In a state known for its beauty and character, the Mad River Valley is a truly exceptional place. The Mad River snakes through the Valley bordered by the Green Mountains on the west and the Northfield Ridge on the east. The Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail traverse the Green Mountains that frame the Valley and the famed ski areas Sugarbush and Mad River Glen are our neighbors. From the mountain peaks and gaps to the numerous swimming holes along the Mad River, the late summer corn fields to early spring maple orchards, the vistas are breathtaking and sublime.
See the Mad River Chamber of Commerce movie “Almost There.”
Notable local sites include Warren Falls, the Waitsfield covered bridge, The Round Barn, American Flatbread at Lareau Farm, Blueberry Lake, Sunset Rock and Mt. Abe, Sugarbush and Mad River Glen Ski Areas, Sugarbush Golf Course, Mad Taco, the Wednesday night Round-Up by Bridge St. in Waitsfield, the Mad River Barn, the Hyde-Away, the Warren Store, the Pitcher Inn, Burnt Rock Mountain….more here!
The Valley is also a community of people who are resilient, resourceful, understated and caring. We started Mad River Distillers to celebrate this magical place. Wherever possible, we have sought to use local resources and craftsmen and we distill and bottle all of our spirits here in the Valley. Regardless of their provenance, our goal is to ensure that all of our products evoke the spirit of the Mad River Valley.
In 2011, Maura Connolly was contemplating planting a vineyard on the farm. Vermont is an unforgivng climate for grapes and her friends suggested that it would be better to produce something more indigenous like apple brandy. John Egan is a life-long fan of Calvados, the French apple brandy, and he was intrigued enough to start researching apple brandy production. Brett Little, who shared John’s appreciation for Calvados, was immediately on board and the idea of starting a distillery at Cold Spring Farm was born. Read More >>