For those of you who do not know, Vermont is one of my favorite states in the United States. Actually, one of my favorite things about growing up in New England is how close everything is to one another. All of the states are so very close, that just about everywhere in New England will usually take me three hours or less to get to.
A few years ago, I decided to take a quick weekend trip to the Mad River Valley in Northern Vermont. I really needed the time to get away. I need to recharge my batteries and refresh my life, soul and spirit. I wanted to become a little more one with the nature and try and experience new things. So, I thought to myself, why not put together a post on the top things to do if you are looking for a nice and quiet trip to the Mad River Valley section of Vermont.
First and foremost, you absolutely must try gliding at Sugarbush Soaring
. It is one of the best things that I have ever done in my life. And, I will be honest with you, I decided to try gliding after seeing a scene in Fifty Shades of Grey in which the main character, Anastacia went gliding with Christian Grey. There is truly nothing like being so high above the clouds and gliding like a bird. I am trying so hard right now to describe these feelings and what exactly I felt and what it was like to be up there. After I did, I had so many people telling me how cool it was and asking if I was scared. Of course, my ludicrous response at the time was, “of course, I’m not scared. It’s like flying a plane, but without the engine.” Of course, I realized after the fact, that that was probably not the best example that I could come up with. But there is something somewhat relaxing about coming as close to flying as the birds.
The above two images were taken from that gliding experience.
Second, an absolute must while up in the Mad River Valley is to take a quick drive down to the Cabot Creamery
. Now, if you are anything like me, you have an absolute affinity to cheeses and to wine and cheese, and you like to pretend you are fancy and classy and go to wine tastings and go to wine tastings with cheese and crackers. Well, I visited the Cabot Creamery and let’s just say that I was thoroughly impressed.
Third. Visiting The Store
in Waitsfield, Vermont is essential. It is such a quaint place that offers kitchen ware and gourmet gifts. Additionally, they offer cooking classes, which was a huge draw for me, as I love to cook. You can view there classes and class offerings here
Visit Mad River Distillers. I admit that from time to time, I do enjoy a little gin, a little bourbon a little whiskey. There is something so fine and smooth about the taste of whiskey as it goes down your throat that simply cannot be ignored. And Mad River Distillers is the place to go to try that whiskey.
Where to Eat? There is only one answer to this question. The Prohibition Pig
. I had read nothing but positive things about this restaurant, so you could imagine my need to try it. Of course, for such a small place, the line stretched for all of eternity to get in. The atmosphere, the vibe, everything about this place was incredible. I was pleasantly surprised with the staff. And this place, this was the place where I tried poutine for the very first time. For those of you who are not familiar with poutine, it is the stuff of dreams. It is the most incredible blend of French fries and turkey and cheese curds and gravy. It is also a heart attack on a plate, but it is certainly worth the risk. It is the most incredible thing that I have ever tasted. 10 gold stars.
Is there anything I am forgetting? E-mail me
and let me know what you suggest and what you would like added to this list.