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Get Crafty at the 2015 Mad River Valley Craft Fair!

August 21, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Craft Fair 2015Attention fans of spectacle, entertainment, and hand-made, one-of-a-kind goods: the 45th annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair is just weeks away – Labor Day Weekend, September 5th and 6th, 2015!

Too often the term “craft fair” conjures up visions of yarn and noodles glued to construction paper, lumpy clay ashtrays, and uneven, hairy macrame plant hangers – well, you can let that image fade from your mind when you consider the Mad River Valley Craft Fair. This is no middle-school event but, rather an extension of the Vermont Festival of the Arts and all that implies.

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A Taste of Summer at the Sugarbush Food and Wine Sampler

August 3, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Sugarbush Food and Wine SamplerCelebrate summer with a professionally paired wine tasting in Vermont’s Mad River Valley at the Sugarbush Food and Wine Sampler, August 22nd, 2015!

One of the largest ski resorts in New England, the Mad River Valley’s Sugarbush Resort encompasses more than 4000 acres in Warren, Vermont. Wintertime at Sugarbush means skiing and snowshoeing. Summer at Sugarbush is mountain biking, ziplines, and golf – both traditional and disc. But Sugarbush offers more than just outdoor sport, as they prove throughout the year with events like the Sugarbush Food and Wine Sampler!

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Vermont Bed & Brew Fall Tour 2015

July 29, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Bed & Brew TourWhat better way to enjoy a Vermont vacation than from over the top of a pint glass filled to brimming with fresh-brewed craft beer? If you read this and immediately shouted out “none!” then a Vermont Bed & Brew Tour 2015 is for you!

The Vermont Bed & Brew Tour is back for Fall 2015 with more opportunities to sample the best central Vermont has to offer in vacationing, lodging, and locally brewed craft beer. The brain child of the Mad River Valley’s Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Bed & Brew package consists of an opportunity to tour and sample the offerings of local, award-winning, craft breweries, plus two or more nights lodging Vermont’s lush Mad River Valley.

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Attend the 2015 Vermont Festival of the Arts!

July 17, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Vermont Festival Arts 2015With over 100 different events in just over a month’s time, the Vermont Festival of the Arts – August 1st through Labor Day, 2015 – is the most diverse, must-see, something-for-everybody event in New England – perhaps anywhere!

Vermont’s Mad River Valley is good for a visit no matter the time of year but in August, look out! The towns of the Mad River Valley come together to host a multi-dimensional, multi-media, multi-age series of art events designed to celebrate, encourage, support, and engender creative exploration.

One glance at the Vermont Festival of the Arts event schedule and you’ll see seminars, tastings, talks, performances, exhibitions and more on subjects as far ranging as pottery, craft brewing, yoga, leathercraft, dance, rug hooking, rosemaling, sculpture, and so very much more!

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Waterbury Arts Fest 2015!

June 19, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Waterbury Arts Fest 2015Every July, for the past fourteen years, Waterbury, Vermont transforms from a quiet, little Vermont village into a rollicking outdoor art gallery and street fair called the Waterbury Arts Fest – this year it’s the weekend of July 10th and 11th, 2015, the perfect way to relax before running the Mad Marathon on Sunday, July 12th!

Waterbury Arts Fest is a popular summertime event that draws more than 3,500 art enthusiasts to the Mad River Valley to enjoy two full days of over 80 artist exhibitors offering things like framed original art prints, handmade clothing and accessories, metal crafted art jewelry, quilted items, hand-dyed silk, fused glass art, handmade stoneware and pottery, all natural body care products, and just about anything else you can think of (plus a few you couldn’t).

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Mad Marathon 2015 – The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon

June 12, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad Marathon 2015It’s Mad Marathon time once again – that time of year when Vermont’s Mad River Valley is filled with the happy sound of running shoes on dirt and pavement, labored breathing, and the sweet scent of concentrated exertion.

Actually, as of this writing, the 5th annual Mad Marathon is exactly a month off – July 12th, 2015, to be exact – but now is the time to book your lodging if you’re planning on being here, either as a runner or a supporter.

The annual Mad Marathon, for those not already in the know, is certified and sanctioned by US Track & Field and, as such, is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The course is 26.2 miles of scenic back roads and stunningly beautiful with breathtaking views if you’re a fan of Vermont countryside (who isn’t?). Vermont’s famously mild summers should offer up some spectacular running weather, too – bright but not too hot with a touch of breeze to soothe that sweaty brow.

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Attend the 2015 Brew-Grass Festival!

May 16, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Brew-Grass FestivalIt’s Brew-Grass Festival time once again and the 5th annual return of this popular festival promises more of the same good music, food, and of course, craft beer! Scheduled for Saturday, June 13th, from 2 – 6pm at Sugarbush Resort.

Sugarbush’s Brew-Grass Festival is an annual event combining regionally produced, craft-brewed beer, live Bluegrass music, and food from local eateries into one danceably delicious festival!

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Experience the Shelburne Museum

April 30, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Shelburne Museum Steamboat Ticonderoga

See the steamboat Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum, in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain valley, is one of the most diverse, unconventional, must-see museums in the US, containing over 150,000 works of art and Americana. Even the museum campus is notable: of its 39 buildings, 25 are historic buildings that were relocated to the Museum grounds as part of the collection!

The diverse collection of impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts, carriages, decoys, furniture, American paintings, toys and other 17th-to 20th-century artifacts at Shelburne Museum owe their collective exhibition to Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960).

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Maple No Mistake: It’s Sugaring Festival Time

February 28, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Sugaring Time Festival 2015

It may be hard to believe right now but, soon, warm days and cool nights will start the flow of sugar maple sap and it’ll be sugaring time in the Mad River Valley – not only that but Sugaring Festival time!

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Vermont Wineries: Feeling Vine, Doing Grape!

December 28, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Wineries: Feeling Vine, Doing Grape!

Ice wine – one of Vermont Wineries’ many specialties

Vermont is known for many things – skiing, hiking, beautiful foliage, welcoming inns – but did you know about the state’s burgeoning wine industry? If not, you soon will as their success and fame can only grow – and what better way to get acquainted than with a visit to one or more of the many Vermont wineries?

There’s no stopping the current growth of Vermont’s wineries. Our state’s unique and popular fruit wines have been a regional specialty for decades but the proliferation of Vermont’s fine wines, hard ciders, and meads rival the state’s production of syrup – and that’s saying something!

Some of this success is due to up and coming grape species that work well in Vermont’s shorter growing season. Marquette, Frontenac, and La Crescent grapes thrive in Vermont’s climate and soil to create award-winning wines. Vermont wineries are also some of the only ones in the country producing the sweet and delicious dessert wine made from grapes left on the vine until they freeze: sweet ice wine!

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