125 Carlyle Road, Warren VT

Really nice, well maintained cape in an exceptional location, a few minutes from world class skiing at Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. This 3+ BR cape sits on a beautiful, private, landscaped lot with loaded perennial gardens and total privacy along the shuttle route to Sugarbush. Three Bedrooms upstairs, and additional office/sitting room/extra room downstairs. Ten minutes from town, 5 minutes from the slopes, even closer to some of the best mountain biking in Vermont, practically out your back door, health and racket club, walking and hiking trails, back country skiing, Warren Village and the world famous Warren Fourth of July celebration. Be a part of the renaissance at Sugarbush. Whether you are looking for a vacation home, a forever home, or just an affordable escape to the outdoors, you’ve found your landing spot at Sugarbush, in the beautiful Mad River Valley of Vermont. Take a deep breath, you’re...

Holiday in the Mad River Valley

Woah. Have the last weeks been a blur for anyone else? Pretty sure that I was just eating leftover turkey and stuffing just yesterday. No? Yikes, where does time go? In case you’re a bit behind on the shopping, holiday to do list and general plans for merriment, here’s a break down for you. Oh Tanenbaum. While I’d love you to go support the Harwood Sophomore Class (cough-cough – I have a Sophomore – talk about time flying) in their effort to raise funds for their prom next year and graduation the year after buying shopping for trees sold at American Flatbread by these young folk on Friday evenings and weekends from 10-5 (last day is Sunday Dec 15th). You can also find them at Mad River Valley Property Management/Vee’s Flowers parking lot (no longer sold by either of those businesses, but by the man who grows them in the NE Kingdom of Vermont).  If you want the whole family-outing-cutting-down-the-tree-experience, my family likes to make an afternoon of it and heads over to the Werner Tree Farm in Middlebury. On the way we like to stop at the Bristol Cliffs Cafe & Bakery. Shop till you drop. My favorite local stops for the gift giving necessities: The Store (if this place doesn’t get you in the Holiday spirit, go home, watch Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and then try again) A Schoolhouse Garden Artisan’s Gallery The Green Closet Lawson’s Finest Liquids (you heard that right, there are gifts to be found here) The Collection Tempest Bookshop General Merriment. Got company? Got you covered. See above to send them out of...

Drumleys #17, Warren VT

UNDER CONTRACT. Spacious, bright and modern, this multi-level three bedroom condo sits in one of the best locations at Sugarbush; minutes from the ski trails, but far enough away to escape the crowds at the end of the day. Hop the shuttle to Sugarbush and enjoy world class skiing a few minutes away, or if the side-country is your preferred adventure, the Catamount Ski Trail is literally right out the back door. In the warmer months, jump on your Fatbike and shred for miles on the best cross country biking trails on the east, or stay at home and enjoy outdoor swimming and tennis on site. No matter where your adventure takes you, make your home in the Mad River Valley right here at the...

North Lynx #65, Warren VT

UNDER CONTRACT. Excellent launching pad for your Mad River Valley, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Central Vermont adventures. World class skiing a stones throw from your front door, this 4 + bedroom multi-level condo has room for the whole family, some guests, their friends, sleeps 12 like that. Including a master bedroom suite, first floor laundry, open dining and living room, a brand new wood burning fireplace, tons of new windows, two decks, sunny east-facing exposure, amazing mountain views, a really well run association, tons of improvements that have already been paid for, and resort shuttle service at your doorstep. Park the car, grab the shuttle, hit the slopes in time for the ski season. At $175,000, this may be the best value available at Sugarbush this...

Shady Tree Lane, Fayston VT

SOLD! Outstanding 3+ bedroom, Eberle designed New England Saltbox, located at the end of the road in the popular Hiddenwood neighborhood. The south-facing site has abundant sunshine, ample level land for recreation and gardening, extensive vegetable gardens and flower beds. The interior is modern, open and casual. Native slate counter tops in the kitchen and a combination of cork and hardwood flooring throughout the main living space. The open floor plan allows for several different living spaces, all with 9-foot ceilings, open hemlock beams and a radiant slab to keep your feet cozy all winter long. The second floor features a two-room master bedroom/office suite with cathedral ceilings and two additional bedrooms, while the bonus third floor offers a loft for over flow sleeping, game room or playroom space. Located moments from world class skiing at Sugarbush and Mad River Glen, skiing is not all this home has to offer, in a ridable location from some of the Valley’s most treasured mountain biking and hiking trails. Listing #...

Wild Turkey Lane, Fayston VT

SOLD! Outstanding hilltop property constructed in 2001. This extraordinary custom home is perched on 6.8 private acres with views of Sugarbush Ski Resort. An open kitchen of tile, marble and cherry extends into a dining room adorned with over-sized windows and a field-stone fireplace. The double fireplace opens into a living room with mountain views and space for the whole family to relax after...

Snow Creek #52, Warren VT

SOLD! Updated and stylish Snow Creek condo on the ski slopes at Sugarbush Resort’s Lincoln Peak. Completely renovated open kitchen with soapstone counters, maple dining bar, custom iron work bar stools, custom lighting and fixtures throughout. Be a part of the renaissance at Sugarbush. Ski out, ski back, leave the car keys on the counter until the trip back home. Everything you need is right here, home at Sugarbush. Be Better...

July 4th in the Mad River Valley

Have you heard? Frendly Gathering is coming to Fayston – Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush to be exact, from June 29-July 1st. You know what that means right? There’s an opening act for Warren’s Fourth of July celebration! Buy your tickets early – they have weekend car camping passes, day passes for the music, weekend long passes for music only! It’s great to have summer music back at Mt Ellen, and it’s sure to be a great time. After the Frendly Gathering you then have two days to rest and recharge for the 4th of July celebration in Warren. This years theme is “Stars & Stripes”. I’m thinking there will be more than one float with an orange face on it. AND then, the Circus is coming to town (Waitsfield) July 5th & 6th. So, really you need to make a full week for this years visit for the celebration of independence day. Here is a YUGE list of other haps in and around the Mad River Valley here in Central Vermont. Here’s a short list to get you started: Rock of Ages at the Valley Players – runs Thursday thru Saturday from June 29th to July 15th General Stark’s Pub – Dinners Thursday to Saturday Waitsfield Farmers Market – Saturday July 1st Warren 4th of July Parade Circus Smirkus at Kenyons Field – July 5th & 6th Round up on the River – Happening down by the ‘S turn’ on the Mad River (Bridge Stree) every Wednesday from 5 til dark until September...

Almost There: The Mad River Valley (video)

“An unscripted film about the community we call Vermont’s Mad River Valley. We like to say ‘they come for the mountains, but they stay for the valley.’ In this video you will see local farmers, business people, tourists, barns, markets, craft beer, music festivals, skiing, kayaking, running, biking, swimming, golfing and more. Basically everything that steers our community toward the relaxing and enjoyable place it is. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy living, working and playing here in the Mad River Valley.” Mad River Valley Chamber of...

Celebrating the 4th in the Mad River Valley

It’s almost time to get your Red, White and Blue on, and the 4th of July in the Mad River Valley is worth the price of admission. The parade in Warren is not your typical parade – there may be some emergency vehicles and fast cars in there, but you won’t find any Marching Bands or Shriners driving itty-bitty cars (what’s that all about anyway?). You will find political statements coming out the wahzoo, you might find some African dancing, you will definitely see an intricate float display from one of our iconic communities, yes, there will be candy, and probably a giant soaking gun and maybe, just maybe there will be Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. In the past, he’s been a staple of the Warren Parade, and there’s a bit of chatter going on around this year: will he be there or won’t he? My prediction is: Yes, he will be there. Oh and there will be what is my wife’s favorite part of the Parade: a fly by from our Vermont Air National Guard. Once the parade has passed – make your way up to the Brooks Field at the Warren Elementary School for food, music and kid friendly festivities. Since the 4th is on a Saturday, don’t forget to visit the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market. If you’re here Friday night getting ready to wave your flag on the 4th, I highly recommend having dinner at Mad River Glen’s General Stark’s Pub (or any summer weekend evening for that matter)  – that deck is just as awesome in the summer as it is in the winter And as...

Vermont Hilaria

While I was thinking about writing today, I got to wondering what the history was behind April Fool’s Day. I found that it actually goes back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Now you’re thinking “Alright Cliff Claven, what more useless information do you have?”. But seriously, how much more appropriate this year is the description of the ancient version of April Fool’s day – then known as Hilaria – than this: “its celebration was the first after the vernal equinox, or the first day of the year which was longer than the night. The winter with its gloom had died, and the first day of a better season was spent in rejoicings.” Say goodbye to winter cold, bring on the warm laughs. In previous years, local businesses have gotten involved in some great pranks: there was this one about traffic lights being installed in our non-light town. Or this one about Mad River Glen purchasing Mt Ellen. My personal favorite was a sign in the field of the iconic barn at the corner of German Flats and Route 17 owned by long time Fayston legend Arthur Williams declaring the site as a “Future home of McDonalds”. Now what better year than this cold one we’ve had in the Mad River Valley to celebrate Hilaria. I’m not wishing the snow away, oh no. But I am wishing for some corn snow to soften the turns, sunny skies to bring on the goggle tan and warm temps so we can shed the layers. And more specifically I’m ready to enjoy a cold beer on one of our iconic ski area...

Luck o’ the Vermont Irish

$17 dollar ticket to ski Mount Ellen. Mad River Glen is offering the same shamrock deal, but they’re making you work for it a wee bit – you have to flaunt the color; the “wearing of the green”. I have no doubt there will be beer flowing of the green variety and music to boot so get out your stomping shoes. That’s what I call lucky in the Mad River Valley....

Taking a Tumble at Mount Ellen

For some reason people always ask me what my favorite ski trail is. I dont really know why. After all, it is a very subjective question, and we all find pleasure in nature in very different ways. But I ran into a client at the ski area the other day and I found myself asking, “what was your favorite run (of the day)”. I couldn’t stop myself. It just popped out. And I wasn’t just making conversation. I have NO TROUBLE there. But then I had this epiphany. I realized I was asking because I wanted to know more about them. I knew who they were, I’d gotten to know them quite well during the process of researching real estate, and later constructing an offer and purchasing a home for them in the Mad River Valley. But there is a difference between developing a professional relationship and skiing with someone.  And what I learned is that there is a whole lot more to learn about people when you take a few turns with them on the mountain. You learn something about their personality, what gives them joy, how they handle adversity; you learn how they manage the challenge of staring down that which intimidates or scares them. Their skiers acumen, if there is such a thing. We skiers ALL have a favorite trail and I had never really thought about why my favorite trail was my favorite trail. Until that moment. When Sugarbush Resort’s Mount Ellen opened in 1963 as Glen Ellen, the trails were named to honor the Scottish heritage the resorts moniker suggested – Highlander, Royal Tartan, Brambles and...

It’s going to be a Sweetheart of a week in the Mad River Valley

  So the start of a holiday week is nearly upon us. Here’s hoping you have been lucky enough to get lots of skiing in already, and you’ve got rock solid skier legs so can happily take run after run, after run, after run and never tire out. In case you need a moment to let your legs recover, let’s look at what else the Mad River Valley has to offer; or even, if your legs aren’t whipped – you still have to get out and see all that there is do in Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston and surrounding towns! Start your weekend off by watching (or participating if you are reading this and you are 15 years old or younger) the Jr. Mogul Challenge, how about you take part in the Women’s only Telemark Clinic, support the MRG Freeski Team at the their Lasagna Dinner by eating and watching a screening of the latest Meathead Film all at Mad River Glen (check the full line up events at MRG here). Weekend events at Sugarbush: Torch Light Parade and Fireworks, live music all over the mountain, Local Artisan Market at Lincoln Peak in Warren (2/14-2/16). During the week – take your kids to see some awesome birds of prey, or talk yummy Cider with the brewers at Citizen Cider. And don’t forget – we have two great Nordic centers. Ole’s Cross Country Center is offering up some sweet Valentines love; bring your sweetie in for a ski on their gorgeous trails, give him or her a smooch in the shop and there will be some extra treats in store for you...
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