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Vermont’s Mad River Valley Featured in Yankee's January/February Issue | Plus Vermont Events, The Northeast Kingdom, and Newfane

Vermont’s Mad River Valley Featured in Yankee’s January/February Issue | Plus Vermont Events, The Northeast Kingdom, and Newfane
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DUBLIN, New Hampshire (January 8, 2014)—On newsstands now, Yankee Magazine’s January/February issue includes an 11-page feature travel story about the Mad River Valley, a winter wonderland famous for Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. According to writer William Scheller, there’s so much more to do than schuss downhill; the towns in this region are also filled with creative people and warm moments, cozy inns, snow-covered farms, and a vibrant arts scene. “Vermont’s Snow Globe” begins on page 28 and explores the towns of Warren, Waitsfield, and Fayston and select local establishments.

“There’s a valley for every pair of hills in Vermont, but seldom do you get the sense of ‘valleyness’ that you do here, where the Northfield Mountains to the east, and the steep spine of the Greens to the west, cradle the realm that lies along the Mad River, this valley’s keel,” writes Scheller. “It’s a remarkably self-contained little world, and under the bright blue dome of a January sky, a snow globe is just what it seems. The two towns of Waitsfield and Warren anchor the heart of the Mad River Valley. Fayston, Moretown, and Duxbury are the other Valley towns.”

The entire January/February issue of Yankee reflects the voices and sensibilities of writers who know their neighbors and the land. William Scheller lives only 50 miles from the Mad River Valley and his piece is an excellent example of a writer who truly understands his subject.

“Scheller epitomizes the Mad River Valley tagline, ‘Come for the mountains. Stay for the valley.’ His words and the photos truly capture what makes this place so quintessentially Vermont and why visitors return season after season. The article conveys the Mad River Valley as a place where visitors can’t help but become immersed in the community—a community comprised of artisans, sustainable farmers, small business owners and outdoor recreation enthusiasts,” says Lisa Davis, marketing coordinator for the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce. “If I didn’t already live here, reading this article would make me want to jump into the accompanying photos that so vividly capture the essence of the Mad River Valley.”

The following towns and establishments are mentioned in the article:


  • The Warren Store248 Main Street. 802-49-3864;
  • The Pitcher Inn275 Main Street. 802-496-6350;
  • Sugarbush Resort1840 Sugarbush Access Road. 800-537-8427;
  • Ole’s Cross Country Center2355 Airport Road. 802-496-3430;
  • Blueberry Lake Cross Country & Snowshoeing Center424 Plunkton Road. 802-496-6687;
  • Mad River Rocket2 Brook Road. 802-232-2555;


  • The Inn at Round Barn Farm1661 East Warren Road. 802-496-2276;
  • Joslin Memorial Library4391 Main Street. 802-496-4205;
  • Mountain Valley Farm1719 Common Road. 802-496-9255;
  • Tempest Book Shop5031 Main Street. 802-496-2022;
  • Hyde Away Inn & Restaurant1428 Millbrook Road. 802-496-2322;
  • Valley Arts Foundation5031 Main Street. 802-496-6682;
  • Clearwater Sports4147 Main Street. 802-496-2708;
  • Waitsfield Pottery4366 Main Street. 802-496-7155;
  • Artisans Gallery of Vermont20 Bridge Street. 802-496-6256;
  • Mad River Glass Gallery4237 Main Street. 802-496-9388;
  • 4orty Bridge Boutique4403 Main Street. 802-583-4022;
  • Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design45 Bridge St. 802-496-6611;
  • Big Picture Theater & Café48 Carroll Road. 802-496-8994;
  • Yellow Farmhouse Inn550 Old County Road. 802-496-4263;


  • Mad River Glen57 Schuss Pass Road. 802-496-3551;
  • Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm3061 North Fayston Road. 802-496-7141;

Yankee’s January/February issue reveals the diverse ways New Englanders embrace winter: exploring the landscape through the lens of a camera; visiting a vibrant small town; trying recipes that nourish and warm their soul. And finally, they embrace this cold time of year by creating coziness inside their homes, and friendly connections within their communities. Other feature stories about Vermont include:

  • “Winter in the Village” — by Castle Freeman Jr. (page 96): When the cold roars in, the good people of Newfane, Vermont, come together as a community.
  • “Change Coming to the Kingdom” — by Ben Hewitt (page 98): Gold mine for job seekers or disaster for the environment? Vermonters face tough decisions as a river of foreign cash flows into the state’s remote northeast corner.


“Calendar of Events” and “Well Worth the Drive” (page 117): State by state listings of events, plus one highlighted “Well Worth the Drive” event. Call ahead to confirm dates, times, and possible admission fees.

“Well Worth the Drive”

FEB. 1: WATERBURY, Snowshoe Festival. Anyone can learn to snowshoe, and the Green Mountain Club has just the folks to show you how to enjoy your favorite trails throughout the winter. Bring friends and family for an invigorating day that includes demonstrations of snowshoeing and dogsledding, guided snowshoe tours through the crisp air along acres of wooded hills and fields, indoor and outdoor kids’ activities, educational wildlife workshops, and more. 802-244-7037, 802-241-8324;

“Calendar of Events”

JAN. 11: SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH, Winter Trails Day. It’s an annual celebration of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, free to participants new to both sports. Smugglers’ Nordic

Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center will offer rentals and instructional sessions to introduce you to the joys of these classic winter activities. 802-644-1173;

JAN. 17: RANDOLPH, April Verch Band. Canada’s Ottawa Valley meets old-time Appalachia with crack fiddling, electric step dancing, and great vocals. Prepare for an energetic,

virtuosic, tradition-celebrating performance at Chandler Music Hall. 802-728-6464;

Heather Atwell


Heather Atwell


Communications manager Heather Atwell manages the magazine’s public relations efforts. She also writes the blog Outdoor Adventures for
Updated Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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