Reign Vermont, WaitsfieldPhoto Credit : Oliver Parini
Don’t miss this “happy tent village replete with ancient grains, Taiwanese noodles, Gizmo’s pickles, leather belts, and a bounty of cheeses, spread out over the Mad River Green.” Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May to October.
Original Waitsfield home of the beloved pizza, fired in an earthen oven. No reservations, but a stay at adjacent Lareau Farm gets you in.
Movies and maple doughnuts, a biergarten, and farm-to-table sandwiches in Waitsfield.
Fresh microbrews (maple!) in a majestic post-and-beam Waitsfield taproom.
A showcase of local food and drink with tastings and learning sessions in Waitsfield.
Grab a spot near the paper towels, with a view of the smoker, and roll up your sleeves for a braised-pork feast at this Waitsfield eatery.
Dessert on the river and Awake Coffee, handcrafted in Waitsfield.
Luxury stay in Waitsfield situated on 245 acres of forest, ponds, and hilltops.
Consummately elegant/elegantly rugged Relais & Châteaux inn in Warren.
Offering the work of 145 Vermont artists in Waitsfield, including Abby Dreyer’s hand-built ceramic birdhouses, Chris Gluck’s “leaf art” alphabet books, and Christine Schultz’s brighter-than-life canvases.
Cairns in glass, colors that rival foliage—these and much more are on display in David and Melanie Leppla’s dazzling gallery in Waitsfield.
At her workshop in Waitsfield, Bridget LaMell makes indestructible handbags in fabrics that look like something Gustav Klimt dreamed up, alongside skirts that travel the globe without a hint of wrinkling.
Old and new tomes in a Waitsfield shop with the feel of a personal library. Owner Rick Rayfield bakes bread and fixes watches, too.
Founded in 1975, this outfitter offers kayak and canoe trips on the Winooski and Mad rivers, as well as river tubing under the Waitsfield covered bridge.
Stop by the farm stand or buy a day pass to picnic and wander the grounds of this c. 1804 family-owned organic farm in Waitsfield.
Ride a ski lift to the top for a panorama of color at both Mad River Glen in Waitsfield and Sugarbush Resort in Woodstock.
Take a glider ride above the Mad River Valley in Warren. [Note: Though closed for 2020, the company plans to fly high again in 2021.]
These rugged horses give novice and experienced riders a new perspective on foliage in Moretown.
Take the path on the right-hand side of the parking lot for maximum waterfall spectacle; the left-hand path is milder, with a fun platform overlooking the water.
Check out a yurt or straw-bale house at the venerable Waitsfield design/build school, and pick up a catalog for inspiration.