There’s no better feeling on vacation than ditching your car and walking everywhere you can. Getting all that fresh air and enjoying a slower pace in the day. In a remote town like Warren that may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But, at the top of the Sugarbush Access Road there’s actually more amenities in walking distance than you might imagine. Even in the winter enjoying a brisk walk will just awaken the soul a bit. And don’t worry, everything mentioned here is within 2 miles of the Lincoln Peak Base area. I’m talking 10+ dining locations, shopping, and plenty of activities. Between all of the offerings here, there’s something to do 7-days a weeks from as early as 7AM through 11PM. Whether you’re flying into Burlington and get dropped off at Sugarbush, or you’ve driven here and couldn’t be bothered to deal with parking, this is the guide for you.
Food & Drink
You’ll never have to worry about not having enough options when staying at Sugarbush. There are over 10 food and drink outlets that are absolutely walkable, not including Lincoln Peak’s mid-mountain Lodge, Allyn’s which is a ski-in location accessed by the Super Bravo Lift.
If you’re up for it, just about a mile down the mountain is three more food and drink options including our newest location, The Black Sheep Bar. For all you night owls, The Black Sheep is open as late as the crowd persists serving craft cocktails in a Vermont-style speakeasy location in The Lodge at Lincoln Peak. Or, for a quick lunch or drink, Paradise Provisions is the go-to deli. Get hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and quick serve meals, or grab a drink in their new tap room. Lastly, is Fit To Be Thai’d the furthest dining location clocking in at 1.2 miles from Clay Brook. Entirely worth the walk, enjoy authentic Thai cuisine and drinks located in the Sugarbush Inn.
Nothing beats heading home from a memorable trip with a souvenir keepsake to remember the adventures you had. The shops in the Lincoln Peak Base area offer name brand items to add to your gear collections, tons of logowear and Sugarbush apparel, as well as plushies, knick knacks and more. Find this all in the Adventure Gear Shop located in the Gate House Lodge. Don’t forget to ask for Ikon and Sugarbush Pass Holder discounts! Or, pop by the General Store in Clay Brook for additional Sugarbush merchandise and products for your stay. Paradise Provisions gets another shout out because it’s not only a deli but small grocery market as well. You can find typical grocery store items for cooking, treats and snacks, craft beer and cider, wine, as well as some merchandise items.
Surprise! There’s more to do at Sugarbush than just skiing and riding. And although that’s what the vast majority of you are here for I’m sure, there’s a mom, younger sister, or cousin out there who’s just not that into it. I’ve got you covered with additional activities all within 2 miles of the base area.
Sugarbush Health and Recreation Center: If skiing isn’t your thing and the cold really isn’t either you’ll definitely want to check to by the SHaRC. Enjoy group classes like yoga, relax in the hot tub, or try out the brand new Sports SIM Suites.
Snowshoeing & XC Skiing: Sugarbush is also surrounded by tons of trails perfect for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Explore the woods and wildlife in a quiet setting still close to human activity. (weather permitting)
Dog Sled Tours: Offered by Umiak Outdoor Outfitters this is a unique outdoor experience try out located at the Sugarbush Golf Course in the winter. Meet the dogs, mushers, and take in the scenic views of the Mad River Valley. (weather permitting)
Skiing & Riding at Lincoln Peak: Here you can ski to your heart’s content with 72 trails, 2 terrain parks, 17 wooded areas, as well as 10 lifts including Slide Brook, a connector lift to Mt. Ellen, for even more mountain access.
Remember when walking along the Sugarbush Access Road to dress appropriately for the weather and come prepared to walk in the dark. Wear reflective gear and bring a flashlight as there are no street lights or sidewalk along the road.
Get access to even more shopping, lodging and amenities in the Mad River Valley. No car? No worries. Take the Mad Bus!