Vermont Summer Getaways

Vermont summer getaways are perfect for the whole family. Getaways at Tucker Hill in the beautiful Mad River Valley always includes a variety of on-site activities from swimming in the Inn’s lovely private pool to tennis on the beautiful red-clay courts.  With a seemingly endless list of very affordable summer activities and events in the Mad River Valley, we dare anyone to say on a Vermont summer getaway  “I’m bored”!

Summer Festivals & Farmers Markets Abound

  • Waitsfield Farmers Market every Saturday morning
  • Mad River Craft Festival – Labor Day Weekend
  • Celebrate the 4th with fireworks, the Warren Parade, a magnificent airshow and much more
  • British Invasion Car Festival – Mid September

Arts & Attractions

  • Vermont Festival of the Arts – Throughout August
  • Green Mountain Opera Festival – June
  • Great Theater all summer long -  Commons Group at the Skinner Barn, Valley Players & Lost Nation in Montpelier.
  • Nearby Museums, Food Tastings & Factory Tours
  • Let’s not forget Ben & Jerry’s - a "must visit" on all summer getaways which is just a short drive north of us and is recognized as one of the Top 10 tour experiences in the country.
  • Explore Scenic Drives & Covered Bridges
  • Retail Therapy – meander around the area’s amazing artisan shops, galleries and antique stores
  • Pamper  Me – Start relaxing and rejuvenate with a facial or massage at one of the delightful boutique spas in the area.
  • Join us for the world's most beautiful marathon: The Mad Marathon – early July.

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Biking & Mountain Biking
Appalachian Gap - Middlebury Gap - Roxbury Gap

The area is renowned for some of the best biking in Vermont and attracts world-class professionals for races, such as the Green Mountain Stage Race.  For the less serious biker there are wonderful relatively flat rides as well as mountain trails to be enjoyed.

  • Easy to moderate rides: Mad River Riders
  • Road and mountain bike rentals  visit Clearwater Sports
  • Our favorite family mountain bike experience - take the lift at Sugarbush and ride from Lincoln Peak on marked trails to the base!

Hiking & Walking
Long Trail - Mount Abraham - Camels Hump - Lincoln Gap - General Stark's

  • Long Trail - 5 minutes from the Inn
  • Area Hikes: Green Mountain Club
  • Direct Access from Inn to Millbrook Trail, part of Mad River Path Association
  • Guided hikes and naturalist walks also available.  Advance reservations required.

Horseback Riding
Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm

  • Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm is 5 minutes from the Inn
  • USA Today: “10 great places to go horseback riding”

Water Sports
Canoeing - Kayaking - Tubing - Swimming Holes

  • 7 Swimming Holes within 10 minutes of the Inn
  • Take time to “tube” down the Mad River
  • Bring your kayak or canoe and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Blueberry Lake
  • For private or group kayak or canoe packages, visit Clearwater Sports


  • Fly and spin fishing, beginners to expert, kids to adult
  • Pristine Vermont waters (we have lots of rivers and lakes)
  • Rainbow, brook or brown trout, landlock salmon, small mouth bas or northern pike
  • One day and Half Day instruction, visit the FlyRod Shop

Sugarbush Soaring

  • 1 hour sightseeing rides to full instructional programs for adults and young adults
  • Don’t miss their annual air show, part of the area’s July 4th celebration.

Golf at Sugarbush

  • 5 minutes from the Inn
  • Robert Trent Jones Course
  • Amazing Views