. As you can see, there are TV’s in them! But even cooler than that are the reclaimed barn wood walls that serve as the headboards. Sanded and sealed, they gorgeous pieces of wood! And on each of the side tables are table lamps made from old pieces of floor lamps and other scrap metal parts.

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More hooks on reclaimed wood…

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Two of the rooms come with one set of bunk beds. These rooms are perfect for 4 people. Not to mention the custom made barn door sliders made from the reclaimed wood from the old barn. These doors give everyone a little privacy. Also — the rooms have mini-refrigerators as well.

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Giving the televisions a little more character with some reclaimed barn wood.

 

There's more??!!!??? Yes. The artwork on the walls, Joanne made from scraps of wood from the project and black and white pictures.

There’s more??!!!??? Yes. The artwork on the walls, Joanne made from scraps of wood from the project and black and white pictures. And the small tables have custom made tops from the old barn wood that used to be on the exterior of the Inn. They are wrapped in metal from Metal Works and then we gave them a two-part epoxy.

You can't miss which room is your's when you entrance the Longhouse...We also have shelving made from reclaimed wood for your ski boots and the ceiling is decorated with vintage Douglas fir flooring. Joanne made the sign...just a little reminder :)

You can’t miss which room is your’s when you entrance the Longhouse…We also have shelving made from reclaimed wood for your ski boots and the ceiling is decorated with vintage Douglas fir flooring. Joanne made the sign…just a little reminder :)

Enjoy our newly renovated rooms!

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

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

 

 

 

The Home Stretch… Annex Renovations

Six more days…that’s all we have to finish it up. Yikes…maybe we shouldn’t have written that number out — now we’re a little stressed.  Oh well, we can do it! It’s really coming together. We can’t wait to reveal the four newly renovated rooms in the Annex…soon to be called the Longhouse.

Here is some more progress shots for you to enjoy.

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Here is Brett nailing the reclaimed wood headboards onto the wall, with direction from Joanne who is taking the picture.

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Brett’s waiting for Joanne to get the boards in place where she wants them. We are excited to see the end result.

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Putting the pieces together. Soon the unveiling!

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The painters, toasting to job well done! Francis, owner of Vermont Pro, and his crew, Greg, Andrew and Tyler, are rocking it!

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Yup Greg… it looks like you picked the right spot…

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Floor is in in the hallway…

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Paints done…now here come the decorative lights Joanne picked out for these windows.

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More built-in bunks for the upstairs rooms which have second rooms…these work well for families and friends traveling together.

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More coats of Polyurethane to keep the tops nice.

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The tile in the shower is done! All the way up on these guys!

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Custom made table lamps from old floor lamp parts, made by Conant Metal and Light… can wait to see all the different bedside lights we get.

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Joanne’s painting technique for the vanity tops. Recipe is reclaimed 2×4′s, some stain, some cream paint, some black paint and a whole lot of little bit here, a little bit there… sanding… a little bit here, a little bit there….

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Our crazy designer and friend, Joanne Palmisano (pretending to work the nail gun). She did a fair amount of the chop saw cutting…but she hates the sound of the nail gun, so she let Brett work that part. She is a truly a hands-on designer.

Final pieces coming… amazing recycled Sari throw blankets, recycled wood blanket decorative pillows, custom made end tables from recycled wood and stone… and decorative lighting made from recycled chicken feeders…

The final rush will be Monday… then fluffing pillows on Tuesday, ready for guests by Wednesday!

Huge shout out to Joe and Greg, our family from the mid-west, who came here to do all the construction of the renovation. This would not be happening without them! Thank you guys!!! You are the best!

Can’t wait!

Our best, Heather and Andrew