Stratton to Open for Skiing and Riding November 28

Guests to enjoy skiing, riding, family fun events at resort’s opening weekend STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT. – Stratton Mountain will open for top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Saturday, November 28 with at least 5 trails ranging from novice to intermediate terrain.  Stratton snowmakers took advantage of the window of cold weather and fired up over 250 HKD snowguns Sunday evening when the temperatures dipped as low … Continue reading Stratton to Open for Skiing and Riding November 28

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Jan Giejda Named Stratton Executive Chef, Reinvents Table 43.1 Menu

Stratton’s culinary team to showcase talents with weekly dining specials STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT. – Stratton Mountain Resort has welcomed another culinary artist to the team, Jan Giejda, as its new executive chef. Hailing from Dorney Park, Pensylvania, Giejda will oversee all Stratton dining establishments, including the Base Lodge, Sunbowl, Green Apron, Mid-Mountain Smoke, and the reimagined Table 43.1. “As the new executive chef at Stratton, … Continue reading Jan Giejda Named Stratton Executive Chef, Reinvents Table 43.1 Menu

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Venture Vermont: Hot Yoga

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to start getting in skiing shape before the first day on hill, which is just over a month away, has your body aching more than it ever has before. In my search for new ways to stay in shape for ski season, besides the mundane treadmill run, I stumbled across a quaint hot yoga studio in nearby … Continue reading Venture Vermont: Hot Yoga

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Dear El Niño, Bring It!

The countdown to winter has begun and we’re celebrating by sharing our favorite moments from last year’s storied season. See pow shots and more as we honor throwback Thursday. There you have it. From fat bikes to shredding the gnar, we’ve shared some of our favorite moments from last season. What’s your best Stratton memory on snow?   About the Author Courtney DiFiore | Three years ago, … Continue reading Dear El Niño, Bring It!


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

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