ABOUT US

We love the outdoors, and we love hiking. But we also know that sleeping under the stars isn't for everyone. We thought  there must be a way to combine the best aspects of backpacking—outdoor exercise, quality time with friends and family, unparalleled access to wildlife and natural beauty—with the satisfaction of settling into warm food and a cozy bed at the end of a long day. At Country Mile Vermont, we strive to perfect this balance.

 

We are based in the beautiful Mad River Valley and offer all-inclusive inn-to-inn walking tours. Guided day hikes are also available for guests in the Mad River Valley, Waterbury, Stowe, and Montpelier areas. Learn more about our local inn partners by clicking here!

Country Mile Vermont is a small, locally owned and operated company, so you can count on small group sizes and personal attention to the details of your custom walking tour. We love what we do, and we love Vermont. Come walk a few "country miles" with us and we think you'll see why!

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OUR TEAM

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Owner/Operator and Guide

PETER MANDYCH

Peter is the founder of Country Mile Vermont and its primary guide. He has trained with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Peter has worked in a variety of fields, including as a backcountry expedition leader in Colorado, a member of AmeriCorps and, more recently, as a real estate attorney at a large Boston law firm. Peter's diverse professional background informs his approach to guiding and management. Peter is an advocate for public land and enjoys reading, skiing, supporting local ice cream companies, and sharing his love of the outdoors.

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Guide

LAUREN MANDYCH

Lauren is a licensed naturopathic doctor (N.D.) and brings a wealth of knowledge and outdoor experience to Country Mile Vermont. Lauren’s clinical practice focuses on lifestyle counseling, mind-body connection, and exploring the health benefits that come from cultivating a relationship with the natural world. Lauren has completed training with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and previously worked for an expedition company in Idaho. She also teaches at Northern Vermont University. In her free time, Lauren enjoys gardening, reading, and finding the best swimming holes in the Mad River Valley.

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Guide-In-Training/Mascot

ROWAN

Rowan is the would-be chief executive of Country Mile Vermont. A gentle giant, Rowan sometimes accompanies our guided tours. In his free time he enjoys napping in the snow, sampling human food, and romping in the woods.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Every Country Mile Vermont tour is uniquely customized to suit your goals and abilities. An inn-to-inn walking tour is an unforgettable adventureour best advice is to expect the unexpected! With that said, each Country Mile Vermont inn-to-inn walking tour includes all lodging, meals, luggage transport between inns, and meticulously planned hiking routes. In the morning you will have breakfast at the inn, pack up, then spend most of the day walking at your own pace through Vermont's beautiful countryside, stopping for lunch and snacks wherever you choose. Upon arriving at your next inn, you will have an opportunity to refresh and clean up before  dinner. You may also choose to enjoy some of Vermont's fine local beer, but don't forget to rest upthe adventure starts all over again the next day!

A word of advice: Vermont ain't flat! Though we do our best to accommodate all ability levels, there is no getting around this simple topographical fact of life in the Green Mountain state (see "What is a Country Mile?" in our FAQ section). While Vermont is not the Alaskan wilderness, you will likely spend several hours (or a whole day, depending on your route) without encountering other people, and cell service can be spotty. We are here to assist as much as possible, but you won't be able to call a cab if it starts raining. Rest assured that we will do our best to prepare you for each day of your journey. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!