Resting my head on my arms, I kept my eyes closed. Opening them at the most opportune moments to enjoy the sights. A bucolic barn property or a patch of fog set aglow by the rising sun always seems to be the perfect backdrop for a drive and for many; preferred over dotted highway lines and reflective signs.
The distinctive smell of Vermont is invigorating – until you pass a cow farm that is. The clean air, the views of sprawling farms and mountains is always a sight for sore eyes.
This weekend our destination is Mad River Valley Vermont. On the itinerary, accommodations in Bristol, shopping in Waitsfield and a stop in Warren to visit the Warren Store.
Follow along and Discover the area for yourself through the eyes of New England Weekender and promise that if you go, you’ll explore not only the places shared here, but your own favorite finds.
Vermont B&B at Russell Young Farm is a historic homesite ca. 1870, recently renovated and turned chic Bed & Breakfast as well as family home to ownersLuke and Carin McCarthy. By far one of the best places to lodge if you’re coming to the area for a getaway weekend or ski trip!
Just steps from the entry an enormous fieldstone fireplace greets guests with grandeur – the living room, a space complete with period wood beams and delicate country decor proves to be the perfect place to begin and end each day.
Each of the three guest rooms offer simple luxuries such as on-suite baths, queen beds with perfectly arranged linens and style that brings the romantic views inward, creating a quiet place to reflect on and plan for the excitement of your visit.
In the morning breakfast is served. Honey yogurt with fruit, french toast and bacon and a unique Mediterranean dish called Shakshouka, (poached eggs in a tomato sauce).
Depending on the weekend, you might be blessed with an opportunity to mingle with other guests at the dining room table and discuss the best local kept secrets as well as plans for your day.
After breakfast we enjoy coffee on the front porch over looking the mountains with new friends and stroll to the pond where guests can sit on the dock or in two perfectly situated Adirondack chairs. There’s no wrong way to spend your time relaxing here!
After breakfast we’re off to discover the other side of the mountain. Next stop: Warren & Waitsfield, VT located just 25 minutes to the east of Bristol up and over an incredibly steep and windy auto road (route 17) Atop the mountain drivers can enjoy a pull off with hiking trails to the breathtaking views of the Bristol Valley Below.
Here, you can discover a plethora of small artisanal shops and eateries located on a bustling downtown main street. Read more here: Mad River Valley Part 2.