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    by blueskyjohn Written Dec 25, 2014

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    The Naked Potter is a pottery studio that specializes in the "naked" firing of Raku pots. The owner, Luke, does not do pottery in the nude as he makes clear on the website. Before I go further, Luke has been a personal friend for about 20 years. Long before he became the "Naked Potter."

    Luke's does two types of pottery. Functional and decorative. I can honestly say I use his mugs everyday when I have my morning tea. Each piece is an original work of art. I have not purchase any of the Raku decorative pieces yet. There are several styles I do love and hope to have in my house one day.

    Luke also provides classes and workshops. The studio is an old post and beam barn that was a salvage from Fletcher, Vermont. Luke is a great teacher. I recommend checking out the website. It is a fun activity to do on vacation.

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Waitsfield Hotels

  • Eagles at Sugarbush

    169 Eagles Road, P.O. Box 180, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Yellow Farmhouse Inn

    550 Old County Rd, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The Wilder Farm Inn Bb

    1640 Main Street

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Waitsfield Inn

    5267 Main Street, Route 100, PO Box 969, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Inn at the Round Barn Farm

    1661 E. Warren Rd., Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Inn at the Mad River Barn

    Route 17, 2849 Mill Brook Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • 1824 House Inn

    2150 Main St., Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Tucker Hill Inn And Restaurant

    Rd 1 Marble Hill Road

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Mad River Inn

    Tremblay Rd. off Rte. 100, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Waitsfield Restaurants

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    I was very impressed with the open atmosphere and large fireplace in the main dining room. Very rustic setting with warm lighting and fire burning. The wait staff are very friendly. Reservations are recommended. After seating, staff bring out a unique bowl with hummus, olives and crostini's. The hummus and olives were very good but it only came with four crostini. Not enough for the hummus.

    For a starter I had the Lamb meatballs on a bed of couscous and tomato sauce. This was a special and very good. For the main course, I had the double pork chop with a Pear compote, pure potato and root vegetables. This was very good good but could have used more jus.

    A very nice dining experience but very expensive. More of a place to go for special occasions.

    Hours:
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday Closed
    Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
    Friday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
    Saturday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
    Sunday Closed

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    by blueskyjohn Written Dec 25, 2014

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    The food here is very good. However the ordering process and chaotic to say the least. Once in the front door, to the left is a make shift bar. To the right is a small tight hall way that has two openings to the kitchen. This is where you place your order. The menu is on a narrow chalk board along the top of these openings. It is very long so you have to walk along to see everything that they have. The problem is this area is tight and many others are trying to do the same thing.

    We finally were able to place our order. They are very big on cilantro. Some of what we ordered was the smoked pork belly, jalapeño and cilantro taco; the smoked pork, kimchi and cilantro taco and finally a burrito with chicken, rice, beans, avocado, cheese, pico and of course, cilantro.

    To the right of the ordering area is a seating area. Several tables in one room and two picnic tables in another. The picnic table have seen a lot of use. They do bring the food out to you. On a table in the ordering area is about seven different home made hot sauces ranging from 2-7, seven being the hottest. I tried the 2 and my mouth was on fire.

    Not a bad place once you get use to the ordering process. You would be better served to check out the menu on line and know what you want when you walk in. Still, The Mad Taco is very popular with locals.

    Hours: open seven days a week from 11am to 9pm.

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    This was my second option on the night. I failed to make reservations and when I arrived at my first choice they were completely booked for the night. The Big Picture was a nice backup. It is more of a diner setting attached to a small movie theater. They only show two movies, limited options. Nice to have on a rainy day.

    I ordered the veggie burger. It comes with avocado, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo with choice of chips or salad. The veggie burger is homemade and I could tell right away. It was excellent! I also ordered Lemmon potatoes. This was unique. It was roasted potato with Lemmon juice. Really only a hint of Lemmon juice but nice. Better than chips.

    I would definitely return for that veggie burger!

    Hours:
    Monday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Tuesday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Wednesday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Thursday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Friday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Saturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Sunday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

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Waitsfield Sports & Outdoors

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    by blueskyjohn Written Dec 24, 2014

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    The "ski it if you can" is a logo and part of there marketing plan since I can remember. They have a different approach lately as can be seen on their website, where it states "you can ski it". They should stick Witt he original because it is more true to fact.

    I've been skiing for 35 years and all that time I heard about Mad River Glen and the fact that they still do not make snow. It's all natural with some groomed trails. I finally had the opportunity to ski here. This is a much different set up than the average ski resort. It is much smaller in terms of services. First this is like a co-op. you can become a share holder or just use the facility because it is open to the public.

    The whole set up is not convenient when you arrive. There is only one person you can purchase a lift ticket from. The weekday ticket cost me $60. So that is a positive since Sugarbush is $25 more. If you need to rent equipment you have to do that at a different building and its a separate charge for you ticket. The two areas do not communicate so there is no package deal. I was with a few people that needed rentals and this was a long process.

    There were only two lifts operating. There is a single chair lift to the top which is rather unique. The other was a double. Still no lines and we were up the mountain in no time. The night before it snowed another 4 inches. A pure joy to ski fresh lines with no grooming. However my friends are beginners and the Mad River trail rating system leaves a lot to be desired. A green easy trail is like an intermediate trail at any other resort. The intermediate trails are like a single diamond trail. This is not the mountain for beginners. If you are an experienced skier and don't have to rent equipment this is a great place.

    I major thing to note here, they do not allow snowboarders! Ski only which is a nice change. I didn't get many runs in because the weather changed to rain at lunch time and made the snow like cement. Can't wait to go back. The trails here have an old school feel. Fairly narrow and tree lined. Many glad routes to explore. Advance skiers only for that.

    Hours:
    Monday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Tuesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Wednesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed

    Equipment: Bring your own skis and boots. The rental here is slow.

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    by blueskyjohn Written Dec 23, 2014

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    This is a beautiful area to ski or snowboard. I prefer to go skiing on a weekday if at all possible to avoid the crowds and lift lines. This trip was no exception. No wait at any lift!

    Parking is easy to find and there are plenty of lots if it is busy. When walking to the main lodge I was greeted by a staff member there to answer questions. Since this was my first time at Sugarbush, I was happy for this as it saved a lot of time wondering where to go to get a lift ticket. Lift tickets are on the expensive side, it was $84 for a weekday and $91 on weekend or holiday.

    They have a full lesson and rental program. You can get a lesson rental and limited access lift ticket for $99. What surprised me is that they do not rent out helmets. I have been to many other ski resorts that do. However there is shortage of the, for sale in the resort pro shop and that may be the point.

    The lifts were fast and they have several quads. To get to the summit you have to take two different lifts. The trails are well groomed and there was plenty of fresh snow. Sugarbush also makes snow as well. I found some of there intermediate trail to be technically under rated. Other resorts would have some of these as a single diamond trail only because of the moguls.

    It was a great day on the mountain even if it was a bit overcast Nd the summit was fogged in. Made for an interesting effect.

    Equipment: Ski/snowboard or you can rent at the mountain.

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