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Leaf Blower and Trapp Marathon - Fall Events in Stowe, VT

    

Fall in Vermont is the best time for outdoor activities.  There are 2 great, fun events coming up in Stowe, the first two weekends in October.  On Saturday, October 6th,  Stowe Trails Partnership (formerly Stowe Mountain Bike Club) will co-host the Leaf Blower Mountain Bike Festival, with MTBVT.  This is an all day mountain bike celebration including group rides for all ages and abilities, vendors, home grown food, and local craft libations.  This year the event will be staged out of Ranch Camp on the Mountain Road, where rides will disburse all over town.  For more information about this popular annual event you can go here.

On Saturday, October 13th, Trapp Family Lodge will be hosting a fun marathon, and half marathon trail run on their trail system.  This challenging event will cover their network, taking you on some of the most beautiful trails around.  For more information on this annual event you can visit Trapp’s website:

These are two great recreational opportunities where fall foliage viewing is likely to be at its best.  Also, a place and time to connect with friends and community, and celebrate this gorgeous season, upcoming.

Source: Stowetrails.org, trappfamilylodge.com

Roots Recap - Supporting the Vermont Foodbank

Cork Presents Roots

Roots 2018 was a great success!  Cork of Stowe and Waterbury, and Strawberry Hill Farm, hosted the fundraising event in Stowe on June 9th.  The goal was to send 100% of the proceeds to the Vermont Foodbank's program "Vermonters Feeding Vermonters".  This program partners with local farms to bring fresh, healthy produce and food to those in need.  It was a spectacular evening of food, wine (Cork featured their natural wines), beer and cider by restaurants and breweries in the Stowe area.  $32,202.28 was raised, and Foodbank donors matched $30,000 of this number, bringing the grand total raised by Roots 2018 to $62,202.28!! For a full recap on this event, you can go here.  Roots will be back next year, so mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8th 2019.

For photographs of the evening by TruckieLoo Photography, take a look here.

 

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.

How Sweet It Is

Trapp Family Lodge Sugar House

How Sweet it is

Did you know that Vermont produces 40% of the maple syrup in the United States?  The season started early this year, and so far the sap has been running well.  With cold nights and warmer days this week, it should continue.  With that, Sugarmakers across the state will be offering gallons of the best maple syrup around, along with a variety of other maple products.  The following are some local favorites.

  • Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm invites visitors daily and offers an educational blog, complete with a weather report, sap sweetness and boiling status of each day.
  • Stowe Maple Products, a family-owned and operated sugar house, is open year-round with retail items. They will even ship your syrup to you.
  • Boyden Valley Winery will have some free samples during Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend, March 25th and 26th; and will be offering sugar-on-snow, maple wine and maple liqueurs, as well as free tours of the winery and sugar house.
  • Sugar Slalom, Sunday, April 8th, at Stowe Mountain Resort.  A ski race for all ages that's been held at the Mountain, since 1940.  A weekend long celebration of spring skiing and festivities, which attracts hundreds.

source: Stowe Area Association newsletter

Nordic Skiing in Stowe - The Best in the East!

Stowe has some of the best cross country skiing in the east.  Since 1968, when the Trapp Family Lodge opened the first nordic center in the U.S., cross country skiing has increased in popularity.  An amazing fitness alternative or additional activity to downhill skiing and riding, there is a long list of places you can go.  Whether it's a quick, easy, cruise on the rec path, or a day's outing in the back country, Stowe Nordic's ongoing efforts to enhance the skiing opportunities in town, have created options for everyone.

Check out the Ski Guide on their website to find out where you can go, and what the offerings in the area are.  It is a wide variety, ranging from 40 km of trails at the Trapp Family Lodge; to Edson Hill, Sterling Valley, or the Mayo Farm loop, which is groomed by Stowe Nordic.

Stowe Nordic is reviving 2 iconic Stowe backcountry events.  Both will be low key tours over parts of the Catamount trail.  Both tours will depart from the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center on February 11, at 9:00 a.m., with a bus ride to the start and will end back at Trapps where there will be a party afterwards.

So, let it snow, and enjoy the trails, right in our backyard!

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.

Source and photograph: Stowelandtrust.org

 

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 

 

 

What's New at the Mountain

Some fresh snow fell on the mountain recently, and the temps have been below freezing.  The snowmaking guns have been going, and the most recent report is that the mountain is planning on opening Wednesday, November 25!  The forecast is for continued cold temps, and hopefully there is more snow on the way.  There are lots of activities and events planned up on the hill, in anticipation of the holiday season. Here are some things you may want to put on your calendar:

On Sunday, December 6th, head up to Spruce Camp Base Lodge, from Noon-4pm to make free tree ornaments with Kate Morrisey.  For more information on these and other activities and events at the mountain, visit stowe.com.

Saturday, December 12th, demo skis, and snowboards from some of the best brands in the industry.  Trying equipment before you buy is the best way to go!

As a kick off to the holiday season, On Saturday, December 19th, the new skating rink at Spruce Peak will be unveiled at 1:00 p.m., along with a tree lighting ceremony and other activities to ring in the holiday season.  for more information you can go here.

Saturday, December 19th - Sunday, December 20 - the 3rd Annual Artisan Craft Show will take place at Spruce Peak.  Vermont's finest artisans will be gathering in the new pavillion building to display their crafts, providing great holiday gift choices to purchase.

 source: stowe.com  photo source: onthesnow.com 

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. 

2015 Stowe Derby - Epic!

                                         

Yes, it was epic!  With 7+ inches of new snow, the night before, the 2015 Stowe Derby was unlike any other.  Particularly with the addition of the fat bike class this year.  Nearly 100 riders were added to the roster of over 600 nordic skiers.  The light stuff that fell is hard to pack down before the first racers go off, thereby making for lots of falls, faces full of snow, and great photography!  Unlike most of the rest of the winter, the temperature was perfect - in the 20s.   The skate skiers started at 10:00 a.m., in waves of 5 at a time, every 30 seconds.  By the time the classic skiers went, there were body divots up and down the trail on both sides.  The conditions were perfect for alpine skiers, but much more challenging for the nordic skiers, and nearly impossible for the fat bikers.  After the race, hundreds gathered at Sushi Yoshi to share tales about bruises, broken skis and ski poles; and this time, busted bike chains and wheels.  Many of the fat bikers said they pushed their bike more than they were able to ride.  It wouldn't be the Derby without something new to talk about.  The 70 year old event is not for everyone, but even those who do not participate, love either spectating, or hearing about it afterwards.

To see more photos of from the day, visit Mike Hitelman Photography.

Photography credit: Mike Hitelman Photography