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Stowe Vermont

Cady Hill Forest Update

As you may know, Cady Hill Forest in Stowe - a recreation destination for all types of users - was devastated by a wind storm last October.  You may have seen photographs of some areas that now lay barren after hundreds, perhaps thousands of trees were blown down and have since been logged out.  Seeing it in person can only show the true reality of what happened there.  The good news is that at least part of Cady Hill Forest will be back online by early to mid-summer. There are still some unknowns, but recovery is within sight.

The timber harvest and salvage effort on the southern end of Cady Hill Forest (near Charlie’s and Florence Trails) was completed in late January. 

Local logger Jed Lipsky and his crew are slated to return to the Bear’s Trail and Cady Hill Climb area, this week to complete  timber harvest effort there, before spring. 

As far as getting the trails back online, the ultimate goal is to clear the lesser affected trails like Snake, the Schween Haus Loops, Cady Hill Connector, Upper Bear’s, etc., and create a spring loop that will be accessible via the substation on Cady Hill Road, and potentially via the iRide parking lot.  In some cases the situation is still dangerous, with trees precariously hanging and tangling overhead, so some sections of trail will have to be rerouted.

Come spring, volunteer-based recovery efforts will begin.  Stowe Trails Partnership’s annual Spring Trail Work Day, which is Saturday May 5th at 9 a.m., will focus on getting as much of Cady Hill rideable, and walkable as possible. 

Stowe Trails Partnership, the Town of Stowe, and Stowe Land Trust haven't let up on their efforts since the storm, to ensure this most invaluable resource be available to the community who has come to embrace this conserved recreational gem, as one of the finest.

source and photo: Stowe Trails Partnership

New Inventory in a Tight Market

Buyer demand remains high, but the level of inventory is still the lowest we've seen in years.  Residential sales will increase as we continue to move through the most active part of the selling season. In the meantime, here are some exceptional new properties which I've recently listed:

 

             

New custom built home located in one of Stowe’s most desirable locations, with sweeping Mt. Mansfield Views. 

This well known builder has created a winning combination of perfection with exceptional design, comfort, and gorgeous views. For more information and photos of this gorgeous new home, with a beautiful brook running through the property, click here.

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Enjoy the serenity of Sterling Valley in this newly constructed home. 

Timeless design choices include a floor to ceiling stone chimney, and custom kitchen.  Take in the sounds of the Sterling Brook on your property, or jump on your mountain bike to ride the vast network of trails nearby.  For more on this beautiful property, click here.

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You will appreciate the tranquility and privacy here, while just a five-minute drive to the village of Stowe.
 

Located in one of Stowe's most desirable neighborhoods. This well-appointed home has tremendous value with all of the square footage, enough space to grow, and the custom design elements, throughout.  For more information on this outstanding home, click here.

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.

  photo credit: Lucy Nersesian  

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.

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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.

Enjoy!

Source and photos: TheLogger.com and Stowebowl.com

Ready for the Holidays? If not, hopefully this recipe will help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seafood Cioppino

During the holidays, I'm always looking for recipes that are quick and easy - and delicious.  This one pot seafood dish is a winner, and all you need is a salad and a fresh baked loaf of bread, and you're done.  There are many versions of Cioppino, but this one from goop is a really good one.  Follow below, or go to the website.  And, there of course, you will find other ideas for one pan dinners, during the Christmas and winter holiday period.  Enjoy!

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely-diced

1 medium fennel bulb, finely-diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 large pinch red chili flakes

1 fresh bay leaf

1 cup white wine

1 28-ounce can chopped or crushed tomatoes

3 cups fish stock

¾ pound halibut, cut into 1-inch pieces

¾ pound clams, very well scrubbed and cleaned

½ pound large peeled shrimp

salt and pepper

pinch of sugar, optional

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1. Heat olive oil in a 4 or 5 quart dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and fennel and sauté until translucent and starting to brown, about 10 minutes.

2. Add garlic, fennel seeds, oregano, chili, and bay leaf, and sauté for another 3 minutes.

3. Add the white wine, turn the heat up to high, and cook 3-5 minutes or until the alcohol has cooked off and most of the liquid has evaporated.

4. Add crushed tomatoes and all of their juices to the pan along with a generous pinch of salt. Bring the mixture up to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then partially cover with the lid and simmer gently for 45 minutes.

5. Add the fish stock and continue simmering for at least 10-15 minutes.

6. Add clams, let them cook in the broth for 2 minutes, then add fish and shrimp, and cook 4-5 minutes more, or until clams are open and fish and shrimp are just cooked through.

7. Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar, if desired. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with warm bread on the side

 Source: goop.com 

 

 

Full Length and Fabulous for Meals on Wheels

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Full Length & Fabulous event at The Bistro at Ten Acres in Stowe, October 29th, 7-10 p.m. With generous support from Linda & Mark at The Bistro and fabulous local businesses, 100% of the money raised will benefit MOWLC.

Join in for an evening of fun, food, wine, and fantastic raffle prizes, spearheaded by Stowe local and MOWLC board member, Marcy Falcone-Spencer.  In addition, Stowe’s own renowned jazz singer, Audrey Bernstein and Joe Capps Jazz will be performing.  Full-length/formal dress suggested, but is not required.

Tickets $40, and are limited, so call 760-8371, or email: lindahunterfucile@gmail.com; or 888-5011; meals@mowlc.org.

The community of Stowe, and all others in Vermont, are generous when it comes to helping those in need.  This is typically a time of year to be thinking of our neighbors, and where we can help.    

The following organizations are in continual need of donations in order to support them throughout the year:

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.

We at Carlson Real Estate are collecting for the Lamoille Neighborhood Food Project, throughout the year so please feel free to drop off any canned goods you might like to contribute.

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

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, community and center based services; and they are 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.

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.

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

Upcoming Fall Events in Stowe, Vermont

 

 

As the summer season starts to shift to autumn, the color and hue of the landscape and scenery begins to change as well.  While preparing for cooler weather and all that coincides with that, we want to make sure to reserve time to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year.  There are some wonderful events right here in Stowe that enhance the experience of autumn in Vermont. 

Coming up September 27th, from 1-5, join the Stowe Land Trust for a fun and special day, celebrating 28 years, at the iconic Adams-Bryant property, in Nebraska Valley. Have some pie & ice cream, bring your apples to make applesauce, and hear from the Vermont Land Trust's Director of the Farmland Access Program, Jon Ramsay, speak about the return of the family farm to Vermont communities. Afterward, join one or more of the outings and activities!  For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Stowe Land Trust website.

Then, on Sunday, October 11th, The Stowe Mountain Bike Club is having its 5th Annual Leaf Blower Classic.  A day of mountain biking for all abilities and ages - even for the kiddos.  After an afternnon of riding on Stowe's world class mountain bike trails, enjoy a catered meal, prizes and games around the fire pit, at the Town and Country Resort.  For more information and to reserve your spot, go here.

So, enjoy this gorgeous time of year in Stowe, and around the state; and check out some of the other events and happenings.

                   

                   

  Source and photo courtesy: Stowe Land Trust

 

When is the best time to list my property?

Many of my clients have asked me this question.  Properties come on the market throughout the year.  But, what is the best time to list a property for sale?  First impressions are what resonate most with buyers.  You want to have your property looking its best, so typically spring or early summer is the best time to list your home.  When the grass is green, your flowers are blooming, and the windows are open to allow the fresh, warm breeze through your house; these are the highlights which will create an image that buyers can connect with emotionally.    Most buyers begin to look for homes at this time as well.  In fact there are many buyers currently in the market place waiting for more homes to come on the market.   They have been looking, but have not yet found the home that fits their needs and desires.   Buyers would also prefer to be in a new home so they can enjoy the summer and fall there.  And families want to be prepared before school starts in August.  Mortgage interest rates are still low too, which is additional motivation for buyers to buy now.

If you would like to know more about the listing process, and what the value of your property is, please free to contact me.   There is no obligation on your part.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have, so you can make the best, and most informed decision. 

A Season For Giving

As we approach the holiday season, there are many Vermonters who are less fortunate, and in need.  One of the most gratifying traditions is giving to those who need assistance, which is a wonderful way to truly feel the spirit of this time of year.

Vermonters have always been known for their generosity, and there are many ways to give back to our communities and neighbors.  The following organizations are in continual need of donations to further support our Vermont friends during the holidays, and throughout the year:

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.

The Vermont Food Bank runs programs that help feed as many as 86,000 Vermonters who need food assistance.  Find out ways to give at their website here.

Green Mountain Habitat For Humanity, located in Morrisville, has been building affordable and energy-efficient homes for low-income working 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.    

 

  

Habitat home build in Morrisville 2013

 

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, community and center based services; and they are 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.

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.

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