5 Effortless Ways to “Unplug” this Fall

  Let’s take time to disconnect from our devices and reconnect with the outdoors. Swap the liking for hiking, the clicking for apple picking and email sending for family time spending. Start your digital detox with these activities, and unplugging will leave you rejuvenated to start the fall season.  Discover foliage at new heights Catch a ride on the Stratton gondola and before you know it you’ll … Continue reading 5 Effortless Ways to “Unplug” this Fall

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Expert Tips on How To Navigate the Brewfest

Since it’s Vermont Beer Week,  we called on our local expert to give us some tips on beerfests  in general , and specifically what you will find during Stratton’s Columbus Day Weekend event. Greg’s (Meuleman’s Craft Drafts) Guide to Beer Festivals First,  don’t go to an event just  because it says “beer festival.”  Don’t get me wrong, beer is a good thing.   But on occasion … Continue reading Expert Tips on How To Navigate the Brewfest

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Stratton Mountain, Where the Beer Trails Meet

To every season there is a beer … and here in Vermont you’ll tap into some of the best in every style from crisp wheat to deep stout, from a bubbly framboise to the trendy sour. While IPAs are never out of style or season, 2016 is the year of the dry hopped sour, according to bon appetite as well as Stratton’s local beer expert … Continue reading Stratton Mountain, Where the Beer Trails Meet

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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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Happy Columbus Day – Weekend Recap

By Courtney DiFiore Columbus weekend has always been a favorite of mine. It’s a two day celebration filled to the brim with events and activities. The resort becomes animated and alive. You hear laughter and glasses clinking, dogs prance through the Village while kids get their face painted and friends gather on the lawn for music and beer. It’s an explosion of color, sound and … Continue reading Happy Columbus Day – Weekend Recap


Latest and Final Foliage Report

The leaves have definitely reached their peak at Stratton over the last week. A blanket of brilliant reds, orange and yellows now lie across the Green Mountains. This change has been happening slowly and silently over the past few weeks and like every year, one day we wake up realizing that it’s fall and winter is at its heels. Below is a timelapse to show … Continue reading Latest and Final Foliage Report


Foliage Report – Round 2

Pops of color have been showing up all around Stratton lately and we’ve been keeping track. Our “Peak-O-Meter” is yours to use this fall when planning your trip to Stratton Mountain. Check out some of the great pictures people have been snapping around the area! Use the hashtag #StrattonFoliage so we can find your Instagram pictures too. We heart Andy Newell’s view. #stratton A photo … Continue reading Foliage Report – Round 2