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2015 Columbus Day Weekend Festivities

 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


6 Must-Do Fall Activities in Manchester, Vermont

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

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Venture Vermont: Apple Picking at Mad Tom Orchard

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.

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Be sure to get a wagon to fit all your apples!

12071268_10153722852098689_1963371051_nLocated 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.

Ursa went for a wagon ride.
Ursa went for a wagon ride.

Choose from 14 different apple (depending on the time of season):

Early Season

Zestar, Sansa, Ginger Gold

Mid Season

McIntosh,  Gala, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Fuji, Spartan

Late Season

Empire, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Northern Spy

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The surrounding mountains are breathtaking.

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.

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Be sure to wear a warm jacket, it gets chilly!

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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Mad Tom Orchard Website

Mad Tom Facebook

More Info About Vermont Apples

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Venture Vermont: Stratton Adventures Paintball & ATV Tours

Hike, bike, zip-line, fly. These are just a few of the adventures we have gone on this summer for Venture Vermont. This time, we kept the fun right at the base of the mountain with Stratton Adventures ATV Tours & Paintball. Being a first timer for both activities, I was a bit nervous about navigating a machine up a mountain & battling my co-workers for the … Continue reading Venture Vermont: Stratton Adventures Paintball & ATV Tours

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Venture Vermont: Horseback Riding Excursion

An Adventure a Day Keeps the Doctor Away While his first escapade was a four-year bicycle journey around the world, it’s the joy of “Microadventures,” quick outings that offer “something different, something exciting,” that Alastair Humphrey‘s touts in his book. “Adventure is everywhere, every day, and it is up to us to find it.”  And so we did. Mountain View Ranch offers a variety of … Continue reading Venture Vermont: Horseback Riding Excursion


Venture Vermont: Manchester Hot Glass

I have found that in Vermont, there are endless opportunities to do something you’ve never done before. While I would never consider myself an artist, I have always had a few creative bones in my body. However, glass blowing has always been one of those things I never thought I could actually do. To mold colorful glass into functional everyday items seemed so complicated. But after a … Continue reading Venture Vermont: Manchester Hot Glass


Venture Vermont: Balloons of Vermont

Every year, I challenge myself to do something new. It can be as simple as trying a new recipe to taking a trip to unchartered territory. I love the excitement and unfamiliarity that accompanies my first time adventures. Hot air ballooning with Darrek Daoust of Balloons of Vermont is easily one of my favorite new things I’ve done in 2015. Hot Air Ballooning If you … Continue reading Venture Vermont: Balloons of Vermont