There is never a shortage of fabulous things to experience when you visit the Mad River Valley (especially when the forecast shows sunny skies and summery temps). Swimming holes in the Mad River beckon (including the Lareau swimming hole a few minutes' walk from the Featherbed), mountain bike trails (which double as hiking trails) call to you right from our grounds, our little pond is just waiting for you to jump in, and dozens of hikes and walks and wanders await your footsteps. You can float or paddle down the river or across Blueberry Lake (umiak.com and clearwatersports.com offer tours and rentals), or ride an Icelandic horse on a guided trail ride icelandichorses.com, or soar in a glider high over the valley sugarbushsoaring.com. Or sit in the gazebo with a book or a glass of wine, or nap in the hammock, or soak in the hot tub, or do absolutely nothing.
There are a few special events taking place this weekend that we want to be sure you know about.
Outdoor yoga right here on the Featherbed meadow, Saturday at 11am. We have spare mats. Information and registration (can be last minute if you can't decide in advance) saltandsandstudios.com/yoga.php#stretchsip
The 52nd annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair takes place in the field next to Kenyon's madrivercraftfair.com
The Waitsfield Farmers Market Saturday 9am-1pm. Music, local produce and products, crafts, spirits, good times waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com
Von Trapp Greenhouse/Gardens open garden tour -- stunning! vontrappgreenhouse.com
Meet the artists at the Bundy Modern. Gorgeous gallery with a wonderful exhibit. The artists are here for the weekend bundymodern.com
Big Red Art Show next door at Lareau Farm moosewalkstudios.com/big-red-barn-art-show
Ride the chairlift at Sugarbush Lincoln Peak to an outdoor concert at Allyn's Lodge, with local favorite Al's Pals madrivervalley.com/event/music-on-the-mountain-als-pals
New World Festival 2023, Celtic and French Canadian music and dance chandler-arts.org/newworld
Hilarious fund raiser Duck Race for the local rotary madrivervalley.com/event/the-great-duck-race 3pm Sunday (don't be late, it's a very short but funny race)
All sorts of activities, including scenic lift rides, at Sugarbush madrivervalley.com/event/sunday-funday-at-sugarbush/2023-09-03
Bluegrass concert at Camp Meade in Middlesex (20 minutes away) on Friday madrivervalley.com/event/that-bluegrass-band-plays-our-concerts-on-the-green
Comics and cartoon exhibit at Mad River Valley Arts gallery madrivervalley.com/event/the-mad-contemporary/2023-09-02
So much to do!
Enjoy - Karen and Mick