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An Arts & Crafts Ski Trip in Mad River Valley

The isolation and rugged beauty of Vermont’s Mad River Valley breeds a particular kind of character: practical, communitarian, apt to value substance over flash, and always very resourceful. They’re values shared by both the native valley folk and the countercultural-minded outsiders who have flocked to the area since the 1960’s. Many of these transplants have found self-expression in crafts, turning the twin towns of Waitsfield and Warren into hubs for artisans.

Destinations: Waitsfield · Warren

Hotels (2)

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    Inn at Round Barn Farm

    Thoughtfully converted from a 19th-century farmhouse and horse barn, this romantic inn sits on 245 bucolic acres in Vermont's Mad River Valley. The

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    Pitcher Inn

    The inn's restaurant is one of the best in Vermont. It offers an extensive cheese selection; after a few days of working the curds, however, it jus

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Restaurants (2)

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    Green Cup Café

    The restaurant, known for its house-made pastries, is locavore in its approach.

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    American Flatbread

    Pizza toppings come almost secondary at American Flatbread. Instead, it’s the bread that receives the most care, baked according to old-world metho

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Activities (4)

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    Mad River Glass Gallery

    Proprietors David and Melanie Leppla twirl hot glass into fantastical shapes in their basement workshop, visible from the ground-floor showroom whe

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    Waitsfield Pottery

    Visitors can watch as Ulrike Tessmer throws and fires her sturdy, traditional stoneware, a trade she learned in Hamburg.

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    Sugarbush

    Sugarbush recently received a $60-million upgrade. Former Merrill Lynch International chairman Win Smith heads up a posse of investors committed to

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    Mad River Glen

    Mad River Glen is an obstinate throwback. It is owned cooperatively by shareholders whose vehicles are plastered with red-and-white ski it if you c

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