Mad River Valley, VT, Guide and Information


Welcome to Mad River Valley

The Mad River Valley is best-known as home to Sugarbush and Mad River Glen, two of Vermont’s classic ski areas, but it is far more than a resort town. True four-season communities with a strong connection to the outdoors—through both outdoor recreation and a healthy localvore movement—anchor this unique corner of Vermont, nestled in the Green Mountains but only a short drive from Burlington and Montpelier.

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Waterbury Outside Fun

Like so many other destinations in Vermont, Waterbury offers a mountain of recreational opportunities every season of the year.

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Vermont Festival of the Arts - August in the Mad River Valley

The Vermont Festival of the Arts is a month-long, 120-event celebration of the Arts held in the Mad River Valley each August. Painting workshops, pottery demonstrations, Broadway performances, art & photography exhibits, culinary masterpieces, children's craft projects, brass concerts, poetry readings—Festival events cross the boundaries of age, gender and occupation. During the Festival, you can find art in classrooms, on sidewalks and back roads, in cafes and galleries, on mountainsides and in barns. Each day is filled with art, music, theater, dining and play in the beautiful Green Mountains; galleries, studios and stores promote our creative output; children, families, adults and seniors paint, dance, sing, make—bringing alive their imaginations and dreams.

For 18 years the Vermont Festival of the Arts has been recognized as the premiere summer arts event in the Mad River Valley and in Vermont and has received regular accolades from Yankee Magazine (named “Best Festival" in 2014), Vermont Life and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce (named Vermont “Top 10" Summer Event for the past six years in a row). Because this is a multi-dimensional, multi-media, multi-age series of events, there is truly something for everyone. Events take place every day during the month of August and are perfect for all ages (children, youth, seniors, singles, families) and mid-week visitors, weekend guests, second-homeowner, local residents and all Vermonters. Most of the events are free to attend or have a minimal cost. Visit for more information.

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Discovery Map Travel Podcast Ep. 10: Mad River Valley, Vermont

On this episode we welcome Eric Friedman, marketing director at Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, Vermont. We talk to him about the Mad River Valley and a quintessential Vermont get away.

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Retail Therapy in the Mad River Valley, Vermont: Shop, Explore, and Discover

The Mad River Valley in Vermont is not only a natural wonderland but also a hub for unique shopping experiences. This picturesque region offers an array of shopping opportunities, from charming boutiques to local artisans and craft stores.

When it comes to handcrafted treasures, the Shelburne Craft School Store in Shelburne is a gem. It features an assortment of artisan-crafted goods, including pottery, jewelry, textiles, and woodwork. This store is a testament to Vermont's rich tradition of craftsmanship, and you'll find one-of-a-kind pieces that make for perfect souvenirs or gifts.

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​Exploring the Charming Towns of the Mad River Valley, Vermont

Nestled in the heart of Vermont, the Mad River Valley is a picturesque destination offering natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and a cozy small-town atmosphere. This region is known for its scenic landscapes, stunning mountains, and vibrant communities. If you're planning a visit to this charming part of Vermont, you might be wondering which towns are part of the Mad River Valley and where exactly Mad River, Vermont, is located.

Towns in the Mad River Valley

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