Blog :: 2016

Winter Outings in Stowe

The fresh new snow that has fallen over the past few days has everyone invigorated to be outside enjoying it.  In addition to all of the outdoor activities, winter events are already on the schedule.  The following are fun free events you may want to mark on your calendar.  All of these are hosted by the Stowe Land Trust, and begin in January.

  • January 24th - Hikes for Tykes at 10:00 a.m.
    • Explore the winter world along the Mill Trail.  Designed for children up to 5 years old, to connect with new friends on the trails while fostering their love for the world around them. Enjoy a fire and hot cocoa at the Mill Trail Cabin afterwards.
  • February 18, 2017 - Peak-a-View Snowshoe at 9:00 a.m.
    • Strap on your snowshoes for a hike in the Page and Sterling Forests.  Warm beverages served afterwards.   Directions: From Stowe Village, head north on VT-108. In 3 miles, turn right onto Edson Hill Rd, then continue onto Weeks Hill Rd. In 2 miles, turn left onto Wade Pasture Rd; look for the Robinson Springs sign. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Dish Ln. Park at the end of the road. Note that parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.
  • March 4, 2017 - Apple Tree Pruning Workshop from 1:00 - 4:00 at Burnham Farm, 2864 Stowe Hollow Road
    • Come learn the basics of fruit tree pruning and care from Lamoille County Forester, Rick Dyer, at Kelly Murphey & Rachel Fussell's orchard at the SLT-conserved Burnham Farm in Stowe Hollow.  Bring your clippers or a pruning saw and gloves.  Extra equipment will be provided. Hosted by the property owners, Kelly Murphey and Rachel Fussell.

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'Tis the Season For Giving

It's not too early to be thinking about where your holiday donations may make the biggest difference.  There are many Vermonters who are in need.  One of the most gratifying traditions is giving to those who need assistance.

There are many ways to give back to our communities and neighbors.  The following organizations are in continual need of donations and additional support during the holidays, and throughout the year:

The Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville receives calls and visits from families experiencing crises, every day.  The nurturing staff educate and support families through home, and community services.  They are also always in need of volunteers.  You can drop off food, gift and gas cards, and find out about other ways you can help by going to their website.

The Lamoille Community Food Share in Morrisville provides food security around Lamoille County.  You can drop off food items, volunteer your time at the Food Share, or make a donation through their website.  You can also find them on Facebook.   If it's easier for you, we at Carlson Real Estate collect food items for the Food Share on an ongoing basis, so please feel free to drop off any of your healthy canned and boxed goods, and we'll be sure to get them there.

Clarina Howard Nichols Center works to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County. Clarina provides advocacy programs, emergency shelter, support and direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as community outreach programs to affect social change.  Learn how you can help.

Green Mountain Habitat For Humanity, located in Morrisville, has been building affordable and energy-efficient homes for lower-income  families in north western VermontYou can donate funds, labor, materials, and services to help ensure the availability of affordable homes for Vermonters for generations to come.   

"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi


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Self-Guided Foliage, Brew, Wine and Cider Tour


The leaves are turning, so time to hit the road and check out all the beautiful colors and scenery this time of year has to offer.  Make it a little different this year, by stopping by the Stowe Area Association on Main Street in Stowe and pick up your Stowe Craft Beverage Trail Tour Kit for only $10. Then, follow the trail to each brewery, winery, distillery, and cidery!

You will get:

  • A Map & Tour Ticket – Bring it with you to each stop on the trail & get it stamped for your chance to earn extra prizes!
  • Corkscrew – a chic little commemorative gift, to open wine, beer, cider, spirits, soda.
  • Sunglasses – a gift for your designated driver.
  • Free Chocolate Voucher – Handmade chocolates by Laughing Moon Chocolates using local brews, wines, and spirits.

Bring your map for your exclusive #stowebevtrail special at each stop.

  • Boyden Valley Winery – 50% off a wine tasting! Sample the many different delectable wines produced, and take your Boyden Valley Wine glass home with you (tastings cannot be shared among multiple people).
  • Green Mountain Distillers – 50% off your spirits tasting!
  • Idletyme Brewing Company – Free gift! Purchase a beer, and get a surprise free gift.
  • Smugglers’ Notch Distillery – Free tasting! Sample award-winning vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and bourbon.
  • Stowe Cider – 50% off your cider tasting!
  • von Trapp Brewing – Free deck of von Trapp Brewing playing cards! Purchase a beer and take home a souvenir deck of cards from the Deli/Bakery!
  • Laughing Moon Chocolates – Bring your voucher for your free chocolate.  LMC has free chocolate dipping demonstrations every day at 2pm.



Realtor Grant Helps Build New Mountain Bike Trail In Stowe

The Lamoille Area Board of REALTORS® was just awarded a grant from the National Association of Realtors, which helped to build a new trail in Cady Hill Forest.  The trail was just completed by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, and is a re-route of an existing trail that will now allow riders to more easily continue from the end of Cady Hill Connector through to the upper tier of the Cady Hill Forest and Schween trail network.  The trail is fun and flowy, up or down, and not as steep a climb as the old alternative.

Many thanks to the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, for recognizing the importance of recreation and its benefits for our community.  And, also to the Stowe Mountain Bike Club , and Stowe Land Trust, who both continue to enhance this multi-use trail network, and natural resource.  The board of Realtors was also recently instrumental in securing a grant for the new Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.


B3 Weekend in Stowe, Coming Soon!


Critical Mass Ride from Park St., 2015


The 3rd annual B3 mountain bike festival is happening the weekend of June 10.  And, it starts with a kick-off party on Park St., Friday evening, at 5:00 p.m.  Last year the 1st annual kick-off party included tastings from The Alchemist, von Trapp Brewing, Idletyme, Stowe Cider, Mansfield Dairy, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, and more.  This year's block party will be much the same, with live music, and new additions such as balloons for kids, and kid munchies!  The Critical Mass Ride, which everyone is looking forward to again, departs afterwards.  It's a group ride that will depart from Park Street, around 6:30 p.m., and goes up the Mt. Rd. to Piecasso.  All ages are invited, and costumes are encouraged.   After the ride, there will be restaurant, brew, and cider specials; along with bike giveaways.  Throughout the weekend there will be group rides for all abilities.  And on Sunday, there will be a host of group rides at Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center - all family friendly - and a cookout to follow!

For more information on B3 weekend, visit the B3 event page of the Stowe Mountain Bike Club.

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It's Green Up Day This Saturday

Green up day is a long standing tradition in Vermont.  A day where people come out from all over, to green up the roadsides and communities.  The Realtors will be gathering in Morrisville on the Rail Trail, at 9:00 a.m.  For more information you can contact Sara Waskuch at You can register or just show up. T-shirt and garbage bags will be provided.

In Stowe, meet at Sunset Grille starting at 8 a.m. Bags and refreshments will be included. For more information you can contact Tom Jackman at 

There is no time commitment, you can do as little or as much as you can. 




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    Stowe Land Trust Completes Fund Raising Effort

    The Kaiser Farm is one of the last remaining working farms in Stowe, and is a reminder of the importance of protecting the special landscape sourrounding us.  Thanks to the Stowe Land Trust, and the generous donations from the organization's supporters, this 49 acre farm will remain part of the working landscape out in scenic Nebraska Valley.  Stowe Land Trust, will purchase a conservation easement, and in turn, sell the property to the new buyers at the agricultural value. 

    Christine Kaiser, has farmed there for decades, and was featured in the Ben Hewitt's book, The Town That Food Saved, about the local food movement, in Hardwick.

    This collaborative conservation effort, along with the Vermont Land Trust, will ensure this scenic farmland be perserved, provide access to farm fresh and local food in the area, and support the next generation of farmers in our community.  Andrew and Annie Paradee are the young couple who will be buying the farm. 

    The completion date of the purchase and ultimate preservation of the property, is projected to take place by the end of April.  For more information about this exciting project, you can visit the Stowe Land Trust website.




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      TRIP Dancers to Perform This Weekend in Stowe

      Stowe's TRIP dancers will be appearing this weekend, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, at Stowe Mountain Resort.  This year, the impressive local dance company will be performing a wide array of numbers, from show favorites such as "Chicago", The Wizard of Oz, and the recent Boadway hit, "Newsies".  As usual, a variety of styles will be represented, including jazz and ballet.  Helena Sullivan, the artistic director and teacher at Stowe dance Academy, has led TRIP DANCE Company for over 16 years.  TRIP has grown into such a successful company, providing students of all ages invaluable dance performance opportunities and experiences.  The Dance Company has received numerous awards for outstanding costume design, and stage presence; as well as for choreography. 

      Performances are scheduled for this coming Friday and Saturday, March 18-19 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students, available at, or from any TRIP dancer.  When buying tickets online, be sure to name the dancer you know, so they will receive credit. 

      Ticket sales support the Dance Company and scholarships.

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      Looking for something new to do this winter?

      Yes, there's plenty of skiing, riding and other winter fun stuff to do.  But maybe you're looking for something a little different.  For instance, it's not too late to get tickets to Rusty DeWees's The Logger show.  Rusty, who grew up in Stowe, has yet another series of enteraining shows this month and next, 5 of which still have seats available.  Rusty's shows are hilarious, and feature amazing local musical talent.  Below is the schedule of upcoming shows.

      • Feb 20 VERMONT COMEDY CLUB Stand-Up and Improv Stars (Adults)
      • Feb 26, 27, GOVERNOR JIM DOUGLAS Evening of stories – VT. Quiz
      • March 4, 5, THE LOGGER and THE FELLERS Comedy and Music Show

      You can buy your tickets online.








      Then, if you haven't been to Stowe Bowl yet - you may want to check out this new state of the art bowling experience.  Bowling like you've perhpas never seen.  Rachel and Mark Vandenberg of Stowe's Sun and Ski Inn and Suites, have added a remarkable bowling attraction.  Equipped with a full lounge and eatery, you'll find some of your favorite dining items, and beers on tap.  Great spot for parties or other special occasions; and bowling league opportunities, coming soon.  Check out this video Mark put together of the genesis of this project.


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