Mountain Views - Keep It Cool in the August Sun

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From Win:

One way to keep cool in summer is to switch hemispheres. Last week, Lili and I took sixteen members of our family on safari in South Africa. . .

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From John:

Another way to keep cool in summer is to take full advantage of Vermont's natural environment: Stay cool by taking a dunk in one of the local swim spots, or let the mountain air surround you while dining at one of the Valley's scenic, outdoor restaurants.

 For swimming, try the increasingly-popular Warren Falls, recently named as Martha Stewart's #1 pick for great things to do in New England this summer. (Avoid the crowds by visiting midweek.) Blueberry Lake is another unique destination great for swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding, canoeing, and playing with the dog. The best time of year to visit is in the next few weeks while the blueberries are ready-for-picking. You can also make a day of it and enjoy the beginner and intermediate mountain-bike trails located just across Plunkton Road. The Mad River boasts a number of other beautiful swimming holes, including Lareau Farm (across from American Flatbread), Great Eddy (at the covered bridge in Waitsfield), Warren's Riverside Park, and Ward's Swimming Hole. (For a cool deal on lodging, check out our Take the Plunge, Vermont-Style package.)

 For a more traditional experience, stay cool in the pool - outside in the SHaRC's 25-yard pool, at Clay Brook (for owners and lodging guests), or next door at The Bridges.

 Another way to beat (or embrace) the heat is to take advantage of outdoor dining. Remember those sunny days in late March and April, when everyone flocked to the Lincoln Peak Courtyard for wood-fired pizza and cold beer? Summer is like that, but swap your ski boots for some flip-flops. Dine outside on the patio at Timbers or Castlerock Pub, or on the deck of Hogan's Pub. All three offer beautiful vistas of Lincoln Peak, though some say Hogan's holds the title for best dining view in the Valley. Up the ante with one of our daily dining specials: 50% off Timbers on Mondays (food only); 50% off Timbers Wine on Thursdays (for bottles under $100); Toss 'Em Tuesdays and Raw Bar & Crab Shack Wednesdays at Castlerock Pub; Rib Night Fridays and Wood-Fired Pizza on Saturdays at Hogan's. (Dining specials run through September 1, 2016.)

 The Valley also offers some great outdoor dining options. This is the first summer you can enjoy Bluestone's new deck, arguably one of the last dining spots in town to hold its sun. The Big Picture Theater and Café offers an urban outdoor feel, while the outdoor dining area near The Sweet Spot looks out over the Great Eddy swimming hole. 275 Main Street at The Pitcher Inn accommodates outdoor seating upon request, as well as Tracks, downstairs. Lastly, the Hyde Away, Local Folk Smokehouse, and Mad River Barn all have newly-built decks or patios for outdoor dining.

 Seize the moment to cool off in the water, or enjoy a cool meal outdoors, because we're only about ten weeks from our first frost!

 See you on the mountain,

 John Bleh
 Communications Supervisor