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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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Photo Courtesy of the Daily Burn

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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Photo Courtsey of Shape.com

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

 

 

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.

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

 

 

 

Almost there…Annex Renovations at Mad River Barn

We’re getting excited because the four rooms we are renovating in the Annex building (soon to be called the Longhouse) are coming together.  These parts are so important, making sure the place is insulated well, waterproofed, electricity in the right spots, energy efficient, and all that fun stuff…even though it is the design work in the end that gets all the credit.

The new annex rooms not only have plenty of space for you and your family (sleeping from 4 to six people) but these rooms will have televisions in them. Small luxury for those who are not staying in the barn building. Again, four of the eight rooms will be done…next year…the rest of the building.

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Exciting right! Insulation between the rooms. Those who have stayed in these rooms will totally appreciate this extra effort.

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Getting the stairs prepared for sheetrock after the soundproofing is done.

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There is always something to discuss…the details are too numerous to count. Thank goodness we are experts now — after the barn, this is easie-peasie. (Maybe we should not jinx ourselves…but it is a bit smaller of a project.)

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The tiny pieces of wood that we can’t use (according to Joanne that would be about 1 inch by 1/2 inch) we put to good use with some chocolate, graham crackers and a bunch of warm marshmallows!

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Joanne has a plan for these pieces of scrap stone she got at Burlington Marble & Granite! Nothing goes to waste with her!

 

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This is the hard part…paints change colors, depending on the wall, angle of light, time of day…Joanne tells us picking paint colors is the hardest part of her job. Phew…thank goodness that’s not our problem :) She has picked some! Yippee, painting starts today!

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Just getting the tile into the first bathroom. LOVE this old wood tile look… We are soooo excited!

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The stairs are sheet rocked and primed — Look how happy Gizmo is about this…See…he can barely contain himself.

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Joanne asked Brett to make the vanities again…He is happy about it (even though he looks so serious in this picture). Here he is in his garage working away. Everyone loves the reclaimed wood farmhouse tables he made for the restaurant, the pub tables and the bathroom vanities made from our reclaimed wood and metal. We kinda know what Joanne’s design is for the Annex vanities but we are not exactly sure. We know Joanne is having him use wood from our renovation (see the tops) and reclaimed dimensional lumber–that’s good enough for us. He is also making the end tables… We should see these puppies by the end of next week. Not sure we can wait that long — so excited!

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For those who don’t get excited about primer, sheetrock and insulation…you will love our new container gardens! Filled with herbs, tomatoes…and much more for the chef, for the restaurant. We stuck a few things in for ourselves as well. We’ve made a path for all our gardening guests to enjoy these beauties.

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We had to show you the pile of our vintage, reclaimed wood left over from the barn project and from the Annex building. We spent the weekend organizing it all. Now, if the rest of our lives could be so organized… Can’t wait till these pieces of red painted barn wood become round tables for the rooms!

We hope, when you are planning your spring breaks, summer vacations, fall foliage tours or winter ski trips, that you’ll come stay, eat and be merry with us at Mad River Barn.

That’s it for now… less than 30 days! The count down begins…better book your room now :)

Our best, Heather and Andrew