Round barns are quite rare however there are still a number of them standing in Vermont. At The Inn at Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont, not only is the round barn still standing, it, along with the adjacent inn, is home to some of the finest and most memorable weddings in the region.
The farm has 245 acres of land and is considered one of the best landscaped inns in the state with 5 ponds, flower gardens, meadows and woods and an organic garden. A bridal bridge leads to "The Willows"; a beautiful area with a pond and willow trees that is a popular location for destination wedding ceremonies. Sculptures by Vermont artists dot the landscape.
The farmhouse and attached horse barn were converted to an inn in 1986 by the Jack and Doreen Simko, and their daughter, Ann Marie DeFreest who now operates the inn along with her partner, Tim Piper. Each room has an individual personality and they're all beautiful! The order of the day here is romance and relaxation!
The round barn was meticulously restored between 1988 and 1990 specifically to host events such as weddings, concerts, art exhibits and conferences, and is a truly a work of art. The ground floor houses a lap pool and greenhouse while the upper level hosts events in an expansive area with a high round ceiling and the warmth of post and beam construction and cedar shakes. The Inn at Round Barn Farm is the definitive wedding destination in the Mad River Valley.
Nestled between the Northfield Mountains to the east and the main range of the Green Mountains to the west, the Mad River Valley is conveniently located an hour southeast of Burlington and a half hour southwest of Montpelier. The river defines the valley geographically, while Route 100 cuts a scenic path for the motorist, and the Long Trail cuts one for the hiker!
The valley includes the towns of Warren, Waitsfield, and Fayston and is home to not one, but two ski resorts: Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen. The region also has a wide variety of Bed and Breakfasts and classic Vermont inns with experience hosting many Mad River Valley weddings!
Some points of interest: Waitsfield is home to Vermont's version of the Apple Store, Small Dog Electronics, a very successful company with great social sensibility - and there's something about dogs running around that's just nice - it's worth the trip just for the vibe. Warren is home to the Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design; a fascinating look at classic industrial design. Currently featuring a toy exhibit, the museum has a permanent collection ranging from cars to scooters, fans and toasters, clothing to furniture.
A scenic drive is a must when visiting the area. Take route 17 to the top of the Appalachian Gap, and you can't go wrong on route 100 in either direction. To the north on 100, it's just a short ride to the state capitol and attractions like the Rock of Ages Quarry, Ben & Jerry's, Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
Turn your Vermont wedding dreams into memories in the Mad River Valley!