Picture a secluded swimming hole among the forest. Imagine the sounds of running water, birds chirping, leaves rustling in the cool breeze as you bask in the glory of an Indian summer. Now, go experience it! Believe it or not there truly are places like this that are easily accessible just beyond your back door. The Dorset Quarry may not be deep within the forest, … Continue reading Venture Vermont: Dorset Quarry
If you’re going to Venture Vermont, you’re going to try new things & travel off the beaten path. That’s why we decided to venture into the small town of Chester, Vermont to take an all women’s gun course called “Women on Target.” Location Chester Rod and Gun Club | 4352 VT-11 | Chester, VT 05143 Excursion Run by: Gun Supply of Vermont | 94 VT-30, Bondville, VT … Continue reading Venture Vermont: Women on Target | Gun Excursion
August 3-9, 2015 is Vermont Open Farms Week. What better way to celebrate locally grown fresh fare than at the farmers market in our own backyard? When May 23 – October 10, 2015 | Every Saturday from 9am-1pm Directions Intersection of Rt.11 and Rt. 100 in Londonderry, VT. See map here. When you arrive, you can park at the Mill House Tavern restaurant right on … Continue reading Venture Vermont: West River Farmer’s Market
Brewfest: Over 100 Craft Beers, Ales & Ciders Saturday Noon-6PM | Sunday 11AM-2PM Live Music Saturday Noon-6PM | Sunday 11AM-2PM Caricaturist, Face & Pumpkin Painting, Balloon Animals Saturday & Sunday 1-4PM Hay Rides Saturday, 1-6PM | Sunday 11AM-4PM Gondola Rides Friday 10AM-5PM | Saturday-Monday 10AM-4:30PM Keg Toss Saturday 4PM North Face Race to the Summit & Heels to Paws 5K Sunday 9:30AM | Sunday 9AM … Continue reading 2015 Columbus Day Weekend Festivities
A mere 19 miles from the Stratton Mountain Village sits the historical, quintessential New England town of Manchester, Vermont. Nestled among the astonishing Green Mountains, the town is filled with diverse retail outlet stores, small town coffee shops and a multitude of dining options. We explored Manchester to bring you the most unique fall activities in the area. 1. Immerse yourself in Fall at the Equinox Valley Nursery Located … Continue reading 6 Must-Do Fall Activities in Manchester, Vermont
In search for the best fall activities in southern Vermont, we found ourselves in East Dorset at Mad Tom Orchard. On our way to pick our own apples, excitement buzzed throughout the car in anticipation to embrace the cool, crisp fall air and gather fresh produce from the Vermont trees. Little did we know that we would be greeted by a friendly couple and immerse ourselves into the breathtaking surrounding mountains.
Located on Mad Tom Road just 20 minutes from Manchester Center and about 35 minutes from Stratton, Mad Tom Orchard dates back to 1962, first run by Tom as a commercial orchard and eventually developed into a pick-your-own. The Orchard was forced to close in 1997 due to loss of an airplane spray service, but was re-opened and restored by Tom’s son (also named Tom) and his wife, Sylvia in 1999. The couple pruned over 100 of the original trees and planted 1,2000 new apple trees resulting in 8 acres of prime apple picking. The first tree planted on the orchard dates back to 1940, making this season the orchard’s 75th birthday.
Choose from 14 different apple (depending on the time of season):
Zestar, Sansa, Ginger Gold
McIntosh, Gala, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Fuji, Spartan
Empire, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Northern Spy
Be sure to pick up a gallon of fresh apple cider, just $5.00. There’s also a variety of Vermont’s best items to take home like local maple syrup and cookie cutters made up the road in Rutland.
What to Wear & What to Pack
Be sure to wear warm clothing and boots or sneakers. This orchard is nestled in the mountains and there is often a cool breeze. Bring a camera – you’ll definitely want to take pictures of the surrounding mountains. The orchard accepts debit and credit cards, as well as cash.
Hours of Operation
During apple harvest season, the Orchard is open Tuesday through Sunday 9AM-5:30PM. The orchard is closed on Mondays. The apple picking season varies, so give the orchard a call to see when they are open until. Phone: (802) 366-8107.
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