Mountain Views - Summer Happenings
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Written by John Bleh
Weddings at Sugarbush are special. Lili and I know firsthand, as we were married here at Sugarbush in August 2011...
A lot starts happening at Sugarbush and in the Mad River Valley this time of year. Our golf course is already in full swing, New England Tennis Holidays tennis camps have begun, and when the sun is shining, guests are enjoying outdoor dining at our new Rumble's Kitchen (formerly Timbers) and Hogan's Pub. Festival season begins next weekend with the Sugarbush Brewgrass Festival, and mountain activities like downhill mountain biking, disc golf, zipline, bungee trampoline and scenic lift rides commence on June 24th. What may be less visible to many of you are the beautiful weddings we are lucky enough to host each summer.
Wedding couples follow a variety of story lines: one member of the couple grew up here; they met at the pub; they skied together here prior to marriage; or they seek an authentic Vermont destination wedding where their whole crew can stay together and play together. It is not that common to be able to host an entire wedding weekend in one location, from Thursday's arrival night party, to Friday's rehearsal dinner, to Saturday's ceremony and reception, to Sunday's brunch. We can do that here, right down to slopeside lodging for everyone.
A wedding creates lifelong memories, and we think the memories created in the Mad River Valley are extra special. Quaint villages, farmer's markets, rushing rivers, swimming holes, and the Green Mountains serve as the backdrop to the celebration. Not to mention hiking, golfing, cycling, rafting, kayaking, lift rides, yoga and massage - activities to entertain both the uber-athlete brother-in-law and the birdwatching aunt (yes, the Mad Birders is an active group here).
I'm not sure which type of Sugarbush wedding I prefer: A mountaintop ceremony at the top of Gate House lift offers an amazing northern view of the Green Mountains, and a peaceful chairlift ride for guests; the golf course wedding site on the seventh tee offers a completely different and equally beautiful view to the east; while a wedding in Clay Brook's courtyard has a more traditional feel, and is literally steps away from the reception location. Gate House Lodge transforms into an unbelievable reception location offering 270 degree views, lots of sunlight, and outdoor patio space. And Castlerock Pub and its surrounding patio is a popular after-hours spot, particularly when we roll in the wood-fired pizza oven. For those who want a more rustic, private celebration, Mt. Ellen Base Lodge and its sprawling front lawn offer lots of open space and tranquility.
Wedding season doesn't just hit Sugarbush. There are many lovely wedding venues around the Mad River Valley: Inn at the Round Barn, The Pitcher Inn, Mad River Barn, and Skinner Barn are just a few. The Mad River Valley is a special place.
Whether or not you're attending a wedding this summer, we have plenty of other fun reasons to visit. The Brew-Grass Festival, with a limited number of tickets still available, takes place next Saturday, June 10th along with other supporting events that weekend like Firkin Friday, Post Brew-Grass Golf Scramble, and Rock the Bush hip hop show at nearby Reks. At the end of the month, The Frendly Gathering arrives, with three days of live music, art, yoga, food, workshops, and more. From there, we're onto July 4th, where this year's theme is Stars and Stripes. I hope to catch many of you at the events to come.
See you on the mountain,