Around the Valley

  • Let the Fitness Challenge motivate you to get on that life-long path of health!

    Fitness Challenge 2015

    Who: 10 of you led by two professional trainers What: 3 exercise sessions per week for 10 weeks When: Sessions begin January, Register by December 15 Where: The Bridges Fitness Center and wherever else you care to get the blood […]

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  • The Closing of the Outdoor Courts Mixer

    The Closing of the Outdoor Courts Mixer

    October 11, 3pm – 5pm Join us as we wrap up the outdoor tennis season with some social tennis and a chance to mingle with friends and meet new folks — including our Tennis Pros Errol and Charlie! Come ready […]

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  • New Director of Tennis: Errol Nattrass

    New Director of Tennis: Errol Nattrass

    We are excited to announce that Errol Nattrass has been hired as the Director of Tennis at the Bridges Resort. Errol was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa where he grew his love for the game of tennis. He […]

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  • Dog Days of Summer Tennis Tournament & Auction

    Dog Days of Summer Tennis Tournament & Auction

    The Bridges is excited to be pairing up with Pawsitive Pantry, Inc. to offer the Dog Days of Summer Tennis Tournament and Auction! Pawsitive Pantry, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 2009 to provide a safety […]

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  • East Meets West: Yin/Yang Water Fitness comes to The Bridges

    East Meets West: Yin/Yang Water Fitness comes to The Bridges

    Our summer aqua fitness instructor, Holly Gelberg, is back, bringing a little Zen energy along with her! She will be offering two aqua fitness classes at The Bridges: Yang Water Fitness and Yin Water Fitness. Holly is incorporating both classes […]

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  • The Bridges makes Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100!

    The Bridges makes Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100!

    “Ask 10 avid tennis players to name the best tennis resort or camp and chances are you’ll get 10 different answers. But ask thousands, and a consensus begins to emerge. So throughout the year, Tennis Resorts Online solicits the opinions […]

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  • Vermont Golf Tour, Anyone?

    Vermont Golf Tour, Anyone?

    Where better, for summer and fall golfing, than the climate of the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont! If tee-times and golf clubs are your pleasure, the various breathtaking golf courses of Central Vermont are for you. From the panoramic views […]

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  • Zumba Fitness: Exercise in Disguise

    Zumba Fitness: Exercise in Disguise

    Does this ring a bell: You’re body tells you it’s time to get moving, step outside of your comfort zone and get disciplined. So you get all fired up with plans for an intricate exercise routine: join the gym, take […]

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  • A Valentine’s Performance: Not just for the Kids!

    A Valentine’s Performance: Not just for the Kids!

    JENNINGS AND PONDER PERFORM “AGELESS TALES TO WARM THE HEART OF WINTER” In the fall of 1990 at the University of Rhode Island, a storyteller was invited to my dorm, probably to help us ‘deer-in-the-headlight’ freshman facilitate new friendships.  I figured, “What the hell.. […]

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  • The Owls are Coming!

    The Owls are Coming!

    Who’s calling in your woods at night? Discover the amazing abilities of our nocturnal neighbors and find out how they are well adapted to our frigid winters. On Sunday, January 19th the Vermont Institute of Natural Science will return for […]

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  • “Almost There” Premieres: An Inside Look at the Mad River Valley

    “Almost There” Premieres: An Inside Look at the Mad River Valley

    An absolute must see, the Mad River Valley’s new twenty minute promotional movie, Almost There, presents our little hub of culture, history, art, sport and geography with breathtaking cinematography and testimonials from resident business owners, artists, skiers, farmers, as well as faithful visitors. The Valley’s Chamber […]

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  • Ski 2014: We’re Almost There!

    Ski 2014: We’re Almost There!

    We imagine you ski enthusiasts out there are getting excited and antsy for the snow to fall for your first run of the season! Well, have no fear. Our ski community here in the Mad River Valley is gearing up for […]

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  • Celebrate Vermont Beer with the Valley’s Bed and Brew Package

    Celebrate Vermont Beer with the Valley’s Bed and Brew Package

    July brings a dip in the river after a hike, January brings snow to the slopes for fabulous skiing, October brings breathtaking leaf peeping… but what does November bring to the Mad River Valley? Beer! The Valley’s Chamber of Commerce […]

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  • Matt Idol prepares another round of flatbreads during a beautiful summer evening at American Flatbread in Waitsfield, VT.

    Waitsfield makes Outside Magazine’s 2013 Top Ten Best Towns

    “People come to the Mad River Valley as much for what it lacks—traffic, noise, pretention—as for what it offers: the Green Mountains out the back door, the Class II–III Mad River, and the great local food that comes with living […]

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  • The Birds Nest Bistro Hosts Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert featuring Eef Barzelay

    The Birds Nest Bistro Hosts Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert featuring Eef Barzelay

    The Birds Nest Bistro filled up fast last Friday night, July 19th, as Eef Barzelay, of the ‘alt-country/indie’ band Clem Snide, performed for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Through organizing the event, condo owners Tom DiMarchi and Karen Tolchin raised close […]

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  • The Bridges Unit of the Week Returns to Facebook

    The Bridges Unit of the Week Returns to Facebook

    Every week, on our facebook page, we post a Unit of the Week to give folks an idea of what all our different condos on our rental program look like. As our units are all owned separately and are decorated […]

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  • First Week of Camp Bridges is Under Way

    First Week of Camp Bridges is Under Way

    Valley Week has kicked off Camp Bridges with a bang this week! With a full house of ready, willing and able kids, from ages 5-12, tennis rackets were in full swing as our pros threw their drills and games into […]

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  • Birch Trees at The Birds Nest Bistro

    Birch Trees at The Birds Nest Bistro

    Birds Nest Bistro owner and chef Amanda Astheimer recruited her mom, Sallie Astheimer, to add more creative flair to her restaurant.  Her painted birch trees, a Vermont staple, complete with, you guessed it… birds nests, on the window to the […]

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  • May 2012 Tennis Tip

    May 2012 Tennis Tip

    Bridges Resort Tennis Director Josh Hanna and soon-to-be tennis pro Amy Carst demonstrate the Backhand Slice.

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  • April 2012 Tennis Tip

    April 2012 Tennis Tip

    Bridges Resort Tennis Director Josh Hanna and soon-to-be tennis pro Amy Carst demonstrate the Two Handed Backhand.

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  • Pro Teaching Courts

    February 2012 Tennis Tip

    Bridges Resort Tennis Director Josh Hanna and soon-to-be tennis pro Amy Carst demonstrate the Split Step.

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  • Exhilaration of Spring

    Exhilaration of Spring

    Spring in Vermont is short lived, but its sweetness makes up for the lack of duration. I consider both spring and Autumn to be little buffers on the two main seasons in this Northern part of the country. Autumn eases us into winter, while spring eases us back out, and fills our minds with euphoric thoughts of glorious Vermont summers.

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  • January 2012 Tennis Tip

    Bridges Resort Tennis Director Josh Hanna and soon-to-be tennis pro Amy Carst demonstrate forehand and backhand volley.

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  • November 2011 Tennis Tip

    Bridges Resort Tennis Director Josh Hanna and soon-to-be tennis pro Amy Carst demonstrate the serve.

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  • October 2011 Tennis Tip

    Bridges Resort Tennis Director Josh Hanna and soon-to-be tennis pro Amy Carst demonstrate the use of the non-dominant hand in forehand ground strokes.

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  • Benefits of Flexibility

    • Decreased Risk Of Injury
    • Decreased Stress
    • Decreased Chronic Muscle Tension
    • Decreased Low Back Pain
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  • Benefits Of Cardiorespiratory Fitness

    • Stronger Heart
    • Lowered Bp
    • Stronger Bones
    • Increased Hdls (Good Cholesterol)
    • Improved Sleep
    • Decreased Body Fat

    Roarke Sharlow — (A.F.A.A. Certified Personal Fitness Trainer)

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  • Spring has Sprung!

    Spring in Vermont is a uniquely invigorating experience. We love our Vermont winters, but by the time March is coming to a close, the occasional sunny and sixty degree day, birds chirping at the break of dawn, and the much less frequent snow showers, are a welcome respite after a long, white winter. Not to mention, there isn’t much that beats spring skiing followed by deck beers at General Stark’s Pub or Castle Rock.

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  • New Physical Activity Guidelines

    The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations for physical activity and health have changed!
    Roarke Sharlow — (A.F.A.A. Certified Personal Fitness Trainer)

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  • The Wonder of Winter

    When you live in a ski town, winter is a particularly celebrated time of the year. There are many universal reasons to enjoy winter – hot chocolate, skiing, sledding, building snowmen, snowshoeing, decorating for Christmas, and eggnog (with rum, or without). It seems that every person, regardless of their love for winter — or lack of it — can find one thing about this season that is special to them.

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  • Let it Snow!

    Winter in the Mad River Valley. Nothing exemplifies this area better. And winter up here isn’t as patient as in other parts of the country. By late October, white mountain peaks create a dramatic backdrop to a landscape still peppered with shades of red and gold. The snow capped mountains make us anxious to hear the mechanical hum of ski lifts, and feel the crisp, cold air on our cheeks as our bodies are kept warm in layers of knit socks, long underwear and thick, down coats.

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  • Cardio Intervals

    Improves your cardiovascular fitness, burns calories and fat.

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  • Color!

    By Peter Oliver
    Vermont. Fall. Foliage. Those three words converge with such symbiotic unity that they essentially become a consuming definition of life in the state in late September and early October. For all of Vermont’s fame as a state renowned for skiing and its powerful skiing economy, the busiest period for tourism is late summer and fall. Inns fill, camera shutters snap, and restaurants do a brisk business.
    Of course it is tourism in a very different form than what consumes the winter months. Foliage tourism activity isn’t concentrated at ski areas. There are no lift lines. Instead, visitors fan out broadly, through the Mad River Valley and the rest of the state, in search of the best view — perhaps the single most vibrantly hued tree — that can take a person’s breath away.

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  • Digging in the Dirt — the Local Farming Scene

    Every Saturday morning, from May into October, the center of Waitsfield is transformed into a farmers market, where local farmers — as well as artisans producing non-foodstuff items — gather to sell their goods. Valley residents and visitors alike (along with many dogs) make a weekly ritual of attending, almost as if it were a secular religious gathering.

    The market, however, is more than just an event for social mingling and stocking up on locally grown food products for the week. It is a key showcase of the current health of the Mad River Valley farming community. Read more…

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  • Spring Ahead

    Springtime in many parts of the world is about the budding of trees and the greening of the earth and wafts of warming air. But spring in Vermont is instead about a release from winter. Snow is released as trickles of melt that feed rivers and streams; frost is released from the ground to turn roads into a muddy mess. Daylight lengthens, with the sun released from its low winter arc. Maple sap is released from its frozen winter bonds, to be boiled and turned into syrup.

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  • ZUMBA!

    Hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves create a one-of-a-kind fitness program.

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  • Vinyasa Yoga

    Flowing postures that build strength, improve posture & flexibility, and deepen relaxation.

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  • Pilates

    Concentrates on strengthening your core, flattening your stomach, improving balance and coordination all at once.

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  • Gentle Fitness

    Great land-based low impact fitness workout.

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  • Core Yoga

    Combines core stability postures of Pilates & other abdominal exercises with yoga poses.

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  • Cardio Mix

    A high intensity, high-energy cardio aerobic class designed to get your heart pumping & your feet moving!

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  • Aqua Relaxation

    Gentle toning elements of water.

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  • Makin’ Waves

    Powerful and purposeful walking through water’s natural resistance.

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  • Historic Waitsfield Walk About

    The Historic Waitsfield Walk About~ Take a moment and Indulge Yes a day at the slopes is what you may have come for; but our village has so much more to offer. Relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy! Start your day with […]

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  • Adventure, Mad River Style

    On a warm, spring afternoon not long ago, Chris Davenport was lounging in the sun outside the Gate House at Sugarbush. Davenport, a former world extreme-skiing champion, is one of the most accomplished ski mountaineers in the world, having appeared in ski movies in exotic locations from Alaska to South America. But the day of skiing he had just experienced at Sugarbush had been a particularly memorable one even for such a world traveler.

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  • Bridges Resort – New Website!

    We have just launched our new website with many new features and capabilities. The new site is much more interactive and allows users to share content via social media networks, data feeds, etc. We have calendars of fitness center, tennis, […]

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