Adapted from Connor w Davis – Warren Miller Entertainment
The drive in is spectacular. But the people, the mountain, the food, the drinks, and the accommodations are even better.
When you visit Sugarbush Resort, you better take Route 100 and look out the windows at every red barn. And every yellow farmhouse. And every perfectly-rickety general store. And every other charming little quirk (happy farm animals and maple syrup stands and such).
On your Route 100 journey, about 15 minutes south of Sugarbush, you enter the Granville Gulch. Oh. My God. The Granville Gulch is both stunning and narrow—slithering between steep hillsides and the iconic Mad River. Here and there, you’ll see waterfalls so beautiful you’ll cry. And, very quickly—before you’ve even arrived—you’ll confirm that visiting Sugarbush is a very, very good idea.
But you’ll need help once your tears of joy dry. So here’s a collection of tips—tips that’ll help you properly experience Sugarbush and the wonderfully unique Mad River Valley to the fullest. So, drop into this collection of the very best terrain, food, accommodations, and more.
Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner): Toast & Eggs and Kitchen
For the best breakfast in the valley, take a seat at Toast & Eggs (also the earliest opening – 6 AM – so you can eat before the 8 AM lift openings) Fresh baked donuts, muffins and breads – including gluten-free, dairy free varieties. The friendly staff serves up dishes like Irish Benedict and Hungry Carpenter sandwich that will energize you for slopes. Bonus perk: Toast & Eggs also serves lunch, but transforms into Kitchen bistro at 4 PM serving pasta and pizza with wine and beer. AND the ONLY PIZZA DELIVERY IN MAD RIVER VALLEY!
Breakfast: Big Picture Cafe
Big Picture Cafe friendly staff serves up dishes you won’t soon forget (get the maple-glazed donuts as a side or forever hold your peace) and the abutting movie theater is a real treat whether you’re taking a rest day or looking for something to do at night. (Bonus perk: Big Picture also serves amazing lunch, and dinner. Lawson’s Finest Liquids taproom is right across the street—brewing some of Vermont’s best craft beer.)
On-Mountain Lunch: The Skinny Pancake
Crepes, people. Crepes. It’s the best on-mountain lunch food you could possibly imagine and it’s available up the wazoo thanks to The Skinny Pancake. This locally-owned eatery has expanded from its humble beginnings to eight total locations in Vermont, and thank goodness one of them is at Sugarbush. (Note: It’s not just crepes. There’s plenty of other good stuff to go around, too—like burgers and shepherds pie and other cozy stuff.)
Off-Mountain Lunch: Mad Taco
If you’re not on the mountain during the lunch hour, head to The Mad Taco. These are the best Tacos in the valley, hands down. And probably best tacos in Vermont. And probably the best tacos ever. Anyways, this fast-casual eatery does things right—just follow the scent of the smoker in the parking lot and indulge from there.
There’s no real proof, but Vermont pretty much created the whole farm-to-table movement. And Peasant represents that movement in spades. Located right alongside the Mad River, this quaint-yet-lively dinner spot really shows off the Green Mountains’ culinary finesse. Lots of local meat. Lots of local produce. Great wine. Great beer. You just can’t beat it.
WHERE TO SLEEP
On the Mountain: Clay Brook Hotel
If you want to be right there—ski-in-ski-out style—just book a room at the Clay Brook and don’t look any further. This place is the real deal. Super nice. Unbeatable location. Well worth the price.
Off the mountain: Mad River Barn
Looking for something a little further into the woods? Three words: Mad. River. Barn. We’re talking updated rooms, a quintessential Vermont setting on a windy country road, and a great bar/restaurant. (It’s also a stone’s throw from Sugarbush’s neighbor, Mad River Glen.)
Now book your stay. Make your reservations. Pack your bags. Get psyched. And may your trip to Sugarbush be charming, thrilling, and relaxing all at once.
TixBeast.com showings of
“Volkswagon Presents Warren Miller’s Timeless”
- movie ticket
- one Sugarbush lift ticket voucher for a Weekday non-holiday
- raffle ticket
- national sweepstakes entry
- NEW Killington Late Season BOGO FREE Lift Ticket
Lift ticket vouchers:
“FREE lift ticket to Sugarbush, valid Monday through Friday from Opening Day through Closing Day, EXCEPT FOR 12/25-1/5, 1/18-1/20 and 2/15-2/23. Not valid with any other offers. No refunds. Non-transferable. Ticket must be loaded onto a reloadable Sugarbush RFID card. If you do not already have a Sugarbush RFID card, one may be purchased for $5.”
“Free Killington BOGO” is a voucher to Killington, good for one (1) 2-FOR-1 adult one-day lift ticket, valid from either: a) Opening Day 2019 through 12.20.19; OR b) 4.06.20 through Closing Day 2020. Both tickets must be used the same day and cannot be resold. Not valid with any other offer. Valid for one (1) redemption. Email address may be used only once. Print the voucher OR show it on your phone at the ticket window to redeem. All lift tickets must be loaded onto a reloadable ONE PASS, our RFID card, which is available for $5. The ONE PASS is not transferable.