Waitsfield, Vermont is a picturesque small town with scenic views of the Mad River Valley situated along Route 100 with a beautiful landscape of snowcapped mountains. The area is most visited for the ski slopes at Mad River Glen Ski Area, but the summer months welcome hikers and nature lovers to the tiny town that is big about the arts and theater.
1.Mad River Glen
Mad River Glen is a ski resort founded by Navy veteran Ronald Palmedo in 1948 with one of the first single chair lifts at the time. The ski resort is found on General Stark Mountain and today is a co-op winter community ski resort with more than 1,800 owner members and is the only in the nation to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The terrain is some of the most challenges on the East Coast and is one of the last to rely on natural snow. Snowboarding is not allowed at Mad River Glen.
57 Schuss Pass Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-496-3551
2.Lawsons Finest Liquids
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Lawson's Finest Liquids is a taproom that produces high-quality beer. Lawson's features world-class IPAs and unique beer such as maple brews. The critically acclaimed taproom started in 2008 by a husband and wife who had been homebrewing for two decades. The couple has won awards at World Beer Cup, two National IPA Championships, and many other accolades. Beer brewed at Lawson's can be found in eight states for sale and on tap. Special events featuring live music are often held at Lawson's Finest Liquids. Light appetizers are also served if you get hungry while checking out the brews on tap.
155 Carroll Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-496-4677
3.The Skinner Barn
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The Skinner Barn is a three-level historic barn that is home to special events and cultural events in Waitsfield. The barn was constructed in Bank Barn style and features restrooms on the lower level, two ready rooms, and a lower level bar. The barn sits on a 15-acre property in the Mad River Valley next to the Von Trapp Dairy Farm and surrounded by mountains. The farmhouse was originally constructed in 1820 doctor but was purchased by the Skinner family. Skinner Barn was a dairy farm from 1927-1988 when Peter Boynton purchased it to be renovated into a special events space.
609 Common Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-4964422
4.The Round Barn
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The Round Barn is a bed and breakfast open year round featuring organic gardens and grounds. There are five ponds, and several flower gardens as well as open fields and meadows, and a wooded area that guests to the inn can walk or hike. There are more than 245 acres that can be explored, and many guests tackle snowshoeing and hiking. Bed and breakfast serve food using produce from their NOFA Certified organic garden.
1661 East Warren Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-496-2276
5.Hartshorn Organic Farm
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Hartshorn Organic Farm is an educational and experiential organic farm that supplies much of the local produce to restaurants in the Waitsfield region. The farm produces fruits, vegetables, and flowers; and operates a roadside stand and offers a pick your fruits program. Hartshorn Organic Farm also harvests and makes maple syrup In their very own maple sugar house. Guests can also enjoy food and farm tours, workshops, and immersion programs. Four food festivals take place at Hartshorn Organic Farm annually as well.
54 Quarry Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-279-8054
6.Mad River Path
The Mad River Path is a non-profit group dedicated to building, maintaining, and conserving the public pathways from Warren to Moretown. The Mad River Path starts at the General Wait House and leads south to Mad River Green and runs through towns and along the river and Route 100. The path through Waitsfield is 1.7 miles one way and is an easy to moderate walk.
4061 Main Street, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-496-7284
Peasant is a husband and wife owned restaurant that opened in 2012 and is decorated with artworks and warm colors. The menu consists of food that is comforting, hearty, and rustic European influenced. The ingredients are mindfully sourced from local farmers whenever possible, and the menu changes each season; however, the famous meatballs with red wine marinara are served all year round. The bar at Peasant features a wine list hand-curated by the chef featuring a variety of European wines that pair well with the food.
40 Bridge Street, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-493-6856
8.Mad River Barn
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The Mad River Barn is an Inn, Restaurant, and Pub that began as a bunkhouse in the 1930s for the Civilian Conservation Corps. In the 1950s, the bunker was turned into an inn and then purchased by the founders of Mad River Glenn in the 1970s. Today the Lynd family owns the Mad River Barn which features 18 guests rooms, six family style suites, and a loft unit. Breakfast is included with all rentals, but the restaurant and tavern are open to the public. A game room is on site that provides a place to play cards, board games, foosball, or other tabletop games.
Route 17 2849 Mill Brook Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-496-3310
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9.Big Picture Café and Theater
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The Big Picture Café and Theater is the self-proclaimed cultural center of The Mad River Valley and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snacks in the afternoon. The café uses locally grown produce and cheeses and meats that were raised and produced in the valley. The Big Picture café is a favorite coffee spot for locals and serves specialty drinks and fresh desserts. Two to three movies are shown each day, and special film screenings are available for schools.
48 Carroll Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-496-8994
10.Hyde Away Restaurant
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The Hyde Away Inn & Tavern is a historic property dating back to 1824. Located between Waitsfield and Warren, the Hyde Away first opened as Ulla Lodge in 1949. The inn offers spacious suites perfect for families, dorm rooms for skiers, and standard rooms for vacationers. The restaurant and tavern use only the freshest, local ingredients, and the ginger beer and mason jar cocktails are made in-house. Micro-brews and wine are also available at the legendary tavern that offers full-service dining, lodging, and a bar all in one place.
1428 Mill Brook Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, Phone: 802-496-2322
10 Best Things to Do in Waitsfield, VT
- Mad River Glen, Photo: likoper/stock.adobe.com
- Lawsons Finest Liquids, Photo: Lawsons Finest Liquids
- The Skinner Barn, Photo: The Skinner Barn
- The Round Barn, Photo: The Round Barn
- Hartshorn Organic Farm, Photo: Hartshorn Organic Farm
- Mad River Path, Photo: Nozyer/stock.adobe.com
- Peasant, Photo: Peasant
- Mad River Barn, Photo: Mad River Barn
- Big Picture Café and Theater, Photo: Big Picture Café and Theater
- Hyde Away Restaurant, Photo: Hyde Away Restaurant
- Cover Photo: Town of Waitsfield