While many come to Sugarbush in the winter for some of the best skiing & riding in the east, that's just a small part of what this community has to offer. Tour a historic farm, visit an art gallery or sample some world-famous ice cream; there's something that's worth seeing every day of the year!
Historic Waitsfield Village
A mellow, rustic enclave of galleries, restaurants, & chic boutiques, local artists, artisan food, a funky museum, the oldest covered bridge in Vermont, big-time local charm, a river that runs up, cool locals, and a vibrant, scenic village center.
Centered at the intersection of Route 100 and Bridge Street, Historic Waitsfield Village offers a true slice of Vermont set into the original, historic buildings of the town. You'll find many hidden gems tucked into the village including wonderful, chef-owned spots for eating in or taking away, exceptional, unique wares created by local artisans (often right in their shops), nifty places to suss out that ideal fashion item or expert athletic gear, the perfect bottle of wine or your next vacation home, and a broad selection of services and offerings for most any need. Come on down and enjoy the warm, friendly heart and local soul that is woven into this valley.
There's some great shopping around the Mad River Valley from art galleries and toy stores to gear and clothing shops. Take a trip into town and enjoy shops favorites like The Collection, Warren Store, The Store, Alpine Options and more.
Here in the Mad River Valley you’ll find a variety of cuisine options for Mexican cuisine at The Mad Taco to Greek cuisine at Sage to local burgers and pub fare at a number of restaurants like the Mad River Barn, Worthy Burger Too and Hyde Away, among others. There’s traditional European rustic cuisine at Peasant, Relais & Chateaux dining at the Pitcher Inn and a brewery and tap room from one of New England’s most popular beers: Lawson’s Finest Liquids.
Summer Valley Activities
Hiking and Mountain Biking
Sugarbush Resort is located in the heart of the Green Mountains and spans through the Long Trail system. You can start your trek from bottom of Lincoln Peak or Mt. Ellen, take the chair lift up to Allyn’s Lodge or park your car at the top of the Lincoln Gap or the Appalachian Gap, and start your adventure from there. Within a half hour drive you can also access trails to hike Camels Hump and Burnt Rock. Along with premier hiking, the Mad River Valley boasts wonderful mountain biking, walking and lower elevation hiking trails managed by the Mad River Riders - Vermont Mountain Bike Association (45 miles) and the Mad River Path Association (8 miles).
Along many of the walking paths within the Mad River Path Association, you’ll come across various swimming spots to take a refreshing dip, lay in the sun, or simply relax while taking in the sounds of the Mad River. The Mad River boasts crystal clear blue water that’s definitely on the cooler side, but worth checking out and enjoying. Riverside Park located just off the bottom of the Sugarbush Access Road, Warren Falls, and Lareau Park located across the street from American Flatbread, are all great places to swim.
And of course, there are a ton of Summer Activities to do right here at Sugarbush, too!