Out & About

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn.”
-Dr. Seuss

Maybe it’s just me or my age and I’m buying into what I’ve heard for years but didn’t (or didn’t want to) believe, but this year has truly been a blink. I’m still reflecting on our spectacularly long foliage season! But time waits for no one and we all proceed into the holiday season reflective, thankful, and hopeful. An opportunity to reboot our lives and connect up with our family and friends.

The stars that have illuminated the valley corridors and hillsides these last couple of years are already appearing on homes and businesses and new stars are popping up everywhere. Such a wonderful community collaboration that has connected and captured the imagination of the Mad River Valley and provided light in this dark season.

This dark season can be an added challenge for many. We are so fortunate that this community refuses to let anyone fall through the cracks. The Mad River Community Fund, Sugarbush, Mad River, the Mad River Interfaith Counsel, Village Grocery, Rotary and so many more businesses and individuals give their time, resources, and care to those in need. Giving and helping others is the greatest gift you’ll ever get this season. And we live in an incredible place. That makes another great gift we can all enjoy. And that’s the gift that keeps on giving!

This month’s “under our noses” valley attraction is easy: Bridge Street. It’s open. The bridge is open. And it looks wonderful. Support all of those small businesses and restaurants that weathered the construction storm and came away with a beautifully rendered business area. Don’t let their patience and resilience go unrewarded!

My other entry is Ole’s Cross Country Center. New ownership but same cool laid back vibe, and our friend Jess is overseeing a new dining spot, Glide.  Great views, spectacular skiing, good food, and good people. Good luck Josh and Jess! All of this right under our nose!