A Weekend in Mad River Valley: Summer Day 3

Amanda
A Weekend in Mad River Valley: Summer Day 3

Breakfast

Our favorite breakfast place is the Big Picture. Everybody is friendly, the diner fare is better than diner fare, and they made these tiny maple-glazed doughnuts that are amazing!
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Big Picture Theater & Cafe
48 Carroll Road
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Our favorite breakfast place is the Big Picture. Everybody is friendly, the diner fare is better than diner fare, and they made these tiny maple-glazed doughnuts that are amazing!

Hiking (with Swimming!)

The West Greenway trail, which has a swimming hole on the path, starts at the parking lot off Meadow Road, just below Route 100, and continues along the Mad River for about 1.2 miles where it ends across from the 1824 House. Along the way, the path passes a lovely gazebo where you can sit at the picnic table and enjoy the sounds and views of the Mad River as it winds its way north. You’ll find beautiful views of Sugarbush’s upper ski trails and the Monroe Skyline of the Green Mountains. To the west, you can see the Hartshorn Organic Farm and maple sugaring operation. Bring your swimwear or fishing rod if you would like to have some fun in the river. The West Greenway is protected by a conservation easement held by our partners at the Vermont Land Trust and a trail access easement held by the Town of Waitsfield.
Meadow Road
The West Greenway trail, which has a swimming hole on the path, starts at the parking lot off Meadow Road, just below Route 100, and continues along the Mad River for about 1.2 miles where it ends across from the 1824 House. Along the way, the path passes a lovely gazebo where you can sit at the picnic table and enjoy the sounds and views of the Mad River as it winds its way north. You’ll find beautiful views of Sugarbush’s upper ski trails and the Monroe Skyline of the Green Mountains. To the west, you can see the Hartshorn Organic Farm and maple sugaring operation. Bring your swimwear or fishing rod if you would like to have some fun in the river. The West Greenway is protected by a conservation easement held by our partners at the Vermont Land Trust and a trail access easement held by the Town of Waitsfield.
The most popular section of the Mad River Path consists of a 2.5 mile round trip path that circles Sugarbush’s snowmaking pond. Start at Riverside Park and head north over the Clay Brook bridge and along the Mad River. You’ll cross under Route 100’s Kingsbury Bridge and follow the dirt road to a gate where you’ll soon head up into the woods. Be sure to follow the signs and stay right or you’ll end up climbing Plum Line into the mountains (but if you want to go for miles, head up Plum Line to find a large network of trails maintained by Mad River Riders!). The Path travels around the snowmaking pond and offers nice views all around. There is no swimming or fishing in the pond, but the river is nearby. Access to the pond is also adjacent to the Kingsbury bridge, which allows for a shorter jaunt.
Riverside Park
The most popular section of the Mad River Path consists of a 2.5 mile round trip path that circles Sugarbush’s snowmaking pond. Start at Riverside Park and head north over the Clay Brook bridge and along the Mad River. You’ll cross under Route 100’s Kingsbury Bridge and follow the dirt road to a gate where you’ll soon head up into the woods. Be sure to follow the signs and stay right or you’ll end up climbing Plum Line into the mountains (but if you want to go for miles, head up Plum Line to find a large network of trails maintained by Mad River Riders!). The Path travels around the snowmaking pond and offers nice views all around. There is no swimming or fishing in the pond, but the river is nearby. Access to the pond is also adjacent to the Kingsbury bridge, which allows for a shorter jaunt.

Lunch Options

Grab a burrito and a margarita for lunch at the mad taco!
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The Mad Taco
5101 Main Street
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Grab a burrito and a margarita for lunch at the mad taco!
Great unique burgers and fries and beers, with a great outdoor patio.
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The Worthy Burger Too
114 Mad River Green
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Great unique burgers and fries and beers, with a great outdoor patio.

Dinner & Jams

On Sundays, Camp Meade has live music and food vendors on their lawn. There is also usually a sprinkler for the kids, boozy drinks, and lots of adirondack chairs and picnic tables to sit on.
Camp Meade
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On Sundays, Camp Meade has live music and food vendors on their lawn. There is also usually a sprinkler for the kids, boozy drinks, and lots of adirondack chairs and picnic tables to sit on.