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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!

Pub at Mad River Barn Design by Joanne Palmisano

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.

Draft Beers at Mad River Barn Vermont

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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