Vermont’s Mad River Valley is appropriately named after the Mad River, which winds for 26 miles through the towns of Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston and Moretown before emptying into the Winooski River. The area has a rich agricultural history, which has carried on since the late 1700s. Today, countless working farms, vibrant villages and B&Bs follow the Mad River’s serpentine trail, which is paralleled by Vermont Routes 100 and 100B.
The Mad River Valley is well known as a skiing destination, with Sugarbush, one of the largest ski resorts in New England, and Mad River Glen, with its one seat chairlift and motto: “Ski It If You Can.” This 8 room Mad River Valley VT Inn for sale is minutes from both ski areas and offers guests a sauna and hot tub for unrivaled rest and relaxation after a day of skiing and riding. While winter sports dominate visitors’ thoughts in winter, the area is a true year round destination with a friendly compliment of artists, craft brewers and distillers, farmers and business owners.
Sugarbush Resort (Photo Courtesy: Sugarbush)
Vermont holds the distinction of having more craft breweries per capita than any other state and the Mad River Valley is the geometric center of the state’s craft beer scene. Lawson’s Finest Liquids, based in Warren, has received awards from national and international festivals and has holds a position among the world’s top rated beers on Beeradvocate. Just outside of the Mad River Valley, Stowe’s Alchemist Brewery, which produces the much coveted Heady Topper, continues to inspire unending queues outside of its brewery and visitor’s center. The area hosts two annual brew festivals: SIPtemberfest at Mad River Glen and the Sugarbush Brewgrass festival. This Waitsfield Vermont Bed and Breakfast for sale caters to beer enthusiasts, offering suggestions for brewery tours throughout the state.
Waitsfield is the commercial hub of the Mad River Valley. Fall foliage and winter leisure travel is a given here and summer activity continues to grow, with the area becoming a popular destination wedding location. This Waitsfield VT Inn for sale is a direct example of this growing industry. The Inn and event barn sit on 14 acres and has built a very profitable business around weddings and events. It also offers guests private access to swimming, canoeing and kayaking in the pristine Mad River.
The Mad River Valley is abuzz this time of year, and is worth a visit if you are considering buying an Inn in a community-minded destination location. If winter isn’t your forte, wait until the cold has subsided, when, as one New York Times columnist describes it, “the valley reveals itself in warmer weather, when history, culture and a hyperlocal food scene come to the fore.”
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